Participating homes announced for Art at Home 2012

We are delighted to officially announce the list of art collectors opening their homes in Hallowell on Saturday, September 29, 2012 for the second annual Art at Home tour.   A unique twist on the usual garden/house tour model, Art at Home offers a self-guided tour of seven residences with private art collections. Ticket holders will enjoy the following collections:
The Mayo Collection
Bruce Mayo’s collection consists of vintage paint by numbers from the 40s 50s and 60s, once a kitschy craft form and now highly collectable.  More than 40 pieces of Bruce’s total collection of 300 will be on display. In addition, Bruce’s own art, mixed media watercolor and ink pieces, will be on view.

The McCourtney Collection
Art fills my soul and inspires me.” — Perry McCourtney.
Perry McCourtney purchased his first “major” piece of art in college, and from there he was hooked! His collection spans 30 years of collecting. It is eclectic, varying from the masters to modern abstracts. In Perry’s opinion, “Art should make you think, make you feel.” Perry has been known to buy art instead of groceries some weeks.

The Murray-Beliveau Collection
Visitors will find a diverse collection of art from around the state and globe, housed in one of Hallowell’s classic historical homes.  This collection features subject matter including moose, snow and eggs; chimneys and dragons; bird eyes and park benches, plus “People Pots” and sculpture! The many media represented include photos, oils, gouache, chalk, pottery and more.  Cynthia Murray-Beliveau and Severin Beliveau welcome you to come view their treasured collection!

The Ottmann Collection
Connie Ottmann is only the second owner of a classic 1930s cape located on a large, in-town lot in the heart of Hallowell.  Her charming and comfortable home features a formal dining room, enclosed porch/studio, and a front-to-back living room with fireplace, arched entry, and French doors, a perfect backdrop for Connie’s own paintings and hand-glazed pottery, as well as other local artists’ paintings and three-dimensional work.  Enjoy the grounds and wood carvings as well!

The Shed and Davis Collection
Sarah Shed and Joel Davis have lived at 72 Middle Street since 1979 and have been gradually filling the house with art by friends, Hallowell artists, Maine artists, a few nationally recognized artists, and some work acquired in travels to faraway places. The pieces have come into their lives in a variety of ways; serendipity and auctions in support of good causes being the most common.

The Stearns and Brown Collection
Alan Stearns and Austin Brown renovated and expanded a small 1830s Greek revival cape purchased by them in 1998.  Their art collection includes local painters Christopher Cart, Jennifer Cart, Sandra Dunn, Bruce Habowski, Mark Poirier, Alesia Norling and sculptor Laurie Stearns (Alan’s sister).  The living room is dominated by Bas-Relief rubbings from temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, framed locally  by Jennifer Cart.  Wood prints from Portland’s Marjorie Niblock are also on display.
The Zardus Collection
Derek and Teresa Zardus moved to Hallowell approximately 7 years ago, purchasing their home, “Hallows Edge”, located at the edge of Hallowell. Their house alone has much character with its rich jewel toned walls and eclectic décor.  They fell in love with many area artists and started collecting work by some of their favorites, including Judith Schuppien, Kay Morris, Bill Haley, Cynthia Ahlstrin, Steve Plumer and Petrea Noyes.  Teresa’s personal photography and acrylic abstract artwork by Zardus Art is also displayed throughout their home.
The participating homes, all in or near downtown Hallowell, were selected to showcase not only their residents’ art collections, but also their relationships with their art, and the way art and living space are integrated in their personal spaces. Ticket holders will enjoy the opportunity to view an eclectic variety of art ranging from a Picasso to a vintage paint-by-number collection, with a strong showing of exceptional Maine artists.
Of the 2011 tour Hallowell resident Dawn Gallagher said, “[Art at Home] goes beyond art on view at a gallery or in a museum. Art is transformed within the context of a home, and it transforms the home as well. The room itself becomes an art composition, reflecting who lives there.”  
The Harlow Gallery will provide ticket holders with a detailed program guide including a map, and complete information on the individual collections. Volunteer docents will be present at each site to answer questions and give directions.  “Art at Home” ticket holders will be encouraged to explore Hallowell’s many fine dining and shopping establishments – many Hallowell business will be offering promotional discounts to ticket holders all day long, and these will be listed in the program guide. In addition, ticket holders will be entered in a random prize drawing for one of three original pieces of artwork on the day of the event. The prize drawing will take place at a reception at Easy Street Lounge at 7 Front Street in Hallowell at 2:30 pm. Please note that ticketholders must be present to win!
Ticket prices are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please contact the Harlow Gallery at 622-3813 or email
Art at Home is being sponsored by realtor Perry McCourtney of Hallowell and by our media sponsor, the Kennebec Journal. Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery have been made possible by our season sponsors, The Bank of Maine, Dead River Company, Kennebec Savings Bank and Mr. Brooks Harlow Jr., and especially through the support of our hometown, the City of  Hallowell.
The Harlow Gallery connects and celebrates art, artists and community.