It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence

“Escape Route” acrylic painting by Jeanne Finley

It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II will be on view October 2-24, 2015  at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell.  Using the power of art, the exhibition will voice a collective rejection of the use of domestic violence to control and manipulate others, and will challenge our society’s overall acceptance of violence. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, October 2nd from 5-8pm.  

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Ten years ago the Harlow Gallery and the Family Violence Project of Augusta partnered to present “Transforming Violence” a collaborative, multi-voiced, educational art exhibition and workshop series responding to the problem of domestic violence in our communities. That first exhibition took place in October 2005 and was an important, empowering and transformative experience for those who participated. While there has been an increase in community awareness of the issue of violence in the community since then, domestic violence is still still taking a terrible toll on Maine families. Together the Harlow Gallery and the Family Violence Project hope to raise public awareness about the continuing problem of domestic violence in Maine.A series of workshops, performances and other events are being planned during the exhibition; some open to the public and some meant for survivors of domestic violence.

The Harlow Gallery and Family Violence Project released an open call to Maine artists to create art for the exhibition with a submission deadline of August 15th. Full details are available here.

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                 Laflin Wolfington Realty   Pinnacle Tree

Because it takes a community, “Transforming Violence II” has been made possible by our sponsors, Levey, Wagley, Putman, PASummit Natural GasLaflin & Wolfington Realty and Pinnacle Tree.

Transforming Violence is also supported by Harlow Gallery season sponsors: The Bank of MaineCapitol Dental CareCurrent Media,Dead River Company, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings BankScrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, the Vallee Brothers, Chris & Ray Vallee and by grant funding from the Quimby Family Foundation.

“It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II” is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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All events take place at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell unless otherwise noted. Dates and times subject to change.  All events are free and open to the public.

Maine Silent Witness Project – Thursday & Friday, September 24 & 25, 4-7pm, and Saturday, September 26, 9am to noon. The public is invited to help craft “silent witnesses”, life-size, red, wooden silhouettes of women who have lost their lives to domestic violence, each with a golden shield upon her chest with her name and story. Wear clothing appropriate for messy work (painting, sanding etc.). You may spend as much or as little time as you wish. Participation is free and everyone is welcome.

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Opening Reception “It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II”Friday, Oct. 2, 5-8pm

Senator Roger Katz and Representative Gay Grant to speak at 6:15.

Roger Katz   Gay Grant

Jason Giacomazzo of Wayne Maine will perform at the opening. Jason has been playing saxophone since the age of 10.  After studying music performance at University of Southern Maine, he has resided in Skowhegan.  Jason has performed all across the state and beyond, including performances with the Portland Jazz Orchestra, Acadia Wind Ensemble, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Opus One Big Band and the Al Corey Big Band.  He currently plays with several music groups including the Rockit Band, Weathervane House Band, Kennebec Performing Arts Company, Skowhegan Community Band, and also directs his 8-piece jazz combo called the Sunday Project.  When he isn’t involved with music, Jason likes to spend his spare time in the garden, fixing small engines, and spending time with his cats.

Exhibition on view October 2-24, 2015 – Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 12-6pm

The Power of OneSunday, October 4, 2pm & 3pm – Ideal for families with children ages 5-10+, “The Power of One” will help children deal with bullying. Two sessions offered on Sunday, October 4th at 2pm and 3pm are free to attend, but reservations are requested.

The Power of One

Jake & Caroline, a Skit Friday, October 9, 6:30pm. Family Crisis Services and YAAP “Young Adult Abuse Prevention” presents Jake & Caroline, a skit in which the female and male presenters act out a relationship in which the boyfriend is emotionally, sexually and physically abusive. After the skit, the presenters process the scenes with the audience, covering warning signs, the dynamics of power and control, how to intervene, safely planning and resources. Also the presenters run an activity to uncover sex role stereotypes that help to perpetuate dating violence. All ages welcome, but especially recommended for young people of late middle school, high school or college age.

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You the ManSaturday, October 10, 7pm at Hallowell City Hall Auditorium.

You the Man”, starring Brian Chamberlain,  is an engaging and entertaining 30-minute, one-actor play that addresses unhealthy relationships (bullying, dating violence, sexual assault), and safe bystander intervention. The actor switches quickly and simply from one character to the next, assisted by minimal props, using  live theater to empower people, especially young people, to step out of the bystander role and practice safe peer intervention. It promotes a model of empathetic male voices and demonstrates the incredible power of bystander support and action. A post-show discussion between audience and a panel of local support professionals will follow the performance.  You the Man is free and open to the public and appropriate for ages 14 to adult. Young people are especially encouraged to attend, from high school grades 9-12 to college students to “20 somethings”, so we are offering a free ticket for every attendee under 30 for a drawing for some great door prizes at the end of the night!

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You the Man   Brian Chamberlain Head Shot

Second Sundays: The Clothesline Project Sunday, October 11, 2-4pm. Speak out against domestic violence by creating t-shirts using words and artwork along with staff from The Family Violence Project of Augusta. Various t-shirt sizes will be available at no cost. Participants may take their shirts home or display them on a clothesline installed in the gallery as part of Transforming Violence II through October 24th. The Clothesline Project has been bearing witness nationally to violence against women for over 25 years. 

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Healing through Art: Confronting your Inner Critic – Sunday, October 18, 2-4pm. Led by Robin Miller & Nan Bell of the Family Violence Project. Recommended for adults and teens age 13 and up. Free, with art supplies provided, but seating is limited to 20 so reservations are required. Please call the gallery at 622-3813 or email


Closing Reception Coffeehouse “IMAGINE a Future without Violence” – An evening of music, poetry and hope, free and open to the public. Saturday, October 24, 4-7pm

"Escape Route" by Jeanne Finley

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