This November, Circling the Square Fine Arts Press in Gardiner, the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, and the University of Maine at Augusta’s Charles Danforth Gallery will be collaboratively responding to the growing problem of hunger in Maine’s Kennebec Valley. Art for Hunger is a concurrent, three-venue exhibition focusing on local hunger issues, and raising awareness of hunger locally. At each exhibit, artists have been asked to consider hunger, its place in their community and in their lives. Work will be for sale at all three venues with a significant portion of sales going to hunger relief in Augusta, Gardiner and Hallowell.
Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at each venue through the month of November. People will be encouraged to give or take these donations as needed. At the end of the exhibit, remaining food items will be taken to local food pantries or shelters.
Art for Hunger Events at the University of Maine at Augusta
November 1-19, 2010, Art for Hunger at the Charles Danforth Gallery,
All artwork is 5”x5” and costs just $50 each ALL proceeds will be donated to local charities fighting hunger in our community. The Danforth Gallery, located in Jewett Hall on the UMA campus, is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Mon–Thur 8:30 am-7 pm; Fri 8:30 am-5 pm. FMI, contact: Karen Adrienne, Danforth Gallery Director, 621-3243 or www.uma.edu/danforth.
Monday, November 1, 2010 opening reception:
Free and open to the public. Speaker Dean LaChance, Director ofBread of Life Ministries and performance by reVerse, a quartet of vocalists who sing, speak, and otherwise perform contemporary and older poems in a variety of experimental and playful ways. reVerse is Philip Carlsen, Ellen Bowman and Stanley and Elizabeth Keach.
A day of fasting to be announced at www.uma.edu/danforth
Thursday November 11, 2010, Commemorate: Canstruction:Home:Food
This art exhibition is taking place on: Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th, from 10am to 2pm. Participants will be invited to “canstruct” the idea of “home” and celebrating Veterans Day. All visitors are welcome to participate in Commemorate;which will take place in the Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall on the UMA campus. Lunch and refreshments will be served at noon. Donations of food are requested, and will be used to create incredible sculptures of buildings and homes making a miniature community on campus.
At the close of the event, all of the food will be donated to the Augusta branch of Military Family Assistance Center. Commemorate is part of the Danforth Gallery’s response to the growing problem of hunger in Maine’s Kennebec Valley. Please visit the events website for complete details: http://www.artsuma.com/.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 noon-1 pm, performance at the UMA Moosetracks Cafe
A performance work coordinated by artist Barbra Whitten with UMA students and staff participating.
Statement by Professor Karen Adrienne who proposed the idea for this collaborative series to the Harlow Gallery last year:
“Last November I received a letter from the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell accepting my proposal to offer three concurrent exhibitions to raise awareness of hunger needs in the Kennebec Valley. My sincere thanks to them, and to the University of Maine @ Augusta, and Artdogs and Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner who have joined together to focus on hunger and its place in their communities and lives. “Many Mainers have been hard hit by the recession. Good Shepherd Food-Bank estimates that over 175,000 Mainers or 13.3 percent of the population is food insecure. The number of Mainers that are food insecure has increased by more than 15 percent over the past two years. 19.5 percent of Maine children under age 18 are food insecure. 18.8 percent of Maine children under the age of 5 are food insecure.” http://gsfb.org/hunger/hunger_in_maine.php
Artists have reached out with their insights, generosity and caring to create three insightful exhibitions. They have shared their knowledge, compassion and skill in the art that they have created, and we are most grateful. Each venue is contributing, all or part of their sales and donations, to food shelters in Augusta, Hallowell and Gardiner. Thank you to each artist that has so thoughtfully made these exhibits possible.
Many others have contributed to the success of this effort. Prof. Peter Precout, Lisa Wheeler, Donna Parkinson, Liz McKinnon, and Brenda Sage from UMA, Deb Fahy, Nancy Barron and Michael Hudak from the Harlow Gallery, and Natty Lazarian, Diana Willette, and Robin Brooks from Circling the Square Fine Art Press. Barbra Whitten, UMA student, and Harlow and Circle Press Member, has also created an installation “Fast for Food” for each venue.
We also thank Dean LaChance, Naomi Schalit, and Eric Stark for sharing their time and thoughts as guest speakers for the openings at our respective venues (please see announcement card or websites for days and times.) Dean LaChance is the Exec. Director of Bread of Life Ministries in Augusta. Naomi Shalit is longtime reporter and editor covering Maine politics and public affairs, and author of the award winning 2007 editorial “For I was Hungry.” Eric Stark is Prof. of Architecture @ UMA and will address “Collaborative Design: Brains, Bread and Community Action.” We are also grateful for the amazing voices and inspirations from the vocal quartet reVerse.
Thanks to all of you who have donated no-perishable food items. People are encouraged to give or take these donations as needed. At the end of the exhibit, remaining food items will be taken to the local food shelters.”
Prof. Karen Adrienne
Danforth Gallery Director
University of Maine at Augusta
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell
Art of Duality: Hunger|Sated, November 5-27, 2010
Unique two sided panels are 12” x 12” and vary in price. Sales proceeds will be split three ways between the Hallowell Food Bank, the artist and the nonprofit Harlow Gallery. Located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, exhibitions at the Harlow are free and open to public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon to 6pm. For more information contact Deb Fahy or Nancy Barron at 207-622-3813 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.harlowgallery.org
Friday, November 5, 5-8pm potluck opening
All are welcome, please bring a dish or beverage to share! Naomi Schalit will bespeaking at 6pm followed byperformance by reVerse. Hallowell resident Naomi Schalit is a longtime reporter and editor covering Maine politics and public affairs, she was the author of the award-winning 2007 editorial series “For I Was Hungry” in the Kennebec Journal. reVerse is a quartet of vocalists who sing, speak, and otherwise perform contemporary and older poems in a variety of experimental and playful ways; reVerse is Philip Carlsen, Ellen Bowman and Stanley and Elizabeth Keach.
Art of Duality: Hunger|Sated at the Harlow Gallery has been made possible thanks to our generous sponsor, Joel D. Davis and Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. located on Chestnut Street in Augusta.
ArtDogs and Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Gardiner
Art for Hunger, November 4-21, 2010
Artwork varies in scale; all work is $100. 275 Water Street, Gardiner, ME. Open hours for the show: Fri 1-5 pm; Sat 10 am-4 pm; Sun 1-4 pm FMI contact: Karen Adrienne at 582-2108 or
582-6600 or www.theartdogs.com
Sunday, November 7, 2010 2 pm opening:
Eric Stark, UMA Professor of Architecture will speak on “Collaborative Design: Brains, Bread and Community Action”, performance by reVerse, a quartet of vocalists who sing, speak, and otherwise perform contemporary and older poems in a variety of experimental and playful ways. reVerse is Philip Carlsen, Ellen Bowman and Stanley and Elizabeth Keach.