With its influx of artists now working and living here, Lowell's place as an important regional center for art is firmly established.
And Lowell Celebrates Printmaking, a two-month long celebration of printmaking art, further confirms the city's place in the art world.
The Lowell events are directly linked to the prestigious Boston Printmakers Biennial, which take place every other year in Boston and begin in October this year.
Lowell printmakers Jean Winslow and Kathleen Cammarata worked to get the Mill City involved in 2009. And, now that Cammarata has moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Winslow spearheaded the drive to keep Lowell a part of the event and secured a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council to make it happen.
"I got the venues and wrote the grant in the summer of 2012," said Winslow. "There were a lot of logistics involved."
Headlining events include Unbinding at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, opening Saturday, Sept. 14, with a reception from 2-4 p.m., and closing on Saturday, Oct. 26, with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Participating artists include Winslow, the curator, plus Christiane Corcelle, Lori Demartin, Laurie Hartwick and Susan Stranc-Jaworski. Special events include a papermaking demonstration on Saturday, Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m. and a monoprint workshop on Saturday, Oct. 5, 1-2 p.m., both at Studio II, 256 Market St., across from the Brush.
Other venues hosting printmaking shows include 119 Gallery, presenting Currents: Tradition, Innovative and Experimental Prints of Water, Oct. 15-Nov. 9, 119gallery.org; ALL Arts Gallery at Gates Block presenting Shifting Landscapes: The Changing Terrain of Printmaking, Oct. 11-27, artsleagueoflowell.com; and the American Textile History Museum presenting Field Trip: A Print Installation, Sept. 14-Jan. 26, athm.org.
Also, Ayer Lofts Gallery presents The Divine and Perfect Ecstasy, Oct. 11-Nov. 3, ayerlofts.com; Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery, Digital Art: Printmaking 2013, Sept. 23-Nov. 1, ltc.org; Whistler House Museum of Art, Softscapes and Hardscapes: Landscape and Architecture in Printmaking, Sept. 25-Nov. 2, whistlerhouse.org and Zeitgeist Gallery, The Message is the Medium: Prints, Propaganda and Persuasion, Oct. 16-Nov. 2, facebook.com/ZeitgeistGallery/Lowell.
RECYCLED 'WATERFALL' GLISTENS IN DOWNTOWN LOWELL: A new waterfall flows in downtown Lowell. It hangs from the roof of the ALL Arts Center at 307 Market St. But it's not made of water. The public art installation is comprised of 2000 plastic water bottles that were gathered by volunteers in the Lowell Folk Festival recycling program.
ALL member Gwen Stith came up with the idea and process for volunteers to create the plastic waterfall by stringing bottles on thread and hanging them from the roof. It is on display through the month of September as part of ALL's Liquidscapes show, a multi-media exhibit of liquid in all its forms. The show opened in late August and runs through Sept. 29. A reception takes place on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4-6 p.m.
Once the exhibition closes the water bottle waterfall will be "recycled" back to the Lowell Folk Festival program. But for now, it's part of Lowell's public art scene. "Keeping art in the public eye is important to the local arts scene," said ALL president Steve Syverson. "It keeps people aware that we artists are here, working and contributing to the cultural economy."
- SHAKER WORKS ON VIEW: Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, presents Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection this fall. The exhibition features more than 200 Shaker objects from the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Mass. All of the items, including household objects, textiles, kitchen implements, baskets, furniture and rare pieces never publicly exhibited, were collected by Edward Deming and Faith Andrews, iconic pioneers in Shaker studies. The exhibit opened on Sept. 7 and runs through Dec. 1. The museum is opened Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends and holidays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit fruitlands.org or call 978-456-3924 for info
- TAKING FLIGHT: Haverhill native Dale Rogers, best known for his larger-than-life dog and monkey sculptures, has created Flight, a series of nine large-scale stainless steel birds, each with a wingspan of 12 feet and supported on metal frames, 12-16 feet high. They make their East Coast debut this month at the Cox Reservation headquarters of Greenbelt, Essex County's land trust in Essex. They are on view in a waterside pasture from Sept. 11-30. Rogers will be at Greenbelt on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1-3 p.m., to meet the public. Visit ecga.org or call 978-768-7241.
- FEMALE PERSPECTIVE: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the first exhibition of its kind in North America. Featuring 100 photographs and two videos by 12 women photographers, it challenges stereotypes and provides insight into political and social issues in that troubled part of the world. The images, ranging from fine art to photojournalism, refute the conception that Arab and Iranian women are oppressed and powerless and reinforce the idea that some of the most significant work in the region today is being done by women. It is on view through Jan. 12, 2014. Visit mfa.org for details and special events.
Nancye Tuttle's email address is email@example.com.