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Waterfall Arts exhibition, events celebrate Harold Garde

Aug 14, 2020
“Garde Wall and Walker” by Chris Battaglia.

Belfast — Waterfall Arts, celebrating its 20th anniversary of fostering Belfast’s creative community, is delighted to announce an exhibit and series of events unveiling a brand new body of paintings by the influential 97-year-old Maine Master Harold Garde, created in his Belfast studio last summer. The show, entitled "Harold Garde: You Are Not Alone" will run from Aug. 28 through Oct. 16.

During the course of the season, and in conjunction with the show, Waterfall Arts will host a panel discussion with some of Maine’s treasured artists, a production of Garde’s play, "In The Rec Room," and more.

Gallery Opening

"Harold Garde: You Are Not Alone" opens virtually Aug. 28 with a national premier of never-before-seen works. The large-scale pieces are presented on unstretched canvases, ranging in size from approximately six to 10 feet in length and width, and will be hung in the Clifford Gallery at Waterfall Arts.

In a recent interview about this show, Garde said, “These new paintings are intentionally unfinished requiring the viewer to complete. I paint, the viewer narrates.”

Panel Discussion

On Sept. 17, Waterfall Arts will host "Harold Garde | Artist, Mentor, Friend," featuring panelists David Estey, artist; Kathleen Florance, artist; and George Kinghorn, Director and Curator, Zillman Art Museum at the University of Maine, for a lively conversation moderated by Suzette McAvoy, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, as they discuss the work of nonagenarian artist Harold Garde on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Waterfall Arts. A friend and mentor to many throughout the art community and beyond, Garde continues to create paintings that astonish, provoke and inspire, belying his 97 years.

The Play: 'In the Rec Room'

In honor of Garde's exhibition, Waterfall Arts will present a brand new, digitized version of his award-winning play, "In the Rec Room." This new presentation will be produced by Waterfall Arts, staged and directed by Larraine Brown, filmed and edited by Chris Battaglia.

Come and discover why artist and activist Robert Shetterly has said, “Harold Garde gives other artists permission.”

Visit waterfallarts.org for more information.

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