Gifts & Grants

Kennebec Valley Art Association invites area businesses to support the arts

Press Release 2/2/2011
Hallowell, Maine

In conjunction with an outstanding lineup of exhibitions and events for 2011, the Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to announce the launch of its first sponsorship campaign. Businesses and individuals wanting to support great happenings at the KVAA’s Harlow Gallery are invited to learn more about how their sponsorship can play a crucial role.

For over half a century, the KVAA has literally been adding color and character to Maine’s creative economy. Its home, the Harlow Gallery, has been a familiar part of the historic downtown Hallowell landscape, like Dom’s barber shop, Slates Restaurant and Boynton’s Market. But as one member artist put it, “This is not your grandmother’s art gallery.”

The KVAA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose over 350 members include emerging and professional artists as well as community members who appreciate the arts in all forms. Offerings at the KVAA’s Harlow Gallery include exhibits, installations and performance arts; classes and workshops, art talks and community events. The small storefront gallery in the heart of downtown Hallowell, has recently made headlines in the central Maine press, as well as Bangor and Portland-based media. The supportive community within the KVAA offers exposure and professional development for established and emerging artists, and an introduction to art media and exploration of techniques and approaches for everyone. A glance at the Harlow Gallery website shows the depth and breadth of the variety of participants — from grade school students to seniors.

Topics have included environmental concerns, hunger, civil rights, disabilities, as well as lighter subjects such as gingerbread houses and all things Hallowell.

A paid part time staff of merely three, as well as board members and other community volunteers, make this happen. These folks are dedicated, creative and resourceful– but they could not succeed without the support of corporate and individual donors. KVAA/Harlow executive director Deb Fahy estimates that each major exhibit at the Harlow costs $2,500 in operating expenses and overhead.

To meet its budget, the KVAA needs to raise $6,000 through its 2011 sponsorship campaign. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations can be part of the Harlow’s success story by making tax-deductible gifts as modest as $250, to support a particular program or initiative– or wherever funds are most needed. In-kind donations of goods and services can also help the KVAA/Harlow continue to meet its mission to celebrate and support the connection of arts, artists and community.

At the moment, the Harlow Gallery is closed for a few weeks’ hiatus, its walls uncharacteristically bare while a shiny new wooden floor is laid and other renovations are completed. But the empty space is filled with an almost palpable sense of excitement, in anticipation of all that is to come, in February and throughout 2011. The gallery doors will reopen to welcome the public to the KVAA’s silent art auction February 9th-12th; a screening of Nova’s ‘Art 21’ for the Harlow’s first free movie night will take place on the 10th. From February 16th-26th the Harlow will showcase amazing art from Spindleworks, a Brunswick-based art center for people with disabilities, which will also be also the focus of the next ArtTalk at the Harlow, on February 24th.

Details on upcoming exhibits and events for the remainder of 2011 may be found on the KVAA website, Donors are welcome to choose which exhibition they would like to help make possible.

Every donor will enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the local creative economy. Depending on the level of support, individual and corporate sponsors also receive recognition in the KVAA newsletter and website, future press releases, and even the gallery storefront window. For more information, please contact Deborah Fahy, Executive Director at the Harlow Gallery.