Call for Art: 2016 Print Design Contest


The Old Hallowell Day Committee  is looking for art to be used for the 2016 Old Hallowell Day poster, T-shirt and program cover.  Art must fit the 2016 theme “Life in the Little Easy”.

With its population of 2,300, Hallowell has been a regional center for artists and musicians for decades.  With a thriving nightlife scene, Hallowell also boasts small businesses, antique stores, a lively waterfront, taverns and restaurants and offers a laid-back, colorful lifestyle.  We are looking for a piece of art that will embody Hallowell’s wonderful creative spirit.


Call:  The Old Hallowell Day Committee is looking for a painting or piece of graphic art.  Artists may submit up to three sketches, preliminary designs, or photographs of finished work.  Graphic designs will be considered, but no photography entries. Submission concept sketches must be emailed before February 15, 2016 (see instructions below).  The winner of the design contest will be announced March 1, 2106.  The committee requires the finished art by April 30, 2016.

Color & design:  Use color but avoid large blocks of solid color, as it is difficult to transfer to a T-Shirt.  Don’t use too much white.  Avoid watercolors.  Screen printing does not work as well with watercolor painting.  Design should be vertical, with the finished size of 19 by 15 (size of poster), or proportionally larger.  Print indicating “Old Hallowell Day 2016” will be added at the border of the painting.  The OHD Committee will frame the painting and award it as the prize in the OHD art raffle.

Stipend:  The winning artist will receive $500, with the first payment of $200 awarded when the work is to be started, and $300 to be paid upon completion.  The 2016 artist will receive an Old Hallowell Day 2016 commemorative print.

Public relations:  A write up in the Old Hallowell Day 2016 program booklet will feature our art and artist.  There may be an unveiling in June 2016, during which the artist should be present and available to sign the poster.  Posters and T-shirts will be available for sale to the public. Old Hallowell Day will be celebrated on July 16, 2016.

Details: The winning artwork becomes the property of the Old Hallowell Day Committee, the image and likeness to be used as described above and for any other purpose.  The OHD art jury retains the right to select any design or none at all and their decision is final.  When a submission is preliminarily chosen, the artist may be asked to make modifications to meet the needs of the Old Hallowell Day Committee.  Submissions will be judged on their appeal to a broad target audience, and the ideal design will be suitable as wall art and for apparel.


  1. Enter by sending your design(s) via email to; first put ”2016 Art Submission from [your last name]” in the subject line.
  2. Attach your JPG images to the email. Each artist may submit sketches for up to 3 ideas. Please name your jpg image files using the following format before attaching them: “Artist’s Last Name_Title.jpg”
  3. Copy and paste and fill in the following information in the body of your email:

Artist’s name:

Artist’s Mailing address:

Website (if you have one):


Phone number:

  1. Fill in your personal info and SEND the email to


February 15:  Deadline for submission to be sent to  Up to three submissions welcome per artist.

March 1:   Winner will be announced publicly,  after working with the OHD committee to tweak the art if necessary to best follow the theme.

April 30:  Deadline for delivery of the original final art to the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.

June TBD:  Official unveiling of OHD 2016 art piece.

July 16, 2016:  OLD HALLOWELL DAY!

10th Annual Living Nativity – December 23

Water and Temple Street – 6 – 9 pm
Hosted by the First Baptist Church of Hallowell

Join us in front of The Hallowell Antique Mall for a peaceful break in the midst of the Christmas chaos. Actors dressed in costume take their place in the stable as the Christmas story is narrated mixed with beautiful Christmas Carols. Every 20 minutes the story begins again with a new cast of actors.

Plan to stay and enjoy the bonfires, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and petting zoo (the baby bunnies are always a favorite with kids and adults alike). This is a free community family event.

Living Nativity

Gingerbread Contest Winners Announced!

Most Promising Junior Cook: Liam’s House by Liam Wilmot
Most Creative – Urban Design: Hallowell City Hall by Lisa Rigoulot
Most Creative – Rustic Design: The Whistling Pig by Nona Thompson
Most Luscious to Look At: Rapunzel’s Tower by Jim McKenna

Christmas Storefront Mouse Hunt Contest

10 am – 2 pm – Christmas Storefront Mouse Hunt Contest 

Sponsored by HABOT. For kids 12 years of age and younger. Entry forms at Boynton’s Market, Dom’s Barber Shop and Scrummy Afters. Participating stores will have a small FIND ME Mouse poster in their window. Turn in your forms to Scrummy’s by 2 pm. All correct Mouse Hunt entries will be placed in a hat and 3 prizes will be drawn.


Christmas mouse

Winter Holidays in Hallowell – one page schedule for Saturday

Below is a “just the facts” version of the schedule for Saturday. (If you don’t get the “just the facts” reference, then you didn’t know Col. Potter in his earlier life. If you don’t get the Col. Potter reference, then go ask your mother.)

This should be easy to print out in one page.Winter Holidays schedule Dec 12 only

Great Activities at the Hubbard Free Library on Saturday!

12 – 1 pm – Snow Globes – All children are welcome to come and make magical snow globes. No fee, supplies will be provided and all snow globeare welcome.

1 pm – Hanukkah Treats and Stories – Join Hallowell resident and rabbi, Erica Asch, as we enjoy Hanukkah treats and read stories to learn more about this ancient holiday of light which celebrates religious freedom. Taste latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). All are welcome.Hanakkah Menorah


HABOT poster

The Great Hallowell Christmas Parade

Join us for the annual Parade at 4:30 pm on Saturday. Weather report is for a balmy day in the upper 40’s!



Participants can gather at 4:20 pm at Temple and Water Street (across from the Boat Landing). At 4:30 pm the Parade marches from Antique Mall to the City Bandstand.

No need to register to march in the parade. See you there!

Gingerbread Contest – Bakers! Start your ovens!

10 am – 3 pm – Gingerbread Creation Contest, Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street

Calling all cooks and artists! Submit your very best gingerbread creation. Ribbons awarded for Best Victorian Theme, Most Creative, Most Promising Junior Cook and Most Luscious to Look At! Everyone is invited to participate. Entries must be mostly edible and no larger than 24” square by 24” tall.

The contest schedule:

9:30 – 10am … Drop off entries at the Harlow;

1 pm …………… Judging by panel of experts;

3 pm ………….. Pick up all entries at the Harlow Gallery



Correction! Holiday Bazaar (or Bizarre) is 12 – 4 pm

Easy Street