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
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:
Anita Helen Cohen
Rebecca Alden Fortier
David R. Jones
Carolyn Lazare DiCecca
Nita Leger Casey
Linda Pearlman Karlsberg
September 20 - October 18, 2014 Grand Smoke: The Art of Tom Gill Artist's Reception: Saturday, September 27, 2 - 4 pm
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.
His style has evolved a little over the years. Gill describes his work as 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,” Gill said.
He explained 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 paint strokes.” Gill said. That’s how he came up with the name of this exhibit, “Grand Smoke.”
October 25 - November 29, 2014 Jeanette O'Connor: Winner of Massachusetts Artists 2013 Best in Show Award
December 6 - January 10, 2015 Brush Gallery Members' Show: Fabulous Forgeries
Get your favorite masterpieces at a fraction the cost. Our artist members will be choosing a masterpiece and "forging" a copy!
(Opening during Holiday Marketplace Weekend)
Attention Artists! Please consider submitting work for this fun exhibition. Click HERE for complete details.
January 17 - February 28, 2015
March 7 - March 14, 2015 SPECIAL EXHIBITION AND RAFFLE OF 4" X 4" ORIGINAL PAINTINGS This fun event raises funds for the Brush's Alice Giavis Memorial Art Scholarship.
March 21 - May 2, 2015 MASSACHUSETTS ARTISTS 2015 -- SHOWCASE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
May 9 - June 6, 2015 Under the Microscope: A Cellular View
June 13 - August 1 Brush Resident Artists' Exhibition
August 8 - September 12 Art Quilts Lowell, 2015
September 19 - October 24
October 31 - December 5 Native Wisdom: Art of the Southwest
R e c e n t a n d P a s t E x h i b i t i o n s
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!
Top: Pamela Wamala
Bottom: Janice Jones
Top: Steven Noroian
Bottom: Lolita Demers
Studio Artists at the Brush
Painting and Calligraphy
Pottery and Mixed Media
Textile Art (Weaving)
Chrissy Theo Hungate
Painting and Photography
Painting and Mixed Media
Painting and Pastel
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:
Cindy Horovitz Wilson
Enchanted Light by Robert Pyle
Lowell Photography Weekend- May 17 and 18, 2014
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***
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.
The 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
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.
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
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 SPECIAL EXHIBITION AND RAFFLE OF 4" X 4" ORIGINAL PAINTINGS This fun event raises funds for the Brush's Alice Giavis Memorial Art Scholarship.
Fundraiser/Raffle: Saturday, March 15, 2 - 5 pm (Snow - March 16, 2 - 5)
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
Rene L Bodmer
Chrissy Theo Hungate
February 1 - March 8, 2014 VESSELS: THE ART OF CONTAINMENT
Artists' Reception: Saturday, February 8, 2 - 4 pm
Curated and Organized by Glenn Szegedy
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.
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 CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER ART PROJECT
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:
Janet Lambert Moore
Mary Rose O'Connell
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
Gallagher & Cavanaugh, LLP
Harmon's Paint and Wallpaper
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union
Jack Moynihan & Carolyn Walsh
Lowell General Hospital
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, 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, 2013 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)
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.
Special, 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.
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 UNbinding (One of the Venues of the 2013 Boston Printmakers Biennial)
Opening Reception: September 14, 2 - 4 pm Closing Reception: October 26, 1 - 3 pm
Jean Winslow, curator
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)
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!
Be sure to visit these other participating venues! Click HERE for dates and times of exhibitions, special printmaking demonstrations and artists' receptions.
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
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.
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 9
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
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!
Top row, L to R
Chrissy Theo Hungate
Bottom row, L to R
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.
Because 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 MASSACHUSETTS ARTISTS 2013 -- SHOWCASE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
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.
Unju Sim, Red Yellow Black 2
Helga Butzer Felleisen
Luba Shapiro Grenader
Carol K. Keller
David J Leblanc
Edward S. Porzio
February 28 - March 2, 2013 SPECIAL EXHIBITION AND RAFFLE OF 4" X 4" ORIGINAL PAINTINGS
FOUR BY FOUR FOR EDUCATION
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!
December 8, 2012 - February 9, 2013
BRUSH ART GALLERY'S ANNUAL MEMBERS' SHOW
with the New England Sculptors Association Artists' Reception: Saturday, December 8, 2 - 4 pm
Juror: 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:
Fred K. Manasse
Mary Rose O'Connell
Elizabeth Harris Ross
Stacy Latt Savage
Elaine M Seidel
Cindy A Stephens
November 3 - December 1, 2012 ENCOUNTERS WITH CANCER
Artwork by cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. At the Brush Art Gallery Jurors:Lola Baltzell and Bess Cutler: artists, activists and survivors.
ONCOLOGY ON CANVAS
Artwork from the Eli Lilly Corporation Collection
At the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery
HEALING THROUGH ART
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.
Suffering, 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:
Wilda Gerideau Squires
Luba Shapiro Grenader
Roxanne Van De Water
Ruth A. White
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.
This 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
This 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.
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:
M. Ellen Duarte
Rita S. Edmunds
Lianne Jasper Gillespie
Pamela Geer Gordon
Christine M. Leddy
Dorothy Gardner McCauley
Regina Gardner Milan
Kelly Leahy Radding
Susan Bull Riley
Lucy Haward Sur
We are grateful to the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Lowell Nationional Historical Park for their support of this exhibition and programming.
This exhibition and programming is made possible in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
August 9 - September 15, 2012 ART QUILTS LOWELL 2012: Music
Rhythm Master: Kathleen Kastles
Big 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
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 13 ARTISTS CELEBRATE 30TH BRUSH GALLERY BIRTHDAY
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!***
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.
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 Schools Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios
256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852 (behind the National Park Visitor Center) www.thebrush.org/directions
978-469-7819 Award Ceremony: 1:30 pm
Artwork from Lowell's Middle Schools Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery
246 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852 (across from the National Park Visitor Center) www.ltc.org/facility_and_hours Award Ceremony: 2:30 pm