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January 29, 2010

"One kind word can warm three winter months." -- Japanese proverb

The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest: Just One Week Away!

Tonight! Open Mic Night at The Space

Winter Tracking & Wildlife Program

"Great Plates" and a Movie at Athenian Corner!

Salsa and Latin Bands Come Together for Haiti Relief

Enterprise Bank's Non-Profit Collabrative Social Media Seminar

Beautiful Valentines by Local Artists: "The Artist's Valentine"

Art Meets Science at the Brush Gallery

Valentine's Day at the Whistler House Museum of Art

ALL News: Renaissance Music Concert at ALL Arts Gallery

Upcoming at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell

"Of Peace and Harmony" at Indian Hill Music

Calls to Artists

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The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest: Just One Week Away!

Don't hibernate! Come celebrate! The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest is around the corner -- don't miss this winter's anticipated family event!

Join us for the following Winterfest activities!
* Lowla's Dance Party (new this year!)
* 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
* "On the Lookout for Lowla" (new this year!)
* North Bowl Soup Competition
* Outdoor ice skating
* Live music in "Club Celsius," Winterfest's giant heated tent
* Winter sleigh rides

10th Annual Lowell Winterfest
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.

Tonight! Open Mic Night at The Space

Please join us at The Space for our second Open Mic Night! Show off your talent in poetry, as a vocalist, musician, comedy or whatever your specialty is, or just come and enjoy the night. The cafe will be open for coffee, food, and other beverages while listening to the performers. Everyone is welcome to perform or be a part of the audience.

Fri., Jan. 29, 8pm, The Space & The Place at the Space Cafe,122 Western Ave., Mill B unit 5A, Lowell

For more information, call 978-459-4755 or visit www.inthespace.net

Winter Tracking & Wildlife Program

Join us for our third annual winter wildlife tracking program, this year followed by a live animal presentation. This fun and educational program will be led in partnership with Mass Audubon and Brush Art Gallery. Come out and see for yourself how abundant wildlife is in Lowell, especially along the Concord River Greenway (CRG). First you will learn about the "art of tracking" along the CRG. Later on at the Brush Art Gallery you will have the chance to see wildlife, such as an American kestrel and a spotted turtle, "up close and personal" and learn about the challenges they face when it comes to survival in the wild. All ages welcome.

Sat., Feb. 6 (two separate activities)
Winter (Wildlife) Tracking: 8-10am - Meet just inside the entrance to Lowell Cemetery, off Lawrence Street in Lowell (across from 1025 Lawrence St). Off-street parking available.

Wildlife Program and Demonstration: 11am-1pm - Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market Street in Lowell. Street parking and nearby parking garages available.

To RSVP, please Contact Us or call 978-934-0030 x3.

"Great Plates" and a Movie at Athenian Corner!

John Corbett & Nia Vardalos star in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," screening at Athenian Corner Restaurant on Monday, February 22 at 7PM!
John Corbett & Nia Vardalos star in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," screening at Athenian Corner Restaurant on Monday, February 22 at 7PM!

Dinner and a movie is back at Lowell's Athenian Corner Restaurant!
Join us for a special screening of the fabulously fun flick "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and get a delicious dinner at a great price! As part of the City's "Great Plates of Downtown Lowell" (Feb. 21 - Mar. 6), all guests may order a featured appetizer, entrée, and dessert for a special fixed menu price -- dinner and a movie was never so good!
A suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated to offset film costs.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Monday, February 22 at 7pm
Athenian Corner Restaurant, 207 Market St., Lowell

Presented by the Lowell Film Collaborative in partnership with Athenian Corner Restaurant.
For more information, visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org

Salsa and Latin Bands Come Together for Haiti Relief

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accin (IBA), the community of Villa Victoria, and the best Salsa and Latin bands in Boston are joining forces to raise needed funds for Haiti through the American Red Cross. All proceeds will go to the victims. In addition to the featured performances, Salsa lessons will be provided. Non-perishable food and clothing also will be collected. Tickets: $10 at the door. Admission is 21+.

Sat., Jan. 30, 9pm, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton Street, Boston


Enterprise Bank's Non-Profit Collabrative Social Media 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.

Beautiful Valentines by Local Artists: "The Artist's Valentine"

Funding for artists, by artists: The Artist's Valentine is a simple concept with a considerable impact. Beginning in 1995, artists have created valentines -- of all shapes, sizes, materials and messages -- which are sold at one or more public events before February 14. The money generated by the valentine sales is then given back to artists in the form of juried grants.

Artist's Valentine sales will take place on:
Sun., Jan. 31, 2-5pm, Kalliroscope, 264 Main St., Groton
Sat., Feb. 6, 12-3pm, Loading Dock, Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell

For more information, visit www.artval.org


Art Meets Science at the Brush Gallery

Come to Lowell National Historical Park for three informative lectures on environmental issues as part of the Brush Gallery's current exhibition "EXTINCT!...Endangered Species and Habitats"

* Acclaimed science writer Deborah Cramer presents her 30-minute talk "Evolution and Extinction in the Ocean: The Source of Life"

*Artist and photographer Constance Sawyer presents her 10-minute talk "Evaporation of California's Salton Sea"

* Ecologist Sabrina Hepburn presents her 10-minute talk "Flying Away: The Story of Endangered Birds in the United States"

A special gallery reception at the Brush Gallery will follow the talks. Come meet the guest speakers, see the exhibition, and enjoy coffee, cake, and refreshments.

Sat., Jan. 30, 2-4pm, National Park Visitor Center Theater, 246 Market St., Lowell

For more information, visit www.thebrush.org.

Valentine's Day at the Whistler House Museum of Art

The Whistler House Museum of Art is proud to collaborate with Lowell's Image Theater for a Valentine's weekend celebration of romance, wine and song. Boston cabaret artists Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan will bring their acclaimed cabaret performance "If I Loved You" to the Parker Gallery accompanied by Doug Hammer on piano. Songs include pieces by Gershwin, Rogers, Berlin, Porter, and Sondheim.

Sat., Feb. 13: 7pm (cocktail reception), 8pm (showtime)
Sun., Feb 14: 2pm (cocktail reception), 3pm (showtime)

Admission: $59 per couple, $30 single tickets
Includes one hour of appetizers, white wine, champagne and cheese in the historic house before the show which runs about 90 minutes. Coffee and dessert will be available after the performance.
Please call 978-452-7641 for reservations.

ALL News: Renaissance Music Concert at ALL Arts Gallery

The Cantabile Renaissance Band of Cambridge MA presents I Will Laugh Without That Care: Music of Celebration and Fellowship from Renaissance England. Admission is free, all are welcome!

Sat. Jan. 30, 1:30pm, ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market St, Lowell

For more information, contact Laura Conrad at 617-661-8097 or lconrad@laymusic.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

"Of Peace and Harmony" at Indian Hill Music

Indian Hill Music presents "Of Peace and Harmony" - a concert for the body and soul. Come and celebrate peace through the beautiful harmonies of many styles of music. Our special guest, R. Carlos Nakai, is the world's pre-eminent Native American flutist with eight Grammy nominations. Selections include: Beethoven "Symphony No. 6: Pastoral", Holst "Jupiter from The Planets", Lennon "Imagine", Part "Fratres", and Nakai "Selections on the Native American flute".

Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30pm, Littleton High School, 56 King St, Littleton (Exit 30 off 495)

For more information contact 978-486-9524 or visit http://www.indianhillmusic.org.

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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