Longtime artist Susan Gaylord, who creates  Spirit Books  that showcase her love of books and nature, will share a talk on her life as an artist on
Longtime artist Susan Gaylord, who creates Spirit Books that showcase her love of books and nature, will share a talk on her life as an artist on Saturday, May 20, at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell.

Ever wonder what goes on in an artist's mind when creativity strikes?

Longtime artist Susan Gaylord shares that, along with her artwork and her emotional journey, in the illustrated talk "Lessons from an Artist's Life" on Saturday, May 20, 2-4 p.m., at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell. It is free and open to all.

With 40 years of experience in the arts, and analytical skills developed as an English major, Gaylord tackles such issues as self-confidence and the lack thereof, patience, commitment, and how to learn from your work and let it be your guide.

Gaylord began working as an artist in 1978 at her kitchen table in North Billerica. Armed with pen, paper, ink and a collection of instructional calligraphy books, she turned her love of words into the foundation of a career in letterform, design and expressive mark-making.

Learn to make sun spots art prints during a workshop Saturday, May 20 at the Concord Museum.
Learn to make sun spots art prints during a workshop Saturday, May 20 at the Concord Museum.

Active in the fledgling Lowell art scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, she was known for her calligraphy and her work with Art Alive! The Greater Lowell Art Co-op.

Following a move to Newburyport in 1985, she turned to book form as her prime method of expression, beginning with books with calligraphy and slowly transitioning to wordless ones. Her most significant body of work is the ongoing, since 1992, series of "Spirit Books," which express her reverence for books and nature. Currently, she works with words, natural materials and photographic imagery.


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Her work is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Wellesley College, Bowdoin College and Yale. It has been featured in numerous solo and group shows in New York, Massachusetts, Indiana, Wisconsin and Korea, as well as magazines and books. She has also authored books and articles on bookmaking with children and the creative process.

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

Art picks

SPRING FLING: Late May is a great time to sample spring events at Minute Man National Historical Park, located minutes away from Lowell in Concord, Lincoln and Lexington. On Saturday, May 27, 12:30-4 p.m., join a park ranger for a free, 3 1/2-hour guided walk along the historic Battle Road. Meet at the Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road (Route 2A), Lincoln, to pick up a shuttle to Meriam's Corner to begin the tour. Seating on shuttles is limited to 60 people, first-come, first-served, with vouchers provided at the visitor center from 11:30 a.m. until gone. Bring plenty of water. Other events include free performances by the Middlesex County Fife and Drum Corps on Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m., at North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St.

Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Lincoln and Lexington have several events planned Memorial Day weekend.
Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Lincoln and Lexington have several events planned Memorial Day weekend.
, Concord, and at 2 p.m., at the Minute Man Visitor Center in Lincoln. Friends of Minute Man National Park host their annual Buttrick Garden Party on Wednesday, May 31, 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for this early-summer event with the Buttrick Garden in full bloom. Proceeds benefit landscaping and gardens in the park. Call 978-318-7822 for tickets and info.

LAST CHANCE: You only have until Sunday, May 21, to check out Middlesex Community College's Juried Student Art Exhibition at LTC Gallery located, in Lowell Telecommunications Corporation headquarters at 246 Market St.

SUN PRINT FUN: Looking for a fun art project for the family? Come to the Concord Museum on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m., to see "Walden: Four Views," photographs by Abelardo Morell, and listen to a gallery talk by a museum guide. Then, join in by making your own inspired sun-print artwork on the museum lawn. Members $5, nonmembers $10. Reserve at www.concordmuseum.org.

KUDOS TO UML: Struggling artists? Not at UMass Lowell, which is ranked among the Best Value Colleges for Art Careers in the nation by PayScale.com. UML alums working in the arts are winning Grammys, broadcasting the Super Bowl and other national events, creating graphic, web and digital designs for such organizations as NASA, Converse and Adidas, managing top musicians, teaching music and working at video-game companies. UML is ranked No. 1 for return on investment for in-state students and No. 2 for out-of-state students.