Doors opening reception October 28, 2016. Staff Photo by Allison McKeen
“Doors” features the work of artists and poets from the Living in the Community Wellness Center (LINC) in Augusta and the Waterville Social Club (WSC). The exhibit is on view from October 28 to December 3, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, October 28, from 5-8pm featuring a reading from a new book of art and poetry by club members. Community artist Natasha Mayers and poet Lee Sharkey edited and curated the book and the exhibition.
We are very excited to have this group return to the Harlow, recalling their first very successful show at the gallery in 2007 “Outside Looking In, Another Look”.
The artists and poets whose work is represented in the show and book include Debbie Bryand, Ken Bryant, Stephen Carmody, Ruth Cohen, Cheryl Corliss, “Dante,” Cindy Dow, Sheri Haywood, Ron Howard, Frances Jennings, Michael Martin, Daniel Moores, Robert Nutting, Wendell Oakes, Mark Shedd, Ted Silva, Charles Stratton, Kim Thorpe, Pete, Pam, Ken and Anne. Their candid and original drawings, paintings, and poems reflect joy, pain, bemusement, despair, hope, passion, curiosity—the full range of human vision and responses. The work speaks from the heart with graphic eloquence and moves us to a deeper appreciation of both the uniqueness and the commonality of human experience.
The LINC and Waterville clubs are supported by Motivational Services, Inc., a non-profit mental health organization offering programs to meet the needs of people with severe and prolonged mental illness in Kennebec County, and funded by DHHS (Adult Mental Health Services-Peer Support Office) and United Way. Club offerings include art and writing workshops, recreational and educational activities, cultural events, workshops on daily living skills, crafts projects, opportunities for volunteerism, and participation in the club’s advisory board.
The exhibition and related projects have been made possible through generous grant support from Maine Community Foundation and the Margaret E . Burnham Charitable Trust and is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The 2016 exhibition season at the Harlow Gallery has been made possible by our season sponsors: Capitol Dental Care, Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, Rosemary Presnar, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Summit Natural Gas of Maine and by grant funding from Quimby Family Foundation.
Artists in LINC Club Studio © 2012 Mary Becker Weiss