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February 11, 2010

"Fish and visitors stink after three days." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Siciliano Cinema" Tonight at Ayer Lofts Gallery

The Red Ball Masquerade & Silent Auction

Lowell Kids' Week Kicks Off School Vacation Week

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

Lowell Artist Jeff Lipsky at Chelmsford Library

Spring 2010 Urban Village Arts Series

Vicki Sue Green at Centro Restaurant & Bar

LNHP Celebrates African American Heritage Month

Upcoming at the 119 Gallery

Impressionist Painting with Artist Dennis Lucas

Upcoming Workshop at X/O Studio

"The Invention of Lying" Community Film Screening

Visual Voices IV: Artwork By Lowell School Students.
Barbara Gagel at Ayer Lofts Gallery

Now on Exhibit at Loading Dock Gallery

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" Comes to Athenian Corner

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

News from the Lowell Cultural Council

Calls to Artists

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"Siciliano Cinema" Tonight 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.

The Red Ball Masquerade & Silent Auction

The Miracle Providers NorthEast Fund Raiser: The Red Ball, Masquerade and Silent Auction

Sat., Feb. 13, 8pm-Midnight, (Refreshments will be served) Western Ave Studios, Loading Dock,122 Western Avenue, Lowell. Suggested donation: $5 with a mask / $15 without a mask

Please consider a tax deductible donation of your mask or any other item or service for the Silent Auction.

Contact Marc for more information: 978-458-9838, info@miracleprovidersne.org, http://www.miracleprovidersne.org/.

Lowell Kids' Week Kicks Off School Vacation Week

Don't miss family-friendly events all week long during Lowell Kids' Week from Mon., Feb. 15 - Sat., Feb. 20! Enjoy a variety of fun, FREE activities to do with friends and family throughout downtown Lowell. See the complete Kids' Week schedule at www.nps.gov/lowe.

Thanks go to all Kids' Week sponsors and participants:

American Textile History Museum, Barnes & Noble, Enterprise Bank, Girls, Inc. of Greater Lowell, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Parks & Recreation, Lowell Police Department, Lowell Senior Center, New England Quilt Museum, Pollard Memorial Library, The Lowell Film Collaborative, Tsongas Industrial History Center, United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), The Greater Lowell Family YMCA

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.


Lowell Artist Jeff Lipsky at Chelmsford Library

Chelmsford Public Library presents "Artists in the Virtual World" with Jeffrey Lipsky. Tuesday night will be an edutainment multimedia presentation where you can sign up for Thursday's hands-on workshop. Learn how to get involved with the international art scene in the online virtual world of Second Life™.

Tues., Feb 23 & Thur., Feb 25. Both sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford

This program is being funded by a grant from the Chelmsford Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information, visit www.chelmsfordlibrary.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.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. 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.


Vicki Sue Green at Centro Restaurant & Bar

About Vicki Sue Green: A professional published artist from New Hampshire, Vicki has artwork in several galleries throughout the U.S. and direct to the public from her studio location. Several of her paintings have been published and made into decorative art prints for sale in several major retailers such as Kohl's, Michaels, and HomeGoods. Vicki spends her creative time at Western Avenue Studios right her in Lowell: http://www.artbyverde.com./

Exhibit runs through March at Centro, 24 Market Street, Lowell
Opening Reception: Sun., Feb. 21, 1-3pm.


LNHP Celebrates African American Heritage Month

Music and song played a powerful role in sharing and spreading the message of the abolition movement to the towns and villages of New England in the nineteenth century. Lowell National Historical Park is hosting two programs in celebration of African American Heritage Month. Programs are free of charge and held at the Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street.

"Singing for Freedom: The Music of the Antislavery Movement"

Fri., Feb.19, 7pm
The presenters are Dr. Scott Gac, Assistant Professor of History at Trinity College and Deborah Anne Goss, a historical performer and interpreter with the organization Solo Together. Offered on

"Exploring the Stories and Sites of Boston African American National Historic Site"
Tue., Feb. 23, 7pm
Mr. McNabb, from Boston African American National Historic Site, will explore the rich history of the free African American community in Boston in the years leading up to the Civil War. Using the Black Heritage Trail® as a guide, the program explores central role in the abolition movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice. The programs are hosted by Lowell National Historical Park in celebration of African American Heritage Month. For more information, please contact the park at 978- 970-5000.

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Upcoming at the 119 Gallery

119 Gallery presents XFest 2010
Sat., Feb. 26-28, 12-5pm
The second annual XFestival of improvised music, visuals and dance. The format of the festival is simple yet challenging: 15 visiting artists and 60 local artists perform. Friday and Saturday evenings each feature 10 half-hour sets that include a visiting artist and two or three local artists. Artists include musicians, visual artists and movement artists. Every set is an improvisation; the artists are playing together for the first time.

Circuit Bending Workshop & Squawk-a-Doodle Workshop
Sun., Feb. 14, 11-3pm, Cost: $20
Noise artist Crank Sturgeon instructs this workshop on how to build a Squawk-a-Doodle, which is a simple tone generator using an ordinary speaker cone and 9 volt battery. Also known as a "Victorian Synthesizer", the class delves into building a lo-fi noise instrument using a 19th Century technological approach. For all experience levels, the workshop will also teach proper soldering techniques; and everyone will get to take home their very own!

Kevin Frenette Group with Dr T
Sat., Feb. 13, 8pm
Kevin Frenette Group: [Boston] Kevin Frenette - guitar, Forbes Graham - trumpet with Dr T - video mix + RobotMonkeyArm: [North Andover] Ryan Baker, Tanner Upthegroove, Jon Briggs, Bucky Waters and the amazing Mike D. Featuring Childhood nostalgia and other coping mechanisms A celebration of joy and the inconsolable music for people and robots!

For more details, visit www.119gallery.org

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

"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.



Visual Voices IV: Artwork By Lowell School Students.

Exhibit runs February 28 to March 27

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. 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.

Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 6, 1-3pm
Primary Colors:
Artwork by Lowell's Elementary School Students Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market St.
Performance by the Lincoln School Special Chorus: 1:30pm

Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 6, 1:45-3:45pm
Secondary Colors:
Artwork by Lowell's Middle School Students ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market St.

Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 6, 2-4pm
Full Spectrum:
Artwork by Lowell's High School Students Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St, Lowell. Performance TBA: 2:30pm

Special Art Teacher Appreciation Night And Fundraiser
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.

Fri., Mar. 5, 7-9pm, The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios. For tickets: http://www.thebrush.org/tickets/.

Barbara Gagel at Ayer Lofts Gallery
"Silent Circles: The Healing"

Exhibition dates: February 6 - 26
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.

Now on Exhibit at Loading Dock Gallery

"Body & Soul"
On exhibit February 3 - 28

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.

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" Comes to Athenian Corner
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 never tasted so good!

Mon., Feb. 22, 7pm, Athenian Corner Restaurant, 207 Market St., Lowell

Presented by the Lowell Film Collaborative (LFC) in partnership with Athenian Corner Restaurant as part of the LFC's "Food & Film" series. Suggested donation: $5

For more information, visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org

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

News from the Lowell Cultural Council

Congratulations to all 2010 LCC grant recipients!

The Lowell Cultural Council allocates funding within the Lowell community, on behalf of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, supporting established cultural and arts organization, as well as, individuals. Funding for 2010 will provide economic support for ongoing citywide community events, like "Artist Open Studios," held each September, "Open Doors Lowell," held each May, and "Art in the Courtyard," organized by the Brush Galleries in conjunction with the Lowell Folk Festival. A variety of artistic projects and activities will benefit residents of all ages through special exhibits, performances, festivals, workshops, educational programming and other cultural events. The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) provides administrative assistance to the Lowell Cultural Council.

In 2009, the Lowell Cultural Council distributed $49,937 in grants to 28 Lowell-based cultural programs.

For a complete list of grant recipients, visit: www.mass-culture.org/Lowell

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 :


Loading Dock Gallery Images & LDG Show

Images & LDG show information for postcard design are due to Ashlee no later than the 15th of each month, 1.5 months prior to your show opening. (i.e. If you have a show in February, your images and postcard information is due December 15th; if you have a show in March, your images and postcard information is due January 15th; etc. etc.)

This event repeats every month. Please email at least one high resolution image of your work (no smaller than a 4X6 at 300 dpi,) the show title, and the date and time of your opening reception to

Deadline: Postcard Imagery & Content, Mon., Feb.15, 12-1pm.

For more information, please contact Ashlee Welz-Smith: ashlee@welzsmith.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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