The Harlow Gallery presents The Venn Project, featuring the work of Pamela Hetherly, Anita Morrissey, and Nancy Keenan Barron. The Venn Project is on view February 3 – March 11, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, February 3, from 5-7pm. Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

The three artists came together in the spirit of the Venn diagram: what they share, what they don’t. Each artist claims one circle as her own and shares a piece of that circle with the other two. (A Venn diagram is a concept developed by John Venn in 1880. He used overlapping or non-overlapping circles to show relationships. Where the circles overlap, something is shared or in common. Where the circles do not overlap, items are different.)

Eighteen months ago artists Anita Morrissey, Pamela Hetherly and Nancy Keenan Barron began meeting regularly to paint together from life. They explain their process as follows:

“We took notes of our similarities and differences. As the months passed we observed the others’ ways of working, challenged each other, and broadened our thought processes. We observed how our individual practices changed and evolved from the influence of the others. The goal of the project was to notice what worked, to try new things, and to support each other in this process.

Early on in the project, it became clear that one large shared, overlapping piece in the Venn diagram for all three artists was the Harlow Gallery. We first met each other at the Harlow, we are all longtime members and have all benefited greatly from the Harlow community.“

The artists invite the viewer to take note of the similarities, the differences and the changes that took place in their work during their 18-month-long project.

The Venn Project is sponsored by Family Dental Practice, Gardiner Family Chiropractic, Karen Johnson, CPA, Minuteman Signs and Monkitree.

Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery are underwritten by our season sponsors: Capitol Dental Care, Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, Rosemary Presnar, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, and Summit Natural Gas of Maine.