The Harlow is celebrating artists whose work explores and engages with gender issues, gender identity and gender equity in the art world.

The show “art + gender” runs Aug. 6 to Sept. 11 and includes work that addresses the broader social and political questions and contexts that intersect with gender identity. 

The criteria for participation in this show are that you were in a group that has been historically excluded from showing art no matter your subject, or your art addresses the issues of those that have been left out.

The primary interest of the Harlow was not just in this as subject but in showing work that gives visibility to artists that are of all genders, including men, women, transgender people, LGBTQ  people, those with intersecting identities who do not express gender as subject but  who have been ignored far too long by the art world. Visibility is about equity, fairness, authenticity, telling our stories, putting food on the table and allowing all voices.

The show is curated by Susan Leslie Maasch, who studied art history and started exhibiting art in New Haven Connecticut in 1988. She owned two galleries in Maine with a range of contemporary art from 1996 through 2016. Maasch is the founder of the Trans Youth Equality Foundation, established in 2007.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The Harlow is at 100 Water St., Hallowell. For more information, email [email protected], call 207-622-3813, or follow the Harlow @the.harlow and

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