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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:


Any Ideas?

March 12, 2016

Put your good ideas on the table

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 9.06.38 PMCall for Exhibition Proposals for Harlow Gallery – Due April 1, 2016

Deadline to Submit: April 1, 2016 at 11PM.
Contact: Allison McKeen, PR and Documentation, 207-622-2813,

Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery are chosen from among proposals submitted by the Maine arts community. We welcome your ideas for upcoming shows, and it couldn’t be simpler to submit a proposal with our simple paperless proposal process via email. Our exhibition committee meets twice annually to review submissions, so while we accept proposals anytime, please keep the April 1st and October 1st deadlines in mind if you’d like your proposal to be reviewed in a timely manner.

Maine artists or artists with a strong Maine connection are our primary focus. Please note we do not have a budget for travel or art shipping costs, and artists “from away” would need to take full responsibility for transporting their work to and from Maine.

Proposed exhibitions may be solo, group or themed-open, invitational or juried. We generally limit solo shows to one per year, therefore submissions for small group shows are encouraged, or themed shows open to submissions from other artists.

Our mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community.

For more information and to submit your proposal visit the following link:


Higher Forms of Art

February 25, 2016

10th Annual High School Art Exhibition presented by KVAA & UMA

What: Higher Forms of Art, an exhibition of artwork by students from area Maine high schools
Where: UMA’s Richmond Gallery, Handley Hall, 331 Water St, Augusta
Exhibition on view: March 4 – April 2, 2016
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 12-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm
Opening reception: Saturday, March 19, 5-7pm, with UMA art & architecture studios open house
Contact: Allison McKeen, KVAA/Harlow Gallery PR & Documentation,, 207-622-3813

“Imagination” by Katie Sprague, Grade 11, Kents Hill School

“Imagination” by Katie Sprague, Grade 11, Kents Hill School

In celebration of Youth Art Month the Kennebec Valley Art Association is presenting Higher Forms of Art, an exhibition of artwork by students from area high schools for the 10th consecutive year. Higher Forms of Art is being presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta at the Richmond Gallery, in UMA’s Handley Hall at 331 Water Street in downtown Augusta from March 4th to April 2nd. Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Fridays 12-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-1pm. The public is invited to join students and faculty at the opening reception on Saturday, March 19, 5-7pm. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. UMA’s art and architecture programs are hosting an open house during the opening.

Higher Forms of Art gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and to experience organizing and installing a major art exhibition.  Students participate in hanging the exhibition and help with planning and organizing the shows opening event. For the 3rd year in a row, Higher Forms of Art is being presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta, in the spirit of connecting and celebrating art, artists and community.

Participating Schools, by town (and listing art teachers) are:

Cony High School, Augusta, Kelly Stottler

Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale, Jennifer Paisley

Gardiner Regional High School, Gardiner, Meghann Gipson

Kents Hill School, Kents Hill, Babette Wheeldon

Monmouth Academy, Monmouth, Laura Damon

Maranacook Community High School, Readfield, Linda Nichols & Jeremy Smith

Richmond High School, Richmond, Jeff Orth

Higher Forms of Art is supported this year by a grant from the Oak Grove School Foundation and by our generous sponsors Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Kents Hill School, and Rosemary Presnar.

Higher Forms of Art is a project of the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) in partnership with the art and architecture departments of the University of Maine at Augusta. The KVAA is a 501(c)3 membership-based non-profit founded in Augusta in 1958. The KVAA opened the Harlow Gallery at its current location at 160 Water Street in downtown historic Hallowell in 1963, where they have been supporting and celebrating art, artists and community for more than five decades now.


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,


Cony and UMA Collaboration

November 1, 2015

Digital Photography Course

University of Maine at Augusta and Cony High School are collaborating for the first time this fall by teaching a digital photography class that students enrolled in as college and high school students, known as duel enrollment. The course is supervised and team-taught by UMA’s Professor Robert Rainey with Jason Morgan, one of two visual arts teachers for Cony 7-12 grades. The Digital Photography Course is currently enrolls 22 Cony Juniors and seniors on Cony’s campus. This is during a time when art at Cony is struggling to reach all grades offering a comprehensive art program for students who want to pursue visual art careers. The collaboration provides a course in photography that hasn’t been offered at Cony and bridges both institutions preparing students for higher education. The course is 1 high school and 3 credits in college.  It is an Aspirations course available for junior and seniors.

“light-painted selfies” on display at Harlow Gallery Nov 6-28

“light-painted selfies” on display at Harlow Gallery Nov 6-28

Recently, the photography students took a field trip to UMA’s photography facilities as duel-enrollment UMA/ Cony English students visited English classes and took a tour of the UMA campus including an artist talk by Professor Peter Precourt on his work currently displayed at UMA’s Danforth Gallery, “The Katrina Chronicles.”

The photography students participated in a four-hour workshop creating photograms in a traditional wet lab darkroom. Also, students photographed long exposure “selfies” in UMA’s studio lighting studio. Each 30-second selfie was a collaboration of five students lighting one another with the LED’s from their smart phones. Students held the pose on the floor for 30 seconds as participants outlined their bodies and painted whimsical swirls of lights, wings, and flowers. The “Exquisite Drawings” will be exhibited at the upcoming Harlow Gallery exhibition “Maine Artists Creating Art on Computers” opening November 6th, 5-8 pm and runs until the 24th.

The UMA/ Cony Photo students are out in the Kennebec Valley Community taking their newly learned or refined skills shooting events such as Cony’s Spirit week and exhibiting at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II.”

The images from the UMA Cony Day, photo student work will be on display at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, as part of their “Transforming Violence II” exhibit, November 6-28.

Cony students in UMA’s Lighting Studio preparing for “light drawing”

Cony students in UMA’s Lighting Studio preparing for “light drawing”


Cony students listen to Peter Precourt’s artist talk in UMA’s Danforth Gallery

Cony student, Jacklyn XXX listens to Senator Roger Katz speaking on legislation regarding domestic violence

Cony students listen to Senator Roger Katz speaking on legislation regarding domestic violence

Exhibiting Cony students with art teacher Jason Morgan in front of their painting, “Breaking the Chain” now on show at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II”Danforth Gallery

Exhibiting Cony students with art teacher Jason Morgan in front of their painting, “Breaking the Chain” now on show at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II”Danforth Gallery

Thanks to Cony art teacher Jason Morgan for providing this information. If you’d like to contact him please do so at If you’d like to share information on what you’re doing with your students please email me at



Call for Artists

April 24, 2014

Inspired by Katahdin at the Harlow Gallery in November

Hallowell, Maine — The Harlow Gallery invites Maine artists to submit work to the upcoming exhibition Inspired by Katahdin to be presented in partnership with brothers David & Carl Little in November 2014.

Artist and author David Little has long been inspired by Maine’s tallest mountain, so much so that he wrote a book,  Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region published by Down East Books in 2013. The book follows a historic timeline using art inspired by the majestic mountain, as well as a collection of Katahdin literature, photography, graphics, maps and more, and was edited by Carl Little.

Cover image of book Art+of+Katahdin - Copy

This November, the Harlow Gallery will exhibit a selection of works by artists featured in the book, and are inviting submissions from Maine artists inspired by the majestic Maine mountain.  Submissions are being accepted via email through October 1, 2014 and will be reviewed by a curatorial committee including Art of Katahdin author and artist David Little, author and editor Carl Little, and staff from the Harlow Gallery.

The exhibition will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine November 7-29, 2014. The  public reception on Friday, November 7, 5-8pm will featuring a book signing with David & Carl Little.

Info for Artists
1. Deadline for email submissions is 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

2. Original fine art in any media is welcome, including hand-pulled prints, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass, and fiber art.

3. 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.

4. The entry fee is $10 for members of the Harlow Gallery/ Kennebec Valley Art Association or $20 for non-members. Non-members may join the Harlow Gallery when submitting and pay the member rate. Each artist may submit up to 4 works of art for consideration (please note that the fee is per artist, not per work of art).

For complete information about submitting your work, and to learn about more opportunities for artists in 2014, please visit the Harlow Gallery online at

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

Image: The cover of Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region by David Little, edited by Carl Little. Courtesy of Down East Books.

Deadline for Electronic Submissions:  October 1, 2014 at 11pm

Exhibition dates:  November 7 – 29, 2014

Opening reception & book signing: Friday, November 7, 5-8pm
Gallery Hours:  Wednesdays – Saturdays noon to 6pm
Location:  160 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347


In addition to the call for art from artists there is also a call to student artists to submit. Please check it out,    http:// (the second link is a call to join other artists to create on site as part of the KLT partnership. Please take a look when you have a chance!


Community Supported Arts Project

April 19, 2014

A collaborate project and much more

Susan Bickford is an adjunct professor at the UMA. Recently she did a most interesting collaborate project that challenged students in a unique way. You’ll learn about the project in this post along with Susan’s story.

Susan’s most recent project

1560699_479914208779321_552558491_nThe Collaborative Portrait Project began in my 2-D classroom four years ago. I wanted to develop a project that required a group effort, like the experiential education games that we played on Cow Island at Ripple Effect. I wanted to translate that group leadership dynamic to art making. At the same time I had to deliver the value studies lesson. I was also mandated to work both digitally and manually. So in this project I begin by asking the students to research and nominate a hero, “give me three good reasons why I should vote for your candidate”. At first they suggested movie stars and pop idols, like Micheal Jackson, Hugh Jackman, and they were all male. I hinted that they could go deeper and choose people that were more meaningful to them, more relevant of the present time, and more deserving of an epic portrait. Now we are getting nominations like Malala Youzefsai, Amelia Earhardt, Edward Snowden and the Dalai Lama. Each time I do the project I figure out a better way to do a certain aspect of it. The students give me suggestions.

1495476_480294335407975_371321812_nThe most recent iteration of the Collaborative Portrait Project is the Farmers Edition. Over the course of making a video documentary of a growing season on the Goranson Farm, farmers in general had become my heroes. In this case I nominated the farmers that I had worked with in the CSA: Community Supported Arts Project with the Harlow Gallery. Ten of the farmers that participated in that project agreed to be subjects for the portraits. I solicited Allison McKeen to take photographic portraits of the farmers, applied a coded matrix and digital filters. Now all I needed was a group to help me make the 360 panels. Deb Fahy who helped to find funding for the project connected me with the education committee at the Harlow Gallery through which 10 teachers committed to doing the project with their classrooms. I taught the teachers the methods at workshops and distributed the panels. Our first meeting was in April, the students made the panels during the Fall semester and we showed the portraits at the UMA Danforth Gallery in January. We even got materials donated by local businesses: Artist and Craftsman Supply and A.C. Moore. Ten four foot portraits of farmers from Maine, made collaboratively by 10 teachers and their 250 students. Each panel is lovely, it is amazing how they all fit together. You can see them now on the website at Epic Portraiture throughout most of history has been reserved for monarchs, religious leaders, and the very rich. Images of the few, commissioned by the few, made by a master. They reveal the dominant paradigm of their time. Andy Warhol utilizing mechanical reproduction shifted the subjects of portraits to include ordinary people and cinematic moments. Chuck Close magnified virtuosity and mastered imperfection as beauty. In contrast, making portraits in collaboration, redefines how we see ourselves as a group. This is a radically different model, many with many, not icons but locals, not virtuosity but inclusiveness. My colleague Robert Rainey designed a gorgeous documentary book of our process with a DIY section which you can view and purchase on blurb.


What are your next steps with the collaborative project?

Thank you so much for asking me that question, you might think that after doing this project with 360 moving pieces and so many people that I would be exhausted but there is something about the group dynamic that is energizing me. You have to follow your flow, so I want to do this nationally. “100 heroes” is what I am calling the next iteration for this system of collaborative portraiture. I want to work with teachers across the country, teach them the project, have each group nominate a local hero and feed it into the system. We will all learn about what amazing things local people are doing all around the country. One thing I learned from the Farmers Edition was that the kids really enjoyed being part of a larger group. It inspired them to work really hard on their panels. To belong to this larger group was expansive and empowering. Another thing that confirmed to me by Carolyn Brown from Camden Hills Regional High School was that the digital filters assisted the students in their manual reproduction. The abstract nature actually facilitated the value study because it reduced the preconception of content. I want to highlight both of these discoveries in the national project. I am developing an online interface so that all of the portraits will be remotely uploaded to the internet, and the participants will be able to pick their panels much like you would pick an airplane seat. Then apply the filters, print them out and manually and reproduce them. Finally they will send them all, carefully coded, snail mail in a packet to the exhibition site. The collection of portraits serves to empower through involvement, and make visible an index of hope for the future. Can you imagine all these newly elected heroes, portraits traveling in pieces across the country toward their exhibition to be put back together like ambassadors of hope? It gives me chills.

What is your background?

As an artist I have always pieced my living together with lots of part time work. I grew up here in Maine, in Yarmouth. My fathers side of the family goes back seven generations in the Lisbon Falls area. When I graduated from college I worked doing environmental graphics in DC for a short time. But I soon moved back to Maine and started my own business making fine craft jewelry. I had big clients like Barneys and Nordstrom as well as many small galleries. I did wholesale trade shows for 15 years, as well as taught ceramics and metal smithing at North Yarmouth Academy and continuing education venues. Then I had my daughter Bella, which changed everything because I wanted to be with her all the time. When she was three, I started the MFA program at Maine College of Art (MECA) which really re-invigorated my art practice. My mom encouraged me to continue my studies. I studied at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the early eighties, now it was the new millennium and so much had changed in those 15 years. In the Masters program at MECA I was required to read and write, to think and articulate my thoughts. My artwork is systems of interactivity. Sometimes I make installation with projected video and sound that viewers can modify with their movements and voice. Other times I make projections for theater. I was the artist in residence at Ripple Effect on Cow Island for several summers, living in a tent, being a video instructor, making rings and environmental sculpture. Nature is a very important element in my work. Since 2003 I have been teaching at the college level within the University of Maine system, Augusta, Farmington, USM, and Orono and more recently at MECA. I teach 2-D, 3-D, Electronic Art and various seminars.

How did you get interested in art? 

I got my start in art because my Grandmother Vivian took me to art classes with her on Tuesday nights all through high school in the seventies. We drew with colored pencils, Mr. Matolchy and Lee Bean were my teachers, I wasn’t very good at drawing but I learned to see, make marks and the discipline of practice. Then my parents funded my undergraduate studies at RISD. I probably would not have gotten accepted if not for those classes. My Dad suggested I major in Industrial Design because it was applied, he was an engineer and liked that idea. It has served me well, I have a fond place in my heart for machines and manufacture, and well functioning, elegant objects. I like problem solving and design process. The jewelry that I made was modular and utilized all of that training. When I think about installation it is with a knowledge of three dimensional space and ability to build things.

What is your role at UMA?

Since 2003 I have been an adjunct faculty member at UMA. We have great art facilities there, for printmaking, sculpture, photography, painting, electronic art and ceramics. The faculty are really passionate about teaching and their media.  Most of our students are place bound and would not have the resources to travel to other locations to study so I feel we are providing a valuable service for Central Maine. In the twenty-first century everyone utilizes media so having some visual literacy is a skill employers are looking for.

For more information email

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