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February 4, 2010

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." -- Albert Einstein

Don't Miss The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest This Friday and Saturday!

Now on Exhibit at Loading Dock Gallery

Winter Tracking & Wildlife Program

First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios

Two Valentine Concerts: "Heartstrings From St. Petersburg"

Lowell General Hospital's One-Day Exhibit of Cultural Artwork

"The Invention of Lying" Community Film Screening

Spring 2010 Urban Village Arts Series

Impressionist Painting with Artist Dennis Lucas

Upcoming Workshop at X/O Studio

Call For Exhibitors: Art In The Courtyard 2010 at The Lowell Folk Festival

"Siciliano Cinema" at Ayer Lofts Gallery

"Curator Cultivation Program" at the Brush Gallery

Calls to Artists

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Don't Miss The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest This Friday and Saturday!

Keep a lookout for Lowla in downtown Lowell this Saturday!
Keep a lookout for Lowla in downtown Lowell this Saturday!

Don't hibernate! Come celebrate! The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest is finally here! New this year is "On the Lookout for Lowla" -- pick up your Lowla passport at Lowell High School on Saturday, then head to downtown and keep your eyes open for everyone's favorite Winterfest mascot!

Don't miss these other 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
* North Bowl Soup Competition
* Outdoor ice skating
* Live music in "Club Celsius," Winterfest's giant heated tent
* Downtown sleigh rides

10th Annual Lowell Winterfest
Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6
Taking place at indoor and outdoor locations throughout downtown Lowell.

See the complete Winterfest schedule of events at www.lowellwinterfest.org.

Now on Exhibit at Loading Dock Gallery

"Body & Soul"
On exhibit February 3 - 28
Artists Reception: Fri., Feb. 5, 6:30-9pm

You are invited to the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios for an exhibit by artists Susan Jaworski-Stranc and Gail Zwerling entitled "Body & Soul." With oil paintings and block prints, Jaworski-Stranc and Zwerling celebrate the moment. The ethereal permeates the everyday. Art becomes meditation. "Body & Soul" reveals the radiance of the ordinary: a vessel for transcendence.

Gallery hours are Wed. through Sun.,11-4:30pm

For more information, visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.

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.

First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios

The northeast's largest concentration of working artists in one facility opens its doors to the public the first Saturday of every month. See more than 160 artists in all disciplines, media and styles located in two converted mill buildings.

12-5pm, Sat., Feb. 6, 2010, Western Avenue Studios,122 Western Avenue, Lowell.

For more information about the studios and directions, visit http://www.westernavenuestudios.com

Two Valentine Concerts: "Heartstrings From St. Petersburg"

Romantic music from Russia: at the West Parish Church in Andover and at a beautiful private home in Beverly Farms (part of our Salon Series). The West Parish Church is a beautiful, intimate church with curving pews and wonderful acoustics and may be the best public venue to hear chamber music north of Boston. If you are a fervent music-lover, nothing comes close to the rapture of listening to world-class concert artists just feet away from you at our Salon Series in the intimacy and comfort of a beautiful home, the way chamber music was meant to be heard.

Sun., Feb. 7, 4pm, West Parish Church,129 Reservation Road in Andover.Ticket price: $30 (student rush: $10)

Sat., Feb. 6, 4pm, at a private home in Beverly Farms as part of the Salon Series. Address and directions will be sent once you reserve your space. Ticket price: $50, including wine and hors-d'oeuvres with the musicians after the concert.

For more information, visit http://www.andoverchambermusic.org.

Lowell General Hospital's One-Day Exhibit of Cultural Artwork

The Diversity Counsel of Lowell General Hospital is planning an exhibit of cultural artwork for its employees and others who may be visiting the hospital on that day. Our hope is to have many, ethnic and diverse artists showcase their work in the Clark Auditorium on Feb. 23 from 12- 4pm. As a thank you, we are hosting a reception for the artists from 4-5pm.

LGH is the largest employer in the city of Lowell and is represented by many, ethnic groups. As part of our Diversity Counsel's mission, we want to celebrate this diversity in the workplace by offering this exhibit. It is also a wonderful way for the local artist community to connect with LGH.

We would like for you to consider being part of this event. You will have the opportunity to sell your artwork and leave contact information. If you would like to participate, please reply with an e-mail to this address: jsouza@LowellGeneral.org.


"The Invention of Lying" Community Film Screening

The City of Lowell was the center of attention in 2008 when the cast and crew of the Ricky Gervais romantic comedy "The Invention of Lying" came and filmed right here in the Mill City. Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, and Ricky himself were all seen at various hot spots in downtown!

Were YOU cast as an extra in the film or do you know someone who was? If so, come to The Old Court for this very special film screening -- see Lowell in all its glory and look for your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who made it to the silver screen! This event is open to the public -- everyone is welcome! Presented by The Old Court Irish Pub and The Lowell Film Collaborative. Refresh your memory of the film and view the offical trailer!

Thurs., Feb. 18, 7pm, The Old Court Irish Restaurant and Pub, 29 Central St., Lowell. Admission: $5 at the door

For more information, visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.



Spring 2010 Urban Village Arts Series

UVAS (Urban Village Arts Series) Spring 2010, is proud to feature Bob Martin, the Lowell folk legend, and award winning Boston-based poet Jill McDonough as the first two artists in our 3-show series this year.

Bob Martin was born in Lowell and is an American folk singer/songwriter influenced by the Cambridge folk scene in the 60s. Emerging from the same New England city as Jack Kerouac, Martin, he made his first album Midwest Farm Disaster for RCA Records in Nashville, working with musician Kenneth Buttrey, a key player on Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album. In 1982, he recorded his second album, Last Chance Rider which was recognized as one of the top three folk albums in the country by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. The River Turns the Wheel is Martin's most recent album.

Jill McDonough has been teaching college English courses in Massachusetts prisons for Boston University's Prison Education Program since 1999. Her poems appear in The Threepenny Review, Poetry, The New Republic, and Slate. Habeas Corpus, her first book of poems, is fifty sonnets about executions in American history from 1608 to 2005. Her awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the NEA, the Fine Arts Work Center, Stanford's Stegner Program, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She recently was awarded the Witter Bynner Fellowship, which makes her the second UVAS artist to receive the prestigious award along with poet Major Jackson.

Tues., Feb. 16, 7pm, National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell. Free Admission.


Impressionist Painting with Artist Dennis Lucas

Impressionist Painting Lessons at the Whistler House Museum of Art / Parker Gallery: A basic overview of the Cape Cod method

Dennis Lucas, the instructor, is a traditional Impressionist painter trained at the Cape School in Provincetown. His work focuses on the ever-changing light key and its effects on color in nature. His work is currently featured on the Cape and Islands and is collected throughout the United States. Lucas is a past artist-in-residence at the Whistler House Museum of Art.

Materials: Basic oil colors, Canvas or masonite boards, Palette knife/brushes, Turpentine, Paper towels

Weekly Workshops, $250: meeting once a week for a two hour period (5 weeks)
Tuesday, starting March 16, 10am to 12pm

Weekend Workshops, $150: two-day session for three hours each day
Saturday & Sunday, April 3 & 4, 10am to 1pm
Saturday & Sunday, April 10 & 11, 10am to 1pm

Please call 978 452-7641 to reserve your time slot.


Upcoming Workshop at X/O Studio

Drawing Workshop at X/O Studio
Saturday and Sunday, March 6 & 7, 9 to 3pm
Cost: $200 -- $50 registration fee (included )

In this workshop you will widen your understanding of drawing and its creative potential. We will wrk on traditional paper surfaces and non-traditional surfaces in various sizes. We will experiment with textures, embossing, cutting and folding. Drawing skills are helpful though not necessary. An openness to new ways of working and a willingness to push the boundaries is essential.

Materials: Newsprint 18 x 24, Sketchbook 18 x 24, compressed charcoal, B pencils, white and black china marker, white vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser, other draw drawing tools of your choice

Space is limited to 5 participants. Please send registration checks to:
Kathleen Cammarata
181 Market St. #14
Lowell MA 01852

Call For Exhibitors: Art In The Courtyard 2010 at The Lowell Folk Festival

The Lowell Folk Festival, in collaboration with The Brush Art Gallery presents Art in the Courtyard Arts and Fine Crafts, a venue of the 24th Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Massachusetts.

Security for your artwork. Exhibitors are provided, free of charge, a locked facility in which to store their work over night on Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, 2010. This will eliminate the bother of having to drive into the city each day in order to unload/load your artwork from/into your vehicle.

Volunteers will be available during the day to give you a break so that you can visit the nearby Festival food tents to sample a wide variety of delicious ethnic foods.

Event Dates/Hours: Fri., July 23, 5-8pm; Sat., July 24, 12-8pm; and Sun., July 25, 12-5pm.

Event Information www.thebrush.org/AIC2010/details.htm
Event Dates www.thebrush.org/AIC2010/dates.htm
Apply On-Line www.thebrush.org/AIC2010Application.html
Participating Artists www.thebrush.org/AIC2010/AIC2010ParticipatingArtists.htm
The Lowell Folk Festival www.lowellfolkfestival.org/

Questions? E-mail artcourt@thebrush.org

"Siciliano Cinema" at Ayer Lofts Gallery

Join us for "Siciliano Cinema!" at Ayer Lofts Gallery: Two special film nights showcasing the romance and beauty of Italy!

Thursday, Feb.11 at 6pm
"Il Postino"
A shy, heartstruck young poet (who is also the town postman) seeks romantic advice from renowned poet Pablo Neruda as he tries to win the heart of a beautiful young woman.

Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6pm
"Cinema Paradiso"
A filmmaker remembers his childhood past when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. A must see for all film buffs!

Film screenings are FREE, but seating is limited. Both films are in Italian with English subtitles.

"Curator Cultivation Program" at the Brush Gallery

Thanks to support from the Lowell Cultural Council, the Parker Foundation and some generous sponsors, the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios is launching its Curator Cultivation Program and soliciting exhibition proposals for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

This program is meant to help artists who would like to gain valuable curatorial experience. Artists must have a solid understanding of how to produce an exhibition. Weekend and evening work will be required. Only artists who are Lowell-based (live in Lowell or have a studio in Lowell) are eligible.

There is no cost to apply and curators who are selected will be paid a stipend. For complete details and deadlines, please click here to download the requirements and application.


Calls to Artists

Paste Up. A juried exhibition of small format collage
ALL 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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