Harlow Timeline

Celebrate Harlow history during our 50th year with our new timeline.


KVAA Founded

Members of the Augusta Players founded the KVAA after a successful group show at Cony HS in conjunction with one of their plays.

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National Art Week

Left to right: Robert Demers, Olive Metcalf, Coopers Mills; Vic Anderson, Mount Vernon: Nikondim Balenkov, Richmond; Mrs. Jackie Horner; Mrs. Evelyn Kok, Gardiner, and Mrs. Alice Fleming.

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Early years of the KVAA

KVAA Annual Christmas Art Show & Sale took place at 325 Water Street featuring 135 works of art by over 30 artists. Dr. Alta Ashley was the exhibit chairman.

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KVAA Show in Wiscasset

KVAA event took place at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Bruno Rissanen in Wiscasset

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Maine State Art Festival

August 1960 — First Maine State Art Festival at the State House, an invitational exhibition of painting and sculpture.

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1962

Linwood Partridge sharing plans for the “proposed cultural center” (which became the Harlow Gallery) with Governor Reed in 1962.

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Big plans in the works!

Articles of Incorporation signed on April 1, 1963.

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Cultural Center Proposed

Linwood Partridge and Richard Noble with a model of the KVAA’s proposed cultural center.

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Harlow Gallery opens!

Sunday, November 17, 1963 – Opening and dedication ceremon for the Harlow Gallery

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Meissner admired

Mrs. Dwight Emery, left, Mrs. Frank McCall, both of  Gardiner; and Miss Madge E. Ames of Augusta, right.

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Exhibitions ’64

Young artists getting a sneak preview of their own show at the Harlow Gallery,

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1964

KVAA donates signs to the city of Hallowell. Pictured are Linwood Partridge, president, at right, and Hallowell Mayor Raymond M. Rideout Jr. 

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Etnier exhibition

July 19 – August 15, 1964 — Paintings by Stephen Etnier of Harpswell

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Exhibitions in 1964

July 18-August 7, 1965 —Sculpture by William Zorach, paintings by Marguerite Zorach, with work by their daughter Dahlov Ipcar and their nephew, Jason Schoener.

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1965 Beaux Arts Ball

2nd annual Beaux Arts Ball with the theme “Age of Picasso”.

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KVAA praised in ’67

“Many attribute the sprucing up of the commercial district [in Hallowell] which has been going on during recent years to the example set by the KVAA.”

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1974

Mrs. James Goodwin of Hartford, CT donated $500 for repairs to the furnace.

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’75 at the Harlow

February 1975 – Parade of the Dolls: an exhibition of antique and collectible dolls, co-sponsored by the Current Events Club of Hallowell

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What happened in ’76

July 1976 — Bicentennial Exhibit featuring pictures of Hallowell and historic sites by members of the KVAA

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1977 at the Harlow

Maine Artist’s Week took place May 7-14, 1977

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The Harlow in ’79

The KVAA recieved a bequest of $3,200 in the will of Blanch T. Fine for a memorial scholarship fund.

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the ’80s dawn

p>Board members in 1980: Don Huff, Diane Gibson, Marion Marvin, Doris Smith, Madge Ames, Florence Daly, Irma Bell, Janice Farrar & Helen Matz

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What happened in ’81

March 1981 — Five Printmakers of Maine: Katherine Corti, Susan Groce, Susanne Parker, Grace Tagliabui, Frances Hodsdon. Full schedule:

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1982 at the Harlow

Adele Nichols was the gallery director of the Harlow Gallery (volunteer)

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Shock of the New

The KVAA received a grant from the Maine Humanities Council to screen the 8 part BBC film series, The Shock of the New, with a guest moderator for each film.

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What happened in ’84

Scholarships awarded to Mechele Sibilia of Maranacook HS and Peter Buotte of Cony HS

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Flood of 1987

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Harlow on the rebound

Report from Don Huff, Chairman of the KVAA building committee:

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Hard times

From a letter dated June 17, 1993 from Adele Nichols to the membership: “HARLOW GALLERY is facing a crisis!

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A Day in Vaughan Woods

Art Auction at Ashlie’s Ballroom, Hallowell grossed $3,000. 2 sessions of 6 week children’s art classes followed by kids’ art exhibit. Member’s corner, bin art and portfolio of members started. Homosote & track lighting installed.

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A year of change …

At the members meeting of July 1995, members voted to institute radical changes to operations at the Harlow.

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1996 at the Harlow

Board members in 1996: Chris Vandebroek, Sharon Reishus, Joe Klofas, Sue Webb, Jerry Gaboury, Judy Herman, Scott Cowger, Laura Rothstein, Don Huff, Marc Poirier, Lea Clunie

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Children’s classes return

A series of art workshops for children and adults were taught in the 2nd floor studio space in 1997.

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Ice Age ’98

Artists respond to the great ice storm of ’98.

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Skolfield Retrospective

July 1998 — Ray Skolfield Retrospective

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Potpourri

October 1999 – Potpourri: Ruth Bookey solo show

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End of an Era

October 2000 — Florence Daly Retrospective Founding member Adele Nichols died December 17, 2000.

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