Howard Hill outings series

Great moss covered boulders on the Howard Hill cliff — photograph by Brian Kent

The Harlow Gallery in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) presents a series of guided hikes and other events designed to provide artists with access to Howard Hill in support of the ongoing call for art in celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of the property.  Howard Hill consists of 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol in Augusta, and conservation of the property is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign.  Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill, for an art exhibition to take place at Slates Restaurant in Hallowell this October. 

For more information about the Call for Artists, please visit: harlowgallery.org/howard-hill.

Registration in advance is required for all hikes on the Howard Hill property.  Until KLT’s acquisition of Howard Hill is completed in the fall of 2015, the property remains in private hands and is not open for public use.  The current landowner has granted KLT permission to host a limited number of guided visits to help build the support necessary to successfully complete this important conservation initiative. 

To register call the Harlow Gallery at 207-622-3813, or email kvaa@harlowgallery.org. The modest fee benefits the Howard Hill Project.

 Maine State House with Howard Hill as backdrop

The Howard Hill Artist Outings Series:

Birds Eye of Howard Hill Photography Session led by Matt Silverman CANCELLED
Saturday, August 2nd, 10:00 AM at the Old MaineGeneral Hospital
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – pre-registration recommended.

The former MaineGeneral hospital building is at 6 East Chestnut Street in Augusta. Park in the courtyard lot beyond the main entrance to the old hospital  We will meet you in the parking lot and bring you to the 5th floor, where large windows provide a beautiful view of the Maine State Capitol building with Howard Hill as backdrop. Hint – you might want your telephoto lenses. Many thanks to Dirigo Capital Advisors LLC and Augusta East for allowing us to use the building!

Additional publicly accessible viewpoints for painting or photographing Howard Hill:

Hallowell Cemetery, on State Street
End of Kennedy Road on the east side of  the river near the Augusta/Chelsea town line
Hospital Street in Augusta on state land across from Rite Aid.
In front of the old AMHI building on the river side, near the gazebo.

The Howard Hill benefit art exhibition will be on view  October 12 – November 1, 2014 at Slates Restaurant at 167 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. Deadline to submit work for the show via email is September 1, 2014 at 11pm. For complete details on submitting art for the exhibition, visit http://harlowgallery.org/howard-hill/  

PAST EVENTS:

Mini-hike led by Augusta artist Robin Miller and Kennebec Land Trust staff – two sessions!
Hike 1 – Saturday, May 24, 2-5pm,23 Blaisdell Street. — rain date May 25 at 2-5pm
Hike 2 – Saturday, May 31, 2-5pm,23 Blaisdell Street. — rain date June 1 at 2-5pm
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – maximum 12, pre-registration required!

Birds Eye of Howard Hill – Sketching Session led by Deb Fahy
Saturday, June 7, 1-4pm at the Old MaineGeneral Hospital
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – maximum 12, pre-registration is recommended.
Many thanks to Dirigo Capital Advisors LLC and Augusta East for allowing us to use the building!

Kennedy Brook hike led by Brian Kent
Saturday, June 14 – at 2pm — rain date June 21 at 2pm
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – pre-registration required!

 Jimmy Pond Island  by Judith Schuppien

Plein Air Painting at Kennedy Brook led by Judith Schuppien and Brian Kent
Saturday , July 12 – 9am, rain date July 13
Fee: $20 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – maximum 16, pre-registration required!

UPDATED DIRECTIONS: Park in the south end, on the Sewall Street side, of the large parking lot behind the Capitol and the Library / Museum.  Meet the group, and walk together to the trail head of the carriage road, which looks like a driveway beside a house on Sewall Street and is easy to miss.  We’ll go together, so you won’t get lost.  Our route will take us west on the carriage road to the power lines, and then turn sharply back into the woods above Kennedy Brook.  Brian will lead the way, so you can’t get lost.  Then descend steeply to the brook.  The walk takes about 12 minutes from your parked car.  Bring what you want for the morning with you – art supplies, camera, water, lunch or snack, insect repellant, hat, sunblock, maybe something to sit on.  If you have a backpack, that would be helpful, otherwise a cloth bag or two would work.  The trail is too rough for a wheeled cart, so plan to carry everything.  There are some nice views about 3 minutes into the hike, if you’d prefer not to carry your things so far.

Pictured above is “Jimmy Pond Island” by Judith Schuppien. Visit Judith’s webpage to view more of her work: www.judithschuppien.com

 Rocks on Howard Hill by Brian Kent

Howard Hill Overlook Hike led by Brian Kent
Saturday July 26 at 10amrain date August 2 at 10am
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – pre-registration required!

Easy hike, estimated time 90 minutes total.  We will meet at 10am at the end of Ganneston Drive off Capital Street, across from the Shell Station (please park on the west side of Ganneston Drive and don’t block a driveway!), and take an easy 10 minute hike to the site of Gannett’s two-story treehouse. It is long gone, but the site provides glimpses of the State House, and distant views. A feature is the huge moss-covered boulders, and tall pines, hemlocks and oaks. The trail to the cliff is through a young beech forest.  The group will make some strategic stops to sketch and take photographs. Questions? Call Brian Kent cell no. 242-6278.

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