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Friday, December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

"To many people, holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance."
-- Philip Andrew Adams

Brush Gallery Holiday Marketplace

Saturday Night Smooth Jazz with Stanley Swann

The Art of Healing at the Brush Gallery

Chef Anthony Bourdain Brings No Reservations to the LMA

Winter Lights II at the Loading Dock Gallery

Ayer Lofts Artisans Show Off Their Latest Creations
Art & Flowers at the Chelmsford Library

Dr. Patrick Malone Talks Water Power

National Park Service Announces Holiday Closures

Amish Quilt Exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum
Call to Artists

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Brush Gallery Holiday Marketplace

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

Saturday Night Smooth Jazz with Stanley Swann

Hear the great sounds of Stanley Swann's Saturday Night Smooth Jazz every Saturday night at Taboca's in Lowell! This Saturday features the powerful Valerie Stephens (www.valeriestephens.com) on vocals and spoken work with Frank Wilkins-keys, David Eure-violin, and Daniel Day-bass, and Stanley Swann-drums. Tickets: $10.00. Visit Stanley Swann at sswann72@comcast.net. Call 978-735-4115 for reservations or buy tickets at the door.

Saturdays, 7:30-11:30pm, Taboca's Steak House, 26 Andover St., Lowell.

More information: www.tabocassteakhouse.com

The Art of Healing at the Brush Gallery

November 1, 2009 - January 10, 2010
THE ART OF HEALING: The Art of Psychotherapists
Curated by Jean Winslow
The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell

One of the venues in a multi-arts project that will take place over a ten week period in Lowell, MA, this is an exhibition by artists who are healers. The goal of the project is to emphasize the arts as a catalyst for growth and healing in the community. The exhibit brings in both local artist/healers and others from the Greater Boston area to initiate creative dialogs between disparate factions of the community. The objectives are to find ways of building bridges and healing rifts that exist across cultural, gender, educational and socio-economic lines, as well as raising awareness of the healing arts. Other venues are: the ALL Arts Gallery, the 119 Gallery, the National Visitor Center Theater, O'Leary Library at UMass Lowell.

More information: www.thebrush.org.

Chef Anthony Bourdain Brings No Reservations to the LMA

Chef, author of Kitchen Confidential and host of The Travel Channel's No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain has been dubbed "the bad boy of cuisine" for his rock star look and blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs and cooking. Don't miss Bourdain as he takes his talents on the road!

Bourdain, the executive chef at New York's famed bistro Les Halles, is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a candid, hysterical, and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into over 28 languages. His book, A Cook's Tour, published in conjunction with his series on the Food Network, was also a bestseller in the U.S. and the U.K.

No Reservations, nominated for an Emmy and widely popular all over the world, wrapped up its fifth season in March with a new season set to air this summer on the Travel Channel. Bourdain continues to travel to the farthest reaches of the globe and explores destinations from rural Laos to a struggling New Orleans.

Sat., Jan. 9, 8pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell.

To purchase tickets and for complete details, visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

Winter Lights II at the Loading Dock Gallery

The Loading Dock Gallery presents Winter Lights II, on exhibit from Nov. 25 - Dec. 27, featuring the works of Judith Copeland, Barbara Frost, Barbara Guilmet, Betsy Keeney, Kristin Kelley, Heather Wang, and Peter Zimmerman.

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 Sat. and Sun. 12 - 4pm at 172 Middle Street, Lowell.

Art & Flowers at the Chelmsford Library

Members of the Chelmsford Art Society are holding their annual members' show at the Chelmsford Library now through Jan. 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.

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

Dr. Patrick Malone Talks Water Power

Author of and renowned expert on the canal system and water power in Lowell, Dr. Patrick Malone has written the book on what made Lowell the industrial powerhouse of the 19th century. All are welcome to come out and hear the fascinating story of the whole canal system and the designers who went on to develop new machinery still used in the hydropower industry today.

"Water Power in Lowell" is a FREE lecture and book signing event supported by the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture series.

More information: www.nps.gov/lowe

National Park Service Announces Holiday Closures

In observance of the upcoming holidays, Lowell National Histoircal Park will be closed all day on Dec. 25 and will reopen from 9am - 4:30pm on Sat., Dec. 26.

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum will be closed on Dec. 24 & 25. The Park will
also be closed on Jan. 1, 2010

During the holiday week, Sat. Dec. 26 through Thurs. Dec. 31:
the Visitor Center will be open daily, 9am to 4:30pm and Boott Cotton Mills
Museum will be open each day from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park, visit
www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.

Amish Quilt Exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum

Don't miss Kinder Komforts: Amish Crib Quilts on exhibit March 4 - May 9, 2010. An opening reception on March 6 at 1pm will feature a lecture on the Amish lifestyle and its intimate connection to quilting by guest curator Bettina Havig, an internationally-renowned quilt expert and author. In addition, historical quilting expert Gerald Roy will give a talk on the Amish use of color in conjunction with the exhibition on April 17 at 1pm. During the exhibit, the museum will also feature, in its permanent collection rooms, the work of Dorothy Bosselman. The late artist set out to recreate 60 historical Amish quilts, most dating from the early 20th century, in miniature.

Support for this exhibition is provided in part by A Quilters' Gathering/Eastcoast Quilters' Alliance LLC.

More information: www.nequiltmuseum.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

American Textile History Museum, www.athm.org

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

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