Plein-Air Oil Painting with J. Thomas R. Higgins

For the painter with some experience in wet-into-wet oil technique, who seeks the rewards and challenges of working spontaneously, from direct observation, at a historic site overlooking the Kennebec River.  The instructor will provide a painting demonstration and individual instruction.  Participants will share their creative experiences at the end of the workshop.  Plan to pack a lunch and picnic on the grounds. Upon registration, the Harlow Gallery will provide you with a list of suggested supplies and equipment.

A plein air painter of the first degree, Tom Higgins balances both art and nature – the act of painting and the subject of his painting – in equal measure at the tip of his brush. His enthusiasm for his subject – usually a respectful view of a solitary Maine prospect – and his interest in technique, applying paint quickly before the moment passes, has propelled him to the front ranks of contemporary Maine landscape painters.  See more of his work at Greenhut Galleries online.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013

Rain Date: Sunday, May 12

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Place:  The Vaughan Homestead

Instructor: J. Thomas R. Higgins Professor Emeritus, University of Maine Farmington

Tuition: $75 for members* $90 for non-members

3 September 2011 – J.Thomas R.Higgins, oil on linen, 30 x 40 inches

The Harlow Gallery is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a  series of exhibitions celebrating community in 2013. This July, in partnership with the Vaughan Homestead Foundation, artist members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association will present Vaughan Vignettes, an art exhibition celebrating the legacy of the Vaughan family in Hallowell.   The two organizations are offering a series of art workshops to give artists opportunities to create art on the grounds of Vaughan Homestead this winter and into spring.

The art exhibition, Vaughan Vignettes, will take place at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell July 5 – 27, 2013, with an opening reception on Friday, July 5, 5-8pm.  Artists must be current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association to participate in the art show, but the workshop series is open to everyone.  For information about joining the Kennebec Valley Art Association, visit For information about the Vaughan Homestead Foundation, visit

To sign up for a workshop, call the Harlow Gallery at 207-622-3813, or email Payment is required in advance to hold your seat. Space is limited, so it is advisable to register early.