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January 8, 2010

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

Save the Date! 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest

Art Inspired by Ancient Cultures
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Supports Local Art Community
Collection of Marc Bission & Dei Xhrist at 119 Gallery

"Uncommon Application" at Groton Public Library

Live Americana Music by Amy Black & the Red Clay Rascals
Jazz Nights at Athenian Corner
Monoprint Workshop at X/O Studio
Exhibition Opportunities at The Bedford Free Library Gallery
Upcoming at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios
Lowell National Park News Release Annual Awards in Historic Preservation and Culture

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Save the Date! 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest

The City of Lowell is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest from Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6, taking place at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area!

Activities include:
* The ever popular National Human Dog Sled Competition
* "Mittens and Museum Madness" activities for kids
* The Glacier Gallery Artisans Market
* The North Bowl Soup Competition
* The annual snowman competition
* Outdoor ice skating

Winterfest opens on Friday, February 5 at 6:45pm with the kick-off of the National Human Dog Sled Competition. Festivities are capped off on Saturday night with a 5:30pm fireworks display over Tsongas Arena.

Call for Human Dog Sled Competitors
Get your human dog sled team together and join in the fun -- only 6 team members are needed! Deadline for entry is Mon. Jan. 25. For complete details and entry forms, visit www.lowellwinterfest.org.
Please continue to visit the official website for event details and program updates.

Art Inspired by Ancient Cultures

The Revolving Museum presents Primal Spirit, a celebration of ancient art, music, and language! The evening will feature visual art and performances as a culmination of work by students from the 2009 fall semester programs: Artbotics, Spirit Cypher, and Free Verse! and Van guardian Art. Artworks include fiber creations and kinetic/robotic sculptures, as well as live presentations including a drum circle (bring your own and join in!). More info at www.revolvingmuseum.org.

Sat., Jan. 9, 2010 7-10pm
The Revolving Museum, 122 Western Avenue, 4th Floor Common Room, Lowell MA

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Open and Free to the Public

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Supports Local Art Community

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union is hosting art exhibition featuring oil and watercolor paintings by local artist Don Ouellette on Tues., Jan. 12, from 6-8pm, at Jeanne D'Arc's corporate headquarters, 1 Tremont Place, Lowell, MA. All artwork is for sale and admission is free.

Those interested in attending must RSVP, by Fri., Jan. 8, to Jeanne D'Arc by calling 978-323-3451 or by email to events@jdcu.com. Please visit www.JDCU.com for information.
Collection of Marc Bission & Dei Xhrist at 119 Gallery

Tuesday - Saturday, Jan. 12 - Feb. 13
"House of 1000 dust catchers," Items and Ephemera from the collection of Marc Bisson and Dei Xhrist.
Reception: January 16, 6-9pm

Sat., Jan. 16, 8pm
New England Phonographers Union / The New England Phonographers Union is a loose confederation of sound artists and field recordists who work with untreated and unprocessed recordings of the rich and varied sounds around them. Through the exploration and documentation of urban and rural public spaces, the Union captures auditory nuggets otherwise lost in the ether and re-interprets the particularity of individual places as a newly idealized sonic environment.

"Uncommon Application" at Groton Public Library

Uncommon Application
On exhibit at the Groton Public Library Own Smith Shuman Gallery

Through February 6, 2010

An art exhibit of unusual application and endeavor,Uncommon Application features artists Jeanne Williamson and Brian Hart and their works that celebrate and explore a modern sensibility. There will be a reception featuring an artists' talk by Jeanne Williamson and Brian Hart on Sun., Jan. 10 from 1-2:30 pm in the gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Children are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

About the Artists
Jeanne Williamson is a mixed media artist who works with fabric and paint and thread.
Brian Hart is the son of artist and teacher Mary Hart. His work has its roots in history painting, a modern day Poussin with references to both classical art and popular culture, such as video games and comics.

The exhibit was made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. The artists' talk is funded by the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund.

Library hours: Tues/Thurs. 10am-9pm, Wed/Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-3pm, and Sun. (January - April) 1-5pm

For more information, visit www.gpl.org (click on ‘Events and Activities' and ‘Art Gallery') or contact the curator, Deborah Santoro, at artem6@comcast.net.

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 8 p.m.

The party will include give-aways throughout the night (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, Upstairs at the Old Court Irish Pub, 29 Central St., Lowell

Jazz Nights at Athenian Corner
Don't miss Casual Sextet at Athenian Corner!
Don't miss Casual Sextet at Athenian Corner!

Come to Lowell's Athenian Corner for 2010 Jazz Nights with 8-piece jazz band Casual Sextet! No cover, dinner and drinks served. All performances are Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10pm. Upcoming dates for winter/spring 2010 are:

January 12 (Snow date January 26)
February 9 (Snow date February 23)
March 9
March 23
April 13
April 27

Visit www.atheniancorner.com for more information.

Monoprint Workshop at X/O Studio

This workshop is open to all levels of experience! $200 includes all materials except paper. Limit 4 artists, $50 holds a place. Participants will learn the basics of printing, work with stencils and fabrics, incorporate textures and patterns in the prints, and produce a minimum of 6 prints. The atmosphere is relaxed and user friendly. Students receive individual attention and are encouraged to pursue their own artistic style. Conversations centered around art making.

Sat., Jan 30 & Sun., Jan 31, 9-3 pm

To register, send $50 check to: Kathleen Cammarata, 181 Market St. #14, Lowell MA 01852
For more information, email cammarata@mac.com.

Exhibition Opportunities at The Bedford Free Library Gallery

The Bedford Free Library has a gallery with rotating exhibitions. Any interested artists interested in exhibiting should contact Carol Rissman at c.ceramics1@yahoo.com.

Application link: http://www.bedfordlibrarygallery.net/

Upcoming at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios

EXTINCT! Endangered Species and Habitats

This compelling exhibition featuring artworks that focus attention on endangered species and their shrinking habitats. EXTINCT! exhibit and its related educational events is a collaboration by the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios (A Brush With History, Inc.), Lowell and SMFA/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in partnership with Tufts University.

Exhibition dates: January 17 - February 21
Artists reception: Sat., Jan. 23, 2-4pm (Snow date: January 24)
Location: Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell
Curated by: SMFA faculty Erica H. Adams and MFA candidate John Guy Petruzzi

Wildlife Program
Sat., Feb. 6, 11am
(Snow: check website). You're invited by
Massachusetts Audubon Society and Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust to meet a variety of native wildlife at the Brush Gallery. Later in the day, join them for their annual animal tracking event and discover where wildlife goes in winter.

Gallery Slide Talks
Sat., Jan. 30, 2-4pm (snow dates on website)
Fascinating lecture/presentations blend art and science. EXTINCT! speakers are:

* Acclaimed science writer Deborah Cramer, currently a visiting scholar at MIT's Earth System Initiative. Her two books, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage (W.W. Norton 2001) and Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World (2008), are now being adapted for use in schools. Nobel Prize winner Al Gore wrote of Great Waters, "I urge everyone to read this book, pass on its teachings, and act on its message." Cramer has lectured about her writing and the sea on both sides of the Atlantic, at science and maritime museums, at major environmental and teachers' organizations, and at undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism.

* Photographer Constance Sawyer (SMFA student) whose work with scientists at Salton Sea helped to create photographs in this exhibit.

* Ecologist and bird expert Sabrina Hepburn is an ecologist with TRC Environmental, Lowell, MA.

The Brush Gallery's Art of Nature Program is a series of ecologically-themed exhibitions that utilize art to focus attention on the environment, recycling, animal rights, conservation, waste-management and more.

Visit www.thebrush.org for more information.


Lowell National Park News Release Annual Awards in Historic Preservation and Culture

In order to recognize the city of Lowell's continual progress, Lowell Heritage Partnership and Lowell National Historical Park are seeking nominations from the community for acknowledging the contributions of organizations or individuals in the areas of historic preservation and cultural heritage. The award recipients will be announced at the third annual Lowell Preservation and Cultural Heritage Awards Reception as part of Doors Open Lowell on Thursday, May 13, 2010.

These fields represent the important nature of the Park's dual mission to "preserve and interpret the nationally significant historical and cultural sites" in Lowell. Two awards will be presented in each field, one to an enrolled high school or college student and one from the broader community nominees.

Nominees should represent an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant contributions of time and effort to project participation. Nominations, via the attached forms, will be accepted through Friday, March 5, 2010. A summary description with the application should not exceed two page.

National Park Service employees or family members are not eligible for this recognition and nominees will be considered only based on the information submitted with the application. For additional information, please contact Cheryl Clark by email at cheryl_clark@nps.gov, or 978-275-1700. Send nominations to Cheryl Clark by Friday, March 5, 2010.

By US Mail at: Lowell National Historical Park, 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA, 01852 or by email to cheryl_clark@nps.gov.


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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