Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Happy Birthday National Parks!

TELLING AMERICA'S STORIES: 100 Years of the National Park Service Art Show
TO: Editors, Feature Writers and Event Listings
SUBJECT: Art Related Special EventsDATE: May2, 2016
PRESS RELEASE Contact: James Dyment E-mail: The Brush Art Gallery & Studios256 Market  Street, Lowell, MA 01852 Gallery Hours:  April 1 to December 31–Tues-Sat 11am-4 pm, Sun 12 noon -4 pm   978-459-7819
Exhibit runs: May 7, 2016to June10, 2016 Reception: June 5, 2 to 4 PM

LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL WITH A NATIONAL EXHIBITION Exhibit Title –“Telling America’s Stories: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service”Lowell, MA –The National Park Service turns 100 years old on August 25, 2016! In celebration of the centennial, the Brush Art Gallery and Studios in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park is exhibiting contemporary art in a juried exhibit, held at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios. Storytelling has been a part of our shared cultural heritage for generations. It brings people together, imprints pictures on their minds, and fosters meaningful connections with history, culture, and the natural world around us. The unique treasures that make up our beloved National Park Service are as diverse as we are; from historic homes, trails, battlefields, and cemeteries to bustling urban centers, canal ways, recreation areas, and seashores. In response to the NPS Centennial “Find Your Park” campaign, we asked artists to submit their personal connections. Here is what “Telling American Stories: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service” means to them!The exhibition includes the following artists: Susan Beers, Milford NH; Merry Beninato, North Andover MA; Amy Bisson, Lowell MA; Carol Boileau, Andover MA; Jerilynn Bush, Sheboygan WI; Lola Chaisson, Concord MA; Christiane Corcelle, Belmont MA; Michael delaVega, Lowell MA; Patricia Demers, Lowell MA; Linda Demers, Lowell MA; John Doyle, Arlington MA; Dave Drinon, Andover MA; Tom Fiorelli, Lowell MA; Claire Gagnon, Dracut MA; Vassilios “Bill” Giavis, Lowell MA; Patricia Gould, Albuquerque NM; Sandy Gregg, Cambridge MA; Deirdre Grunwald, Lowell MA; Donna Howard, Woburn MA; Cynthia Hughes, Chelmsford MA; Chrissy Theo Hungate, Lowell MA; Janice Jones, Methuen MA; David R. Jones, Methuen MA; James Keefe, Mattappoisett MA; Sue King, Lancaster OH; Michael Koerner, Carmel IN; Deborah LaFogg Docherty, Boynton Beach FL; Margo Lemieux, Mansfield MA; Maria Luongo, Newton MA; Richard Marion, Lowell MA; Katie Markson, Madison WI; Anne McNevin, Milford MA; Bobbi Eike Mullen, Weston CT; Suzanne Neusner, Rhinebeck NY; Vincent Parent, Lowell MA; Daniela Pasqualini, North Chelmsford MA; David Phoenix, Stow MA; Christine Predd, LaPorte IN; John Quigley, Lowell MA; Darcy Schultz, Groton MA; Lisa Shea, Sutton MA; JimShepka, Windham NH; Margot Stage, Westford MA; Don Sullivan, Lowell MA; Margo Thach (Mam), Lowell MA; Robert Thurlow, Lowell MA; Michal Truelsen, Lowell MA; Barbara Wauchope, Lee NH; Bruce Wood, Groveland MA; and John Wren, Lowell MA.PANEL OF JURORS• Laurel A. Racine, Senior Curator for Research and Planning, National Park Service’s Northeast Museum Services Center (NMSC), Charlestown, MA.• Ahmad Ward, Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), Birmingham, AL.• Gwen Strahle, Artist, Professor, and Senior Critic at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI.The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is located in the Lowell National Historical Park across the courtyard from the Visitor Center. This dynamic and captivating place was originally founded by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior in 1982.
The Brush presents museum quality exhibitions, educational programs, and has collaborated with many other nonprofit groups. Artists occupy studio spaces to interact with and educate the public on a weekly basis. Currently, fourteen studio artists produce paintings, illustration, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, quilts, and handwoven items. Associate artists display work in the common area. The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is a nonprofit, 501©(3) organization. The Brush is supported by Lowell National Historical Park and Eastern National.Lowell National Historical Park is a unique urban national park, founded in1978, dedicated to preserving and exploring Lowell’s continuing history as the nation’s first large-scale manufacturing city. The park works in partnership with community organizations, local residents, and visitors to tell stories of technology, labor, immigration, women’s rights, and the industrial economy in Lowell and beyond. Over 500,000 visitors annually to Lowell National Historical Park visit museum sites, participate in interactive canal and trolley tours, view operating textile machinery, participate in hands-on family programs, attend special events, and more. For more information, please visit: Banish Misfortune III: The Mills, etching on paper by Michal Truelsen###

This exhibit has one of my images in it and I am so excited!!!

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