"Creator" by Robin Colodzin on view at the Brush in  Breaking Point  show
"Creator" by Robin Colodzin on view at the Brush in Breaking Point show

Inner vision vs. the need for attention and recognition. It's every artist's angst, often causing tension and impacting creativity.

Lowell's Brush Art Gallery and Studios delves into the dilemma in its latest show "Breaking Point," presented by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., April 27-June 6.

The exhibition features 43 contemporary works by 32 artists from NAWA, Massachusetts Chapter (www.nawama.org), and was juried by Jim Dyment, executive director of The Brush Art Gallery and Studios.

Artists hail from throughout New England and the Northeast. Media featured in this exhibition are oil, acrylic and water color painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media.

Dyment and NAWA Massachusetts President Kim Alemian contributed to the exhibition show catalog. This exhibition is made possible by the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., Artscope, and The Brush Art Gallery and Studios.

The New York City-based NAWA was founded in 1889 as a not-for-profit organization of professional women in the fine arts. Its mission is to foster public awareness of visual art created by women. It is the oldest art association for women and has curated notable exhibits, presenting the work of Mary Cassatt, Suzanne Valadon and Cecelia Beaux and Alice Neel.


The Massachusetts Chapter, established in 2013, offers exhibitions, seminars, community-outreach programs and educational activities. Its mission is to increase awareness of women in the arts, to build and foster a strong art foundation in Massachusetts, and to promote the work of accomplished women artists who contribute to American culture and art. The NAWA Massachusetts Chapter is pleased to be sponsored by Artscope Magazine.

Artists included in "Breaking Point" include Kim Alemian, Joan Appel, Lorrie Berry, Heather Buechler, Karen Cass, Michele Champion, Anita Helen Cohen, Robin Colodzin, Jennifer Jean Costello, Rosalie Cuticchia, Elena du Plessis, Karen Fitzgerald, Gillian Frazier, Sue Funk, Anne Gaffey, Lynda Goldberg, Lisa Goren, Ronnie Gould, Christine Molitor Johnson, Ingrid Johnson, Cindy Journey, Linda Pearlman Karlsberg, Lisa Marder, Carmela Martin, Kathleen Miller, Candace Mitchell, Mary Alice Orito, Ilene Richard, Karen Rovner, Susan Siefer, Linda Talanian and Betty Usdan-Zwickler.

A reception and chance to meet the artists is Saturday, May 4, 2-4 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, noon-4 p. m. Visit www.thebrush.org.

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

Gallery Notes

LAST CHANCE: This weekend is your last chance to see "Monet's Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process" at Worcester Art Museum. Closing Sunday, April 28, the exhibition brings together nine stellar versions of Claude Monet's well-known series of paintings that depict the iconic London landmark. The paintings, which include WAM's own 1903 version, reveal Monet's emphasis on color, light and density. The stunning exhibition gives viewers a rare opportunity to view an exceptional grouping of Monet's masterful paintings -- made possible through loans from museum collections across the country -- and to closely examine the Impressionist's artistic process. Visit www.worcesterart.org.

MAY DAY TALK: Lowell National Historical Park hosts its inaugural May Day panel discussion on the history of the labor movement Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m., at LNHP Visitor Center, 246 Market St. The free program features a panel of scholars and historians discussing May Day from historical and contemporary perspectives. Panelists include Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell; Jeannette Huezo, United for a Fair Economy; Traci Parker, UMass Amherst; and Elizabeth Pellerito, UMass Lowell Labor Education Program. For info on the program, email Allison_Horrocks@nps.gov. For info on LNHP, visit www.nps.gov/lowell or call 978-970-5000.