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Saturday, February 13, 2010

ALL News: VISUAL VOICES IV at the ALL Arts Gallery, February 28 to March 27, 2010

VISUAL VOICES IV: Artwork by Lowell School Students
February 28 to March 27, 2010

LOWELL, MA (February 3, 2010).  A multi-gallery exhibition of the finest artwork produced by 250 students from the public, private and charter schools of Lowell.  VISUAL VOICES IV and its related events is a collaboration of Lowell's galleries, schools and teachers.  This biennial event was conceived eight years ago by Lowell art teacher and Brush Gallery artist Lolita Demers.  This year, Demers is joined by Lowell art teachers Marta Magnus, Stephanie Deshenes, Erin Noonan-Descoteaux and Erica Van Fleet to produce this wonderful, city-wide exhibition of artwork by elementary, middle and high school students.

Paintings, sculpture, pottery, mixed media, photography, computer graphics and drawings will be on display. Professionally presented, the works offer an overview of the excellent visual artwork being made in Lowell's schools and provide an opportunity to recognize the city's teachers and students.  Students, artists, teachers, school faculty, parents and the general public are encouraged to attend the receptions and to view the exhibitions of these talented, young, emerging artists.

sculpture printmaking
Nelson Lor, Elementary School
Kenneth Hong, Middle School
Sam M., High School

VISUAL VOICES IV is being exhibited at these Lowell galleries:

PRIMARY COLORS: Artwork by Lowell's Elementary School Students
Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market St, Lowell, MA, www.thebrush.org
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1 - 3 PM.
Performance by the Lincoln School Special Chorus: 1:30 PM

SECONDARY COLORS: Artwork by Lowell's Middle School Students
ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market St, Lowell, MA, www.artsleagueoflowell.org
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:45 - 3:45 PM.
Performance TBA: 2:00 PM

FULL SPECTRUM: Artwork by Lowell's High School Students
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St, Lowell, MA, www.whistlerhouse.org
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 2 - 4 PM.
Performance TBA: 2:30 PM

Each exhibition features a student performance. Award ceremonies will follow the performances at each venue. Check websites for details.

This event, held at the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, will celebrate Lowell's art teachers and will raise funds for art supplies for the schools.
Friday, March 5, 7-9 PM at The Brush Gallery. For tickets: www.thebrush.org/tickets

The purpose of VISUAL VOICES IV is twofold: to provide students with real-life experience in planning, producing and exhibiting their artwork in professional galleries, and to foster collaboration among students, parents, teachers, galleries, local artists and the community.

Over the years these exhibitions have motivated many students to do their best work. Students appreciate the importance and beauty of their artwork by seeing it matted, framed and exhibited in a gallery in their community.  Exhibitions like VISUAL VOICES IV exemplify the importance of art in our schools and our community. They provide students with the opportunity to excel and to be recognized in the arts, which is particularly important for children who may not be as gifted in other subjects. Exhibitions also bring to light the dedication of our art teachers -- the effort they put into everyday teaching and the time they spend helping their students prepare and showcase artwork.

Participating Teachers and Schools:
Diane Lincoln – Bailey; Denise Piekos – Bartlett; Eileen Horan and Jeanne Pierce – Butler; Lolita Demers - CW Morey; Candace Mc Dowell – Daley; Deb Brighten Robinson - Franco American; Andrea Swenson – Greenhalge; Betty Thereles – Hellenic American Academy; Alice Gabriel – Immaculate Conception; Engelie Blomerus - Lowell Middlesex Charter School and Light House School of Art; Erin Noonan-Descoteaux – Lincoln; Ashley Norman and Faye Yavarow - Lowell High School; Chrissy Dixon – Mc Auliffe; Greg Descoteaux – McAvinnue; Debbie Margi – Moody; Erica Van Fleet - Pawtucketville Memorial; Joan Ostis and Jaquelyn Miller- Pyne/Arts; Maureen Sayer and Karen O'Rourke – Reilly; Stephanie Deshenes and Patrick Pollard – Robinson; Nancy Lysz – Shaughnessy; Lynne Barker and Mary Jane Corry – Stoklosa; Michael Smith and Mark Anastopolas – Sullivan; Marta Magnus and Pat Colgan – Wang; Leslie MacPhail – Washington

These exhibitions are being funded in part by the Lowell Cultural Council, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Lowell National Historical Park.

Lolita Demers
Brush Gallery & Artists Studios
256 Market St., Lowell, MA 01852

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