The Kennebec Valley Art Association’s “Art2010” juried exhibition runs through Sunday, May 30 at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., and the Midcoast is well represented, including among the award winners.

The annual juried art exhibition, now in its 15th year, draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state of Maine. Robert Lash, a nationally recognized Maine sculptor, judged the 15th annual juried art exhibition. Contemporary artist Kerstin Gilg served as curatorial consultant. Gallery visitors are asked to help determine the winner of two final prizes, the People’s Choice Award and a second place People’s Choice Award will be awarded at the end of the exhibition based on popular vote.

Winner of Best in Show, $500 cash prize sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, is Debra Arter of Damariscotta for “Census 2010” (hand printed bargain bacon on Asian paper). Arter teaches locally including in Five Town CSD’s adult education program. Her use of unconventional materials used in producing the work inform the piece with a good mix of metaphor and irony, said Lash and Gilg. Arter also got an Honorable Mention for her monoprint “The Book of Bacon.”

The show’s second place winner, taking home a $250 cash prize sponsored by DownEast Energy & Building Supply, was Martha Briana of Northport for her collage “The Venus of Italian Museum Art.” Lash and Gilg said the layering of imagery in her collage, which from a distance appears as an ink wash or drawing, “is a treat to explore.”

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. Hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6:30 p.m.

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