KVAA at the Crossroads: A Look Back and a Vision for the Future

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The Kennebec Valley Art Association is hosting a very special 3-day exhibition, August 29, 30 & 31, 2008.The exhibition, to be called “The Kennebec Valley Art Association at the Crossroads: A Look Back and a Vision for the Future”, will combine a look back at the founding of the art association in the late 1950s, along with a vision of the future of the organization.The public is cordially invited to the opening celebration on Friday, August 29 from 5-8pm, and the exhibition will be open to the public as of noon on Friday the 29th.

Earlier this summer, University of Maine professor of architecture Robert Sherman led a class in developing ideas and plans for a significant renovation of the KVAA building at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.Sherman’s Construction Techniques class designed spaces for affordable artists’ housing on the third and second floor plus a handicapped accessible expansion of the gallery. The exhibition will include the resulting drawings, plans and models produced by the students as well as their research into the history of the building.Participating students include Ruthanne Harrison, Matthew Thompson, Jason Pica, Jaclyn Vassallo, Sebastian Jerosch, Andrew Vakas, Eric Sobey, Sean Robertson Victor and Chris MacWhinnie.

Artwork by early members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association will be included in the “looking back” portion of the exhibition as well as photographs and other historical material from 1957 through the 1960s.Artists who where members during that time period, or their families, are encouraged to contact Deb Fahy or Nancy Barron to submit art or memorabilia for display.

pictured above, left to right:

1962 photo showing Linwood Partridge, with picture of proposed “Civic Cultural Center”, which became the Harlow Gallery. Looking on is Errol Reid and Governor Reed.

Floor plans showing proposed renovations to 1st and 2nd floor, as designed by UMA Architecture students.

1959 photo of George St. Amand, Robert Demers & Linda Mills (Miss Maine 1959)

Photos of model showing proposed renovations to 160 Water Street as designed by UMA Architecture students.