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AUGUST 28 – OCTOBER 16 in the Clifford and Corridor Galleries
Gallery Open for In-Person Viewing*
Wednesday – Saturday
11AM – 3PM 
*A maximum of four visitors will be allowed into the gallery at a time. Masks required.

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.

A mainstay in the arts in Maine for over five decades, renowned painter Harold Garde paved the way for many who have followed, inspiring artists and advancing the arts across the state. While his work has changed over time and developed in many ways, his practice remains rooted in a set of ideas that value experimentation and discovery. With an open mind and lifetime of experiences to draw from, Garde continues to approach each new canvas as an opportunity to see what will happen next. This exhibit of selected new work reminds us of how a single person can catalyze a creative community.

Harold Garde: You Are Not Alone will open virtually on August 28 with a national premiere of works never before seen. The large-scale pieces are presented on unstretched canvases, ranging in size approximately 6-10 feet in length and width, and will be hung in the Clifford Gallery at Waterfall Arts.

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

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Gallery Hours and Safety Protocol

The Clifford Gallery at Waterfall Arts will be open on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11am-3pm, for the duration of the show: Saturday, August 29th through Friday, October 16th.
To maintain social distancing protocol, we are allowing a maximum of four people into the gallery at a time. We are grateful for the flexibility and patience of our patrons, as we may need to ask guests to wait a short amount of time before entering the gallery, if we have a number of visitors at once.
Gallery visitors must wear masks while inside the building and for the duration of their visit. Windows and doors to the gallery will be left open during the show run (weather permitting), so as to encourage maximum airflow in the space.
Come and discover why artist and activist Robert Shetterly says, “Harold Garde gives other artists permission.”

Virtual Events Honoring Harold Garde’s Work

Panel Discussion: Harold Garde | Artist, Mentor, Friend

Thursday, September 17

On September 17th, Waterfall Arts will host panel discussion 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, Exec. 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.

Link to event page – now with video recording from the discussion!

A Celebration of Harold Garde’s Written Words

Thursday, October 15

Well into his ninth decade, Harold is a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and still-practicing artist. His paintings and fine art prints are in collections around the world and are widely exhibited in museums and galleries. His written works, which include haiku poetry and a marvelously alive, provocative full-length play, are fresh, observant, mysterious, funny, sad, and wise.

On October 15, 2020, join us for a virtual performance of Harold Garde’s vivid and compelling writings. “A Celebration of Harold Garde’s Written Words” will be directed by Larraine Brown and performed by actors and admirers of the artist and author, including David Troup, David Patrick Stucky, and Rose Derecktor.

Though hidden from sight
My blood is always bright red.
Fresh hatched, some birds fly.
–Harold Garde

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