The talented artists at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios dig into their creativity in "Root Process," running at the Brush June 17-July 30.
The show's purpose, as its title implies, explores the underpinnings of the creative process of each artist and demonstrates how a project that begins as an embryonic idea ends up a finished piece, independent of the medium.
The exhibit features a series of works by each artist that visually walks viewers through the stages of his or her particular process and explains the step-by-step approach from inception to end result.
Meet the artists at a reception Thursday, June 29, 5-7 p.m., and learn more about the show's concept at a Gallery Talk with the artists Sunday, July 23, 1-3 p.m.
Participating artists, their media and hometowns include Penelope Cox, handmade jewelry, Lowell; Debbe Daley, designer, Portsmouth, N.H.; Lolita Demers, ceramics and mixed media, Methuen; Deirdre McCullough Grunwald, painting, Lowell; Cynthia Hughes, textile art (weaving), Chelmsford; Chrissy Theo Hungate, sculpture/painting, Lowell; Paul Richardson, photography, Lowell; Ioana Singureanu, painter, Windham, N.H.; Victoria Voner, painter, Lowell; Gay Tracy, painting and mixed media, North Andover; Will Winslow, designer/illustrator, Lowell.
The Brush is at 56 Market St., Lowell, across the courtyard from the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. For info, call 978-459-7819 or visit www.thebrush.org.
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KING OF THE DIAMOND: This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston steps up to the plate to celebrate the career of Red Sox icon David Ortiz with a new installation of Ortiz's World Series championship rings. "David Ortiz: King of the Diamond" opens June 17 to kick off Father's Day weekend. His championship rings from 2004, 2007 and 2013 will be displayed and joined a week later by his 2013 World Series MVP ring, which coincides with the retiring of Ortiz's number 34 at Fenway Park on June 23. The rings are designed in collaboration with the Red Sox by Jostens Inc., which has been creating championship rings for more than 60 years. Each is decorated on three sides, and the interiors are engraved with dates and messages celebrating significant aspects of the team's World Series seasons. From June 17-25, visitors can donate to the David Ortiz Children's Fund, which provides lifesaving heart surgeries to kids in his native Dominican Republic and many others in New England. Visit www.mfa.org for details.
FATHER'S DAY FUN: Concord Museum brews up a fun-filled event for dads Sunday, June 18, at its "Father's Day Beer Talk and Tasting," from 3-5 p.m. Bring Dad to the museum to learn about the history of beer from material culture historian George Schwartz, Peabody Essex Museum and professor at Tufts. After the talk, take a short walk or drive to the Wright Tavern in Concord Center for a beer-tasting hosted by Rapscallion Brewery of Acton. Free with museum admission, but registration is required. Register online at www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216.
PATRIOTIC PAINTS: The Chelmsford Art Society hosts its 49th annual 4th of July Art Festival at Chelmsford Center for the Arts over the Independence Day holiday, Applications are available at Picture Yourself Custom Framing, 17 Central Square, Chelmsford, at Chelmsford Public Library and Fletcher Memorial Library in Westford, or download from the website at www.chelmsfordartsociety.com. Online registration is encouraged June 12-27. Artwork will be received June 30, 1-3 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Students are also encouraged to participate. For info, call 978-256-0140 or email email@example.com.
A DISCOVERY GROUNDBREAKING: The Discovery Museums in Acton hosted a groundbreaking recently, attended by 150 friends, donors, board members, staff and elected officials to formally break ground for a new Discovery Museum. The event marked the beginning of a construction project that will result in a one-building, fully accessible museum that will better serve all children and families in the region. On hand was Don Verger, who founded the Discovery Museums more than 30 years ago, and state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, who spoke on behalf of himself and Reps. Cory Atkins and Jennifer Benson. A total of $8.2 million has been contributed to the project budget of $8.4 million. Visit www.discoverymuseums.org for more info.