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Friday, December 11, 2009

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December 9, 2009

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy

Best Hot Chocolate & Best Holiday Window Winners Announced!

Cookies & Raffle Prizes at the Brush Gallery Holiday Marketplace

Holiday Open Studios Continue at Western Avenue Studios

Lowell and Behold CD Release Parties

Unique, Handsown Quilts on Exhibit at Second Wind Cafe

Brunch, Music & Art at the 119 Gallery

Winter Lights II at Loading Dock Gallery

Ayer Lofts Artisans Show Off Their Latest Creations
Art Is In Bloom at the Chelmsford Library
Call to Artists

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Best Hot Chocolate & Best Holiday Window Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the following winners of the People's Choice Awards for the City's Best Hot Chocolate and Best Dressed Holiday Window contests held during the 2009 City of Lights Parade & Holiday Art Stroll, Sat., Nov. 28:

Best Hot Chocolate
1st Place: Second Wind Cafe (30 Gorham Street)
2nd Place: Market Street Market (95 Market Street)
Runner Up: Caffe Paradiso (45 Palmer Street)

Best Dressed Holiday Window
1st Place: Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus (61 Market Street)
2nd Place: C'est (177 Merrimack Street)
Runner Up: Chantilly Place (107 Merrimack Street)

Cookies & Raffle Prizes at the Brush Gallery Holiday Marketplace

Visit the Brush Gallery Holiday Marketplace on Sat. and Sun., Dec. 12 & 13, 11am-5pm, and vote for the perfect cookie! Taste a variety of cookies made by Brush Gallery Artists old family recipes, vote for the one you like best, and then take a copy of the recipe with you so you can make great cookies for the holidays. Festivities include a raffle of a variety of beautiful gift baskets including decadent chocolate, wonderful wine, sumptuous spas and creative candles.

Visitors may also stroll the studios of 13 talented resident artists, see the work of 22 associate artists, and discover an oasis that celebrates art and creativity.

The Holiday Marketplace runs through December 31. Find handcrafted items made here in Lowell by our own artists, including stained glass, jewelry, sculpture, paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, photography and more.

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios are located at 256 Market Street, Lowell, next to the National Park Visitor Center. For more information visit events@thebrush.org or www.thebrush.org

Holiday Open Studios Continue at Western Avenue Studios

Shop local this year and discover what local artists have created for everyone on your gift list! Come to Lowell's Western Avenue Studios this Saturday and Sunday and visit with over 180 artists working in a variety of mediums, from clay to watercolor, textiles to beads, oil on canvas to photography -- and much more!

Sat., Dec. 12 & Sun., Dec. 13 | 12 noon - 5pm
Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell

Take a tour of Western Avenue Studios online at www.westernavenuestudios.com

Lowell and Behold CD Release Parties

All ages welcomed | Admission just $5

Fri., Dec. 11, 7pm-1am: Lowell and Behold electric night at Gemstones (above the Blue Shamrock, 105 Market St., Lowell)

Sat., Dec. 12, 7pm-1am: Lowell and Behold acoustic night at the 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford St., Lowell)

Featured Bands
Onslo, Coalmine Canary, The Kominas, Hot Day at the Zoo, Hetfield & Hetfield, Jen Kearney & the Lost Onion, The Whale Watchers, Runaway Red Wagon, 3 Dub Mice, Packrat, Beneath The Sheets, That Really Awesome Guy With A Guitar, Ralph Eats Dynamite, Pathos, The Bay State, Joshua Beetler, Manifest, Arielle Natale, The Sin Busters, Benedict Arnold, Cemetary Blues, Matt Ely, The Big Sway, Clara Berry, Oh My The Moon, Brandon Downs, Goosepimp Orchestra, The Bella Birds, Ladderlegs,

All proceeds will go to the Lowell and Behold Scholarship, which provides funds to a deserving Lowell High senior to attend a collegiate music program.

Unique, Handsown Quilts on Exhibit at Second Wind Cafe

Community Teamwork Inc., The Artship Enterprise, and students from The Robinson School team up to create "Quilt of Personality," a collection of fresh, unique and hand sewn quilts made from old t-shirts, jeans and fabric remnants. Each quilt is inspired by the artist's own personality and viewpoint. No two quilts are alike!

Exhibit runs December 8, 2009 to January 2, 2010, at Second Wind Cafe, 30 Gorham St., Lowell. Visit Second Wind Cafe at www.secondwindcafe.com.

For more information, contact Jennifer Ehlert, Spindle City Corps Coordinator, Community Teamwork Inc. at 978-654-6691 Ext. 104.

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.

Brunch, Music & Art at the 119 Gallery

Celebrate the artists in the 119 Gallery's 5th Annual Juried Show!
Sun., Dec. 13, 11am-2pm. Tickets $30/pp.

Brunch Menu
* Assorted quiches (spinach & feta, mixed vegetable, ham & cheese)
* Pan fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon & sausage
* French toast station & dessert station
* Mimosas & Bloody Marys (included with ticket)

Smooth Jazz by the Platz/Demos Duo
Jeff Platz, guitar (http://www.jeff-platz.com/), kit demos, double bass (http://www.myspace.com/chrysdemos)

"Mr.Platz produces beautiful tunes. He generates creative freedom through use of harmonic and melodic ingenuity". --- Jazz Review

"Kit has been swallowed whole by a passion for analog music synthesis which he incorporates into each of his performances". --- Out-Bop

To reserve in advance, email jazz@119gallery.org.
To pay in advance with PayPal, see Jazz Brunch at: http://www.119gallery.org/

Winter Lights II at Loading Dock Gallery

The Loading Dock Gallery presents Winter Lights II, on exhibit from November 25 - December 27. For more information, visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.
Ayer Lofts Artisans Show Off Their Latest Creations

Join Ayer Loft's artist-residents and their guests as they show off their latest creations including art, sculpture, photography, pottery, and jewelry-making.

Exhibit runs Sun., Dec. 6 through Mon., Dec. 28. Ayer Lofts Gallery is open Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 4pm and is located at 172 Middle Street, Lowell.

Art Is In Bloom at the Chelmsford Library

Members of the Chelmsford Art Society are holding their annual members' show at the Chelmsford Library now through January 21. This year the Art Society's exhibit will feature floral arrangements by the Golden Chain Garden Club of Chelmsford.

The floral arrangements will be created especially for art work created by artists from the Chelmsford Art Society. Six paintings were chosen from the sixty pieces in the exhibit as inspiration for the six floral arrangements. The public is invited to an opening reception at the Library on Saturday, December 12 from 2-4 p.m. There will be music by "Just Strings" and refreshments provided by the members of the Art Society and the Chelmsford Friends of the Library.

For more information visit the Library's website at www.chelmsfordlibrary.org

Call to Artists

Illustrator Wanted for Book Project

Freelance writer Katrina Munichiello seeks an artist or illustrator to help develop 8-10 black and white illustrations to accompany an anthology of essays focused on tea. All range of mediums and styles are welcomed. Complete artistic credit will be given in the book and the artist will receive three copies of the finished work.

For more details, please contact Katrina Munichiello by December 20 at teamemories@yahoo.com. Please provide name, contact info, and a brief description of style of work/medium. Web links and other artistic information are also welcomed.

More information on the book project is available at www.teamemories.com.


Lowell Memorial Auditorium, http://www.lowellauditorium.com/eventlistings.aspx

Merrimack Repertory Theatre, www.merrimackrep.org

The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture, http://ecommunity.uml.edu/bridge/

Website for Lowell artists, www.lowellisart.com

Art community chronicle, www.vyumagazine.com

Arts League of Lowell, www.artsleagueoflowell.org

Western Avenue Studios, www.westernavenuestudios.com

Ayer Lofts, www.Ayerlofts.com

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, www.thebrush.org

The Image Theater, www.imagetheater.com

Whistler House Museum of Art, www.whistlerhouse.org

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website, www.cultureiscool.org

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