President Jimmy Carter signs the declaration forming the Lowell National Historical Park with Sen. Ted Kennedy at left and the late U.S. Rep. Paul Tsongas
President Jimmy Carter signs the declaration forming the Lowell National Historical Park with Sen. Ted Kennedy at left and the late U.S. Rep. Paul Tsongas of Lowell at right.

It's hard to recall Lowell without the National Historical Park and its role in the city's rebirth and revitalization.

The park's 40th anniversary is celebrated in a new exhibition, "Making Connections: The 40th Anniversary of Lowell National Historical Park," on view Sept. 22 to Nov. 3 at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, which proudly hosts the exhibit.

The exhibit features objects from the park's collection that help viewers reflect on the past, present and future of Lowell and the park.

Themes sections include "Before the Park," an introductory section of pre-park objects; "Making the Park," Lowell's physical restoration; "Telling the Story," education and interpretation; and "The Future Park," visitor interactives and future plans and proposals. In addition to historical items, the exhibition features interactive elements and commissioned renditions of a futuristic Lowell National Historical Park.

A reception takes place Saturday, Sept. 29, 2-4 p.m., at the Brush, 256 Market St., Lowell, adjacent to the LNHP Visitor Center. Visit www.thebrush.org or call 978-459-7819.

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

Art picks

BRIGHT ABSTRACTS: A new exhibition of abstract works by Blake Brasher are on view at TreMonte Pizzeria Restaurant and Bar, 122 Middle St., Lowell, through Dec. 31. A reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m. Brasher paints in an abstract, experimental style.


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 Chadwick Marsh’ by Byron Carr, who demonstrates watercolor painting next week at the Chelmsford Art Society
Chadwick Marsh' by Byron Carr, who demonstrates watercolor painting next week at the Chelmsford Art Society
His work, he says, is an "exploration of the physical and spiritual nature of life as expressed in color and movement." And he hopes his paintings evoke a sense of wordless wonder in the viewer, akin to watching a sunset or the northern lights. An Alaska native, he graduated from MIT in 2003 with a B.S. in art and design. He has exhibited in group shows in the U.S. and abroad and has had numerous solo shows, too. He works part time as a robotics engineer at Google and maintains a studio on Market Street in Lowell. Local artist and teacher Mary Hart curated the show. It is open daily at 11:30 a.m., and closes Sunday-Tuesday at 10 p.m, Wednesday at 10:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m.

WATERCOLOR DEMO: New Hampshire-based artist Byron Carr shares his expertise in watercolor painting at a Chelmsford Art Society meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road. The meeting is free and open to the public. An artist since childhood, Carr grew up in Contocook, N.H., studied commercial art at Vesper George School of Art in Boston and works from a studio in Hopkinton, N.H. He wrote and illustrated a children's book, has won numerous awards and has artwork on display in the Rockingham Court House in Exeter, N.H.

LAST CHANCE: "Point of Entry," an exhibition of new works by Garry D. Harley, is on view through Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Greenwald Gallery in the Arts League of Lowell space, 307 Market St., Lowell. While there, check out "Variations in Scale" in the larger ALL Gallery at the same address. It also closes Sept. 23. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com or call 978-221-5018. ... Ayer Lofts Gallery on Middle Street hosts the third annual Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Gallery event through Saturday, Sept. 22, when the race is being held. Visit www.lowellkinetic.com for info.