HALLOWELL — The Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., is starting off 2016 with “A Year of Mindfulness: 1 Picture, 1 Poem, Every Day For a Year,” a solo exhibit of the work of Janet Favor of Gardiner.

The work will be displayed from Wednesday, Jan. 20, through Jan. 30. The public is welcome. An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, with an artist talk from 7 to 8 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

In 2015, Favor embarked on a yearlong journey of diligently capturing her surroundings through photography and poetry.

“While walking my dog in December 2014 I formulated in my mind the outline of this project: each day for a year I would walk in mindfulness, take a photograph and write a haiku about it. My motivation was threefold: to stay in the present moment while walking, noticing nature, the light, and all that is around me; to carry my camera and find interesting things to photograph no matter the weather or my mood; and to write an informal haiku with the 5-7-5 format about my feelings.

The magnitude of the project was a little scary but I was determined that it would stretch me in many ways. These three areas of my life: poetry, photography and the Buddha’s teachings are the foundation of my creativity and spirituality,” she said.


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