The board of directors of the Harlow Gallery / Kennebec Valley Art Association entrusted our scholarship funds to the Maine Community Foundation as of 2010, to meet our goals of improved oversight and ongoing professional financial management.  There are two scholarship funds now in their care. The Tardiff/Fine scholarship benefits a graduating senior at Cony High School in Augusta, and the KVAA Memorial Scholarship benefits a graduating senior at Hall-Dale High School.

Tardiff/Fine Scholarship

This scholarship in memory of two long-time members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in Hallowell supports a graduating senior at Cony High School pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts or art education. Visit the Maine Community Foundation’s Scholarship page for Kennebec County for details.

Antoinette Tardiff

Antoinette Tardiff an Augusta native, was a charter member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, founded in 1958. Antoinette started painting in 1951 and found it to be a rewarding expression of her feelings and ideas which she enjoyed sharing with others. She painted in different media, but preferred watercolor. She studied art with James Elliot, John Muench, Marion Chapman, Leo Meissner and Frederic Hynd. Antoinette herself taught art as a volunteer at the Augusta Mental Health Institute, and also in Augusta schools and surrounding communities. Works by Antoinette Tardiff can be found in collections throughout the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, especially Canada. During her lifetime, Mrs. Tardiff’s work was exhibited widely in Maine, most notably the Maine State Art Festival at the Statehouse in Augusta, the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Cumston Hall in Monmouth and at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. In 1978 one of her seascapes was selected for display in the office of the late Senator Edmund Muskie in Washington, D.C.

Blanche T. Fine was a member of the KVAA from 1967 until her death in 1977. While she resided in Maine she was an active and loyal member of the art association, where she volunteered as a gallery “hostess” through the 60’s. She continued to support the KVAA after she and her husband retired to Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Blanche’s husband, Dr. Salem Fine, established the scholarship in her memory in 1978.

For more information visit the Maine Community Foundation’s Kennebec County scholarship page.

To donate to this fund, contact the Maine Community Foundation
(207) 667-9735, ext. 1106 • toll-free 877-700-6800


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Kennebec Valley Art Association Memorial Scholarship Fund

Started in the 1960s by the board of directors of the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA)  in Hallowell, the fund was created as a way of honoring members of the art association and their loved ones. The fund was moved to the Maine Community Foundation in 2010 and now provides assistance to a graduating senior from Hall-Dale High School who is pursuing studies in the visual arts or in art education. Interested Hall-Dale students should enquire through the school Guidance Office.

For more information visit the Maine Community Foundation’s Kennebec County scholarship page.  To donate to this fund, contact the Maine Community Foundation: (207) 667-9735, ext. 1106 • toll-free 877-700-6800. 

Please contact Deborah Fahy at the Harlow Gallery to add a name or names to the memorial list below after making your gift.


Alice Ashley

Alta Ashley

Anne Bernstein

Michael Bosko

Lynn Fairbrother (age 15 at her death, she was the grand-daughter of  founding member Linwood Partridge)

Esther Laughlin

Sandra Lipman

Leo Meissner

Linwood Partridge

Marian Partridge

Lura S. Titcomb

Louise D. Webber