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January 21, 2010

"There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion." -- Audrey Hepburn

Family Iditarod Challenge: NEW This Year at Winterfest!

Live Americana Music by Amy Black & the Red Clay Rascals

"Lowell For Haiti" Fundraiser at La Boniche

Indie Film Screenings at Life Alive Cafe

Barbara Gagel at Ayer Lofts Gallery

Enterprise Bank's Non-Profit Collabrative "Social Images" Seminar

"Heartstrings from Saint Petersburg"

Linda McCluskey at the Whistler House Museum of Art

Andover Choral Society celebration

Upcoming at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell

Upcoming Events At Indian Hill

Calls to Artists

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Family Iditarod Challenge: NEW This Year at Winterfest!

Calling all kids and adults! New for Winterfest 2010 is the Family Iditarod Sled Pull taking place Saturday, February 6 from 12pm-2pm at the Human Dogsled Track. Win gift certificates to downtown restaurants! We are currently signing up competitors for this brand new event -- come test your sledding skills on the same track as the Human Dog Sled Races. Only one child and one adult is needed to form a team!

Spaces are limited! For more information or to sign up please contact Chris Samaras at 978-674-1481.

Other Winterfest activities include:
* The ever popular National Human Dog Sled Competition
* "Mittens and Museum Madness" activities for kids at Lowell High School
* Glacier Gallery Artisans Market at Lowell High School
* North Bowl Soup Competition
* Outdoor ice skating
* Live music in "Club Celsius," Winterfest's giant heated tent
* Winter sleigh rides

Don't miss the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest Celebration from Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6, taking place at indoor and outdoor locations throughout downtown Lowell. Get the complete Winterfest schedule at www.lowellwinterfest.org.

Live Americana Music by Amy Black & the Red Clay Rascals
Join this Lowell-based Americana band for their CD release party and show upstairs at the Old Court Irish Pub the heart of downtown Lowell. Music includes songs made popluar by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and others, plus the band's originals. Come into the city early and eat downstairs at the Old Court or at one of the great restaurants in Lowell, then come to the party at 8pm! The night will include give-aways (lots of CDs, t-shirts and more!) and a fundraising raffle with GREAT prizes for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Learn more and get tickets at www.amyblacklive.com.

Sat., Jan. 23, 8pm, Old Court Irish Pub, 29 Central St., Lowell

"Lowell For Haiti" Fundraiser at La Boniche

Please join us for "Lowell For Haiti," a community fundraiser for earthquake relief featuring music, entertainment, and a complimentary Afro-Caribbean buffet. 100% of proceeds go to earthquake relief efforts of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, in partnership with the Red Cross and Catholic Charities Haitian Multi-Service Center. For more information, please visit: www.chooseyourimpact.org/Haiti.

Guest speaker is Caryn Cossé Bell, Professor of History, UMass Lowell. Donation: $20/pp adult, $30/couples. Children under 12 are free.

Sun., Jan. 24, 3-5pm, La Boniche French Bistro, 143 Merrimack St., Lowell

For more information, please contact Bobby G. Tugbiyele at thesis81@gmail.com or La Boniche at 978-458-9473.


Indie Film Screenings at Life Alive Cafe

Agricultural Film Series comes to Lowell's Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe!

The fourth Sunday of the month at 7pm, January - March 2010
Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe,
194 Middle Street, Lowell
Free admission!

Join us on the following Sunday nights for a series of documentaries and film shorts focused on healthy eating, sustainability, and delicious food! Presented by Life Alive Cafe, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, WorldPEAS CSA, AudioPark Productions, and the Lowell Film Collaborative.

Sun., January 24, 7pm: "Fresh"
Sun., February 28, 7pm: "Good Food Film Shorts from the Media That Matters Film Festival"
Sun., March 28, 7pm: "Good Food"

For more information, visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.

Barbara Gagel at Ayer Lofts Gallery

"Silent Circles: The Healing"

Exhibition dates: February 6 - 26
Opening reception: Saturday, February 6, 7-9pm
Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday 4-7pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11am-4pm

Artist Barbara Gagel, a transplanted Lowell artist who now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been taking a personal two year journey into healing. After the long illness and death of her husband, the symbolic imagery she had been using as metaphors of the spirit did not fit into her new form of image making. A more abstract language was needed to give power to this new way of seeing. Consumed by the imagery of floating circles of light, she is now working with fused wax to create a new version of her "metaphysical" world.

For more information, visit Ayer Lofts Gallery at www.ayerlofts.com.

Enterprise Bank's Non-Profit Collabrative "Social Images" Seminar

George Wallace, President, Discovery Communications Group
George Wallace, President, Discovery Communications Group

In a very short time, Social Media will be the most critical driver of your communications strategy. The most important aspects of your Marketing, Fund Raising, Recruitment of Volunteers, and Public Relations efforts will be driven through social media.

This 90-minute presentation is designed to give you a thorough overview of the Social Media World. Topics covered include:

  • What is Social Media? Is it even necessary?
  • How do I use it? How do I get started?
  • How does it work? Is it right for me and my organization?

Presenter: George Wallace, President of the Discovery Communications Group

Two Sessions:
Wed., Feb. 24, 8-10am, North Cafe, Mt. Wachusett Community College, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA
Thurs., Feb. 25, 8-10am, Holiday Inn. 4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury, MA

All Enterprise Bank Non-Profit Collaborative Seminars are FREE. Light breakfast provided.

To register or for more information, contact Andrew Duncan at 978-656-4582 or email andrew.duncan@ebtc.com.

"Heartstrings from Saint Petersburg"

Andover Chamber Music presents "Heartstrings from Saint Petersburg," their annual Valentine concert, with a program of all-Russian, Romantic music.Sun. Feb. 7, 4pm, West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road,Andover, MA.For more information, visit www.AndoverChamberMusic.org

Program includes:
Myaskovsky: Sonata for cello and piano
Prokofiev: Sonata for flute and piano
Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34
Rachmaninoff: Elegiac Piano Trio # 1

Performed by:
Randall Hodgkinson, piano
Adrian Daurov, cello
Galina Zhadnova, violin
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Julie Scolnik, flute

Linda McCluskey at the Whistler House Museum of Art

January 9 - February 20 at Whistler House Museum of Art

Hot Cider served in the Parker Gallery during Winterfest on Sat., Feb. 6, 12 to 4pm

Originally from the Lowell area, Linda McCluskey is an American painter living and painting in Paris. On a return trip to Lowell, the beauty of downtown overwhelmed her with its colors and magnificent architecture and she began to paint it using her unique perspective play. For more information please visit us at www.whistlerhouse.org. Gallery hours Wednesday - Saturday 11 am to 4pm.

Andover Choral Society celebration

The Andover Choral Society celebrates its 80th season with the Bach Mass in B Minor with Allen Combs director, full orchestra with period instruments. Jane Sheldon, soprano; Emily Fuhrmann, alto; Adrian Smith, bass.

Sun., Jan. 31, 3pm, Rogers Center for the Performing Arts, Merrimack College, N. Andover. Tickets $20.

For information call: 978-688-6353 or visit www.andoverchoral.org

Upcoming at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell

Photographs by Zsuzsi Matolcsy,
Curated by Arno Rafael Minkkinen, UML Professor of Photography

Lost in Pittsburgh documents a four-year journey by the artist into the lives of young adults who have chosen to live outside of the mainstream of society in the sub-cultural group often referred to as the "Punkers." The photographs are from a point of view that is sympathetic to the subject's perspective in order to gain insight and understanding of youth living in this distinctive culture. Matolcsy attempts to capture within the work the metaphors and themes in life that are universal to all.

Exhibition dates: January 25 - February 19
Artists reception: Wed., Feb. 3, 3-5pm, beginning with an artist talk in O'Leary LIbrary, Rm. 222
Location: University Gallery at UMass Lowell, 71 Wilder Street.
Hours: Mon - Thurs 11 - 4, Fri 9 - 2, Sat . by appointment

Upcoming Events At Indian Hill

Benefit Wine Dinner:
Indian Hill Music's 25th Anniversary celebration begins with a 5-course gourmet wine dinner: Fri., Feb. 5, 6:30 pm at Stonehedge Inn, 160 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro, MA. Wine commentary by innkeeper Levent Bozkurt. TICKETS: $75 by advance reservation only.

Acoustic Cafe:
Indian Hill Music School presents an open mic night for adults (ages 18+) hosted by singer/songwriter Nancy Brule with special guest vocalist Elizabeth Lorrey: Fri., Feb. 5, 7-10pm at 36 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton, MA. ADMISSION: $5 cover charge at the door. Refreshments served. Reserve a performance spot at

Indian Hill Chamber Players:
Members of the Indian Hill Music School faculty and Orchestra of Indian Hill will perform works by Latin composers, including Piazzolla (Four for Tango), Frank (Canciones Populares) and Oswald (Piano Quartet in G Major): Sat., Feb. 6, 7pm at 36 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton, MA. TICKETS: $22/adults, $15/students.

Native American Festival:
Indian Hill Music presents "In Celebration of Peace and Harmony," a day of Native American music, dance and culture featuring performances and workshops with pre-eminent Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai; Sat., Feb. 13, 10-2 pm at 36 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton, MA. FREE admission; all ages welcome.

R. Carlos Nakai with Orchestra of Indian Hill: Maestro Bruce Hangen welcomes R. Carlos Nakai, the world's leading performer on Native American flute, as special guest with Orchestra of Indian Hill. Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30pm at Littleton High School, 56 King St., Littleton, MA. TICKETS: $48, $35, $22, and $15/students.

Calls to Artists

Acton Memorial Library

The Arts Committee of the Acton Memorial Library invites Massachusetts artists to submit slides for consideration for upcoming exhibitions in the meeting room gallery. Committee will review work for one person shows and will set the schedule for July 2010 - June 2011

Various media including painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, photography, textiles and mixed media are eligible. Sculptural work will be considered for exhibit on the second floor of the library.

Please submit the following materials :
1) CD with 8 images. Each digital image must be 4 inches at its smallest dimension, saved at 300 DPI resolution, saved in JPG format. Please title file names with artist name and title of work .
2)An image list with titles, media and dimensions 3)An artist's statement 4)A resume 5)An SASE for return of materials

Submit materials to:
Arts Committee
c/o Acton Memorial Library
486 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

Submissions must be received by March 1, 2010


ALL Arts Gallery, Lowell

Juried exhibit runs June 26, 2010 - July 18, 2010

Eligibility: Work, when mounted for gallery presentation, must hang on the wall and may be no longer 20" on its longest side. All entries must have been completed after 2008.

Submission: A completed entry form, a CD, a printout of image(s) and a check, money order or information to cover entry fees and a business size SASE envelope for notification. Entries must arrive no later than April 2, 2010. Notification of acceptance will go out no later than April 23, 2010. All entries must be sent to:
c/o Van Gogh's Gear
200 Middle Street

There will be an entry fee of $25 for up to four entries.

For complete information regarding entry and to download the prospectus and entry form, check for news about the show or see last year's show visit us at :


Cupcake Art Show at Chelmsford Center for the Arts

Welcoming entries from all artists, any medium for cupcake-themed art to be exhibited at Chelmsford Center for the Arts at Town Hall (CCA), 1A North Road from Sat., February 13 to March 6, 2010. This exhibit is part of "The Great Chelmsford Cupcake Fest" on Feb. 13 from 11am. to 4pm.
Send work to: ccaattownhall@gmail.com

Limited space -- work will be accepted in order received. Art should be delivered to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts between 3 & 7 pm. on Fri., Feb. 12.

For more information, contact ccaattownhall@gmail.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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