The Kennebec Valley Art Association proudly announces our 50th year of exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery. The Harlow opened at its current location in downtown Hallowell on November 17, 1963. In celebration of that milestone, we are celebrating with a community-minded series of exhibitions, including partnerships with SpinOff Studio, the Vaughan Homestead Foundation and the Kennebec Valley Humane Society; and will we be offering up to seven opportunities for Maine artists to exhibit their work at the Harlow Gallery in 2013.
The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association. We are a non-profit membership based art association promoting the arts in central Maine since 1958. Our mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community. Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery are chosen from among proposals submitted by artists. The exhibition committee, made up of staff and volunteers, reviews submissions twice yearly. Exhibition proposals are accepted anytime, with deadlines on April 1st and October 1st. Visit the “opportunities” section of our website for details.
Serving on the committee this past year were Michael Hudak, professional curator and former vice president of the KVAA board of directors; Marie Giguere, professional arts administrator and current secretary of the KVAA board of directors; Jodi Williams, professor of library studies at the University of Maine at Augusta, Farmingdale artist Scott King and Harlow staff members Deb Fahy and Nancy Barron.
NOTE: Schedule is current as of December 2012, but is subject to change. Please check website or call regarding current scheduling in 2013.
JANUARY – FEBRUARY
KVAA Members’ Holiday Art Show & Sale
A showcase of work by artist members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association. Art buyers can select work off the wall and take it home the same day. The artist gets to bring in another work of art to display.
On view through January 12, 2013 (continued from December)
Recent work by printmakers Sarah Vosmus, Willy Reddick, Donna Parkinson, Tony Kulik and Martha Briana. Dates for a series of printmaking workshops open to the community to be announced soon.
Opening Friday, January 18, 5-8pm, on view January 18 – February 9, 2013
Annual Silent Art Auction
Great deals on original art by local artists – you’ll find paintings, pastels, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and crafts by local artists -plus contemporary, vintage and antique art and prints donated by area collectors and more! Proceeds support exhibitions and programs at the Harlow all year. Donations welcome starting in January.
Special Valentine’s Day reception Thursday, February 14, (times TBA); on view and open for bids February 14 – 16, 2013 — Last bids on Saturday, February 16 at 4pm.
FEBRUARY – MARCH
Young at Art K-8
Tenth annual exhibit of artwork by elementary and middle school children in grades K-8 from schools throughout the greater Augusta area. Participating schools have included Hall-Dale, Lincoln, Farrington, Hussey, Gilbert, Hodgkins, Gardiner, Laura Richards, Chelsea, Pittston, Windsor and more. Families with children are especially invited to attend!
Two opening times on Saturday, February 23: 12-2 pm opening for artists in grades K-4 followed by a 2-4 pm opening for artists in grades 5-8; on view February 23 – March 9, 2013
Higher Forms of Art
Eighth annual showcase of work by area high school artists. Schools that have participated in recent years include: Cony, Hall-Dale, Gardiner, Maranacook, Monmouth, Readfield and Winthrop High Schools.
Opening Friday, March 15, 5 to 8 pm, on view March 15 – 30, 2013
Following our annual March exhibition of children’s art is PLAY, a showcase of art in the spirit of playfulness. This is an open call for art that is whimsical, fantastical, silly or humorous, or inspired by children’s art or childhood. Participation is open to the community and the deadline for electronic submissions is Friday, March 1. Visit the artist opportunities section on harlowgallery.org for details.
Opening Friday, April 5, 5 to 8 pm, on view April 5 – 27, 2013
MAY – JUNE
18th annual juried art show. Jurors this year are Maine arts writers Bob Keyes and Dan Kany. The Kennebec Valley Art Association’s annual juried show draws artists statewide with over $1,500 in prizes. For information on submitting your work visit harlowgallery.org.
Opening Friday, May 10, 5-8 pm with awards ceremony at 6pm; on view May 10 – June 1, 2013
Exhibition of collage and book arts (working title)
A showcase of collage and artists’ books. This is an open call; participation is open to the community and the deadline for electronic submissions is May 1. Visit the artist opportunities section on harlowgallery.org for details.
Opening Friday, June 7, 5-8 pm, on view June 7 – 29, 2013
The Vaughan Legacy (working title, may change)
The membership of the KVAA will present a special exhibition celebrating the Vaughan family legacy in Hallowell. Schedule of art and history lectures, workshops, demonstrations and plein art painting events will take place at the Vaughan Homestead and grounds and in Vaughan Woods from January to June 2013.
Opening Friday, July 5, 5-8pm, on view July 5 – 27, 2013
Micah Webbert & Allen Ponziani
Drawings and paintings by Micah Webbert and sculpture by Allen Ponziani
Opening Friday, August 2, 5 to 8 pm, on view August 2 – 24, 2013
Chris Cart Unplugged
A solo show of work by Hallowell artist Chris Cart
Opening Friday, September 6, 5-8 pm, on view September 6 – 28, 2013
All Creatures Great and Small II (working title, may change)
In partnership with the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. A group show of work on the subject of animals. An open call for work with the subject matter of animals in general; deadline for electronic submissions is September 1. Visit the artist opportunities section on harlowgallery.org for details. Sales proceeds benefit between Connor Animal Shelter in Augusta and the Harlow Gallery.
Opening Friday, October 4, 5-8 pm, on view October 4 – 26, 2013
Member’s Holiday Art Show & Sale
A showcase of work by artist members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association. During this special holiday show patrons can buy work off the wall and take it home the same day and the artist gets to bring in another work of art to display. In honor of the fact that the Harlow Gallery is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on November 17, we’ll be featuring art work by some of the key former members of the past fifty years.
Opening Friday, November 1, 5-8 pm, on view November 1 – 23, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving – It’s Tradition
Seventeen years of turkey portraits by Augusta artist Cheryl Miller. During the show the artist invites gallery visitors to participate in a performance art piece, as she attempts to use turkey-shaped hole punches to accumulate 45 million miniature paper turkeys to represent the number of turkeys consumed on Thanksgiving each year.
Closing Reception Saturday, November 30, 5-8pm, on view one week only – November 25 – 30, 2013
8x10x100 the final year
A fun fundraiser, 8x10x100 returns for the 7th year and FINAL year with proceeds supporting arts programming at the Harlow Gallery. The affordable price of $100 each allows even beginning collectors to go home with a beautiful work of original art that might normally sell for a lot more. Participating artists benefit too, receiving 50% of the sale price.
Opening on Friday, December 6 — on view December 2 – 28, 2013