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Friday, February 25, 2011

Coming Up: Women's Week!

So, I thought I would share this with everyone. This is posted on Lowell Women's Week event page:
Wear your Women’s Week Button to these fine establishments to get the great discounts listed below.

Image Theater's FEM NOIRE:
The Festival of Women Playwrights
ALL Gallery, 22 Shattuck St, Lowell
March 11 & 12
$5 discount off $15 ticket price

“The Exceptionals”
March 2-6
$10 off ticket price
(online enter code LWW)

61 Market St, Lowell
10% off total order

197 Market St, Lowell
25% off
(excludes alcoholic beverages)

129 Merrimack St, Lowell
10% off
(excludes alcoholic beverages)
From where this information is on the events page (http://lowellwomensweek.org/events.htm), you may have to attend the breakfast celebration (found on the Women's Week site and in the Lowell Handmade calendar).

I will also be participating in an event for Women's Week. Through UMass Lowell, I will be a part of a panel discussion called Braided Streams: Women of Faith Speak, along with many other women. This will be held March 7th on UMass Lowell South Campus, Southwick Hall, Room 405, from 12:30 to 1:45. I will update this in the calendar. Those who wish to attend are more than welcome to.

I had planned a Lowell Pub Crawl for this past Saturday, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the date has been changed. Myself and various friends and family members, will be attempting this large feat on St. Patrick's Day. In the meantime, Anne and I will be working on various projects pertaining to the future of Lowell Handmade. And hopefully, no more unforeseen circumstances arise to prevent my ventures into Lowell.

Written by Lowell Handmade Intern,

"Seeing in Color" Celebrates Women's Month (corrected)

detail Kellie Weeks

Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda

Diane Ayott

Diane Ayott


Seeing in Color


March 10 - April 2, 2011

Reception March 12, 3-6


Celebrating Women's Month

Featuring Five Women Artists


Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda

Diane Ayott

Kellie Weeks

Mary Bucci McCoy  

Rose Olson 

Lowell, MA -  Curated by Setheyny Pen, Seeing in Color focuses on color exploration with innovative techniques and through a range of individual expression and symbolism. Created by five artists, they wrap around the walls of the gallery to create a mesmerizing and electric atmosphere.  The artists in Seeing in Color use color explicitly to achieve very different ends. Their paintings vary in temperament from animated to somber. Their surfaces range from thin glazes to thick impastos.

Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda 's paintings are clever, intriguing, and keen to communicate. They investigate the painting surface and the relationships of the figure to color and pattern environments. Catalina Viejo'sletter series uses colored squares in the place of letters to evoke a rhythm and pulse that suggests the ideas found in written language. In her portraits, the figure's gaze draws the viewer into their own world of color. The objects and patterns surrounding the figures create a dream-like environment filled with symbols that reflect the individual's identity.


Diane Ayott's paintings use the contemporary language of abstraction. Organic in their complexity, formal concerns are critical to ayott's paintings and works on paper. Combining layered markings - dots, dashes, lines, slashes, circles, ovals and loops, she creates color shifts and spatial patterns. Ayott rolls, scrapes, brushes and squeezes paint into the various layers to create skins of color and accrued layers of information. As the colors intensify, so does the spatial depth.  


 Kellie Weeks' rich encaustic paintings are bright yet moody. Through her encaustics she translates the complexity of human emotions onto the canvas. Week's art is fueled by past and present relationships. Using both oil and encaustic as vehicles to display personal sentiments, she creates shapes that are sometimes incomplete, interrupted; yielding or competing for space. Her subtle arrangements of strong, saturated colors reveal her bold intentions and subdued reactions.


Mary Bucci McCoy's paintings at first glance appear minimal and simple. Upon further observation, the viewer discovers the subtle nuances in McCoy's painting-- the differences in brush strokes, in the paint, and in her delicate variations in color and texture. These subtleties engage the viewer in a range of dialogues. Their 3-D aspects and sleek colors create a play of planes on the surface of her panels. Her compositions are carefully balanced by her precise selection of color and placement of her marks.


 Rose Olson's paintings reveal their intensity through muted stripes of color that shift and shimmer as the viewer scans them. Olson's recent paintings are quiet until the viewer moves, or the light changes. Olson paints on wood because she likes the smooth, hard surface. Her transparent layers of color, allow one see the wood grain beneath. The formal properties of the square shape and horizontal banding are contradicted by the organic nature of the wood panel, the artist's brush marks and by the irregularity of her hand evident in the vertical and horizontal veils of color.


The artists in Seeing in Color exhibit extensively. Their works have been seen in Boston, Cambridge, on the North Shore, throughout New England and in New York.

119 Gallery promotes contemporary and new media art, innovative ideas and cutting-edge techniques with a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, performances and community-based arts services.
This email was sent to annetics.handmade@blogger.com by email@119gallery.org |  
119 Gallery | 119 Chelmsford St. | Lowell | MA | 01851

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, February 24

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"Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself."

- Zen proverb

Gandy Dancers film screening & military cadence calls, February 27

Lowell National Historical Park & the Lowell Film Collaborative present a special free program on Feb. 27, 2-3:30pm, featuring the documentary Gandy Dancers and live military cadence call demonstrations. Learn more on African-American work chants, an oral tradition once common in the American south, and how they were introduced into modern military basic training.
More information: Maggie Holtzberg at 978-275-1719 or click here for event flyer

Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents free Family Concert, February 27
Kadar Qian
Kadar Qian
Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents a Family Concert Sun., Feb. 27, 3pm. Families are welcome to bring children for a program of Chopin, Dukas, Bizet, Telemann, and more. Special performance by 13-yr. old pianist Kadar Quian. Pawtucket Congregational Church, Lowell. Free admission.
More information: www.lowellphilharmonic.org
Join the Lowell Cultural Council at Grant Recipients Reception, March 3
The Lowell Cultural Council invites the public to their 2011 Grant Recipients Reception on Thurs., Mar. 3, 6:30-7:30pm, at the 119 Gallery in Lowell. Enjoy light refreshments and meet members of Lowell's arts community. Live music by New England Youth Wind Ensemble's Woodwind Quintet.
More information: Suzzanne Cromwell, 978-674-1483
Women's Week films showcase the suffragette movement and women-in-the-arts, March 1 & 8
Lowell National Historical Park & the Lowell Film Collaborative present two poignant films for Women's Week: Iron Jawed Angels (Mar. 1) stars Hillary Swank as suffragette leader Alice Paul, and in Who Does She Think She Is? (Mar. 8), five female artists discuss their creative passions, challenges, and aspirations as women-in-the-arts.
More information: Click here for event details

Shifting Boundaries opens at Loading Dock Gallery, March 2

Crane Beach, Laura Doran
Crane Beach, Laura Doran

Shifting Boundaries, a show of paintings by Ashlee Welz Smith and photographs by Laura Doran, challenges the viewer to push the boundaries of how they experience the world. Runs Mar. 2-27, Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell. Opening reception: Mar. 4, 6-9pm.
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Lowell Women's Week, February 27 - March 8

Enjoy a variety of Lowell Women's Week events in celebration of the changing state of women's power. Events include lectures, seminars, film screenings, performances, creative workshops, and much more. All Women's Week events are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to everyone.
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Prints on view from the Whistler House Museum of Art's permanent collection, through March 6

Most of the prints on view are from the Ernest Gates Buttrick Collection. An active member of the Lowell Art Association/WHMA, Buttrick left over 100 works to the museum after his death in 1959. Prints on exhibit through Mar. 6 in the Member's Room in conjunction with the Printmakers Biennial. Reception Feb. 26, 3-5pm.
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Affordable live/work artist space still available at Appleton Mills

Over 120 certified artists entered the Appleton Mills lottery -- applications are still being accepted for remaining apartments. Please contact Appleton Mills for an application or set up an artist interview on Mar. 17.
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Men of Western Avenue Studios at the Whistler House Museum of Art, through February 26

See a collection of art featuring various disciplines, media and styles from the Men of Western Avenue Studios, an integral part of the cultural life in the city of Lowell. This cross section contains sculpture, (oil, watercolor and acrylic) paintings, photography, and mixed media. Reception: Feb. 26, 3-5pm.
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Guitar Virtuoso Eliot Fisk in an Intimate Recital at UMass Lowell, March 3
Eliot Fisk, one of the world's preeminent classical guitarists, performs a solo recital at UML's Fisher Recital Hall, Thurs., Mar. 3, 7:30pm. Renowned guitarist Andrés Segovia described Fisk as "one of the most brilliant, intelligent, gifted young artists of our time." Free and open to the public.
More information: Call 978-934-3850

Author Grace Ross comes to the Pollard Library, March 5

Grace Ross, longtime activist, community organizer and 2006 Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, will discuss her recently published book, Main Street $marts, and her vision for the future, on Sat., Mar. 5, 2pm at Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell.
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Award-winning film Omagh screens for Irish Cultural Week, March 8

The Lowell Irish Cultural Committee, Lowell Film Collaborative & Lowell Beer Works partner for a dinner screening of the riveting film Omagh, from filmmakers Paul Greengrass and Pete Travis (Bloody Sunday), which chronicles the 1988 IRA bombing in the Northern Ireland town of Omagh. Tues., Mar. 8, 7pm, Lowell Beer Works.
More information: Click here for event details

Author Jane Brox reads at The Spaulding House, March 10

The Spaulding House will host a book reading by author Jane Brox who will read from here book Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light on Mar. 10. Enjoy a literary evening view LP&CT's beautiful, historic Spaulding House (c1760).
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Lowell Jazz Day Camp presents Boogie Woogie Jazz & Blues, March 12

Lowell Jazz Day Camp & The Space present a Boogie Woogie Jazz & Blues concert on Sat., Mar. 12, 7:30pm, with pianist Philippe LeJeune from Toulouse, France. Savanna Palace, 25 Market St., Lowell. Tickets $15 advance/$20 door.
More information: Call 978-459-4755


"American Tapestry Biennial 8" at the ATHM

The American Textile History Museum's special new exhibition features 64 tapestries created by 54 artists from 12 countries. A true reflection of the breadth of contemporary tapestry weaving, the pieces are as diverse as the artists who created them. On display through May 1.
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Friends of MRT host 3rd Annual Wine Tasting, March 15

The Friends of Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) host their 3rd Annual MRT Wine Tasting, Tues., Mar. 15, 6-8:30pm, at the Richard K. & Nancy L. Donahue Center, Bagshaw Mills, Lowell. Tickets $45/pp. Proceeds support MRT's mainstage productions and education programs.
More information:
www.merrimackrep.org or call 978-654-7552

Be "Inspired" at the ALL Arts Gallery
Arts League of Lowell artists exhibit their work next to the source of their inspiration, be it an image, a poem or a found object. Exhibit runs through Feb. 27 at the new ALL Gallery at 22 Shattuck Street.
More information: www.artsleagueoflowell.com or 978-441-ARTS (2787)

Come Undone screens for Independent Film Night at the Pollard, March 10

The Pollard Memorial Library has partnered with Film Movement, Inc. to bring award-winning, independent and foreign films to Lowell on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Don't miss Come Undone, directed by Silvio Soldini, on Thurs., Mar. 10 at 6:30pm.
More information: www.pollardml.org

The Exceptionals at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, through March 6
In Bob Clayman's The Exceptionals, two mothers from very different backgrounds must make tough decisions regarding their uniquely gifted children in a situation that examines parenthood through a prism of conflicting definitions. Now playing at Merrimack Repertory Theatre through Mar. 6.
More information: www.merrimackrep.org

What Happened to Kerouac screens at Pollard Library, March 12

The Pollard Library commemorates Jack Kerouac's 89th birthday with a screening of Richard Lerner's affecting documentary What Happened to Kerouac,Sat., Mar. 12, 1pm. The film traces Kerouac's unique creative process, his rise to fame as a writer, and his turbulent personal life and eventual decline to an alcoholism-related death. Free admission.
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Southeast Asian Water Festival holds poster competition

The Southeast Asian Water Festival Committee is holding a competition for design of their 2011 event poster. The winner will have their design displayed for the 15th Annual Water Festival and receive a special prize. For design guidelines, e-mail waterfestivalmedia@gmail.com. Submission deadline: Mar. 11.
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From Basin Street to Western Avenue: A live performance by Glen David Andrews, April 2

New Orleans rising star Glen David Andrews (the "Crown Prince of Treme") brings his band back to Lowell's Western Avenue Studios on April 2 for From Basin Street to Western Avenue: Celebrating the Roots of Jazz and Preserving Its Future. Andrews will perform twice and speak to young local musicians. Free event, donations appreciated.
More information: Andy Smith, event organizer: andy@welzsmith.com

Calls to artists

Revolving Museum Seeks Executive Director
The Revolving Museum seeks a dynamic, experienced non-profit Executive Director to lead a community-based arts organization that has delighted, entertained, educated, provoked, and inspired thousands of young people and adults in eastern Massachusetts for over a quarter century. The Executive Director is expected to become integrally involved in Lowell's civic community and serve as an effective advocate for community-based art programs focused on youth. Resume deadline: Mar. 14
More information and detailed qualifications:
Kit Harbison, kharbison@revolvingmuseum.org

Call for Entries: Looking at Lowell
The Whistler House Museum of Art is seeking entries for "Looking at Lowell," a juried exhibition featuring the Architecture, Landscapes, Festivals, Rivers, Canals and People of Lowell. Entries can be from all media including; oils, acrylics, photography, sculpture, fiber and digital media. Chosen works should depict one or more of the above criteria. This exhibition is open to all artists. Deadline for entries: Mar. 1.
More information:
Click here to view the prospectus

Call for submissions for "Take Back the Night" promo flyer
Take Back the Night is an event for the men and women of our community to join together to voice our right to feel safe in our neighborhoods. The committee seeks submissions for flyer designs (8 1/2 x 11) to advertise this year's event in Lowell. Deadline is Mar. 7.

More Information:
Stephanie Bucholz, stephaniebu@lchealth or 978-322-8535

About the COOL Cultural E-newsletter

The COOL Cultural E-newsletter is emailed every week by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) in conjunction with the Lowell Cultural Roundtable. News items for consideration may be sent to scromwell@lowellma.gov. Please limit description to no more than two lines of text and include full contact information and URL if applicable.

Deadlines: To insure your posting is in the coming week's e-blast, we must receive it by the previous Friday.

To subscribe, send an email to scromwell@lowellma.gov with the subject line, "Please subscribe to COOL e-blast."

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If there is an upcoming event that you would like to put on the COOL calendar (www.cultureiscool.org), email LZ Nunn at LZNunn@lowellma.gov to obtain a password.

Links to our cultural community:

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

119 Gallery, www.119gallery.org

Lowell Folk Festival, www.lowellfolkfestival.org

Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, http://ecommunity.uml.edu/parkerlectures/parkersite.html

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website, www.cultureiscool.org

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