COOL is seeking volunteers for its upcoming  Creaticity  art and maker festival coming up in September.
COOL is seeking volunteers for its upcoming Creaticity art and maker festival coming up in September.

Until a few years ago, Stephen Clements focused on music as his favorite art form. But now he paints and makes music, and loves them both.

A new exhibition of his work is now on view at TreMonte Pizzeria Restaurant and Bar in downtown Lowell through Oct. 31. A reception with the artist takes place Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Clements started painting in 2011. And now music and painting peacefully co-exist, both vying for his time, attention and imagination.

"I create paintings in the same manner as I attempt to live -- in the moment," says Clements.

Show curator Mary Hart is excited with Clements' work: "His vibrant, expressive work has the effect of a major song hook, which isn't surprising because Steve is also an accomplished musician," says Hart. "His fearless use of paint in layers and thick globs combines with his direct images to grab you by the throat. You might wish to step into this chaotic world he has created because it looks like so much fun!"

Clements has exhibited in both group and solo shows in several galleries in the Lowell area. His studio is in Chelmsford.

TreMonte is located at 112 Middle St., Lowell. It is open 11:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday; at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday; and 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday.


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Jennifer Eremeeva will talk on Russian history in an upcoming rogram at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton.
Jennifer Eremeeva will talk on Russian history in an upcoming rogram at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton.

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CALLING CREATORS: The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) has issued a call for volunteers to help at "Creaticity," its first Art and Maker Street Festival, on Sept.16-17, from noon to 6 p.m., along Market Street. Jobs include early setup, helping with artist load-in, booth sitting for artists who need a food or bathroom break, helping at the performance stage or writers corner, and collecting donations for the festival. Volunteer sign-up forms are available at www.cultureiscool.org, where you can choose the dates and times you can help and indicate your preferred task.

HONORING VETS: Brush Art Gallery and Studios and Ironstone Farms are seeking entries for "Honoring Our Veterans," an exhibition on view at the Brush from Sept. 30-Nov. 11. Artwork accepted will by inspired by veteran-related subjects, including art by veterans, art of veterans, military images, veteran's activities after service, and veteran programs. For example, the Equine Encounters/Veterans Experience program at Ironstone Farm in Andover, which uses horses to help veterans adjust to their noncombat and/or post-military lives. "We at Ironstone love partnering with the Brush to bring veterans' stories to our community through art," said Deedee O'Brien, Ironstone's executive director. Work in all categories will be accepted for review, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, works on paper, fabric, ceramics, mosaics and photography. This is a national call, and artists may submit up to three entries for consideration. Submissions must be suitable for all audiences. Submission deadline is Friday, Sept. 1. Visit http://www.lowellartshows.com/veterans for on-line application.

IT'S REVOLUTIONARY: The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton hosts an afternoon with historian and humorist Jennifer Eremeeva on Saturday, Aug. 26, 3:30-6 p.m. Her talk, "Reflecting on Revolution: Commemorating the Centenary of 1917," will delve into the cultural and political implications of the October Revolution of 1917, a monumental event that profoundly shaped today's geopolitical reality. Eremeeva, a humorist, food writer and curator, will reflect on the significance of the Revolution over the past century, explore why Russia's current leaders are ignoring this significant anniversary, and theorize about what can be gleaned from this for Russia's political future. The talk concludes with a lively Q&A and includes a reception with a signature cocktail and zakuska (Russian hors d'oeuvres). She will also sign her books "Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis and Mayhem in Moscow" and "Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia," which will be available to purchase. Tickets are $30, members; $40, nonmembers at 978-598-5000, ext. 121.