Archive for Hallowell

Call for Art: ‘art + gender’

The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork to “art + gender,” a juried exhibition that explores the relationship between gender and society. “Art + gender” will be on view Aug. 6 to Sept. 11 at 100 Water St. in Hallowell with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 6. “Art + Gender” is open to all New England-based artists. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. July 1.

The Harlow is celebrating artists whose work explores and engages with gender issues, gender identity and gender equity in the art world. Artwork that employs a wide range of approaches will be chosen. The criteria for participation in this show are that you were in a group that has been historically excluded from showing art, or your art addresses the issues of those that have been left out. The show will include work that addresses the broader social and political questions and contexts that intersect with gender identity. 

Harlow’s primary interest is not just in this as subject but in showing work that gives visibility to artists of all genders, including men, women, transgender people, LGBTQ people, those with intersecting identities who do not express gender as subject but who have been ignored by the art world and in particular in Maine. Gender nonconforming communities see their existence debated by politicians; Harlow wants to see these artists take back the narrative.

The show will be curated by Susan Leslie Maasch. Maasch studied art history and started exhibiting art in New Haven Connecticut in 1988. She owned two galleries in Maine, with a range of contemporary art, from 1996 through 2016. Maasch is the founder of the Trans Youth Equality Foundation, established in 2007. Her office is in Portland.

Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, ceramics and installation. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years. Art that has been previously exhibited at the Harlow is not eligible. All works entered must be original work by the submitting artist. Giclees and other reproductions are not eligible.

See https://www.harlowgallery.org/post/call-for-art-art-gender for more information.

Important dates:

July 1: Complete entries due by 11:59 p.m. Digital images, entry form and fee must be received on or before this date for preliminary judging. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

July 11: Preliminary screening complete and notification of results emailed to artists by this date.

Aug. 6: Opening reception in conjunction with Hallowell Pride

Aug. 6 to Sept. 11: exhibition on view at the Harlow (hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday)

‘Abbott Meader: Land Visions Seen and Imagined — A Retrospective’ at the Harlow

“Near the Kidney Pond Inlet, Baxter Park”

The Harlow presents “Abbott Meader: Land Visions Seen and Imagined — A Retrospective” from June 9 to July 3 at 100 Water St. in Hallowell.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Charles Abbott Meader, the son of Albion parents and descended from over four generations of Maine natives, was born in August 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. During his childhood, he summered with relatives in Maine and wintered in Brooklyn, where he attended public schools. He was a kid who was always drawing something, and his mother and others encouraged him to continue. While his high school art teacher suggested that he go to Pratt Institute, he instead ended up at Dartmouth College, studying art history and taking all the studio courses they then offered. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1957 and went off to Paris on a one-year fellowship. There he met Nancy Brecht, and they have been married for 62 years.

The two traveled west to the University of Colorado, where Abbott studied with noted painter Richard Diebenkorn, among others, became a friend of experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1960. A year later, he had the good fortune to be offered a position near his ancestral home in Maine as the first studio instructor at Colby College. He taught there until 1974, when he left in order to have more time to paint, draw, make films, assist Nancy with her expanding pottery career, and deal more closely with the parenting of three kids. Then, in 1983, he returned to Colby as a part-time faculty member and taught there until his retirement in 1998.

In the artist’s own words:

In this exhibit I look back across several decades at many of my approaches to landscape subjects. You will find plein air drawings and paintings here — pieces done outside, on site — as well as studio pieces developed from sketches and photographs. There are also some pure “inventions” that derive from combinations of observation, memory, and imagination — “hybrids”, if you will.

Over the years, I have done considerable non-objective work as well — work that is generally called by the vague term “abstraction” — yet mostly I reference observable sources in some manner, and especially landscape subjects. At the same time you will see that I seldom present a strict rendering of something observed, but rather seek to express a dialogue between the visual elements I see and my inner feelings about them. I grew up strongly influenced by Abstract Expressionism yet just as strongly by the long history of landscape painting in Europe and America. Winslow Homer. Vincent Van Gogh. Jackson Pollock. Marsden Hartley. Willem de Kooning. Henri Matisse. Georgia O’Keeffe. I could go on and on but will only mention the West Coast figurative artists, and especially Richard Diebenkorn, with whom I studied one summer at the University of Colorado. And I will only add that I believe that in some deep sense all true artists are realists, and that there are many forms of realism.

The work here spans 40 years, from 1981 to 2021. It has been a long trip, and these pieces are a few stops I’ve made along the way.

Learn more at https://www.harlowgallery.org/post/abbott-meader-land-visions-seen-and-imagined-a-retrospective-june-9-july-3-2021.

‘Art2021’ prize winners announced

The Harlow recently announced the prize winners of its 26th annual juried “Art2021” show.

The Harlow is at 100 Water St., Hallowell. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, email info@harlowgallery.org, call 207-622-3813, or follow the Harlow @the.harlow and @harlow.craft.shop.

Art2021 annual juried show at the Harlow

The Harlow presents Art2021, its 26th annual juried show, April 23 through May 29.

Juror Barbara Sullivan selected 81 works of art by 75 artists, out of a total of more than 300 pieces submitted by 108 artists. Sullivan is a painter/sculptor and installation artist living in Maine.

Art2021 Juror Barbara Sullivan.

She works in the age-old medium of fresco, which she learned when she was the head cook at The Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting.

A closing (in-person and virtual) reception will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. May 21, with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

The Harlow is at 100 Water St., Hallowell. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, email info@harlowgallery.org, call 207-622-3813, go to https://www.harlowgallery.org, or follow the Harlow @the.harlow and @harlow.craft.shop.

Happy New Year from the Harlow

Cropped Image from Assemblage by Harlow Member Andre Benoit

 

“Allow yourself to dream your biggest dreams.. You deserve it. You can be anything you dream. You are the writer of your own story. I feel at peace and ready for the next round of adventures. Life is such a beautiful gift. Happy New Year to all of you kind souls that keep me inspired to live my dreams. ” ~ borrowed and adapted from Photographer Sarah Ann Loreth.

Happy New Year from the Harlow! And thank you for helping us through the most challenging of a year and for all in the arts! If you are still considering giving to the Harlow for your end of the year gift giving, you can do it here.

We are SO excited for the year ahead and in coming weeks will share with you what’s ahead and some exciting news!  Stay tuned for our upcoming newsletter!

A reminder that our members exhibition Homecoming is still on view until January 2, 2021. An exhibition sampler exhibition can also also be found online here   The gallery is only open on Saturdays from 11 to 4 PM and by appointment. Please email harlowgallery@gmail.com to arrange a time for you and yours. We hope to reopen with expanded hours soon.

Cheers to you and yours, and happy, healthy and fruitful 2021!

~ Your Friends at the Harlow Gallery

Intro to Abstract Art Workshop at The Harlow

 

The Harlow in Hallowell offers an introductory Abstract Art Workshop taught by Rachael Wilson.  Registration is required by January 22 and the class will be held on Saturday January 25 10:00-1:00.

The Harlow Presents Works by Andre Benoit

The Harlow in Hallowell presents a solo exhibition of mixed media artworks by Andre Benoit of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. His solo show of multidimensional works is on view October 25-November 30, 2019 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. 

Andre talks about his work, inspiration, and process: “My intent as an abstract assemblist sculptor is to represent the human form and iconic motifs with repurposed wooden remnants. The origin of the components of my constructs is from a myriad of sources and environments, where the workmanship of hand or machine and exposure to the out of doors or ocean has created contours and patina respectively that catch the eye and entertain and maintain the interest of the viewer, as often do the stories of acquisition of requisite wooden materials. Since the expansion of representation from plein air oil painting over 35 years to wooden assemblage sculpture, what now captures my attention and involvement in creativeness, is not a fore, mid or background but rather a single piece of wood.“ 

Andre Benoit Solo Show  is on view in the downstairs gallery in tandem with Art and The Land,  a juried group show celebrating the Kennebec Land Trusts 30th Anniversary on view in the upstairs gallery. Both shows are on view October 25-November 30, 2019.

The Harlow seeking art for “Art and the Land”

 

The Harlow, in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is seeking art for their upcoming exhibition “Art and the Land” – an open call juried show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the KLT. Art and The Land will be on view October 25-November 30, 2019 at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell.  Entries will be juried by staff members from The Harlow and the KLT.

The KLT works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. KLT protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming. To learn more about the KLT and for a full listing of their properties please visit www.tklt.org.

Call for Art

The Harlow, in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is seeking art for their upcoming exhibition “Art and the Land” – an open call juried show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the KLT. Art and The Land will be on view October 25-November 30, 2019 at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell.  Entries will be juried by staff members from The Harlow and the KLT. 

The KLT works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. KLT protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming. To learn more about the KLT and for a full listing of their properties please visit www.tklt.org.

The Harlow presents Women.Respond!

“1 in 6 Women” by Kaylin Cook

 

The Harlow presents Women.Respond!, a group art exhibition on view August 2-September 7, 2019 at 100 Water street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at an opening reception and party on Friday, August 2, from 5-7pm – featuring live music by Bait Bag and performance by Shaunna Rai.

The exhibition resulted from an open call to artists of all identities and backgrounds to submit work responding to the following: Body image, male sexual misconduct, discrimination, gender identity, likeability are just a few of many issues women are faced with on a daily basis. As a woman, how do you respond artistically to current events? If you are a person who does not identify as a woman – what attributes do you think are essential for defining female-ness in today’s world? Is it a fluid line? 

 

“Domestic” by Norma Johnsen

 

Women.Respond! highlights responses by over 40 Maine artists working in a wide range of media including painting, video, ceramics, fiber art, photography, mixed media, and more. Submissions were juried by a curatorial committee comprised of Deb Fahy, and Amy Peters Wood, and fine art and museum consultant Daphne Anderson Deeds. 

 

“Mask” by Dani Cournoyer

 

A list of participating artists by town is as follows:

Appleton: Lisa Mossel Vietze

Augusta: Paula Anastasio, Marie Palluotto, Valerie Porter

Bangor:Samantha Bullard

Belfast: Melissa Kelly

Biddeford:Cheryl Lichwell

Brunswick: Mae Billington, Felice Boucher, Pam Smith

Buxton: Kaylin Cook

Canton: Kelly Christopher

Cape Elizabeth: Maryjane Johnston

Center Lovell: Jeanne Ouellette

Cumberland: Meryl Ruth

Embden: Cindy Taylor Clark

Fairfield: Robin Duperry

Falmouth: Anne Strout

Farmington: Ann Arbor, Sandra Stanton

Gardiner: Elizabeth Bryson

Hallowell: Laura Endres, Cassie Rodrigues

Jefferson: Suzanna Lasker

Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes

Litchfield: Anita Clearfield

Monmouth: Lynn Murphy

Orr’s Island: Catherine Gibson

Parkman: Crystalline Hartford

Peaks Island: Norma Johnsen

Portland: Andrea Ferreira

Portland: Andrea Ferreira

Rochester, NH: Beth Wittenberg

Rockland: Victoria Marsh

South Gardiner: Alix Barron

South Paris: Ellen Rawding

South Portland: Kerrin Parkinson

Wayne: Sally Wagley

Winthrop: Nancy Emerson Lund

Woolwich: Martha Miller

York: Dani Cournoyer, Alicia Ethridge

 

Bait Bag

 

Women. Respond! is on view in the upstairs gallery in tandem with Formations – a group ceramics exhibition which is on display in the downstairs gallery August 2-September 7, 2019.

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 harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.