Time travel to Greece s golden age in latest Brush show.
Time travel to Greece s golden age in latest Brush show.

Take a trip back to ancient Greece at the new exhibition, "Contemporary Visions of Greece's Golden Age," on view April 22-June 8 at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios on Market St., Lowell. An artists' reception is Sunday, April 23, 2-4 p.m.

The artwork was inspired by the artistic ideals and achievements of the classical (500-323 B.C.) and Hellenistic (323-146 B.C.) periods.

Artists in the juried show used these time periods as imaginative springboards to create a contemporary twist on Greek sculpture, low and high relief, painting, pottery, frescoes, mosaics and architecture. In their work, they considered the definition of beauty in human terms, emphasizing harmony, balance, order, moderation, vitality, clarity, and depictions of everyday life and mythology.

Thirty-tree artists from as far away as San Francisco are featured, including locals Elaine Seidel Shea, Billerica; Helen Moriarty, Chelmsford; Nancy Lessard and Jennifer Vivier, Dracut; Greg Moutafis, Haverhill; John Cascio, Barbara Gilbert, Deirdre Grunwald, Chrissy Theo Hungate, Roneld Lores, Dan Rocha, Don Sullivan, Robert Thurlow, Will Winslow and Eleni Zohdi, Lowell; Karen Fitzgerald, Newburyport; Esther Donlon, Alfred Lopez and Kimberly Scott, Westford; Lois Mitchell, Hudson, N.H.; and William Turner, Milford, N.H.

Jurors included Suzanne Scanlan of the Rhode Island School of Design, David Nolta of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Jennifer Hache of the Worcester Art Museum.


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 Star of Persia  print by Frank Stella on view at Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover.
Star of Persia print by Frank Stella on view at Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Hellenic Culture and Heritage Society, Michael G. Conway Insurance, Enterprise Bank, Alexander's Pharmacy, and Jim and Effie Dragon.

Visit www.thebrush.org.

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EARTH DAY FUN: Get involved with Earth Day celebrations and help make large butterfly, fish and vegetable banners for the parade Sunday, April 23, during a workshop Thursday, April 20, 5-8 p.m., at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave. Meet at the common area in front of Loading Dock Gallery by the main entrance. Bring yourself and any spare paint, brushes and scissors. Sunday's events kick off at 11 a.m., with pre-parade activities at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St. Line up for the parade at noon for a 12:30 start, then follow the parade to UTEC Lowell, 35 Warren St., where the Earth Day Festival continues through 3:30 p.m. Visit www.lowellearthday.org for info.

Watercolor artist Andrew Kusmin to talk at Chelmsford Art Society on April 26.
Watercolor artist Andrew Kusmin to talk at Chelmsford Art Society on April 26.

WHY HE PAINTS: Andrew Kusmin, a prolific watercolor artist with a strong following, shares insight and inspiration from his new book, "Palette of Dreams," at the Chelmsford Art Society meeting Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, Route 4, Chelmsford. Kusmin, a retired dentist who now devotes his time to painting, teaching and running the Kusmin Art Gallery in Plymouth, shares his artistic journey in the book, which features more than 200 of his paintings and delves into such questions as "what shall I paint" and "why am I painting it." The public is invited and books will be available for purchase.

RECEPTION REMINDER: Join artist Richard Marion at a reception Thursday, April 20, 5-7:30 p.m., at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack St., Lowell, where his exhibition, "Water: The Power & Respite," is on view through May. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tours with the artist are available by appointment.

ONE OF ITS OWN: The Addison Gallery of American Art, on the Phillips Academy campus in Andover, features an exciting exhibit by alumnus Frank Stella (Class of 1954) this spring. On view this weekend through July 30, "Frank Stella Prints" features an array of Stella's works from the collection of Jordan Schnitzer and his family's foundation. Stella has been a major figure in the art world throughout his career and is hailed as one of America's most significant artists. Also on view is "The Gifts of Frank Stella," featuring works that the artist donated to the Addison. A public reception takes place Friday, April 21, 6-8 p.m., and a panel discussion with Stella, collector Schnitzer, curator Richard Axsom and printmaker Kenneth Tyler is Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Visit www.addisongallery.org for info on other events and hours.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.