Congratulations to Karen Simpson, whose name was drawn as the winner of our art raffle fundraiser! Karen won a custom painting (as seen above) by Hallowell artist Chris Cart, her choice of a portrait of one or two people, or a painting of a home or business. The raffle drawing took place during Hallowell’s Woodstock Festival on Sunday, August 14th. Raffle proceeds pay the artist for his work, and support art programs at the Harlow Gallery, owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership-based 501(c)3 nonprofit since 1963. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this fun fundraiser for the Harlow!
About Chris Cart
“Over the years I have created many murals. Working big is having the sky for your canvas. However, I have also worked very small, illustrating over 30 books and book covers, painting miniatures, carving block prints, drawing etchings and monotypes. I love making things.
As a young ‘starving artist’, I started out as a sculptor in Guadalajara, Mexico, carving masks, and modeling figures in clay. But I found the lure of the brush too much to resist. And the best advice given to me back then by an old artist was, “Draw, draw, draw.” I have never stopped.
With a pencil or brush in hand I can create worlds within the canvas frame. The figures are my players and the canvas my stage. However, I am no fantasy artist. Reality creates the spark. My eyes open, I find things that need to be in my paintings.
Born in Maine, I can claim that much coveted ‘native’ status but in truth I lived away a lot. My bones are solid New England stock but my blood carries the dusts of years in Mexico…and a bit of rust from the Pacific Northwest as well.”
In February 2015 Christopher Cart completed his large 14 x 40 foot mural, Kennebec, commissioned for the lobby of the new Capital Judicial Center, in Maine’s capital city. The mural tells the story of the people of the Kennebec River with over 50 figures from 500 years of living and working on the river.