Doors: Art & Poetry from LINC and WSC

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.

      Maine Arts Commission Logo 2016

The 2016 exhibition season at the Harlow Gallery has been made possible by our season sponsors: Capitol Dental CareCamden National Bank, the City of HallowellKennebec Savings Bank, Rosemary Presnar, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Summit Natural Gas of Maine and by grant funding from Quimby Family Foundation.

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ROAR Artists in their Linc Club Studio © 2012 Mary Becker Weiss

Artists in LINC Club Studio © 2012 Mary Becker Weiss

23 Comments on “Doors: Art & Poetry from LINC and WSC”

  1. What a wonderful project. You are so lucky to have someone like Natasha Mayers devoted to your arts.

  2. Thank you Lucy, I will pass your kind words along to Natasha. She came to a staff meeting this morning and shared stories about the artists and the profound impact art has had on their lives – how it has given them a place and voice in the world. Natasha has changed, and probably literally saved, many lives. –Deb Fahy

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