The Harlow Gallery will present “Men in Suits/Men in Trouble,” a two-person exhibition featuring artwork by Natasha Mayers and Kenny Cole, through June 30 at 100 Water St. in Hallowell. An opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 8, the reception will be followed by a short preview of footage from an upcoming film about Mayers.

“Natasha Mayers: an Un-still Life,” is the working title for the documentary-art film in the Maine Masters series about the activist artist. Filmmakers Anita Clearfield and Geoffrey Leighton use animation, live action, and interviews to get inside her art process and bring to life this extraordinary artist. The filmmakers believe that now, more than ever, audiences want to see truthful, creative role models like Mayers, who is known as the “best activist artist” in Maine and who Sen. George Mitchell called a “state treasure,” according to a news release from the gallery.

The filmmakers will be present at 7 p.m. on the night of the opening to screen short excerpts from the film and answer questions about their collaboration with Mayers.

Much of the work in this exhibit depicts men wearing suits or costumes in a seemingly unending array of scenarios. As articles of clothing tie their work together, so does the idea that the men are in trouble.

They view a world in trouble, full of violence toward one another and the planet, with men, historically, at the center of the problem. There are the powerful ones who are intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, and those who lost not only their savings/jobs, but also their meaning, relevance and dignity. Thus the work reflects anger, frustration, a sense of the absurd, and analysis of what masculine power, white privilege and tradition have wrought.

Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit or call 622-3813.

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