Harlow staff Deb Fahy (executive director), Cassie Bouton (Gallery Manager) and Allison McKeen (Marketing Manager)
We have some very exciting news to share with you: The Kennebec Valley Art Association is expanding!
We just signed a lease for 100 Water Street, which is the large dark-red building at the intersection of Water, Winthrop and Front Streets. The board and staff are very enthusiastic about the potential the new space provides for expanded programming and increased visibility. The building includes two floors with:
- more than double the linear wall footage for exhibitions
- dedicated workshop and meeting space
- a real office instead of a converted closet
- an accessible bathroom on each floor
- a full kitchen
- more storage
Convenient parking is close by at the waterfront. Plans are in the works to make the building entrance and both floors accessible in the near future.
This move has been a long time coming. Over the past decade, the Harlow Gallery has gradually outgrown our current space both for our programs and in its ability to support practical staffing needs. Our programs and our earned income are limited by the fact that everything has to take place in one room of less than 800 square feet. Our office space only allows one staff member to work at a time, storage space is inadequate and the space is not ADA compliant.
The leadership of the Kennebec Valley Art Association has been discussing options to meet these challenges since 2007. We have steadily built our brand over the past decade, proving year after year our ability to craft high quality programs with statewide impact. We are a cultural destination and resource for local people and tourists, drawn by our growing reputation for unique, innovative and inclusive exhibitions of Maine art. While we love the old Harlow Gallery, it is time to make this change. Watch for news of an open house celebration coming soon!
We will be in touch again very soon with an update on our plans for increased programming. We have a lot to do over the next few months and will do our best to keep you informed. Don’t forget to check our website and facebook pages for more news. So hang on, it’s going to be an exciting ride!