Informed Choices: addresses Global Warming

Kennebec Valley Art Association presents:



“Informed Choices: Global Warming” and “Global Emotions”
Exhibition Dates: January 18-February 3, 2008
Opening Date: 5 to 8pm on Friday, January 18th, 2008

Special Gallery Hours for January and February: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, noon to 6:00pm.
For two weeks in January, the Kennebec Valley Art Association will host an exhibit of work by Maine art students curated by University of Maine at Augusta student Ted Closson. The opening reception will take place at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell on Friday, January 18th from 5 to 8 pm, and will feature work by art students from around the state on the topic of global warming and the environment. Dylan Voorhees, Energy Project Director from the Natural Resources Council of Maine will speak at the opening.

Ted Closson, the curator of the exhibit, has been a student at the University of Maine at Augusta since the fall of 2004 and is a senior this year. Other participating artists include Mike Dworkin, Patrick P. Fagre, Tim Hoffman, Meredith Keene, Barbara MacKirnon, Karen S Kelly-Philbrick, Paul Philbrick, Leslie Pratt, Vellangi Stringus, Masha Ben-Tepherith and more.

The artists will be accepting donations during the exhibition for the purposes of offsetting the carbon footprint of the gallery. These carbon offsets will be purchased through Native Energy ( in the form of renewable energy credits, which Native Energy then invests in specific renewable energy projects.




A collection of handcrafted masks by Terri Parker of Richmond are currently view in the window space at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. The collection is being presented in conjunction with the main art exhibition “Informed Choices: Global Warming”, featuring work by art students from the University of Maine at Augusta and other colleges. An opening is planned for both exhibitions on Friday, January 18th from 5-8pm, and both exhibitions run through Sunday, February 2, 2008.

The window is full of faces a passerby can view from either the sidewalk or more closely from inside the gallery. According to Parker, “This exhibition will examine the various emotions of concern for integrating a love for homeland and beyond, feeling responsible for educating others and protecting us all through subtle changes in the planet to simply appreciating what still exists on a lush, green earth today.” Gallery visitors can leaf through a collection of often flamboyant “personality stories” written by the artist.