Lowell Art Archives, 1981 (3)

This is the third post in a series drawn from Artifacts, the newsletters of Art Alive!, an artists cooperative that was active in Lowell in the early 1980s.—PM


ARTIFACTS, Volume 1, Number 5 (1981)

Help: On Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Art Alive! will hold a major fundraising event to retain our gallery curator. David Ray, a quadriplegic, has been working as our gallery curator since last March. His position as a C.E.T.A. [federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act program]-paid administrative aide was recently terminated when C.E.T.A. funds were cancelled. … From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an open house with artists and craftspeople sketching portraits, printing wood cuts, painting small watercolors, making clay mugs on pottery wheels, lettering names in calligraphy, and photographing kids in vintage apparel from Grandma’s trunk.  At 6 p.m., you can sip our wine, sample our cheese, and preview the work donated for our 8 p.m. art auction. Paintings, photos, art lessons, a sketch of your home, a logo design for your organization, and ceramics are among the items that Lowell’s Ken Harkins will auction off. We bid Mr Harkins a tremendous, Thank You, for helping us out. ….

Summer Exhibit Schedule: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Works of Fantasy), July 2-7; Lowell, July 8-Aug 4; The Seasons, Aug 5-Sept 1.

Art Alive! Exhibits: Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, 204 Middle St, Camera Works by Betsey Bolton, April 15-May 15; National Park Service Lobby, Artwork by Ed Robinson, Month of May.

You are cordially invited to an Art Exhibit by Hiroko Trainor, Friday May 1, 1981, Art Alive!, 200 Merrimack St

1st Annual Juried Art Show, May 20-31 … Cash awards, $200 Best in Show; $100 1st Prize; $75 2nd Prize; $50 Honorable Mention ….

With Pen and Ink: “The Machine,” a poem by Margaret Burke—“The whistle blows, my body moves./I am the slave, the clock is my master./Eight hours to go./Feed the machine, never mind its voice./Its strident screech, its belch of oil,/Its stinking stench, its whines and groans. ….

Final Sketches: The Life Drawing group will be beginning soon.  Spaces are still open but you must call Barbara Decker Spitz to sign up … The group will meet at the Art Alive! Gallery from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. The fee per session will be $3.50 for non-members/ $3 for members.

Pottery Workshop: Sandra Kavanaugh offers a chance for beginners to advanced to express themselves in clay. The six-week workshop … is $30, materials extra. ….

Stained Glass Workshop: Why not take a class with Ann Conlin? … Six weeks for $30 plus materials ….

Art Library: Do you have any art magazines or books cluttering up a closet? We would really appreciate any donation for our newly forming Art Library. ….