Events Exhibitions

OCCUPY ART! The Union of Maine Visual Artists in Action

Coming to the Harlow Gallery April 6-28, 2012. Reception on Friday, April 6 from 5-8pm is free and open to all.

Occupy Art! Union of Maine Visual Artists in Action will be on exhibit at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell for the month of April. The exhibit will featuring art and artifacts created through efforts of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) to organize and create imagery around economic and social justice issues over the past two years. Participating artists include participants in the January Draw-A-Thon at the Harlow Gallery, and UMVA artists Rob Shetterly, Brian Reeves, Kenny Cole, Nora Tryon, Natasha Mayers, and many others.

The public is invited to the opening on Friday, April 6, 5-8pm. Poets Lee Sharkey, Henry Braun, Chris Crittenden, and Mark Melnicove will be reading at the opening. The exhibition will be on view through April 28, 2012. The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday noon to 6pm. 

Occupy Art! Union of Maine Visual Artists in Action will capture the spirit and ongoing creative energy of UMVA’s recent history of “art in action”, which began here in Maine prior to the Occupy movement. The exhibition will present a fascinating story of grass roots creative action. The art and artifacts on view were created over the past two years through UMVA efforts to organize and create imagery around economic and social justice issues; and will include art created a Draw-A-Thon that took place at the Harlow Gallery in January of 2012. For more information visit and


UMVA began their political activism work in the fall of 2009 when they were invited to contribute a visual component to Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space’s and Code Pink Maine’s 90 day campaign to Bring Our War Dollars Home. The artists organized their first Draw-A-Thon followed by a Draw-In at the State House in Augusta, which producing over 75 original drawings and 4 different zines, each containing 19 images. UMVA distributed the zines to Maine legislators, as visual representations of what artists thought would be a better use of our tax dollars. In the fall of 2011 the artists began to create imagery for the emerging Occupy movement. They organized several Print-A-Thons to create t-shirts and pillowcases for Occupiers in Maine. The most recent Draw-A-Thon took place at the Harlow Gallery this past January. 

The Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) was founded in 1975 as a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation. Founding members include Carlo Pittore, Stephen Petroff, Mark Petroff, Natasha Mayers, Abby Shahn, Kathy Bradford, Maury Colton, David Brooks, Pat Owen and others. Current committee members include Kathleen Galligan, Caren-Marie Michel, Richard Kane, Dorie Klein, Natasha Mayers, Robert Shetterly, Dana Strout, and Deb Vendetti. UMVA is an all-volunteer organization run by the generosity and commitment of its artist members who believe that the presence of the UMVA is both of practical and psychological benefit and importance. UMVA artists value what can be achieved through collective efforts. As artists we recognize that our connection with the world forms the core of all art-making processes. We welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge with each other in this spirit of cooperation. Contact Caren-Marie Michel to become a member at: 207-854-2378 or or visit: