BRIDGTON — Gallery 302 welcomes Will Harney to the group of more than 40 artists who exhibit work at the gallery.

As a youngster, Harney was always interested in drawing and once painted an entire dinosaur mural in the add-on room in his family’s home in Danvers, Massachusetts. He studied at Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in illustration and graphic design practices.

In 2001, he graduated and was recognized with an award for Aesthetic Excellence & Conceptual Clarity. During his schooling, he also worked on a few schoolroom language learning books with speech and language pathologist Marilyn Toomey of Circuit Publications in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

In 2007, Harney took a solo trip to Paris to paint, take photographs and draw pictures of the architecture in the city. In 2008, after being inspired by a lunch meeting with children’s’ book author and illustrator Ed Emberley, he decided to rewrite, illustrate and publish a classic Taoist-based folktale called “The Stonecutter.” The book is available in more than a dozen galleries and bookstores in the New England area, and also online via the subscription-based family home reading service FarFaria.

His family has a home in Fryeburg. To view Harney’s work, visit Gallery 302 at 112 Main St. For more information, call 207-647-2787 or go to

Will Harney is the newest addition to Gallery 302’s contributing artists.

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