POW!, a comic book themed art exhibition, will be featured at Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. Artists responded to a call for comic book art as well as artwork inspired by comics. The exhibit will feature the work of more than 34 artists from across Maine and beyond.

The opening reception and meet the artists is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The exhibition is on view Sept. 8 through Oct. 21. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Participating artists are: Amanda Kahl, of Auburn; Anthony Austin, of Augusta; Jodi Renshaw, of Bangor; Howard Solomon, of Bowdoinham; Ted Closson, of Bristol; Stivo Zittel, of Cape Elizabeth; Matthew Berry, of Derry, New Hampshire; Neal J. Clark, of Dresden Mills; August Rudy, of East Winthrop; Rick Parker, of Falmouth; Peter Buotte, of Fort Hood, Texas; Allison McKeen, Tyson Pease and Abby York, all of Gardiner; Becky Havens, Nancy Jacob, Bruce Mayo and Sam Hill Jr., all of Hallowell; Suzanna Lasker, of Jefferson; Bruce Armstrong, of Manchester; Kathy Weinberg, of Morrill; Sarah Winifred Searle, o;f Perth, Australia; Santiago Farias, of Poland; Julia Durgee, Mort Todd, of Portland; Becca Case, K. Scott Davis, of Richmond; Kitty Winslow, of Rockland; Laura Barron, of South Gardiner; Mili St. John, of South Portland; Joshua Roberts, of Unity; Lesley Schuman and Brian Vigue, of Waterville; and Justin Pierce, of Weeks Mills.

The Danforth Gallery at University of Maine at Augusta also is presenting a comic themed exhibition, “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery” on view Aug. 28 through Oct. 6 at Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive in Augusta.

The show is a presentation by artist Ted Closson of comics and cartooning work by himself and his peers in the comics’ community from around the New England region. The show will entail a traditional presentation of work on the gallery walls coupled with a reading space, a live presentation, and a workshop for comic artists and those interested in the process of making comics.

For more information, visit artsuma.com. or call Harlow Gallery at 622-3813.

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