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Brush Gallery

April 18 - June 6, 2015
Reception: Saturday, April 25, 2 to 4 PM

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is pleased to announce “Massachusetts Artists 2015: Showcase of Contemporary Art,” a biennial exhibition of artists living or working in Massachusetts. A wide variety of styles and techniques are on display from April 18 through June 6. Artists accepted into the exhibit come from Amesbury, Andover, Boston, Boxborough, Brookline, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Clinton, Dracut, Groton, Hopedale, Ipswich, Jamaica Plain, Lowell, Northborough, Rochester, Salem, Somerville, Stoughton, Stow, Tyngsborough, and Wrentham.

Artists included in the exhibition: Janet Albert, Jessica Aye, Judith Belben, Adrien Bisson, Jane Coder, Linda Demers, Samuel Dionne, ZsuZsanna Donnell, Dave Drinon, Craig Eastland, Gillian Frazier, Barbara Guilmet, Rosemary Hoffenberg, Marjorie Kaye, Mary-Ellen Latino, Robin MacDonald-Foley, Marshall Marice, Hanna Melnyczuk, Crissie Murphy, Paul Noel, David Phoenix, Sarah Roche, Sally Russell, Emily Sandagata, Denn Santoro, George Shaw, Laurie Simko, Robert Thurlow, Sophy Tuttle, Miranda Updike, Tom Veirs, Neil Wilkins, Timothy Wilson, Janet Wolahan, and Deborah Wolf.

Brush Gallery

Distraction, acrylic by ZsuZsanna Donnell

June 14 - July 26
Journeys: 13 Perspectives (Annual Studio Artists' Exhibition)
Reception: June 18, 5 to 7 PM
Artist Talk with Artists: July 19, 1 to 3 PM

Brush Gallery

“Gigantesque” by Maddie Burke

August 1-29, 2015
Broad Strokes - Pushing Quilts to Art
Exhibition location: Lowell Telecommunications Corporation
Presented by The Brush Art Gallery & Studios and Merrimack Valley Quilters
In conjunction with "A Summer Celebration of New England Quilts" and coordinated by New England Quilt Museum

Lecture/Demo at The Brush: August 8, 2 PM by Broad Strokes quilters

August 8 - September 12
Book Illustration: Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys
Junior Detective Club at Pollard Memorial Library:
August 11 at 10:30 AM (Sign Up Required at Children's Reference Desk: 978-674-1529)
Artist Talk by well-known children's book illustrator Ruth Sanderson at The Brush:
August 15 at 2:00 PM

September 19 - October 24
New England Society of Botanical Artists: Rivers, Textile, and Dye Plants
Reception: Tentatively September 26, 2 to 4 PM

October 31 - December 5
Pamela Wamala and Steve Noroian


R e c e n t    a n d    P a s t   E x h i b i t i o n s


Brush Gallery

Four by Four for Education

Fundraising Event: March 7 to April 11, 2015

Fundraising Event: April 11, 2 to 5 PM, $25 per ticket

View of Canvases Here

The Four By Four Exhibit raises funds for a UMass Lowell Art Scholarship. This scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 is granted to a deserving University of Massachusetts student majoring in the visual arts.

We asked visual artists to create a 4” by 4” work of art. The Brush Art Gallery provided a blank, stretched canvas. Artists created artwork with whatever media and materials they preferred. Each artist has donated their time and talent to this program.

The day of the fundraising event, guests buy tickets and everyone leaves with a work of art. Names are drawn at random and your place in line is determined by the drawing. Be prepared with a list of choices.
Tickets are $25 and are purchased at the door.

As an added attraction this year, a current UMass student will be curating artwork from fellow classmates to be on exhibit in conjunction with the Four by Four exhibit.

This program is sponsored in part by the Arts and Ideas department at UMass Lowell.

Brush Gallery

Hudson Valley Haze, oil, 36 x 36" by Rob Longley

Impressionism from the Cape School of Art

January 17 - February 28, 2015
Reception: MOVED to SUNDAY, January 25, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios presents six artists that have carried on the tradition of Provincetown Impressionism: John Clayton, Robert Louis Del Russo, Arthur Egeli, Rob Longley, Dennis Lucas, and Margaret McWethy. The exhibit is titled “Impressionism from the Cape School of Art.”

The Cape School of Art has a long history of teaching a method of plein air painting where students learn to see color in its purest forms and paint the illusion of light. The technique was first introduced to Provincetown at the turn of the twentieth century by Charles Webster Hawthorne, who at one point was an assistant to instructor William Merritt Chase, another well-known American Impressionist.

Henry Hensche, who learned from Hawthorne, ran the Cape School of Art for over fifty years and taught his technique to countless students. Now, we are lucky to have a group of artists that preserve this tradition, exhibiting in Lowell.

Visit “The Brush” during the cold winter months of January and February. Impressionistic paintings from Cape School artists will give you a dose of sunshine.

December 6 - January 10, 2015. Reception: Saturday, December 13, 2 to 4 PM
Brush Gallery Members' Show: Fabulous Forgeries

Artists often copy the work of a master painter as a way of sharpening their skills. Van Gogh painted a series of about 20 copies after, or inspired by one of his favorite artists, Jean-Francois Millet between 1887 and 1890. This year, the theme of the annual members’ exhibition at The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is work that is copied “after” a famous artist.

The exhibition is playfully titled “Fabulous Forgeries.” Join us in historic downtown Lowell and see our members’ copies of your favorite classic paintings. The juror was Liana Cheney, Former Chair, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Slide show of images HERE

Get your favorite masterpieces at a fraction the cost.


Van Gogh's Irises by Barbara Nolan, oil on canvas, 30 x 36"

Brush Gallery

"Collage LXII" by Jeanette O'Connor

Jeanette O'Connor & Coleman Rogers: Muse & Medium

October 25 - November 29, 2014. Reception: Sat., Oct 25, 2 to 4 PM

Jeanette O’Connor, mixed media collage artist and sculptor, was the winner of the Massachusetts Artists 2013 Best in Show Award at The Brush Art Gallery & Studios. She says about her work, “Treasures, whether a scrap of found paper or a can of gloppy tar, act as both muse and medium for my art-making. They inspire and inform, allowing me to experiment in numerous ways. I add, observe, subtract, and assess again and again. It’s all a visual puzzle, one that can feel effortless or extremely challenging. Time passes, the process continues, and with no foretelling when, the treasures find their way into a coherent whole and a completed piece emerges.”

Coleman Rogers, local photographic artist, has worked his way back to film photography over the last few years. “I feel a visceral connection with the medium. I like to compose my artwork in the camera, seeing the final image at the moment of capture. All of my images are captured on film, with the Black and White developed in my darkroom. My work in Black and White film allows me to focus on composition, texture, emotion, light and shadow without the distraction of color. I choose Color film carefully; different types of film bring out different values in the final image and I use color to enhance the image beyond the composition,” said Rogers.

September 20 - October 18, 2014
Grand Smoke: The Art of Tom Gill
Artist's Reception: Saturday, September 20, 2 - 4 pm


Lowell, MA – Tom Gill has something in common with The Brush Art Gallery and Studios. He began his career as an artist around the same time The Brush was founded, 1982. He was in a band at the time and had taken some classes at the Chelmsford Art Society and spent three years at the Art Institute of Boston. He had to make the choice – art or music? The rest is history.

Gill describes that feeling of being “in the moment” while creating art, when everything is going right and progressing easily – “Smoking.” It’s similar to playing music. “I feel like I’m playing music when I’m painting. That’s why there is rhythm in my paintings.” he said. That’s how he came up with the name of this exhibit, “Grand Smoke.”

His style has evolved a little over the years. Gill describes his work as powerful, spontaneous, and expressive.” It makes an emotional statement using brush strokes and color. He’s known for his vigorous brush strokes. Doing a little research on his style, he’s decided that no one has a style like his. “It’s good to be different,” he said. The latest twist to his technique is the use of cutting edge paint markers instead of brushes.

Image: Great Brook Farm, 2014, acrylic

Grand Smoke

August 9 - September 13, 2014
FROM THE GROUND UP: An Exhibition Celebrating the Joy of the Garden

Artists' Reception: August 23, 2 - 4 pm
Mill City Grows Mobile Market: August 23, 2 - 5 pm

Brush Art Gallery
Mother Nature #1, Karen Provost

The garden has become an integral part of many people’s lives, the lifeblood of local communities, and a source of relaxation and leisure. More controversially, it has become a target for commercial enterprise, a symbol of concern for the environment, and an object of intense media interest.

From the Ground Up explores these and other topics using the language of art. Paintings, photographs, sculpture, fiber, glass, ceramics and more are all used to both celebrate and discover the garden and what it means to all of us.

Related events at the Brush:

  • Mill City Grows Mobile Market. Mill City Grows is a great local organization that fosters food justice by improving physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education. New in 2014, Mill City Grows will travel around the city of Lowell selling fresh, locally grown produce from their Urban Farm. The Brush is thrilled to host them during the opening of our exhibition on August 23!

Related events in the City:

  • Whistler House Museum of Art will host How Does Your Garden Grow? an exhibition of beautiful art quilts with a garden theme. Show Dates: August 20 - September 20, 2014. Artists' reception: August 23, 1 - 3 pm. Admission free.
  • New England Quilt Museum hosts Quilted Gardens: Floral Motifs from the Permanent Collection. Bring a friend and enjoy two-for-one admission. Meet Binney Family Curator, Pamela Weeks, who will offer a complimentary gallery talk on Thursday, September 4, 5:30 pm.

Artists exhibiting in the show:

Elisa Adams
Rose Carney
Janet Clingerman-Hsiao
Anita Helen Cohen
Patricia Demers
Rebecca Alden Fortier
Sharon Freed
Donna Howard
David R. Jones
Myong Jung
Marguerite Jungbluth
Priti Lathia
Carolyn Lazare DiCecca
Nita Leger Casey
Maria Luongo
Richard Marion
Elaine McMichael
Paula Mingolelli
Barbara Nachmias-Kedesdy
Linda Pearlman Karlsberg
Cheryl Polcaro
Karen Provost
Ilene Richard
Daniel Rocha
Coleman Rogers
Colleen Sgroi
Laurie Simko
Jeannetta vanRaalte
Will Winslow

June 28 - August 3, 2014
S-T-R-E-T-C-H: The Brush Studio Artists' Annual Exhibition
Artist’s Reception:    Thursday, June 26, 5-7pm
Gallery Talk with the Artists: July 20, 1-3pm

STRETCH provides a showcase for the thirteen artists who rent and maintain studios at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios. This exhibit includes the wide spectrum of diverse media and artistic expression.

 It feels good to Stretch! The 13 studio artists at the Brush invite you to do just that during your visit to their annual summer show. Subject matter, format, and materials have been reconsidered this year, creating a refreshing presentation by the artists you have grown to love! Be sure to look for the work of our newest artist, Janice Jones, who has recently set up her studio at the Brush. She’d love to meet you!

Pamela Wamala - Brush Art Gallery
Janice Jones - Brush Art Gallery
Cindy Hughes - Brush Art Gallery
Steve Noroian - Brush Art Gallery
Lolita Demers - Brush Art Gallery
Top: Pamela Wamala
Bottom: Janice Jones
Cynthia Hughes Top: Steven Noroian
Bottom: Lolita Demers


Studio Artists at the Brush Medium Town
Carol Boileau Painting and Calligraphy Andover
Penelope Cox  Jewelry Lowell
Lolita Demers Pottery and Mixed Media Methuen
Vassilios Giavis Painting Lowell
Deirdre Grunwald Painting Maynard
Cynthia Hughes  Textile Art (Weaving) Chelmsford
Chrissy Theo Hungate Sculpture/Painting Lowell
Janice Jones Textile Artist Methuen
Leslie MacPhail Painting and Photography Fitchburg
Steve Noroian  Photography N. Andover
Gay Tracy  Painting and Mixed Media N. Andover
Pamela Wamala  Painting and Pastel  Lowell
Will Winslow  Designer/Illustrator  Lowell

May 3, 2014 - June 14, 2014
The Colorful World of Black and White
(A venue of Lowell Photography Weekend, May 17 and 18, 2014)

Artists' Reception: Saturday, May 17, 12 - 2 pm

Curator: Ron Rosenstock

This captivating invitational exhibition features black and white work by master photographers. Stunning landscapes and seascapes, exquisite closeups, superb architectural studies and lovely still lifes all work together to produce a show that is truly remarkable.

The artists include:

Rick Bream

Karen Clickner

Ellen Slotnick

Gene Epstein

Paul Goodwin

Ross Harris

Ken Harvey

Anne Hendrickson

James Hunt

Ron Jolicoeur

Richard Lapping

Dorothy Magadieu

Eileen Muldoon

Eric Myrvaagnes

Doris O'Keefe

Robert Pyle

Ron Rosenstock

Sue Sedgwick

Joanne Shapiro

Cindy Horovitz Wilson

  Robert Pyle
Enchanted Light by Robert Pyle

Lowell Photography Weekend - May 17 and 18, 2014
Lowell Photography Weekend

The Brush is pleased to be producing Lowell Photography Weekend, a city-wide, multi-venue celebration of the photographic arts.

Thirteen galleries, museums and businesses will show a wide range of photography. Exhibition dates will vary, but all venues are hosting artists' receptions over a single weekend (May 17 and 18) so that visitors can meet the artists.

***Enter a free raffle to win a $1000.00 gift certificate to Hunt's Photo and Video! Raffle tickets will be available over the weekend and the drawing will take place on May 19***


For complete details, schedules and reception times, go to www.lowellphotographyweekend.com

We are thrilled that the following venues will be participating (click on each name for details):



The Brush thanks the following organizations for their support and sponsorship of the event:

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation

The City of Lowell... Alive. Unique. Inspiring!

The Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Hunts Photo and Video



March 22, 2014 - April 26, 2014
Visual Voices VI: Science and Art!

Artists' Receptions: Saturday, April 5 at various times (see below)

Visual Voices is a biennial art show featuring work by Lowell’s K-12 students.

Visual Voices at the Brush Art Gallery and StudiosThe show started at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios in 2002 by Brush resident artist and Lowell Public School art teacher Lolita Demers, and has grown to become a citywide tradition thanks to the efforts of Lolita Demers, art teachers across the district, four local art galleries and Lowell’s incredible student-artists.

This year, art teachers from twenty-five public and private schools will facilitate and select art projects
about science. Varied scientific subjects and art mediums will be featured at each gallery. The following four galleries will participate:

The Brush Gallery

The Lowell Telecommunications Corporation

Zeitgeist Gallery

The Whistler House Museum of Art

See below for gallery addresses, specific show dates and important times for each reception. All four venues will open their doors for a celebratory reception on Saturday, April 5th. The public, school staff, student-artists and their families are invited to the participating galleries to honor this artistic achievement. Also on April 5th, there will be a raffle for art supplies, light refreshments, and an award ceremony for student-artists at their designated galleries.

Visual Voices is funded by the Lowell Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Lowell National Historical Park and the Brush Art Gallery & Studios. The Exhibition Committee would like to thank these organizations for their long-time support of this tradition for Lowell student-artists.

Exhibition and Reception Information:

  • Brush Art Gallery and Studios
    256 Market Street Lowell, MA
    Artwork will be on display March 22 through April 26, 2014
    Reception: April 5th, 1-3pm. Award ceremony begins at 1:30 pm
    Please access www.thebrush.org/directions for directions and hours.

  • Lowell Telecommunications Corp. Gallery
    246 Market St. Lowell, MA.
    Artwork will be on display March 6 through April 26, 2014
    Reception: April 5th, 11:30 -1:30. Award ceremony begins at 12:30 pm
    Please access www.ltc.org/facility_and_hours for directions and hours.

  • Zeitgeist Gallery
    167 Market Street Lowell,MA
    Artwork will be on display April 1 through April 26, 2014
    Reception: April 5th, 3-5pm. Award ceremony beings at 4pm
    Please access https://www.facebook.com/ZeitgeistGalleryLowell?directed_target_id=0 for more information.

  • Whistler House Museum of Art
    243 Worthen St. Lowell, MA.
    Artwork will be on display March 22 through April 26, 2014
    Reception: April 5th, 2-4 pm. Award ceremony begins at 3pm
    Please access www.whistlerhouse.org for directions and hours

    Brush Gallery
    This exhibition and programming is made possible in part by the Lowell Cultural Council, a state agency, and also by Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency

This exhibition is also made possible by the Lowell National Historical Park.



March 12 - March 15
This fun event raises funds for the Brush's Alice Giavis Memorial Art Scholarship.

Brush Art Gallery 4 x 4 For Education FundraiserFundraiser/Raffle: Saturday, March 15, 2 - 5 pm (Snow - March 16, 2 - 5)

See all the little paintings on-line! Click HERE.

During the last 31 years, the Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios has come in contact with many wonderful artists from all over the country. We asked them to help us raise money for our Alice Giavis Memorial Scholarship Fund and there has been an overwhelming response! They have created beautiful, varied and imaginative little gems especially for this event.

Please join us on Saturday, March 15, 2 - 5 pm (snow: Sun. March 16, 2 -5) where almost 150 little 4 x 4 inch pieces of original art will be sold. The proceeds benefit our scholarship program. Scholarships go to a University of Massachusetts Lowell incoming freshman who will be studying visual arts. For complete details on the scholarship, please click here.

Image: A beautiful 4 x 4 creation by Nancy Rourke.

We thank the following artists for donating such beautiful work for
our fundraiser:
Ann Adair
Lisa Anderson-Bisson
Stephan Anstey
Ellen Anstsey
Jennifer Aradhya
Nancy Bardach
Kathy Barniak
Merry Beninato
Donna Berger
Rene L Bodmer
Lisa Bohnwagner
Charles Byrne
Eileen Byrne
Rose Carney
Norm Caron
larry carter
John Cascio
jennifer clement
Anita Cohen
Cynthia Conant
Christiane Corcelle
Linda Cordner
Margarida Correia
Mary Coughlan
Patricia Demers
Linda Demers
Lolita Demers
Christina Dixon
Dave Drinon
alexandria drouin
Kyrith Evans
patricia Faulkner
Ellen Frost
Alexandra Furman
Claire Gagnon
Paul Galello
Allison Gover
Helen Granger
Mary Grassi
Paula Grejdus
Deirdre Grunwald
Mary Hart
Ruby Horansky
Donna Howard
Cindy Hughes
Chrissy Theo Hungate
Susan Johnson
David Jones
Janice Jones
Peter Kalabokis
Carol Korsak
Helene Kusnitz
Kiara Lemus
Karen Leonard
Jane Lincoln
Karen Loprete
Chippa M
Renee Mallett
Marshall Marice
Adeline Mega

John Meletis
Mary Melilli
Shilpi Mittal
Cynthia Morgan
Helen Moriarty
Sanjeev Nandan
Nancy Nicol
Steven Noroian
Elizabeth Nussbaum
Pat Owoc
Lisa Panaccione
Nancy Peacock
Virginia Peck
Bethany Peck
Cheryl Polcaro
Sandra Price
Karen Provost
Maureen Radoncic
Denise Rainis
Bill Reedy
Ilene Richard
Carl Richards
Susan Rivers
Chris Roberts
Deborah Rocha
Daniel Rocha
Sarah Roche
Coleman Rogers
Nancy Rourke
Nancy Savage
Jodi Scaltreto
Darcy Schultz
Colleen Sgroi
Kimberly Sheehy
Unju Sim
laurie simko
Pamela Simpkins
Lawrence Smith
Carolyn Spiegel
barbara stroup
Don Sullivan
Karen Swiech
Trina teele
Shanna Thompson
Rita Thompson
Gay Tracy
Janice Walker
Pamela Wamala
Sylvia Weir
Robin Wilkerson
Pat Willard
Margo Williams
jean winslow
will winslow
Betsy Wish
Janet Wolahan
Nancy Wormwood
Eleni Zohdi
Roxie Zwicker


February 1 - March 8, 2014

Artists' Reception: Saturday, February 8, 2 - 4 pm

Curated and Organized by Glenn Szegedy

Participating Artists:

The artists, who are both local and regional, have created an interesting mix of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work, making for a fascinating exhibition.

Roberta Bloom
Lolita Demers
Laura Doran
Nikki Giraffo
Eva Glazebrook
Eric Grant
Barbara Guilmet
Yary Livan
Aron Leaman
Tracy Levesque
Sharon Levy
Judy Nevius
Laurie Simko
Glenn Szegedy
Gay Tracy
Samantha Tucker
Tom Veirs
Bruce Wood
Peter Zimmerman

The Brush Gallery is pleased to present Vessels: The Art of Containment.

This beautiful exhibition, curated by Glenn Szegedy, highlights nineteen artists and encompasses a wide variety of vessel and containment concepts. From traditional Cambodian ceramics to fanciful Steampunk pieces to abstract interpretations of the vessel, this show is sure to surprise and please the viewer.


January 16 - January 26
Special Preview

Linda Demers

Urban Canyons by Linda Demers

Stop by and preview all the work that has been submitted for consideration for the beautiful, newly renovated City Council Chamber. The final selections will be made from among those submissions by a panel of arts professionals and city representatives.

Saturday, January 25, 2 - 4 pm (Snow - Sunday, Jan 26, 2 - 4): Reception for all artists who submitted work. The artists that were selected for the project:

  • Edith Burger
  • Linda Demers
  • Dave Drinon
  • Claire Gagnon
  • Bill Giavis
  • Tom Gill
  • DD Grunwald
  • Janet Lambert Moore
  • Steven Noroian
  • Mary Rose O'Connell
  • Don Ouellette

We so grateful to those who sponsored this project!
Here are our contributors as of January 13:

  • Michael R. Breda
  • Eileen and Charlie Byrne
  • Michael, Dale and Vincent Cascio
  • Conway Insurance Agency
  • James L. Cooney Insurance Agency
  • Nancy L. Donahue
  • Enterprise Bank
  • Gallagher & Cavanaugh, LLP
  • Harmon's Paint and Wallpaper
  • Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union
  • Jack Moynihan & Carolyn Walsh
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • Pridestar EMS
  • Bill Reedy and Darren End
  • Peter and Marina Schell

If you are interested in sponsoring a particular artist or in contributing funds toward the project, please contact us at director@thebrush.org. Any person/organization making a contribution of over $250.00 will be acknowledged on a permanent plaque in the Council Chamber.


December 14, 2013 - January 11, 2014
Brush Gallery Members' Show: Prêt à Porter
Including work by the New England Sculptors Association

  • Small, affordable works to purchase and carry in time for the holidays!
  • No work is more than $500.00
  • Purchase and take with you immediately -- no waiting until the end of the show
  • Opening during Annual Holiday Marketplace Weekend)
Charming the Snake Playtime Pears
Charming the Snake, Ann Miller Playtime!, Lisa Bohnwagner Pears and Eucalyptus, Anita Cohen

Artists' Reception: Saturday, December 14, 2 - 4 pm.

See a video about exhibitions and events:

Best in Show: $100.00 cash award.

Also during the weekend:

December 13, 11 - 2 pm, Soup and Shop! Enjoy home-made soup while you find the perfect gift!

December 14 and 15, 11 - 5 pm, the Brush's Holiday Marketplace. Cookies, gifts and art. What could be better?? Consider purchasing a gift certificate for an art-lover you know!


This exhibition and programming is made possible by the Lowell National Historical Park.

November 2 - December 7, 2013Brush Art Gallery In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood: Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish
A juried art exhibition celebrating cold-blooded creatures and the important part they play in the ecological balance of our planet.
(Part of the Brush's Art of Nature Exhibition Series)

Artists' Reception: November 9, 2 - 4 pm

This exhibition is on-line! Click HERE to see it.

Juror: Carel Brest van Kempen. We are honored that an artist and author of van Kempen's caliber has agreed to jury this exhibition. Carel's artistic mission has always been to deepen awareness of the natural world and how it functions. His work has been exhibited worldwide in such venues as The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History, The British Museum and The National Museum of Taiwan. He has been named a “Most Honored Artist of Utah” (2002) and a “Master Signature Member” of the Society of Animal Artists (2008). He has illustrated over a dozen books, including Dinosaurs of Utah (1998), Biology of the Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards (2005), Biology of the Boas and Pythons (2007), Urban Herpetology (2008), and Conservation of Mesoamerican Amphibians and Reptiles (2010) and authored the popular coffee-table book, Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding (2006). For more on Carel Brest van Kempen, please visit his website: www.cpbrestvankempen.com, blog: rigorvitae.blogspot.com.

Brush Art GallerySpecial, one day art exhibition of reptiles, amphibians and fish by Lowell elementary school students: November 23, 11 am - 4:00 pm

Presentation by Drumlin Farm/Massachusetts Audubon Society of live, native reptiles and amphibians:
November 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Presentation by Lowell High School's Freshman Academy about their program to catch, care for and release baby turtles when they are able to survive on their own. November 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.



Brush Gallery

This exhibition and programming is made possible in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
. The Brush Art Gallery is grateful for their wonderful support!

September 14 - October 26, 2013
(One of the Venues of the 2013 Boston Printmakers Biennial)

Opening Reception: September 14, 2 - 4 pm
Closing Reception: October 26, 1 - 3 pm

Participating Artists:

Christiane Corcelle
Lori Demartin
Laurie Hartwick
Susan Stranc-Jaworski
Jean Winslow, curator

Related Events:

Papermaking demonstration: September 21, time 1 - 3 pm.
A demonstration of making paper from sustainable, natural and recycled materials.
Studio II, 256 Market St. (across from Brush)
by May Babcock and Jeri Lowe
Monoprint workshop: Sat. October 5, time 1 - 2 pm.
Studio II, 256 Market St. (across from Brush)
Brush Gallery
Christiane Corcelle

Relief Printmaking Demonstration: Sunday Oct. 13, 2 - 4 pm
Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St., Lowell, MA will have a demonstration of relief printmaking with the option to ink and pull a small linocut print. A great opportunity to watch the printmaking process and even give it a try!

Other Venues:

Be sure to visit these other participating venues! Click HERE for dates and times of exhibitions, special printmaking demonstrations and artists' receptions.

  • 119 Gallery
  • ALL Arts Gallery at the new Gates Block building
  • American Textile History Museum
  • Ayer Lofts Gallery
  • Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery
  • Whistler House Museum of Art
  • Zeitgeist Gallery

The 2013 Boston Printmakers Biennial takes place from Sunday, October 27, 2013 to
Friday, December 20, 2013. For more information about the 2013 Boston Printmakers Biennial, click here.

Brush Gallery

This exhibition and programming is made possible in part by the Lowell Cultural Council via the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency


August 8 - September 7, 2013
Art Quilts Lowell 2013: Tangled Up in Blue
(A venue of the Lowell Quilt Festival)

Juror: Valarie Pratt Poitier

Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 10, 2 - 4 pm.

Today, quilts are finally overcoming their old-fashioned reputation. Once perceived as blocklike, follow-the-rules fabric sandwiches, contemporary art quilts — with the emphasis on art — break the conventional code. The quilt artist seeks to innovate by applying art principles and art experience from other areas like drawing, painting, and sculpting as well as working with the tactile richness of fabric and adding the textures of quilting stitches. As defined by The Art Quilt Association, "The contemporary art quilt is an original exploration of a concept rather than a traditional pattern. It experiments with textile manipulation, color, texture and a diversity of mixed media." 

The concept for this year's Art Quilts Lowell at the Brush Gallery in Lowell is Tangled Up in Blue.

Other events at the Brush during the Lowell Quilt Festival:

Friday, August 9Brush GalleryKyoto Kimono

  • Trunk Show. Friday, August 9, 6 - 9 pm. Back by popular demand, Nancy McDonough of Kyoto Kimono (www.kyotokimono.com) displays and sells a wide array of vintage silks, kimonos and other beautiful creations.
  • Author's Talk. Friday, August 9, 7 - 9 pm. Author Judy Buswick (www.judybuswick.com) discusses her book, Sally Palmer Field, New England Quilter.

Saturday, August 10

  • Book Signing. Saturday, noon to 2:00 pm. Author Judy Buswick (www.judybuswick.com) hosts a book signing for Sally Palmer Field, New England Quilter.
  • Trunk Show. Saturday, 11 - 5 pm. Nancy McDonough of Kyoto Kimono (www.kyotokimono.com) again displays and sells her vintage silks, kimonos and more!
  • Artists' Reception. Saturday, 2 - 4 pm. Opening reception for the artists displaying work in the Brush's Tangled Up in Blue exhibition of beautiful art quilts.

This Year's Artists

Carolyn Carson
Lisa Chipetine
Sharon Collins
Lisa Corson
Nancy Crasco
Mary Durda
Clairan Ferrono
Sandy Gregg
Pat Hilderbrand
Ruby Horansky
Janice Jones
Kathleen Kastles
Helene Kusnitz
Denise Linet
Valerie Maser-Flanagan
Wen Redmond
Ruan Robertson
Judy Ross
Brenda Schlechter
Stephanie Shore
Jim Smoote
Carla Stehr
Gwyned Trefethen
Carol Vinick
Marilyn Wall
Mary Walter
Diane Wright

June 8 - August 3, 2013
Brush Studio Artists' Exhibition: Breaking Out
A survey of art by our own artists!
Artists' Reception: Thursday, June 13, 5 - 7 pm

Artists' Talk: Sunday, July 21, 12 - 3 pm. The Studio Artists at the Brush will discuss their current show "Breaking Out" at their Brown Bag Artists’ Talks.  Coffee, Tea and cold refreshments will be served. Bring a bagged lunch. We’d love to see you there!

Press Release: Click Here.

Brush Art Gallery and Studios

Top row, L to R
Donna Murray
Bill Giavis
Lolita Demers
Gay Tracy
Chrissy Theo Hungate
Deirdre Grunwald
Pamela Wamala
Steve Noroian

Bottom row, L to R
Cindy Hughes
Will Winslow
Penny Cox
Carol Boileau

Not pictured: Leslie MacPhail

April 20 - June 1, 2013
ABOUT FACE: Compelling Portraits

Work by artists Glenn Szegedy and Janet Wolahan.

Artists' Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2 - 4 pm.

Artists' Talks: Saturday, May 18, 2 - 4 pm.

Brush Art GalleryBecause of the many different forms they take, portraits can be used for a variety of dynastic, commemorative, personal, and propagandist purposes. They can be purely documentary or a means of addressing complex social and cultural issues. Portraits can be considered aesthetic objects, but they can equally be seen to act as a substitute for the individual they represent, or as conveying an aura of power, beauty, youth, or other abstract qualities. Portraiture's extraordinary longevity and resilience as a genre is a testament to the power of the interaction among the subject, the artist and the viewer.

About Face:Compelling Portraits, and exhibition of portraits at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios, Lowell, MA, explores this fascinating art form in the work of Glenn Szegedy and Janet Wolohan. Szegedy and Wolohan have each created a body of work specifically for this exhibition. Their pieces are very large, filling the walls almost from ceiling to floor, making for a very dramatic show. Click here for press release.

March 9 - April 13, 2013

Juror: Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 2 - 4 pm.

Best in Show receives a solo show in 2014.

Lowell is, and continues to become, a major destination for artists. The Brush Art Gallery is pleased to present the 5th Massachusetts Artists exhibition of contemporary work by top artists from all over the state of Massachusetts. Featured will be a diverse range of work including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed media and sculpture.

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Unju Sim, Red Yellow Black 2

The Artists:

Janet Albert
Sandra Cardillo
Paula Estey
Helga Butzer Felleisen
Ivana George
Luba Shapiro Grenader
Elizabeth Harris
Joanne Holtje
Tom Jefferies
Carol K. Keller
Jill Kolva
David J Leblanc
Jane Lincoln
Anita Loomis
Elaine McMichael
Jeanette O'Connor
Edward S. Porzio
Coleman Rogers
Emily Sandagata
George Shaw
Unju Sim
Miranda Updike
Ariel Wolff


February 28 - March 2, 2013

4 x 4


March 2, 2013, 2 - 5 pm at the Brush

Thanks to the wonderful artists who created beautiful art work for our fundraiser, we raised over $3000.00 for our Alice Giavis Memorial Art Scholarship! You are the best!

Anita Helen
James Ellis
Chrissy Theo
Mary Ellen
Mary Rose

December 8, 2012 - February 9, 2013
with the New England Sculptors Association
Artists' Reception: Saturday, December 8, 2 - 4 pm

Brush Art GalleryJuror: Jim Coates, Professor, Department of Art, UMass Lowell

The Brush is again collaborating with the New England Sculptors Association (NESA) to host a beautiful 2D and 3D exhibition. See paintings, drawings, pastels, quilts, photography and more. See sculpture in a range of media: bronze, wood, stone, metals and ceramics.

Image: Warrior II by Lisa Bohnwagner


This Year's Artists:

Donna Berger Madeleine Lord
Lisa Bohnwagner Maria Luongo
Beth Brykman Fred K. Manasse
Betty Busby Barbara Nolan
Rose Carney Mary Rose O'Connell
Marilyn Coon Carol Panek-Clark
richard creighton Christy Park
Lori DeMartin Denise Rainis
Lee Fortier Astrid Reischwitz
Claire Gagnon Elizabeth Harris Ross
Denise Giardullo Gail Rousseau
Laurie Hartwick Stacy Latt Savage
Jacqui Hawk Jodi Scaltreto
Dan Hirschhorn Elaine M Seidel
Catherine N.Hooper Laurie Simko
Janice Jones Cindy A Stephens
Marguerite Jungbluth Dayna Talbot
Haroon Khimani Katherine Teele
Priti Lathia Rita Thompson
Ruth Lieberherr Doug Wilkening
Eric Lintala Jean Winslow

November 3 - December 1, 2012
Artwork by cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.
At the Brush Art Gallery
Jurors: Lola Baltzell and Bess Cutler: artists, activists and survivors.

Artwork from the Eli Lilly Corporation Collection

At the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery

Artwork by Lowell General Hospital cancer survivors

At the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery

Exhibitions installed by Kevin Bird of Bird Hill Design

November 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the National Park Visitor Center Auditorium:
Talks and lectures by cancer experts and medical personnel.
November 8: Brush Gallery/Lowell General Hospital Fundraiser 6 - 8 pm at the Brush Gallery. To purchase tickets on-line easily and securely, go to www.teamwalk.org; click on eStore; click on Event Tickets; choose Encounters with Cancer.
November 10 : Artists' Reception 2 - 4 pm at both the Brush Gallery and Lowell Telecommunications Gallery. Encounters . Click here to see pictures of the artists' receptions.

Encounters with CancerSuffering, surviving or caring for someone with cancer changes us forever. Encounters with Cancer uses art to focus on this experience. The exhibition is open to artists who are currently battling cancer, who have survived cancer or who are caring for someone with cancer. Artwork should reflect the artist's experience with this disease. All two dimensional and three dimensional work is welcome.

The Brush Gallery will be working with Lowell General Hospital to raise funds for and awareness about Lowell General's CancerCare, a program that provides many free services to cancer victims and their families. What makes this program so exceptional is that, unlike other programs that benefit cancer research efforts, CancerCare helps cancer patients and their families when and where they need it most – here and now. And it isn’t about finding a cure, but about finding hope, courage and strength to live as fully as possible. For example, while insurance covers many costs of cancer care, it doesn’t extend to such necessities as food and shelter – basics that can be threatened when someone is receiving cancer treatment and unable to work. CancerCare funds also help pay for medication, nutritional supplements, wigs and prostheses, transportation to and from treatment, skilled nursing visits, and supportive services to patients with all types of cancer. Plus, every dollar raised stays right here in Greater Lowell.

Artists exhibiting in Encounters with Cancer are:

Beth Andrews
David Barton
Pat Burns
Judith Bessette
Lizi Brown
Claire Burke
Eileen Byrne
Leslie Carmin
Jeanne Creekmore
Linda Demers
Patricia Demers
Estelle Disch
Madeline Fine
Robert Finneran
Daniel Furman
Wilda Gerideau Squires
Denise Giardullo
Tom Gill
Luba Shapiro Grenader
Gisela Griffith
Suzi Grossman
Elaine Harmon
Rosemary Hoffenberg
Linda Hoffman
Virginia Holloway
David R.Jones
Elisa Lanzi
Sharon Levy
Ruth Lieberherr
George Martin
Gerri Rachins
Barbara Rafferty
Luca Ricco
Lorna Ritz
Barbara Schneider
Bob Stegmaier
Steve Syverson
Karen Tarr
Willard Traub
Roxanne Van De Water
Ruth A. White
Rochelle Zohn

Showing at the adjacent Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery and in conjunction with Encounters with Cancer will be the Eli Lilly's Oncology on Canvas collection as well as artwork by patients and survivors who participate in Lowell General's Support Services and Wellness Programs.

Brush GalleryThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency


September 22 - October 27, 2012
A BRUSH WITH NATURE: Exhibition by the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA)
Reception: Saturday, September 22, 2 - 4 pm
Artists' Talks: Saturday, September 22, during and after the reception
Special exhibition of botanical work by talented Lowell High School photography students. Date: September 22 11:00 - 4:00 pm, September 23, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Brush Gallery BotanicalsThis exhibition of exquisite paintings and drawings by the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) displays a full range of beautiful botanicals.

Botanical illustration has long been admired for its beauty, but beneath its surface, this art form has great scientific and historical significance.

The main goal of botanical illustration is not art, but scientific accuracy. It must portray a plant with the precision and level of detail for it to be recognized and distinguished from another species. This need for exactness differentiates botanical illustration from more general flower painting. Many great artists have portrayed flowers but because their goal was simply aesthetic, accuracy was not always necessary or intended. Brush Gallery Exhibitions

Equally fascinating is the historical significance of botanical illustration. Botanists and artists sailed with explorers facing the same challenges and dangers. Many expeditions were supported by colonial governments keen on gaining further knowledge of the lands they possessed or wanted to possess. In the process of collecting, recording and illustrating specimens from distant parts of the globe, botanists and botanical illustrators contributed to the international dispersal of flora. Transferring or propagating plants in botanical gardens back home naturally led to the spread of species, while publishing books on a region’s plants provided a means of organizing, simplifying, and containing the life of that place.

In the hands of the talented botanical artists of NESBA, botanical illustration goes far beyond its scientific requirements and remarkable history.

Participating NESBA Artists:

Bobbi Angell
Judith Baker
Patricia Buchanan
Deborah Cassady
Mary Coughlan
Barbara DeGregorio
M. Ellen Duarte
Mathilde Duffy
Rita S. Edmunds
Kathy Folino
Ellen Gaube
Lianne Jasper Gillespie
Pamela Geer Gordon
Nancy Horrall
Kathy Iovanni
Lois Jackson
Sharon Jeffery
Esther Klahne
Jeanne Kunze
Christine M. Leddy
Dorothy Gardner McCauley
Carrie Megan
Regina Gardner Milan
Susan Pettee
Kelly Leahy Radding
Susan Bull Riley
Rosalie Sadowski
Nancy Savage
Lucy Haward Sur
Karen Tucker
Joyce Westner
Stephanie Whitney-Payne
Margaret Young

We are grateful to the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Lowell Nationional Historical Park for their support of this exhibition and programming.

Brush GalleryThis exhibition and programming is made possible in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


August 9 - September 15, 2012

Brush GalleryRhythm Master: Kathleen Kastles

Art Quilts Lowell 2012Big Jim Robinson - New Orleans: Carolyn Spiegel

Exhibition Dates: August 9 - September 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2 - 4 pm (during the Lowell Quilt Festival).

LOWELL, MA (July 18, 2012) Art Quilts Lowell is an annual, juried exhibition of the finest art quilts in Canada and the United States.

Art quilts, with the emphasis on art, break the conventional notion of quilts. No longer blocklike, functional, fabric sandwiches, these quilts have become exquisite works of art.

The concept for this year's Art Quilts Lowell is Music and there is a remarkable breadth of interpretation and materials by 26 artists from all over the US and Canada.

Juror: Karey Bresenhan, President and CEO, Quilts Inc. We are thrilled to have Karey this year. Karey has co-founded numerous quilting-related groups, including the International Quilt Association and Quilts Inc., which stages the annual International Quilt Festival.

Gallery Night: Friday, August 10, 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Visit the galleries, get a sneak peek at all our quilt exhibitions and have some light refreshments.

Special Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2 - 4 pm featuring menus and foods served during Charles Dickens visit to Lowell

This Year's Artists

Pamela Allen ON
Loretta Alvarado CA
Nancy Bardach CA
Peggy Brown IN
Betty Busby NM
Diane Cadrain CT
Nancy Crasco MA
Patricia Faulkner RI
Sandy Gregg MA
Carrie Hedstrom ME
Ruby Horansky NY
Kathleen Kastles HI
Liz Kuny NJ
Helene Kusnitz NY
Susan Lenz SC
Jeanelle McCall TX
Susan McCraw MA
Suzanne Neusner NY
Bonnie Ouellette SC
Wen Redmond NH
Marie Spadaro MA
Carolyn Spiegel NY
Karen Swiech MA
Maxine Thomas OH
Marilyn Wall SC
Diane Wright CT

Trunk Show!

Brush Gallery

Friday, August 10, 5:00 - 8:00 and Saturday, August 11 from 11:00 to 4:00.

Kyoto Kimono of New York will be on site with a trunk show offering a rich selection of full kimono garments – robes, jackets, obi sashes – as well as vintage kimono textiles and gift items created from them. Silks, cottons, and blends; shibori, ikat, and brocades; by the bundle, packet or piece, with inspiration in every one. Founder and owner, Nancy McDonough, will be on hand to discuss Japanese textiles and answer questions. Preview the goods on her website, www.kyotokimono.com.





June 16 - August 4, 2012
Annual Exhibition by the Artists at the Brush
Reception: Thursday, June 21, 5 - 8 pm

*** This is one of the the first exhibitions in the region, and the first in Lowell to be lit entirely by energy-efficient LED bulbs. The Brush Gallery and its artists thank the City of Lowell's BetterBuildings program for making this possible!***

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April 28 - June 9, 2012
ON AND OFF THE WALL: Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings
Reception: Sunday, May 6, 2 - 4 pm

A colorful, imaginative and edgy collection of work by Andover artist Gay Tracy and Lowell artist David Barton.
On and Off the Wall










March 10 - April 21, 2012
VISUAL VOICES V: Lowell Schools City-Wide Exhibition
Reception: Saturday, March 17, 1 - 4 pm

A Biennial Celebration of Lowell's Students and Their Artwork

March 10 - April 2012; Opening Reception: March 17, 1 - 4 All Galleries

Enjoy the artwork of Lowell's students in a multi gallery, multi school, multi grade exhibition! See work from the following Lowell schools: CW Morey, McAvinnue, McAufliffe, Lincoln, Greenhalge, Bailey, Bartlett, Reilly, Pawtucketville Memorial, Shaughnessy, Washington, Sullivan, Stoklosa, Robinson, Pyne Arts, Daley, Butler, Immaculate Conception, Wang, Hellenic American Academy, Lowell High School, Lowell Vocational High School, Middlesex Charter School, Franco American School.

Opening receptions run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at all three galleries:

Artwork from Lowell's Elementary SchoolsBrush Gallery
Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios
256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852 (behind the National Park Visitor Center)
Award Ceremony: 1:30 pm

Click here to see photographs from the exhibition

Aaron Le Poer, 4th Grade

Brush GalleryArtwork from Lowell's Middle Schools
Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery
246 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852 (across from the National Park Visitor Center)
Award Ceremony: 2:30 pm

Click here to see photographs from the exhibition

Shirin Rahman, 8th Grade

Brush GalleryArtwork from Lowell's High Schools
The Whistler House Museum of Art
243 Worthen Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Award Ceremony: 3:30 pm

Click here to see photographs from the exhibition

Sokpagna Chuon, High School


Brush GalleryThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
We are grateful to the Greater Lowell Community Foundation for supporting Brush Gallerythis program


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We are grateful that many of our programs are supported by the
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