Celebrate Harlow history during our 50th year with our new timeline.
Members of the Augusta Players founded the KVAA after a successful group show at Cony HS in conjunction with one of their plays.
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.
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.
KVAA Show in Wiscasset
KVAA event took place at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Bruno Rissanen in Wiscasset
Maine State Art Festival
August 1960 — First Maine State Art Festival at the State House, an invitational exhibition of painting and sculpture.
Linwood Partridge sharing plans for the “proposed cultural center” (which became the Harlow Gallery) with Governor Reed in 1962.
Cultural Center Proposed
Linwood Partridge and Richard Noble with a model of the KVAA’s proposed cultural center.
Harlow Gallery opens!
Sunday, November 17, 1963 – Opening and dedication ceremon for the Harlow Gallery
Mrs. Dwight Emery, left, Mrs. Frank McCall, both of Gardiner; and Miss Madge E. Ames of Augusta, right.
Young artists getting a sneak preview of their own show at the Harlow Gallery,
KVAA donates signs to the city of Hallowell. Pictured are Linwood Partridge, president, at right, and Hallowell Mayor Raymond M. Rideout Jr.
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.
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.”
’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
What happened in ’76
July 1976 — Bicentennial Exhibit featuring pictures of Hallowell and historic sites by members of the KVAA
The Harlow in ’79
The KVAA recieved a bequest of $3,200 in the will of Blanch T. Fine for a memorial scholarship fund.
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
What happened in ’81
March 1981 — Five Printmakers of Maine: Katherine Corti, Susan Groce, Susanne Parker, Grace Tagliabui, Frances Hodsdon. Full schedule:
1982 at the Harlow
Adele Nichols was the gallery director of the Harlow Gallery (volunteer)
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.
What happened in ’84
Scholarships awarded to Mechele Sibilia of Maranacook HS and Peter Buotte of Cony HS
From a letter dated June 17, 1993 from Adele Nichols to the membership: “HARLOW GALLERY is facing a crisis!
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.
A year of change …
At the members meeting of July 1995, members voted to institute radical changes to operations at the Harlow.
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
Children’s classes return
A series of art workshops for children and adults were taught in the 2nd floor studio space in 1997.
End of an Era
October 2000 — Florence Daly Retrospective Founding member Adele Nichols died December 17, 2000.