The Harlow says farewell to Deb Fahy, longtime Executive Director

Dear KVAA Supporter,

In recognition of your role as a key part of The Harlow, I wanted to share with you that Deb Fahy has informed the KVAA Board that she will be leaving the organization early this summer. Deb said, “My time at The Harlow has been a wonderfully rewarding experience as we’ve built on The Harlow’s mission to connect and celebrate art, artists and community, but after 14 years, I am ready for some new challenges. I am confident that The Harlow is on a firm foundation and will continue to thrive.”

When we learned about Deb’s plans, I asked a few people to reflect on how The Harlow had grown during Deb’s tenure.

Anne Young, KVAA Board of Directors said “When Deb took over, she transformed the gallery into a place where the vibe was palpable even to someone looking in the windows while walking by. The Harlow grew into a strong and respected presence (with a capital P) in our community. With Deb at the helm, The Harlow became a place you noticed, read about, heard people talk about, developed a curiosity about. There was variety and excitement in the shows. Interesting public events were offered to the general community, not just artists. After several years, people attending public forums agreed that The Harlow had become Hallowell’s community center!

Helene Farrar, Vice Chair of the Board and longtime member said The Harlow is now known for “creating an aesthetic for art of all different strides, art for social engagement and dialogue, and a catalyst for creative culture in Central Maine.

Former KVAA Program Director, Nancy Barron, said ”Deb was/is instrumental in getting The Harlow on people’s radar. She put together good teams, and then allowed them to do their jobs – on committees, the board and staff. She also recognized what powerful tools the database, website and social media were for a small non profit gallery.

The ongoing support of so many wonderful people has played a critical role in the development of The Harlow. The staff and Board are sincerely grateful for our community’s continued investment in this important organization. Clearly Deb will be missed, but we are excited for the future and plan to move forward building on the legacy of creativity, hard work and community involvement that Deb leaves behind.

You are warmly invited to stop by The Harlow over the next few months to wish Deb well. 

A farewell gathering is being planned for this spring.

For information about the Executive Director job opening please click here.


Susan MacPherson
KVAA Board of Directors