The Kennebec Valley Art Association connects and celebrates art, artists and community.
Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery are selected by a volunteer committee from among proposals submitted by Maine artists. The committee strives to present a broad, inclusive and representative range of art, including open member’s shows or theme shows; art by promising or under-appreciated artists (especially those from central Maine); art from a range of approaches and disciplines including political or contemporary art that some in the community may find challenging; and shows that have the potential to appeal to, or draw from, a wider or different audience. Recent examples include exhibitions dealing with issues of domestic violence, hunger, mental illness, global warming, and our society’s love affair with the automobile.
The KVAA hosts monthly ArtTalks, sponsored by The Bank of Maine. We offer a Tuesday morning working artist’s group, life drawing sessions, poetry readings, live music events, hands-on arts workshops and many other special events to benefit area artists and art lovers. The KVAA supports other artists and community groups by allowing them to use the gallery space for meetings or events. Groups that regularly use the Harlow Gallery space currently include a Traditional Film Photography Group the Hallowell Board of Trade, and more. Individual artists who wish to teach workshops or classes or to present a performance or reading can also arrange to use our space.
We support arts in education and look for creative ways to allow area students the chance to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. March 2010 marked the 7th year of Young at Art, an annual exhibition for grades K-8 that offers art teachers from local public schools the opportunity hang their student’s best work. Twelve area elementary and middle schools participated this year, and 80 students showed their work. This March also marked the 5th year of Higher Forms of Art, an exhibition of work by art students from area high schools. The students and their teachers participate in hanging the show and then organize and host their own opening. Higher Forms of Art started in 2006 with only two high schools. In 2011 seven area high schools participated.
We value and encourage all artists, and art for all ages, believing that everyone can benefit from the arts. We support the artistic development of our member artists, both amateur and professional, by providing opportunities for exhibition and other professional development at the Harlow Gallery. These include workshops, lectures, demonstrations and other special events. Our policy is to make our space available to a broad range of cultural groups and organizations for meetings and events important to artistic growth and for the exchange of ideas. Because we believe the arts are integral to a well-rounded and vibrant community, and can be a key factor in personal growth and self- improvement, we strive to involve the greater community in the arts and to invite them into the Harlow Gallery at every opportunity. Click here to find out more about using our space.