HALLOWELL — The Harlow Gallery and the Family Violence Project presented “Transforming Violence”, a multimedia, multi-voiced, interactive art exhibition and lecture series, 10 years ago. Ten years later “It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II” is being presented October 2-14 at the Harlow Gallery in partnership with the Family Violence Project of Kennebec and Somerset counties, with an opening reception set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. For a schedule of related events planned for all ages, including performances and hands on workshops, visit harlowgallery.org.

Participating artists by town include: Darbe Anagnost, Robin Miller, Kathryn Pinkham, Mary Becker Weiss and Cony High School students and their art teacher, Jason Morgan, all of Augusta; Judy Grace and Bonnie Lee, both of Bath; Karin Spitfire, of Belfast; Robin Nolan LeGrand, of Belgrade Lakes; Anne Strout, of Falmouth; Aleana Chaplin, Allison McKeen, Helen Wright and Nick Hertler and Cleopatra Poland of SpinOff Studios, all of Gardiner; Nan Bell, Chris Cart, Nancy McGinnis and Lisa Thrace, all of Hallowell; Petrea Noyes, of Lincolnville; Jeanne E. Finley, of Newport; Bruce Armstrong and Donna Lausier, both of Manchester; Constant Albertson and Blake Eden, both of Orono; Scott Minzy, of Pittston; Bobbi McCarthy, of Rome; Nikki Currier, of Skowhegan; Laura Blake, of Waterville.

Because it takes a community, “Transforming Violence II” has been made possible by our sponsors, Levey, Wagley, Putman, PA, Summit Natural Gas, Laflin & Wolfington Realty and Pinnacle Tree.

Transforming Violence is also supported by Harlow Gallery season sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Current Media,Dead River Company, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, the Vallee Brothers, Chris & Ray Vallee and by grant funding from the Quimby Family Foundation.

“It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II” is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)(3) membership based arts nonprofit dedicated to promoting the arts in central Maine since 1963. The Harlow Gallery presents a broad range of art, including art that is socially relevant and challenging because the arts and humanities can be a powerful voice for social change. In presenting this exhibition, we see an opportunity to provide a valuable service to the community by providing a space and time for education, discussion and healing through the arts.

The Family Violence Project is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping domestic abuse of women, children and men. They provide a 24 hour toll-free helpline, individual advocacy, support groups, children’s programs, emergency shelter and referrals, community and school-based education and abuser education. The Harlow Gallery will donate half of any sales proceeds from this exhibition to the Family Violence Project in support of these life saving programs. For more information visit familyviolenceproject.org/mission.php.

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