Luthiers Showcase


The Harlow, in partnership with the City of Hallowell, present The Luthiers’ Showcase, on view September 13-October 6, 2019 at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell.

On Sunday, October 6 The Harlow will host an afternoon of Luthiers events and performances. See below for the full schedule.

12-1pm: Performance by Phil Clement
1-2pm: Panel discussion
2-4pm: Oud performance by Jawad Al-Fatlawi
4-5pm: Closing reception and instrument pick-up

A refugee from Baghdad, Iraq, Al-Fatlawi is a composer, solo oud player, luthier and teacher who has called Maine home since 2016. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Music and completed his studies at the University of Baghdad, receiving his master’s degree in the philosophy of musical sciences. He began his musical career in the oud industry in 1984 and since 1989 has made more than 3,000 ouds and other musical instruments. He was a professor of music for many years before leaving Iraq. He made all the instruments that he plays including the goldeneye oud — the only instrument of its kind in the world. Al-Fatlawi began his performance career in Maine on World Refugee Day in 2016, having been in the United States just four months. Since then he has played at school, community and family events. He also has worked as an inventor to create unique instruments that blend the musical traditions of the East and the West.

The music festival recognizing Maine’s stringed instrument making and performing music culture began in 2017, and has quickly grown from a few intimate performances to a weekend-long schedule of live music, with demonstrations, lectures, and workshops for all ages relating to the art of lutherie in Maine. 

Visitors can also view UMA Alumni Show, an anthology of work from artists who have graduated from the art program at University of Maine at Augusta. The UMA Alumni Show is on view in the upstairs gallery September 13-October 19, 2019.

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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. 

The Harlow is supported by the City of HallowellDirigo Capital AdvisorsKennebec Savings Bank, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. 2019 Season Sponsors are Camden National BankCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Great Gatherings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe. Programming is funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.