|Students installing “Higher Forms of Art”, our annual exhibition of art from area high schools.
Opening Reception of our
Annual Summer Members’ Show & Sale
Workshop participants at November’s book-making Second Sunday event, lead by Cynthia Ahlstrin.
Opening Reception of our annual “Young at Art” show, featuring art from area elementary schools.
Dear Friends of the Harlow.
It’s been a banner year at the Harlow Gallery, with our mission of connecting and celebrating art, artists and community being successfully met many times over. Please consider a generous gift today to support that ongoing 54-year mission. Donations, sponsorships, and memberships represent 43% of our annual operating budget, which means we cannot do all we do, without you!
The Harlow Gallery may be a small space physically, but that’s not a measure of what we do. We are a cultural keystone in the community, going strong for over half a century now. Paul Allen, Co-Founder of Microsoft said, “ I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities…the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.” We are proudly fulfilling that role in central Maine!
We are also proud of our talented artist members for consistently showing powerful, finely crafted, thought provoking work. Sharing one’s paintings, photography, poetry or music requires taking a risk, so we commend the artists who do so – they are the heart and soul of the Harlow. As Barb Loken remarked upon retiring from teaching art at Hall-Dale High School, “Art is hard work that looks like fun!”
Loken’s words equally describe the hard work our staff does in the background to make every exhibition and event possible. 2016 has been a year of growth and reflection at the gallery. The financials are solid and we are in a position to look towards the future of the gallery; the board of directors is currently working on a strategic plan update through 2020.
When Winston Churchill was asked to cut the funding for the arts in favor of the war effort, he simply said “Then what are we fighting for?” He got it! As of course, did Picasso who said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so your donation is fully tax deductible.