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Lowell Celebrates Printmaking.
February 17, 2011

As part of a multi-gallery, city-wide event, four galleries in Lowell, Massachusetts are joining hands to celebrate the art of printmaking. In conjunction with the Boston Printmakers Biennial, these local galleries are showcasing the various approaches and techniques taken by primary printmakers as the art form has adapted and evolved over the years. Also, don't forget to check out our new blog on the artscope website. It is equipped with updated headlines and rotating featured content -- a great way to stay connected to art and culture news in between artscope issues and email blasts!

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Print is a Print is a Print: Work by Four Printmakers at Brush Art Gallery
in Lowell, Massachusetts through March 13th

The city of Lowell, Massachusetts is a special place to be for the next few weeks. This lively city north of Boston is in the midst of celebrating the art of printmaking in conjunction with the Boston Printmakers Biennial, 2011. Printmaking, traditionally a sheltered and private form of art, has made its way into the world of contemporary art. Due to the innovation and mobility of the medium, printmaking has adopted new technologies with little hesitation, extending the capacity of this dynamic craft. Brush Art Gallery is one of the four venues contributing to Lowell's exploration of the new directions taking off in today's printmaking. Brush Art Gallery is an organization dedicated to educating the public, conserving the community, and preserving art, all while remaining loyal to its motto, "Making Art Make a Difference." Within the walls of this gallery, monoprints by Jan Arabus, Kathleen Cammarata, Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld, and Jean Winslow will be featured as part of the city-wide celebration of printmaking. Print is a Print is a Print: Work by Four Printmakers is on view now through March 13th and examines the diverse approaches taken by unique printmakers to create their works. Brush Art Gallery will kick off a series of consecutive artists' receptions on Saturday, February 26th from 1 to 3pm. On Saturday, March 5th the artists are set to demonstrate and discuss their work. Jean Winslow will be at Brush Art Gallery, on this date at 1pm to give a concise overview of the art of printmaking. She will conclude by conducting a tour of two print studios across the courtyard. The other locations taking part in this multi-gallery, cross-city event are Ayer Lofts Gallery, Whistler House Museum, and 119 Gallery. The Massachusetts Cultural Council and Lowell Cultural Council are funding the entire occasion in which all of these places are working alongside Boston Printmakers to expose the history of printmaking and keep its practices alive and updated in today's growing culture.

Sponsored by: Fountain Street Fine Art

Fountain Street Fine Art

'unscripted' inaugural show
juried by Katherine French
on view until February 27th.

Next up:
Lisa Barthelson [family debris series: an installation]
Virginia Fitzgerald [the dress project]
March 4th �27th, 2011

Open Friday - Sunday 11am to 5pm & by appointment.
59 Fountain Street,
Framingham, MA

Prints From the Permanent Collection at Whistler House Museum of Art
in Lowell, Massachusetts through March 6th

Seagulls by Eva Watson (1863-1949), colored silkscreen. Gift of Earnest Gates Buttrick, from the permanent collection at WHMA.

As part of Lowell Celebrates Printmaking, Whistler House Museum of Art is doing its part to explore printmaking and to showcase the fundamental link it creates between the extraordinary and the mundane. For quite some time, printmaking lurked in the shadows of primary art concentrations like sculpture and painting. It wasn't until the 1960s and 1970s, when artists began to experiment with printmaking, that they discovered its full and blooming potential to become a primary form of expression. Knowing this and the unfolding history behind the craft, Whistler House Museum has opened its doors to reveal its turn of the century prints from the permanent collection. The exhibit features a range of works, including a linoleum print, silkscreen, etchings, drypoints, wood engravings, lithographs, and aquatints. Most of these prints are from the Ernest Gates Buttrick Collection. Ernest Buttrick, born in Lowell in 1873 to James G. Buttrick and Clara L. Gates, was a descendant of Major Buttrick, commander of the Concord Minutemen who gave the order to fire at advancing troops in 1775. Given his historical roots in the area, it comes as no surprise that Ernest Buttrick was a member of the Lowell Art Association/WHMA. Upon his death in 1959, the museum received over 100 works from his collection. This inheritance included different subject matter and media done by some of the best-known printmakers in the first half of this century. Prints from the Permanent Collection is on view now through March 6th. An artists' reception will be held Saturday, February 26th from 3-5pm. A talk given by artist Susan Jaworski-Stranc will take place Sunday, March 6th at 2pm. If you're planning to make it out to Lowell to celebrate printmaking, be sure to leave ample time to see this authentic collection at the Whistler House Museum of Art. Also showing in the museum's Parker Gallery is the exhibit, Men of Western Avenue Studios. The exhibit runs through February 26th and features a cross section of sculpture, paintings, photography, and mixed media. If you're looking to experience the cultural life in the city of Lowell, seeing this show is a must.

Elusive Illumination: The Encaustic Monotype at Ayer Lofts Gallery
in Lowell, Massachusetts through March 5th

Condensed Light by Barbara Gagel, 2010 encaustic monotype.

Ayer Lofts Gallery is another local venue that is helping to put Lowell on the map. In an effort to introduce the public to the diverse approaches, forms, and styles of printmaking, Ayer Lofts is showing Elusive Illumination: The Encaustic Monotype now through March 5th. The works of art being shown are those of the artist and Lowell native Barbara Gagel, whose installation, "Sea of Light," serves as the focal point of the exhibit. This project is a breathtaking 78" by 76" translucent wall panel, printed with wax and pigment medium and collaged with other prints and holographic mylar. Seeing the projected light and sound that accompany Gagel's piece help to bring to life her statement on the inspiration: "Sun jewels danced incessantly like a million tiny spirits flickering on the water's surface. Ribbons of brilliant white vibrated in an atmosphere of quicksilver and reflection. Patterns of information became some divine language." Gagel truly demonstrates the endless boundaries of printmaking with her inventive encaustic effects. An artists' reception will be held at Ayer Lofts Gallery on Saturday, February 26th from 2-4pm. If you can only make it out to Lowell for one day of the show, perhaps you should make that day Saturday, March 5th. At 2:30pm, Barbara Gagel herself is scheduled to give a thirty-minute demonstration of making encaustic monotypes on a hot box. She will show how she creates single images by drawing with sticks of wax paint on an aluminum surface heated underneath with four 100-watt bulbs to melt the wax. The image is then transferred to paper by laying a sheet on the plate and rubbing the back with pressure. Sound interesting? Make sure to mark it on your calendar now because this is an event you won't want to miss out on.

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