HALLOWELL — The Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., will start off 2016 with “A Year of Mindfulness: 1 Picture, 1 Poem, Every Day For a Year,” a solo exhibit of the work of Janet Favor of Gardiner, on display Jan. 20-30. In

2015 Favor embarked on a year-long journey of diligently capturing her surroundings through photography and poetry.

An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, with an Artist Talk set for 7-8 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Favor explains her motivation for this body of work, “While walking my dog in December 2014 I formulated in my mind the outline of this project: each day for a year I would walk in mindfulness, take a photograph and write a haiku about it. My motivation was 3 fold:

• To stay in the present moment while walking, noticing nature, the light and all that is around me.

• To carry my camera and find interesting things to photograph no matter the weather or my mood.

• To write an informal haiku with the 5-7-5 format about my feelings.

The magnitude of the project was a little scary but I was determined that it would stretch me in many ways. These three areas of my life: poetry, photography and the Buddha’s teachings are the foundation of my creativity and spirituality,” according to a news release from the gallery.

For more information, call the gallery at 622-3813.

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