May 18, 2013

'Invention on a Child's Drawing'

Kennebec Journal Staff

HALLOWELL -- Oakland artist Abbott Meader will share a body of work he has invested more than 20 years in at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. He uses his grandchildren's drawings as either inspiration or material or both to create new contexts and narratives. According to Meader, in a press release, "These pieces develop only now and again, but are among my personally most satisfying endeavors, blending actual childhood vision with my adult imagination." At the talk, Meader will share a selection of original childs' drawings and some of the artwork that was inspired by them, explaining how one thing led to another and how his processes and approaches developed. Meader will invite the audience to share their own ideas about children, their art making and anything else that arises.

Meader's talk takes place during "Play," a group exhibition of art in the spirit of play, featuring art inspired by children's art or childhood and art that is whimsical, fantastical, joyful or humorous, on view through April 27.

ArtTalks at the Harlow are sponsored by The Bank of Maine, a local Maine business and long-time supporter of the Harlow Gallery. Bank locally! Your $3 suggested donation supports arts programming at the gallery.

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