A Current Vision

Puzzled by Judy Metcalfe

Exhibit: May 28- June 28, 2014
Reception: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2-4 pm

After a rigorous jury process, forty-nine  N.A.W.A. artists, from twelve states, have work in a variety of mediums selected for this first time ever N.A.W.A. exhibition in Massachusetts (hosted by the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA).  The challenge to the artist in this show was to present “A Current Vision.” Make no mistake: the art work represents a fresh take on the world around us, showing a different and current face.   

Founded in 1889, the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.) celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2014. It is the first established professional women's art organization in the United States.

N.A.W.A’s documented exhibitions are archived within The Smithsonian Institution Archives; The Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Library of Congress; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Frick Art Reference Library; and the New York Public Library.

N.A.W.A.'s original and continuing purpose is to empower and help women artists counter the difficulties they face in gaining recognition and equity in professional training, exhibition opportunities, and the marketplace. Over the years, many famous artists became members and supporters of this organization.  Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Cecilia Beaux, Blanche Lazelle, Alice Neel and Theresa Bernstein are just a few of the noteworthy artists included on the membership roster.

It is both fitting and timely for this national exhibit in Lowell, MA that in this 125th Anniversary year, a new N.A.W.A. chapter has recently formed in Massachusetts whose executive committee and board members will be introduced and welcomed by the New York executive committee at the reception for this national show.

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Mary Rose O'Connell: Essential Impressions

O'Connell Postcard

April 9 through May 18, 2014
Reception: Saturday, April 26, 2 PM to 4 PM

Lowell, MA – Classically trained artist, Mary Rose O’Connell’s exhibition will include a collection of portrait, figurative, still life, and landscape paintings. Her work has won numerous awards and is exhibited nationally, most recently at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, New York, NY. O’Connell’s paintings have been purchased for many private and corporate collections, including Enterprise Bank and Lowell City Hall.

In pursuit of her artistic training Mary Rose had many years of formal training with Mary Minifie, a modern master of the Boston School. Mary Rose’s work shows the benefit of a strong grounding in draftsmanship and design. This style of painting is done in natural light and is influenced by the beautiful colors of the Impressionists. Mary Rose continues to paint with other artists across the United States whose work she admires.

She maintains a studio in the Whistler house Museum of Art and a permanent display at The Brush Gallery and Studios located within the Lowell National Historic Park. She is a juried member of the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Arts Association, the Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and an associate member of the Guild of Boston Artists.

O'Connell Landscape

Monique Sakellarios: Memories

Compiegne, oil 18x24

February 19 to March 29, 2014

Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2 PM to 4 PM

The Whistler House Museum of Art is pleased to present a collection of works by Monique Sakellarios, entitled Monique Sakellarios: Memories. She is well known for her award-winning impressionistic style landscapes, markets and garden scenes. Her most recent work with abstract paintings will also be included in the exhibition. She studied at the Leonardo Da Vinci School of Art and the American University, both in Cairo, Egypt.

Sakellarios is a member of the Lowell Art Association, Inc., juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association, Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America (the only one in New Hampshire). She is also a full juried member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York. She has received countless national awards, including: the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club – NY, NY (Dorothy Barberis Memorial Award - 2011) and the NOAPS National Juried Competition – Osage Beach, MO (Merit Award - 2010).

On the recommendation of the Franco-American Center in Manchester, NH, Monique received a prestigious invitation from the French Consulate in Boston to participate in the "3eme Festival de l'Ete Indien" (Third Indian Summer Festival). The festival was held in Andrezieux-Boutheon, France. This event celebrates the history, culture, way of life and economic vitality of the Franco-American communities in New England.           

Works exhibited will include landscapes from New England as well as France; Tuscany, Italy; Czech Republic, Germany and the Caribbean. Also featured are paintings of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, market scenes from Provence, France and St. Lucia in the Caribbean, and a few abstracts. Sakellarios has been painting abstracts for only about one year. “With an abstract, the artist has no memory, photo or reference to go by and yet the same rules that apply to representational paintings apply as well to abstracts. Composition, values, and harmonious colors all have to be followed and respected,” she said.

Annual Juried Members Exhibit

Members Exhibit

Exhibit runs Nov 13 to Dec 21, 2013 (Many are still on view though January)

Reception: Nov 16, 2013 from 2 to 4 pm

This year the artists are:

Ani Babaian, Holly Bedrosian, Donna Berger, Bill Berry, Val Borgal, Karen Bruson, Fran Busse, Elaine Carbonneau, Michele Carrozo, John Cascio, Todd Casey, Kathy Cooper , Robert Louis DelRusso, Linda Demers, Cheryl Dyment, John Ebel, Arthur Ferrier, Diane Francis, Sue Funk, Claire Gagnon, Michelle Garro, Arthur Garrone, Irene Goddu, Jack Holmes, Jay Hungate, Heather Johnson Reid, Brenden Keegan, Alyson Kenney, Connie Lanseigne-Case, Ted Lavash, Dee Lessard, Helene LeVasseur, Dennis Lucas, Steven Lush, Nella Lush, Diane MacPherson, Jennifer McCalmont, Jim McCready, Catherine Meeks, Janet Lambert Moore, Cynthia Morgan, Kate O'Dell, Don Ouellette, Barbara Page, Bethany Peck, Denise Rainis, Coleman Rogers, Kathy Rubado, Monique Sakellarios, Barbara Scott, Emily Sevigny, Bob Stegmaier , Don Sullivan, Rita Thompson, Jean Winslow, and  Diana Zipeto