The Luthiers’ Showcase



The Harlow, in partnership with the City of Hallowell, present The Luthiers’ Craft, on view October 5-14, 2018 at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The Luthier’s Craft showcases Maine-made acoustic and electric instruments – both traditional and contemporary in design – as part of the Second Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase festival weekend presented by the City of Hallowell. A closing reception will be held Sunday, October 14 from 4-5pm including an award ceremony, raffle drawing, and live music by Denny Breau.

The Luthiers’ Showcase at the Harlow is presented in conjunction with Hallowell’s Second Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase, a weekend-long event sharing a diverse and accomplished lineup of musicians and stringed instrument makers representing a broad cross section of the state.

More information, an event list and weekend festival passes are available at:

“We have musicians coming from as far away as Bangor, Portland, and even Monhegan Island, and also from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, to perform at this year’s music showcase,” said Festival Manager Nate Rudy, who is also Hallowell’s City Manager.  “We’re going to have a great time in Hallowell as we recognize and celebrate Maine Craft Weekend.”

The music festival recognizing Maine’s stringed instrument making and performing music culture began last year, and has quickly grown from a few intimate performances to a weekend-long schedule of live music, craft talks, instrument raffles, a stringed instrument exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell, and a collaboration with the Maine Craft Association that features a second exhibition at the Center for Maine Craft at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza and keynote speaker Ned Steinberger, a recognized innovator and leader in stringed instrument design and manufacture, who is also a Maine resident. The weekend features exhibitions of Maine-made acoustic and electric guitars, violins, and other stringed instruments, and performances by musicians playing these instruments on-stage and at the gallery exhibitions.

“We’ve booked some of the best bands and musicians in Maine for this year’s music showcase,” said music coordinator Chris Poulson, “including The Awesome, Ellis Falls, Katie Matzell, and a range of Hallowell favorites plus veteran guitar heroes like Denny Breau, Roger Sampson, and Robbie Coffin.”  Music performances will be hosted in venues around Hallowell including the City Hall Auditorium and restaurants and pubs on Water Street. Hallowell will also be marking the close to its Maine DOT road construction project, and downtown business owners like Deb Fahy from the Harlow Gallery are looking forward to the music festival as a renewal of Hallowell’s vibrant downtown arts and culture influence. The festival is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“There are a lot of great things happening in Hallowell right now,” said Fahy, ”and we want to keep the momentum up and celebrate our musicians and craftspeople, and what they contribute to Maine’s culture and our downtown communities.”

The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by the City of HallowellKennebec Savings BankThe Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.  

Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard PressCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy Afters Candy ShoppeSlates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation.

Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.