Archive for Hallowell

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).

https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=15806

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 harlowgallery@gmail.com.

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: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-proof-positive/

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, kvaa@harlowgallery.org

The Harlow announces September schedule of art workshops

The Harlow announces upcoming arts workshops in their new location at 100 Water Street, Hallowell including watercolor lead by Diane Dubreuil, and more.

The Harlow announces their schedule of workshops for the month of September, 2018 including painting with different techniques, making your own custom tote bag, and open studios. 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. Spaces are limited and can be reserved by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing harlowgallery@gmail.com.

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

Saturday, September 1, 10am-12pm: Open Studios: Bring your own supplies or project, or use any of our large assortment of supplies and materials during Open Studio. The Harlow has many inspiring views from inside, outside, deckside and nearby. We have everything from collage materials to button making supplies. Both floors of the gallery offer expansive river views, or tottle down to the rainbow chairs on the bulkhead and work outside. Bring your easel or drawing board and make a morning of it. Open to anyone. $5-$10 Suggested donation. No pre-registration required.

Saturday, September 8th, 9-1: CANMP Workshop with Penny Markley
Lead by Penny Markley in conjunction with the Capital Area New Mainers Project (CANMP), this workshop offers a place to create, and supplies to anyone who has an idea to express in response to the Harlow’s call for art for “A Nation of Immigrants: Home Lost, Home Found”. You can choose to work in acrylic, pastel, or watercolor. If you have supplies that you like to use, please bring them, there will also be supplies provided by the gallery. Cost is $15, Scholarships available for new Mainer’s. All ages, children must have an adult present. Please give your preferred medium when registering for this workshop. Pre-registration required.

Saturday September 15th, 10-12: Create and Take: Totes!
Using a variety of materials (stencils, stamps, paints, and fabric markers), create a unique and individual tote to reflect your personal style and interests. Use for the library, school, farmer’s market or as an everyday handbag. All materials provided including the tote. All ages, children must have an adult present. $15 Members/$20 Non-Members. Pre-registration required.

Saturday September 22, 10-1: Alcohol Ink Workshop with visiting Artist Jean Nitzel:
Learn the fun and colorful technique of alcohol ink painting with visiting Artist Jean Nitzel. This 3 hour course will allow you to learn the basic process, experiment and create a unique piece of art. You will leave with a completed painting and some supplies to continue on your own. Class size is limited to 15 people, Ages 18 & Up. All materials included. $40/Members $45/Non-Members. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, September 29th, 10-1: Introduction to Watercolor with Diane Dubreuil.
This workshop with water-colorist Diane Dubreuil (dianedubreuil.com) is designed for anyone who wishes to begin painting with watercolors or who may need help redirecting his/her creative thinking. Together we will establish some basic painting vocabulary, explore the basics of using equipment and watercolor paint, and have some fun too. Class size is limited to 10, all materials included. Please bring a bag lunch. Cost is $40 for Members $45 for Non-Members. Ages 16 & Up. Pre-registration required.

For more details or to register please visit www.harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Harlow Gallery Happenings | August 2018

BRUCE MAYO | ENJOY THE HUE

ON VIEW: AUGUST 3-SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Enjoy The Hue is a solo exhibition, spanning both floors of the gallery, of work by artist Bruce Mayo of Hallowell. Enjoy the Hue marks Bruce Mayo’s 30 year anniversary of creating whimsical, ethereal, playful art with a twist. Acrylic, watercolor, and inks are used to create mystical images revolving around musicians, pups, portraits, fish, landscapes and more. Since his first official public art showing in 1988 at Slates Restaurant Mayo has remained very prolific. He is constantly inspired by his surroundings; including frequent trips to Rangely and especially by his home town of Hallowell. The exhibition features no shortage of color and spirit as Mayo’s vibrant artwork covers both floors of The Harlow. Mayo has dedicated the exhibition to his late Grandmother Jeanette, “whose easel in the spare bedroom always had a painting on it when I visited”, he said.

OPEN STUDIOS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 & 18, 10AM-1PM
So many inspiring views from inside, outside, deckside and nearby The Harlow. Bring your own supplies or project, or use any of our large assortment of supplies and materials. Both floors of the gallery offer expansive river views, or tottle down to the rainbow chairs on the bulkhead and work outside. Bring your easel or drawing board and make a morning of it! Open to anyone. $5-$10 Suggested donation. No pre-registration required.

CERAMICS WORKSHOP W/
BARB LOKEN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 10AM-1PM
Create work inspired by our call for art; A Nation of Immigrants: Home Lost, Home Found, with ceramic artist Barb Loken. We will be using clay to create mugs which will then be decorated to reflect personal interpretations of the call for art. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 person/all materials included. Fee waivers available for ‘New Mainers’.

3 PLATE MONOPRINTS W/ KRIS SADER

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 10AM-3PM
Learn the technique of monotype printing with artist and instructor Kris Sader this Summer at The Harlow. This workshop is open to anyone interested; whether experienced or novice. Monoprinting offers the opportunity of color mixing/interactions, and mark making that allows for the luminosity of the paper to add excitement to the print. Learn to understand viscosity of ink, modify ink, and lay down an even layer of ink on a transparent surface. Space is limited to 10 participants. Member Tuition: $70 | Non Members Tuition: $75.

RIVER PRINTS W/ COMMON STREET ARTS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 11AM-12PM
Try your hand at Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish and animal printing. All the featured animals, from trout to bull frogs, are species commonly found in the Kennebec River. Come print with us! This workshop is in collaboration with the exhibition Ebb and Flow: Reflections on the Kennebec River on view at Common Street Arts. Ebb and Flow features work from the members of Harlow Gallery, Wesserunsett Arts Council, Common Street Arts, and Waterville Area Art Society. First come-first served. Class is limited to 20 participants. Free/donations welcome.

Click here for more details. 

Bruce Mayo Solo Show Opens at The Harlow

BRUCE MAYO | ENJOY THE HUE

ON VIEW: AUGUST 3 – SEPTEMBER 1 | OPENING: FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 5-7PM

The Harlow presentsEnjoy The Hue”, a solo exhibition of artwork by artist Bruce Mayo of Hallowell, on view August 3 – September 1 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artist on Friday, August 3, 5-7pm.

Enjoy The Hue marks Bruce Mayo’s 30 year anniversary of creating whimsical, ethereal, playful art with a twist. Acrylic, watercolor, and inks are used to create mystical images revolving around musicians, pups, portraits, fish, landscapes and more. Since his first official public art showing in 1988 at Slates Restaurant Mayo has remained very prolific. He is constantly inspired by his surroundings; including frequent trips to Rangely and especially by his home town of Hallowell. The exhibition features no shortage of color and spirit as Mayo’s vibrant artwork covers both floors of The Harlow. Mayo has dedicated the exhibition to his late Grandmother Jeanette, “whose easel in the spare bedroom always had a painting on it when I visited”,  he said.

Natasha Mayers & Kenny Cole: Men in Suits/Men in Trouble

“Mountain” Nastasha Mayers

ON VIEW: JUNE 6 – 30, 2018 | OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 5-7PM, FILM SCREENING 7PM

“Men in Suits/Men in Trouble” is a two-person show featuring work by Natasha Mayers and Kenny Cole. “Men in Suits/Men in Trouble” is on view at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Friday, June 8, 5-7pm. The reception will be followed by a short preview of footage from an upcoming film about Natasha Mayers. The public is invited to attend and meet Natasha and Kenny as well as the filmmakers.

“Natasha Mayers: an Un-still Life,” is the working title for a documentary-art film in the Maine Masters series about the activist artist. Filmmakers Anita Clearfield and Geoffrey Leighton use animation, live action, and in-depth interviews to get inside her art process and bring to life this extraordinary artist. The filmmakers believe that now, more than ever, audiences want to see truthful, creative role models like Natasha Mayers, who is known as the “best activist artist” in Maine and who Senator George Mitchell called a “state treasure.” The filmmakers will be present at 7 PM on the night of the opening to screen short excerpts from the film and answer questions about their collaboration with Natasha.
Much of the work in this exhibit depicts men wearing suits or costumes in a seemingly unending array of scenarios. As articles of clothing tie their work together, so does the idea that the men are in trouble.

They view a world in trouble, full of violence toward one another and the planet, with men, historically, at the center of the problem. There are the powerful ones who are intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, and those who lost not only their savings/jobs, but also their meaning, relevance, and dignity. Thus the work reflects anger, frustration, a sense of the absurd, and analysis of what masculine power, white privilege and tradition have wrought.

Natasha Mayers: ““Men in Suits” materialized in my work after the financial crisis of 2008, when the predatory practices that wrecked the housing market and economy came to light. The banksters were rewarded with bailouts and bonuses. They needed to be exposed, so I inserted them into international postcard scenes. Next they inhabited my paintings, looming and commandeering the landscape. They could get away with doing whatever they wanted, assured of their place and their right to be there. They were often the perpetrators, culpable for many of the world’s problems, but sometimes they became the victims of even bigger forces.

The subject continues to interest me because men in suits, at the nexus of corporate, financial, and military power, help to explain what we are doing as a country. They reveal our shared sense of entitlement and belief in the American Dream and the national myth of U.S. exceptionalism. They represent our intoxication by those values that put profit ahead of morality. We grant them immunity from prosecution and let them steal our jobs, savings, and homes, destroy the planet, deport immigrants, harass women, and make endless war.

In these enraging times, with a red tie man in charge, I’m still painting Men in Suits, but they are becoming Men in Trouble. Some are perpetrators, while many are hapless (and headless), intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, hooded, trapped in their suits, damned, and doomed. Some of the recent work sets them on fire, saws them in half, throws them into ovens, turns them into chairs, stacks them in towers, drops them in trash heaps, sets them against each other, strips their clothes off, ties them up, isolates or drowns them.

I’m expressing my outrage and disappointment about what’s happening in the world, trying to transform the anger that so many of us are feeling about power imbalances and injustice. I try to talk about what is scary and threatening to me/us with a touch of irony, humor, pattern, exuberant color, and eccentricity. When you view my work, I hope that you will get more in touch with your unease about what’s going on, and sense the emergency and the madness of it, and then go and change the world or get arrested or make more art.”

Kenny Cole: “I am convinced that being an artist, even a painter of flowers in vases, is a political act. Thus my art confidently veers in to areas that are socially charged in an effort to open a dialogue via an art experience. For this show I’ve pulled together a thread in my practice that explores masculine motifs whose identities have evolved via the guise of a colorful costume. The motifs or characters that populate my work have been written in to our collective cultural psyche to the degree that their identity can be recognized even from a small part of their complete costume. Alas they are all men in suits.

As an artist, one of the more powerful tools in our kit, color, defines our work significantly, depending on how we employ it. In seeking to uncover the sources of discord in the world I have observed that historically, those in power have found a great usefulness and purpose in employing color. Some to achieve political gain through say the pageantry of flags and uniforms; others financial gain through brand identity. Within this collection of drawings and paintings then, my task has been two-fold, to reclaim the unconscious influences of color and to re-work it’s collective associations through a playful narrative. In this respect my gender stand-ins are in trouble. They know not how they got to be whom they are and are being set to perform tasks and roles that do not necessarily conform to their encoding.”

The Harlow seeks Art for Dog Days, an Art Show for Dogs

The Harlow seeks artwork work for Dog Days. Deadline is June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm. Pictured: Weginald Watts; Wedge or Wedgie for short. Courtesy photo.

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow invites Maine artists and dog lovers to submit work for Dog Days, a light-hearted art exhibition celebrating our loyal canine companions. During this exhibit, dogs will be welcomed into the gallery to enjoy the art which will be displayed at dogs’ eye level. Artwork submitted does not necessarily have to be explicitly about dogs, rather we are asking artists to create art for dogs to enjoy. The deadline for email submissions is Friday, June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Dog Days is on view July 6 – 14, 2018 at the Harlow at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception Friday, July 6, 5-7pm, in tandem with the opening reception for the Summer Member’s Show. No dogs will be allowed at the opening reception, however well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend the exhibition anytime following the reception during open hours, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.. Dogs must be leashed or carried at all times. Only one dog per human at a time. Suggested admission is a donation of pet food for The Cohen Center’s AniMeals program. Learn more about AniMeals here: https://www.spectrumgenerations.org/nutrition-services/animeals

Artists may submit to 4 pieces. All media welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Artworks incorporating edible elements cannot be exhibited, but a box of dog biscuits will be available at the door for very good boys and girls. Please refrain from including obvious triggering subjects such as fire hydrants, etc. Participating artists must agree not to hold the Harlow accountable for any damage caused by overly enthusiastic or otherwise inappropriate canine art appreciators.

Visit the following URL for complete entry rules and instructions to submit your work: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-dog-days/. For more information please call 207-622-3813 or email kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

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 and Sunday 12-4pm.

Dog Days is sponsored by Melinda and Doug Jennings.