LOWELL -- The Whistler House Museum of Art is at the cutting edge in its energy efficient upgrades and landmark shows.
Most recently, the Whistler House was chosen as the Massachusetts site for the first exhibit here of works by talented members of the National Association of Women Artists.
The show, A Current Vision, runs May 28-June 28, in the Whistler House's Parker Gallery, with a reception on Saturday, May 31, 2-4 p.m.
Works in various media by 49 N.A.W.A. artists from 12 states are featured and were selected through a rigorous juried process. To be accepted, each artist was challenged to show "a current vision" in her work. The resulting artwork represents a fresh take on the world around us and shows a varied, different, contemporary face.
It adheres to N.A.W.A. standards that were set when it was founded in 1889 as the first professional women's art organization in the U.S.
Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, N.A.W.A.'s ongoing purpose remains empowering and helping women artists counteract difficulties gaining recognition and equality in professional training, exhibition opportunities, and in the marketplace.
Notable members through the years have included Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Cecelia Beaux, Blanche Lazelle, Alice Neel and Theresa Bernstein.
At the Whistler House opening, the executive committee and board members for the new Massachusetts chapter of N.A.W.A. will be introduced and welcomed by the New York executive committee.
The Whistler House is located at 243 Worthen St., Lowell, and can be reached at whistlerhouse.org or at 978-452-7641. It is open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- DAY'S DELIGHT: Works by Meredith Fife Day, the artist-in-residence at the Whistler House from 2003-2013, are featured in a show on view through Oct. 31 at the Emerson Medical Building, 490 Boston Post Road (Chiswick Park), Sudbury. Day, a lifelong painter, works from her studio in Lowell and teaches painting at Middlesex Community College. She has been awarded many artist-in-residence fellowships and her paintings have been featured in invitational shows and national competitions. In addition, her program Making Art with Artists has been grant funded and will offer free art lessons to deserving youth this summer in Lowell.
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- A RETROSPECTIVE: Works by the late Brenda Atwood Pinardi, an esteemed UMass Lowell art professor and mentor for three decades, are on view through Sunday, June 1, at UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. The show honors her range of work, from subdued figures and shimmering mermaids to dark monoprints and eclectic collages. Over a career that spanned more than 50 years, she worked in paint and assembled media. Although often depicting fantasy worlds, her work included themes of comfort, romance, power and loss. The gallery is open Thursdays-Fridays, 5-8 p.m., and Saturdays-Sundays, noon-6 p.m. Call 617-553-4480 for info.
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