A Year of Mindfulness: Janet Favor

“Eleven Below” by Janet Favor

The Harlow Gallery is starting off 2016 with “A Year of Mindfulness: 1 Picture, 1 Poem, Every Day For a Year”, a solo exhibit of the work of Janet Favor. Favor embarked on a year-long journey of diligently capturing her surroundings through photography and poetry. The public is invited to participate in that journey which will be on display January 20-30, 2016. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 22, 2016  5-8 PM with an Artist Talk 7-8 PM. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public; join us!

While walking my dog in December 2014 I formulated in my mind the outline of this project: each day for a year I would walk in mindfulness, take a photograph and write a haiku about it. My motivation was three fold:

  1. To stay in the present moment while walking, noticing nature, the light, and all that is around me.
  2. To carry my camera and find interesting things to photograph no matter the weather or my mood.
  3. To write an informal haiku with the 5-7-5 format about my feelings.

The magnitude of the project was a little scary but I was determined that it would stretch me in many ways. These three areas of my life: poetry, photography and the Buddha’s teachings are the foundation of my creativity and spirituality.” — Janet Favor

The 2016 exhibition season at the Harlow Gallery has been made possible by our season sponsors: Capitol Dental Care, Camden National BankDead River Company, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank, Rosemary Presnar, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, and by grant funding from Quimby Family Foundation.

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