Archive for Hallowell

Job Opening: Executive Director at The Harlow


The Harlow (Kennebec Valley Art Association) is seeking an independent and creative chief executive to lead our member driven, community-based nonprofit and advance our mission to connect and celebrate art, artists and community.

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The Harlow Presents Joe Klofas Solo Exhibition and True to Life

Image credit: Joe Klofas, Pam Hetherly

True to Life is on view in the downstairs gallery March 29-April 27, highlights work by artists from the Harlow’s weekly life drawing group, which was run by Joe Klofas for over 20 years. A solo exhibition of drawings by Joe Klofas 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 for both exhibitions on Friday, March 29, 5-7pm. The Harlow is located at 100 Water Street in Hallowell.


Upcoming Workshops at The Harlow Gallery

Stacey Anderson


Upcoming workshops at The Harlow Gallery.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-1pm: Exploring Ceramic Cold Finish Techniques with Shawna Barnes

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm:Mosaic Picture Frames with Barb Loken

Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm:Intro to Watercolor Landscape with Stacey Anderson

Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm:Wood Carving with Rusted Pulchritude


Shawna Barnes


Spaces are limited, sign-up today by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing

The Harlow Announces Upcoming Workshops

Woodcarving by Rusted Pulchritude

Registration is now open for February and March art workshops at The Harlow. Register today and try something new or expand on existing skills. The lineup of classes includes wood carving, watercolor, mosaics, and ceramics.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Spaces are limited and can be reserved by calling 207-622-381 or emailing  All materials provided unless otherwise stated. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please visit or call 207-622-3813.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-1pm: Exploring Ceramic Cold Finish Techniques with Shawna Barnes: Come learn the difference between traditional ceramic glaze and cold finishes with sculptor Shawna Barnes. Hands on experimentation and exploration will be encouraged as we discuss the dozens of possible mediums you can use as a cold finish on sculptural ceramics. You will given bisqued relief tiles and/or ornaments to experiment with – shoe polish, wood stain, colored pencils, pastels, house paint, and more! Shawna is a ceramic artist specializing in sculpting animals with personality. She is based out of Knox, ME, and is a teaching artist leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Ages 10 & up. Cost: $30/Members, $35/Non-Members.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm: Mosaic Picture Frames with Barb Loken: Join exhibiting artist, Barb Loken and create a fun and unique mosaic picture frame embellished with glass and tile. Take home a one of a kind frame, or create as a gift for someone special. Gain inspiration as you work from Barb’s retrospective exhibition 50 Years of Art which is on view February 15 through March 23, 2019. Ages 10 & up. Maximum enrollment: 15 participants. Cost: $12/Kids, $15/Adults.

Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm: Intro to Watercolor Landscape with Stacey Anderson: Join artist and art educator Stacey Anderson in a beginners watercolor workshop which focuses on landscape painting.  We will be working from photographs, so please bring one along. Color, composition, and use of materials will be our focus in this 3 hour workshop. Ages 10 & up. Maximum enrollment: 20 participants. Cost: $20/Members, $25/Non Members, $15 Kids.
Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm: Wood Carving with Rusted Pulchritude: Learn a new wintertime craft (perfect for sitting around the woodstove) at this introductory course on how to make a functional cooking spatula out of green wood. You’ll receive hands-on experience with safe techniques using traditional hand tools and foundational wood carving skills. A lovely set of carving knives are included in the course fee for all participants so you can continue to carve on your own! This event is hosted by Aaron Margolis and Deirdre McGrath, who create wooden wares and sculptures in their studio in Ellsworth. Ages 18 & up. Cost: $75 + $50 Materials fee. Maximum enrollment: 8 participants. Deadline for registration is March 15th.

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. 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.

The Harlow Presents ‘Commonplace’


Maxwell Nolin ‘Burden’

The Harlow presents “Commonplace”, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Nathan Allard of Somerville and Maxwell Nolin of Belfast. The exhibition is on view January 4 – February 9  at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, January 4, 5-7pm.

Nathan Allard ‘Rachael’

In Commonplace, Allard and Nolin highlight people of New England through portraits and figure paintings represented in oil and egg tempera paint. The exhibition takes a look at the simple, quiet moments in life, and offers a space for contemplation and reflection.

8x10x100 and Holiday Members Show at The Harlow

The Harlow is home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a non-profit celebrating its 60th anniversary on December 1, 2018. The public is invited to celebrate the occasion and attend the opening reception for both 8x10x100 and our annual Holiday Members Show & Sale on Saturday, December 1st from 5-7pm.  Both are on view from December 1-29.
  • During8x10x100, all artworks measure 8×10 inches and are available for sale for the affordable price of $100 each. 50% of sales benefit programming at The Harlow while the other 50% goes directly to the artist.
  • The Harlow’s annual Holiday Members Show & Sale celebrates the diverse artwork styles of Harlow artist members and is a tradition dating back to the founding of the Gallery in 1963.
  • During both the 8x10x100 and the Members Show, work by Maine artists representing a wide range of media can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day. The public is invited to visit The Harlow and support local artists by choosing unique and handcrafted gifts this holiday season.

Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm.

Own a Piece of History: Unique Water Street Construction Artwork

Murals hanging on the fence along Water Street in Hallowell. Kennebec Journal staff photo by Joe Phelan.

Hallowell is known as a hub for arts and culture. During the recent Water Street road construction project the Hallowell community joined together to create mural art on canvases of varying sizes to brighten up the construction area. The murals displayed here for auction were created by civic leaders and organizations, local businesses and merchants, families, individuals including adults and children, schools and local artists. These one-of-a-kind works of art were displayed on the construction fencing throughout the road work and are now ready to become a unique part of your own art collection. Proceeds from this online auction will benefit future art projects sponsored by the Hallowell Arts and Cultural Council in cooperation with the Kennebec Valley Arts Association and the KVAA’s Harlow Gallery, a cornerstone of the arts in Hallowell since 1963.

Each mural is described in detail including approximate size and includes grommets suitable for hanging. Once the auction closes, each winning bidder will receive instructions as to how they may claim their work of art.

We ask all bidders to keep in mind that these lovely murals have been displayed in and around a construction zone and are sold AS IS. Your mural may have scratches, minor punctures or tears, weather damage or it may be a bit dusty. Consider it all a part of the unique provenance of your piece of Hallowell history!

3′ X 5′, mural painted by Jen Cart

To view the auction click the link below.  Note there are 5 pages of murals up for bids and you can search by artist’s name, title or key word (like flower or kids art).

The Harlow’s November Workshop Schedule

Woodblock print by Jaime Wing

The Harlow announces their schedule of workshops for the month of November, 2018 including bookbinding, woodblock printmaking, open studio sessions, and Bob Ross paint alongs. Registration is now open for these workshops, held at the Harlow’s new, larger location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Pre-registration is required for all workshops unless otherwise stated. Workshops at the Harlow offer something for everyone, whether it’s an opportunity to learn something new or expand on existing skills. Register for a workshop today by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing

Handmade Books by Cynthia Ahlstrin

The schedule of workshops for November, 2018 is as follows:

Saturdays, November 3 and 17, 10am-12pm: Open Studios: Come make art at the Harlow; bring your own supplies or project, or use any of our large assortment of supplies and materials. The gallery has many inspiring views from inside, outside, deckside and nearby. Both floors of the gallery offer expansive river views. The Harlow has everything from collage materials to button making supplies. We’re very excited to utilize our new space, and think you will be too. Bring a friend and an easel or drawing board and make a morning of it. Open to anyone. $5-$10 Suggested donation. No pre-registration required.

Saturday, November 10,10am-2pm:  Bookbinding with Cynthia Ahlstrin
In this four hour class, join visual book artist Cynthia Ahlstrin, to learn all the steps necessary to create a hardcover hollow back binding, sewn together with a pamphlet style stitch. Participants will also learn to make a simple jig, consider end papers and cover their book with book cloth and decorative paper. This workshop is a great introduction to bookbinding, but also a healthy refresher course for those with some experience in bookbinding. Participants should come prepared with a lunch/snack. Class size is limited to 10 people; ages 16 & up. All materials are included. $60 Members/ $65 Non-Members. Pre-registration required.
Wednesdays, November 7 and 21, 6:30-7:30pm:  Bob Ross Paint Along
Kick back and make art with American painter, art instructor, and television host Bob Ross. Open to all ages and experience levels. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are welcome to use the Harlow’s materials or bring their own. The goal of these events is to provide a laid back art-making atmosphere while painting along with Bob Ross’ instruction. Ideally, participants will leave with a finished painting. $15 members/$20 non members. Participants may sign up for any amount of sessions; there is no obligation to participate in the entire series. Pre-registration required.
Sundays, November 11 and 18, 10-1:  Intro to Woodblock Printmaking with Jaime Wing

Join local printmaker Jaime Wing for a two-part crash-course in traditional relief printing. Students will come away from the class with a good foundation of the history of block printing and the skills to go forth and create their own prints. Over the course of two sessions, Participants will design and carve their very own wood block and print a small edition of archival-quality prints. Although all materials will be provided, students are encouraged to bring drawings or images of inspiration for their design. No prior printmaking experience required! Class is limited to adults ages 18 & up. All materials are included. $85 Members/ $95 Non-Members. Pre-registration required.

Staff photo of a recent collage workshop by Allison McKeen

Harlow Gallery presents Proof Positive

“Escape” by Michele O’Keefe of Vinalhaven












The Harlow presents Proof Positive, an exhibition of art incorporating processes used in printmaking. Proof Positive celebrates the many techniques of printmaking; including but not limited to: screen prints, block prints, linocuts, woodcuts, intaglio, etchings, and others. The exhibition is on view October 19 through November 24 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell.

“Intertidal” by Liz Mcghee of Portland

Participating artists are as follows:

Augusta: Rachael Wilson
Bangor: Renate Klein and Linda Stearns
Brunswick: Judith Long
Freeport: James Chute
Gardiner: Allison McKeen
Hallowell: Sarah Lucas and Marguerite Ogden
Kents Hill: Lauren Olson
Lewiston: Thor Smith
Lovell: Susan Sidwell
Mount Vernon: Pamela Hetherly
Oakland:Sara Grover McDougall
Portland: Liz McGhee and Larinda Meade
Pittston: Scott Minzy
French Phyllis Readfield
South Bristol: Kay Miller
South Portland: Simon and Sophia Torraca-Woodbury and Jeff Woodbury
Thomaston: Gretchen Mahoney
Vinalhaven: Michele O’Keefe
Westbrook: Wing Jaime
Winthrop: Barbara Coriell

The Harlow Seeks Work by Printmakers for “Proof Positive”

The Harlow seeks work by Maine printmakers for their upcoming exhibition “Proof Positive.” Image credit: Allison McKeen.

The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for “Proof Positive”, an open call juried exhibition of art incorporating processes used in printmaking. Submissions may include any and all techniques of printmaking; including but not limited to: screen prints, block prints, linocuts, woodcuts, intaglio, etchings, etc. Entries will be juried by a curatorial committee comprised of Harlow staff and local printmaker Scott Minzy.

Artists may submit to 4 pieces. Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the Harlow. Please note that return shipping will be actual cost plus $20 to cover staff time. Reproductions such as photocopies and giclee prints are not acceptable. The Harlow also welcomes multi-media, digital, and/or installation submissions to be considered for their newly designated multi-media/installation room.

For complete information and to submit your work please visit:

Deadline: October 1, 2018 by 11:59pm

Exhibition on view:October 19 – November 24, 2018

Where: The Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

Contact: Allison McKeen, Marketing Manager, 207-622-3813,