HALLOWELL — After 14 years, Deb Fahy is stepping down as executive director of the downtown Harlow Gallery.

Fahy has served as the executive director for the landmark art space since 2004. She told the Kennebec Journal in October 2018 that she was instrumental in instituting strategic plans that helped the gallery grow.

“My time at The Harlow has been a wonderfully rewarding experience as we’ve built on The Harlow’s mission to connect and celebrate art, artists and community, but after 14 years, I am ready for some new challenges,” she said in a news release. “I am confident that The Harlow is on a firm foundation and will continue to thrive.”

Executive director Deb Fahy puts out a large flag that says ART just before opening up at noon on Friday at the Harlow Gallery on Water Street in Hallowell. Fahy is stepping down after 14 years as director. Kennebec Journal photo by Joe Phelan

The Kennebec Valley Arts Association, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, announced Fahy’s departure in a Thursday night news release. Association Board of Directors member Anne Young said the Harlow Gallery grew under Fahy’s leadership.

“When Deb took over, she transformed the gallery into a place where the vibe was palpable even to someone looking in the windows while walking by,” she said. “The Harlow became a place you noticed, read about, heard people talk about, developed a curiosity about.”

Association Board of Directors President Susan MacPherson said Fahy will be missed, but the Harlow Gallery is “excited for the future.”

Karen Libby, the Maine Department of Transportation resident for the Water Street project, left, and Deb Fahy, executive director of the Harlow Gallery, hang a mural in April 2018 on the sidewalk side of the construction fence on on Water Street in downtown Hallowell.

The arts association purchased the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water St. in 1963. The association has been housed there ever since. Last year, the Gallery moved into a bigger space to the intersection of Water Street and Winthrop Street.

A farewell gathering is being planned in the spring, and Fahy’s final day will be sometime this summer, according to the release.

 

Sam Shepherd — 621-5666
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