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Harlow Gallery

June 30, 2017

Pop-up show

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow Gallery is hosting a pop-up show and sale of art and craft by the artists of SpinOff Studios. The SpinOff pop-up shop is open at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from Wednesday to Saturday, July 12-15. Gallery hours the week of Old Hallowell Day are 12-6pm Wednesday – Friday, with expanded hours on Old Hallowell Day, 10am -6pm.

SpinOff Studio, a “spin off” of Spindleworks of Brunswick, started out in Hallowell in 2012 before relocating to Gardiner. Both SpinOff and Spindleworks are nonprofit art centers for adults with disabilities. Their mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community. Stop in and welcome them back to Hallowell.

The SpinOff pop-up shop offers a vibrant selection of original art and craft, all handmade locally. Buy local and support both the artists of SpinOff Studios as well as the Harlow Gallery.

The Harlow Gallery located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm

Contact: Allison McKeen, Marketing Manager, 207-622-2813,,


CSA II: Community Supporting Arts

July 27, 2016

Call for Artists and CSA Farmers

Deadline to submit applications: September 1, 2016 at 11pm.

Where: 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

Contact: Allison McKeen, PR & Documentation, 207-622-2813,

CSA 2012: Artist Kate Emily Barnes was paired with Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan

CSA 2012: Artist Kate Emily Barnes was paired with Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan

HALLOWELL, ME – In 2012 the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. The CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery is thrilled to be bringing it back in 2017.

For more information about CSA 2012 visit

The Harlow Gallery is seeking 10 Maine artists to participate in CSA II  to be paired with 10 Maine farms. Each artist will seek inspiration in his or her counterpart’s life, work, landscape, ideals and challenges over the course of the 2017 growing season and create work based on their experiences and observations.  Partnering farmers will be those operating CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) farms. A CSA farm offers shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. Community Supported Agriculture is a grassroots response to the growing social and environmental problems of our modern industrial food system.

To submit your application or learn more please visit:


Young at Art Exhibit

February 11, 2016

Harlow Gallery Presents 13th Annual

Study of Leonid Afremov’s “The City By The Lake” by Hall-Dale Elementary School students will be on display as part of Harlow Gallery’s “Young at Art” K-8 exhibition on view February 20 - March 19, 2016.

Study of Leonid Afremov’s “The City By The Lake” by Hall-Dale Elementary School students will be on display as part of Harlow Gallery’s “Young at Art” K-8 exhibition on view February 20 – March 19, 2016.

HALLOWELL, ME – The 13th annual Young at Art 2016 exhibition of children’s artwork will be on display at Harlow Gallery from February 20 to March 19, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. In this exhibition area students from kindergarten through 8th grade have their work on display in the professional setting of the Harlow Gallery. Each year the Gallery invites art teachers from elementary and middle schools from throughout the greater Augusta area to select their best student art to showcase in this wonderful celebration of talented young artists and of the importance of arts in education.

The public is invited to celebrate the youngest artists in our community — families with children are especially encouraged to attend. Young at Art will be on view at Harlow Gallery from February 20 – March 19, 2016 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 20 from 10am – 4pm.

Due to the high volume of visitors for this show it is requested that participating artists and their families attend according to the following schedule. Families with more than one artist participating can choose to attend whichever time works best for them. Visitors not affiliated with a participating artist are welcome anytime between 10am – 4pm:

  • 10am– 12pm – artists in kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade
  • 12-2 pm – artists in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade
  • 2-4 pm – artists in 6th, 7th & 8th grade

Participating Schools, by town and listing art teachers are:

Farrington Elementary School, Augusta – Sarah Barnum

Lincoln School, Augusta – Robin Brooks

Hussey Elementary School – Anna Tibbetts

Silvio Gilbert Elementary School, Augusta – Sarah Barnum

Chelsea Elementary, Chelsea  – Sandra L Dunn

Hall-Dale Middle School, Farmingdale – Tess Hitchcock

Gardiner Regional Middle School, Gardiner – Stacy Anderson

Laura E. Richards School, Gardiner – Maxine Marquis

Riverview Elementary School, South Gardiner – Maxine Marquis

Helen Thompson School, West Gardiner, Kathi Susi

Hall-Dale Elementary School, Hallowell – Rosemary Ellis

Monmouth Elementary School – Christeen Mudgett

Monmouth Middle School – Kate Harris

Mount Vernon Elementary School, Mt Vernon – Betsy McPhedran

Palermo Consolidated Schools – Kathy Sparrow

Pittston Consolidated Schools – Kathi Susi

Teresa Hamlin School, Randolph – Maxine Marquis

Maranacook Middle School, Readfield- Hope Lord

Readfield Elementary, Readfield – Betsy McPhedran

Marcia Buker Elementary School, Richmond – Tina Wood

Richmond Middle School, Richmond – Jeffrey Orth

Albert S. Hall School, Waterville – Hollie Hilton

Wayne Elementary School – Betsy McPhedran

Whitefield Elementary School – Janna Civottolo

Windsor Elementary School, Windsor – Genevieve Keller

The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 ​membership-based ​nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community since 1963. It takes a village to help us make Young at Art a reality! Thank you to all the participating art teachers for selecting and preparing the work!

Young at Art is sponsored this year by Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Company, Kennebec Savings Bank, McKee Billings Attorneys and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe.

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

On View: February 20 – March 19, 2016

Opening: Saturday, February 20th, 10am-4pm

Where: 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

Contact: Allison McKeen, PR & Documentation, 207-622-2813,


Harlow Gallery on St. Patricks Day

March 9, 2014

Traditional Irish music returns to the Harlow Gallery for Third Annual St Patrick’s Day Concert

For more information:  Deb Fahy at 207-622-3813,,

Date and time: St Patrick’s Day – Monday, March 17, 2014 6-7:30pm

Location:  The Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347

Cost: FREE and open to the public with donations accepted

Hallowell, Maine — All are welcome on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17th from 6-7:30 pm for an all ages Irish music performance at the Harlow Gallery, at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.

K Irish Music

Musicians Adam Soosman and William Fahy performing at the Harlow Gallery in 2013. Photo by Andy Molloy courtesy of the Kennebec Journal

Local musicians Adam Soosman, William Fahy (with special guests?) will perform traditional Irish music with Irish tin whistles, Irish flute, recorder, and other woodwinds, to celebrate the holiday. The performance will also include select pieces from other European and American cultures and traditions. This is the third year that Fahy and Soosman have played this performance and it is becoming a tradition that is welcomed by the Hallowell community.

Adam Soosman has been performing since 1976, and in Maine since 1989. He has been teaching music in Maine since 1996. He is an instructor for the Musician’s 1st Choice School of Music & Performance in Augusta, specializing in Woodwind & Brass instruments and Voice. Soosman can be heard on the Sam Shain and the Scolded Dogs album playing various saxophones – the album was recorded in Hallowell, at Bob Caldwell’s studio. Soosman plays regularly with the popular function band, JONES’N, which is celebrating its twelfth anniversary this year. He also performs with the dynamic duo “A n’ D”, and the coastal Jazz ensemble “Best In Show”.

William Fahy is a freshman at Hall-Dale High School. He has been studying Irish tin whistle, flute and saxophone with Soosman for over three years at Musician’s First Choice School of Music.  William earned first flute in the Maine Music Educators Association District III High School Honors Festival, which took place at Cony High School in January.



December 5, 2012

Harlow Gallery

While walking to my car after a meeting last Friday evening in Hallowell I was glad to see that the Harlow Gallery was open. I walked into the warm space that was alive with small artwork and the many people in attendance were buzzing with conversation. I was greeted at the door by Lisa Wheeler who kindly agreed to write a blog post on the event. The exhibit goes through December 8th. In Lisa’s words…

HarlowLast Friday night I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell at the opening of “8x10x100″, an amazing art show and sale that benefits programming at the gallery. Actually, I helped hang the show earlier in the week and got a sneak peak at literally a couple hundred pieces of 8″ x 10” artwork: drawings on paper, prints, paintings, photographs, shadow boxes, clay, wire, and mixed media pieces. Some were framed, some were mounted, all were original. I made a mental note of the pieces I wanted to buy for myself–so many to choose from–and imagined having to get them quickly before someone else did!

Back to the opening: Even before the show’s official 5 p.m. start, patrons were knocking at the Harlow’s front door. They signed up for a number and started looking at the grid of art lining the walls. As more people came in I was impressed with the time and thoughtfulness with which they viewed the work. Some were looking for just the right piece to speak to them. Some were looking for work by a specific artist. Some were just there for the company and yummy goodies. But all were there, collectively enjoying art, thinking about art, and talking about art. The excitement could be felt in the room as yellow “I want that one” stickers appeared on the wall labels under a piece, and grew even more as a red “Sold” sticker replaced it. There was even a cheerfully contested sale over the first piece sold–did it belong to the patron who had been waiting for 5 o’clock to strike, or the one who swooped in at 4:59 and went right to the piece, slapping on his yellow sticker? The gentlemen worked it out for themselves and in doing so, it worked out for the Harlow and the artist. Fifty percent of the $100 price tag goes to each. You can have that win-win-win experience, too. The 8x10x100 show is up through Saturday, December 8. This week, you will most likely be viewing the art in a quieter setting. And sorry, no goodies. But you can thoughtfully look, choose the piece or pieces that speak to you, and support the Harlow and their programming, as well as a local artist, with your purchase. You’ll own some original art, perhaps give it as a gift, and get to feel good about supporting the arts.


Community Supporting Agriculture/Arts

October 28, 2012

Harlow Gallery, Hallowell

This past week I was invited to the Harlow Gallery to join a focus group they were having on Education and Programming that will provide information for their upcoming strategic planning meeting. I was glad to be part of a conversation with several community people who have varying connections with the Harlow Gallery. In many ways the Harlow is a model gallery for playing an important role in the Hallowell community.

I was especially happy to be meeting in the gallery with art all around and more so because of the unique exhibit they were having called Community Supporting Agriculture/Arts or CSA. Some of you might be familiar with CSAs. When my sons were younger we belonged to a CSA near our home. We paid in the spring for a share of food and each week during the summer we’d stop at the farm and pick up a surprise box filled with vegetables. The focus of the Arts connection is very exciting. It is easy for me to think of potential ideas on how to create something similar with students.

Retired Cony High School art teacher Christine Higgins is one of the artists who participated in the project along with one of my former students Erskine Academy art teacher Scott Minzy. Last weeks Maine Sunday Telegram had an outstanding article written by Bob Keyes on the project. I emailed Christine and she agreed to provide a description on the project and include her experience at Annabesacook Farm located in Winthrop.

In March of 2012, I was one of 14 artists chosen to participate in a CSA – Community Supporting Agriculture/Arts project sponsored through the Harlow Art Gallery in Hallowell, Maine. Each artist was paired with a CSA farm. We visited our farms throughout the next 8 months with the goal of creating art from those experiences. Our discoveries and stories about the farms are reflected in the various Maine exhibits at different venues through February.

sketch of soil map

My focus was on fibers, papermaking, and prints. My initial proposal was to abstractly ‘map’ the land. Through conversation with Craig Hickman, one of the farm owners, I learned specifics about raising animals, crop cultivation, and an attitude about farming that integrates responsibility of the land with the community. I soon discovered that my ‘farm’ was also a bed and breakfast, catering service, site for weddings, and other events. My ‘farmer’ was an author, poet, performing artist, philanthropist, Rotarian, and is currently running for the legislature to represent Winthrop and Readfield.

making paper in the vat

Gathering fibers from the farm, I made paper with cattails, cornstalks, garlic stems, meadow grasses, collard greens, and clay as pigment. Land and our attitudes about the earth was my primary subject.  I collected essays in response to my question, “What do you think of when you hear the word, land?”, and incorporated these on handmade paper maps, which were inserted into cattail baskets, that the audience may take out, touch, read, and reflect on their own relationship to the earth.

paper relief map with pulp painting

As I became more familiar with Annabesacook Farm, the geography, dwellings and residents influenced other themes in my work.  These farm ‘stories’ were printed on my handmade paper. 

I found that the parallels between artist and farmer are considerable: we both work many hours in satisfying, timeless, and seasonal work. Both artist and farmer are self-directed individuals, who, when not actually present in the studio or field, are thinking about their work. The endeavor becomes the fiber of the being.  

A CSA is collaboration with an audience, much as an artist’s exhibit depends on the support of its viewers. Both thrive on the excitement and satisfaction of successful production that involves a life-long, heart and soul commitment. Artist and farmer pursue a balanced life of seclusion, reflection, and production that welcomes an audience of community partnership. We both have a driving desire to care for, transform, mold, process, and shape through drudgery, sweat, stress, problem-solving, and creative, independent thinking. Both activities are risky with an unpredictable element. Craig once said to me, “Farming is not romantic – it will make you sore.”

Cattail maps

I hope that the art created because of this project increases awareness of the vital importance of the resources provided by the earth and appreciation for those who cultivate that delicate balance of farming and giving back to the land.

The concept for this project originated with Deb Fahy, Director of Harlow Gallery, and was supported by a tireless team of staff and volunteers. A manual for communities interested in a similar idea of pairing farms and artists will soon be available through the Harlow.  More information can be found at, including photos and blogs of the activities.

Chris and Craig at the Harlow opening

The Harlow Gallery exhibit closed yesterday, October 27th but there are many other locations that you can see the exhibit during the next 4 months.

  • Common Street Arts, Waterville  Nov. 3 – 30th 
  • Sheepscot General Store, Whitefield  Nov. 9 – Dec. 1st
  • Savory Maine Dining, Damariscotta  Nov. 13 – Feb. 5
  • Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast  Jan. 4th – Feb. 27
  • Art Gallery at Frontier, Brunswick  Jan. 11 – Feb. 24th

Thank you to Chris for providing this description and her part in the project.!



October 27, 2012

Lovely gathering

Aaron Nadeau

Last Sunday at Slates Restaurant in Hallowell about 35 people gathered to meet Peter Alexander, the new Executive Director of the Maine Alliance for Arts Education. Board president, Elizabeth Watson greeted guests and the master of ceremony for the evening was past board member and retired superintendent Rich Abramson. He introduced Peter who shared some of his plans. And the new director of the Maine Arts Commission Julie Richard spoke as well.

Art educator and past board member Linda Phillips set up an art exhibit of her student work from Maranacook High School. Peter and student Aaron Nadeau from Bath provided a musical performance.

Peter Alexander

The guests included past director Carol Trimble, interim director Gail Scott, board member Joan Staffiere, and Susan Potters. There were educators in attendance and supports of arts education.

Along with meeting Peter the reception was also a fundraiser for MAAE. If you were unable to attend, MAAE will continue to accept your donations by going to their website at

Good luck to Peter and best wishes to Maine Alliance for Arts Education as they start a new chapter of their arts education work.

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