Observation & Perception: Still Life Paintings by Jeff Freedner

Stew Vegetables by Jeff Freedner

Exhibit runs July 9 to August 9

Reception July 19 from 2 to 4 pm

Jeffrey Freedner is a realist painter based in the Boston area. He works mostly in oils and specializes in still lifes and landscapes.

He holds a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University and an MFA from Mass College of Art. He also attended the Art Students League of New York where he received a merit scholarship and won best of show in a student competition. He was a finalist in the Mass Cultural Council for painting in 2002 and a 2000 Recipient of the Jean and Kahlil Gibran Award for Excellence in Art from the Copley Society of Boston. He was also awarded the Josepth Gazzola Award for Excellence.

Cherry-tomatoes-rotten-tomato-garlic: oil on wood, 11 x 14

Blood-oranges-and-lemon: oil on wood, 11 x 14


My New England

Jack Holmes photo

May 7 to June 28, 2014
Reception: May 17 from 2 to 4

The Whistler House Museum of Art is pleased to be part of Lowell Photography Weekend (May 17 and 18). The exhibition, “My New England,”  is a juried photography show spotlighting New England. The theme was open to the submitting photographer’s interpretation. Any photo taken in New England may symbolize the vision of New England. The exhibition was open to all photographers. The jurors for this process were Kevin Harkins, Tory Germann and Peg Shanahan. Twenty three photos were chosen to display in the Parker Gallery in conjunction with Lowell Photography Weekend.

Crack by Wael Kamal

Lake Sunset by Heather Barker

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