46 Million Turkeys Exhibition, Thanksgiving Week

During the week of Thanksgiving, the Harlow Gallery is delighted to be hosting Cheryl Miller’s 46 Million Turkeys project!  Ms. Miller, an Augusta based artist, is exhibiting 15 years of turkey portraits and has invited the public to help her represent each of the 46 million turkeys who will be consumed in the United States over this Thanksgiving holiday. 

Coming from as far as Berlin, Belfast, and Rome, turkeys have been “flying” in from all over the world.   1,422,493 turkeys have been created as of November 12, 2013.  As part of the 46 Million Turkeys Project, artists and animal advocates have been creating turkey images as sculpture, paintings, drawings, collage, digital art and more and mailing them to Hallowell, Maine. The project even got a shout out in the Huffington Post on November 11 —

One does not have to be an artist to participate, click here to learn how to submit a turkey – or 1,000 – of your own! And visit the website for complete details about the project, including a Flickr album of turkeys submitted to date. Click here to see some 46 Million Turkeys Project submissions  on Flickr!

The public is welcome to stop by the gallery daily from noon to 8pm Monday, November 25 to Saturday, November 30 — including on Thanksgiving — to create turkeys (art supplies will be provided) and be part of the exhibit – or just view the exhibition and check up on the turkey count!


Sponsored by McKee Billings Attorneys of Augusta, Maine.


Special Events at the Harlow Gallery during Thanksgiving week include:

On Monday, November 25th from 5-8 p.m., Peace Ridge Sanctuary located in Penobscot, will host a vegan dessert potluck Check out the 46millionturkeys website for recipe sources.

On Tuesday, November 26th from 7-8 p.m. Founder of United Poultry Concerns (, Karen Davis will give a presentation on her book More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality.  Click here for more details. 

On Saturday, November 30th from 5-8 p.m. the public is invited to meet the artist and witness the final turkey count at a closing reception. After your holiday indulgence come join us some healthy plant-based noshes.