Harlow Gallery in Hallowell was named Readers’ Choice Best Gallery in “Down East” magazine’s annual poll of reader and editor favorites, featured in the July issue. Thousands of “Down East” readers voted January through April for their statewide selections while editors went through a rigorous selection process of their own and Harlow Gallery was chosen as top in its category.
The annual “Best of Maine” readers’ awards provide “Down East” readers the opportunity to recognize their favorite Maine people, places and things around the state. Based solely on popular vote, the readers’ choice winners represent the best of Maine as identified by those who know Maine the best: the state’s residents and repeat visitors. Equally invested in the state’s culture, editors choose their own favorites to receive recognition each year.
Kathleen Fleury, “Down East” editor-in-chief, spoke of the selection process, saying, “Our readers love Maine for many different reasons, and the Readers’ Choice awards encourage them to show their support for the people and places that make the state so great. The selection process is one that everyone puts a lot of time and thought into – so it’s a true honor to be selected.” Fleury added, “We don’t consider this list to be definitive, we like to think of this as a work in progress. Every year we discover previously unknown spots on our travels and we receive tips from our readers for future consideration. This is all part of what makes this one of the most eagerly anticipated issues of the year, and one that is also the most fun for us to work on.”