Kid McGuire

Kid’s World, Acrylic on Canvas



The Harlow presents “So Full of Myself, I May Flouresce” an art exhibition featuring the unique and vibrant paintings of J. Powers “Kid” McGuire, local artist and University of Maine at Augusta Professor of business and governmental sciences. The exhibition is on view May 16-June 2, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Wednesday, May 16, 5-7pm. Both the exhibition and reception and free and open to the public.

I have suffered. Oh, how I’ve suffered.

I used to be a lugubrious and dyspeptic misanthrope. You probably wouldn’t want to know me then. But I paid my dues. I looked deep inside me– past the glottis even. My paintings used to be apocalyptic, angry, and dark. But now, they are a lot more fun! I have a fun side! Go ahead and call me Pollyanna now–but why would you? My name isn’t Pollyanna. That would be dumb.

I am hoping someone will steal one of my paintings. I would feel so flattered.

And then there could be a movie about the “heist.” And I would be played by Tom Cruise and there’d be lots of car chases and shots of chanting monks with a flashback to Phillip the Sensible. (Sort of “The Italian Job” meets “The Da Vinci Code.”)

And the movie would be thick with twins separated at birth and there would be lots of scary music and lots of computer keyboard clicking sounds. And maybe a darker side with a Heathcliffy character.

The audience would get to the last scene and find out that the good guys were really the bad guys and the bad guys were, like, really bad guys and the patrons would leave the theater mildly perplexed assuming they could follow the plot at all.” – Kid McGuire.

“So Full of Myself, I May Flouresce” is proudly sponsored by the artist’s golf partners; Frank O’Hara, Jack Comart & Lee Schepps.

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of HallowellKennebec Savings BankThe Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.

Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard PressCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at LawScrummy Afters Candy ShoppeSlates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation.

Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information please visit or call 207-622-3813.

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