The Harlow Gallery calls on Maine artists to participate in a unique collaboration of music and art. On March 27, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the Kennebec Valley Art Association will present a multimedia performance of “Pictures at an Exhibition,” the famous suite in 10 movements for piano composed by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874 after the death of his friend, artist and architect, Viktor Hartmann.

The music depicts an imaginary tour of an art collection. The titles of the individual  movements allude to artwork by Hartmann; Mussorgsky based his musical material on specific drawings and watercolors by his friend.

Visual artists are invited to listen to the music and submit original art in response. This can be existing art or new art inspired by the music. One can listen to all 10 movements of the suite online at Wikipedia, as well as see some of Hartmann’s art that inspired them.

The art exhibit will be entirely electronic. All visual art media is eligible including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramic, etc. Images of selected art will be projected on a large screen above the musicians during the concert. This offers a great opportunity to share work with a large and varied audience; seating capacity is around 300. Information about artists and their art will be included in the concert program; art may be sold through the Harlow Gallery’s online shop through the month of March; and each artist whose work is included in the slide show will receive one free ticket to the concert.

Deadline to submit work for the electronic exhibition is March 1 at midnight, and the address is High quality jpgs of work should be attached to an e-mail (not pasted in). The body of the e-mail should provide the following information: artist’s name; title of art; medium or media; outside dimensions, including frame if framed; a description of the piece (support, list of materials used, is it matted, framed, under glass, etc.); price, if offered for sale (all sales are subject to the Harlow’s usual commission of 40 percent, 30 percent for Kennebec Valley Art Association members); which suite (number and title) the art corresponds to; and, optional, a  short statement regarding the piece and/or one’s response as an artist to the music. Images should be in jpg format, in size at least 300 dpi or between 1 and 3 megabytes; or, in inches, 4-by-6 or larger.

In addition, artists are invited to create work on-site during the concert. Space is limited, and interested artists must sign up in advance to participate. They may sketch, draw or paint the musicians, the audience or simply be inspired by the music. Participating artists receive free admission to the concert. To sign up, call the Harlow Gallery at 622-3813 or  send an e-mail by March 10.

The concert will take place 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at Hope Baptist Church, Route 202 in Manchester. The Augusta Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Brahms and Mussorgsky with special guest Kinga Augustynas violin soloist for the Brahms Double Concerto. In the second half of that concert, the ASO will perform “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting the arts in Central Maine for half a century.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to