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.  Hours at The Brush are April 1 to December 31, Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The exhibit runs from May 7 – June 10, 2016. Please join us for a reception on Sunday, June 5, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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; Jim Shepka, 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; Taryn Wells, Medfield MA; 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. The Brush is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. and on Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. 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(c)(3) organization. The Brush is supported by Lowell National Historical Park and Eastern National.

To learn more about this and other park offerings of Lowell National Historical Park during this centennial year of the National Park Service, including the Junior Ranger program, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, or contact Lowell National Historical Park at (978) 970-5000, or visit www.nps.gov/lowe.