True to Life

“Illumination” by Sandra Stanton


The Harlow presents “True to Life”, a group exhibition showcasing artists who work from the human figure. The exhibition is on view March 29-April 27 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. True to Life highlights work by artists from the Harlow’s weekly life drawing group, which was run by Joe Klofas for over 20 years. The exhibition coincides with Joe Klofas’ Solo Exhibition which is on view March 29-May 4 in the upstairs gallery. The public is invited at attend and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, March 29, 5-7pm.

The Harlow’s life drawing group has met for over 25 years. Joe Klofas ran the group from 1995 until 2017. Before Joe took over, it was run by Mark Poirier. It is currently being organized by Sandra Stanton and Penny Markley. The Harlow’s figure drawing group meets every Sunday beginning at 7pm. All are welcome. For more information please visit click here.

The work in this exhibition is not only about how artists observe and draw the human figure, it is also a tribute to the hard working models who sit in stillness for us, without whom this work would not be possible.

Life drawing is the practice of drawing the human figure from observation of a live model. The degree of representation may vary from highly detailed to loose and expressive. The tradition of working from the model has been a foundational skill for artists over the centuries. Artists of classical Greece, the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and further on into modern times have been concerned with drawing, painting, sculpting the human figure in a representational manner. Working from direct observation of the model is an essential part of this process. Both student, amateur, and professional artists continue to attend life drawing sessions to practice drawing skills their entire careers, just as musicians practice their instruments regularly.

We concern ourselves with the elements of drawing: anatomy, gesture, proportion, the use of light and shade to create form. The work that artists produce from these sessions can serve as inspiration for more developed work, sometimes in other mediums, painting, sculpture, printmaking, finely detailed drawings, or it can stand on its own. It can be intriguing to walk around the room and see the drawings produced during the session in all their varied perspectives.

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm. For more information please visit or call 207-622-3813.


True to Life is sponsored by Kennebec Valley Art Association. 

The Harlow is supported by the City of HallowellDirigo Capital AdvisorsKennebec Savings Bank, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.


2019 Season Sponsors are Camden National BankCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Great Gatherings, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe.

Programming is funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and by  a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Art.