Concord Museum celebrates new galleries, town’s birthday all weekend – Lowell Sun
It’s a celebration in Concord this week, as the historic town revels in its 386th birthday and the venerable Concord Museum officially unveils its 16 new permanent galleries.
The fun got underway earlier this week with forums and gallery talks. And it comes to a climactic conclusion Friday through Sunday with a bevy of family activities that help participants experience the history of Concord’s incorporation as a town.
On Friday, explore the museum’s collection of items used and made by Henry David Thoreau, the Concord Transcendentalist famous for his sparse living experiment at Walden Pond and the book he wrote about it. The Thoreau gallery talks will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission.
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet baby lambs and a fluffy angora rabbit outside the museum, then watch as their wool and fur are carded and spun into fine yarn with a master weaver at work at a loom.
On Sunday, the Acton Minutemen will set up an authentic encampment on the grounds and demonstrate Colonial cooking, music, crafts and musket drills as the men and women prepare for battle. It’s an all-day event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A talk on the history of farming in Concord, as well as a look-see at some farming implements from the museum collection, takes place on Sunday, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. in the History Learning Center. Free with admission.
The museum recently completed a decade-long, $16 million redesign and renovation project. Ten of its newest galleries include a renewed focus on the town’s Transcendentalists Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson; Louisa May Alcott, author of “Little Women”; the women of Concord who led the effort to abolish slavery; and African Americans who lived in Concord before and after the Civil War.
The Concord Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit concordmuseum.org.
REFLECTING ON ‘REFLECTIONS’: Lowell artist Brooke Lambert presents “Reflections,” a solo show of her latest work, at Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, Sept. 9 through Oct. 9. The art reflects on the tough times we’ve all lived through and celebrates better times that hopefully lie ahead. Lambert’s abstract original prints use materials that invoke the textures and shapes of fishing ropes and netting that wash up on the beach. She made tangles to represent dark tidepools or the ocean floor, symbolizing the darkness we’ve experienced. Then, to shine a hopeful light, she painted the prints with luminous colors that pour through the cracks and crevices. A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and a Mass College of Art graduate, Lambert believes it’s important to be hopeful in trying times, to appreciate nature’s beauty and to share art. She hopes her work resonates emotionally with viewers. Her show is open during library hours, Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
UML PROF AT FITCHBURG: Fitchburg State University CenterStage presents “The Heaviness and Lightness of Being,” a retrospective featuring sculptures, drawings and animations of artist Yuko Oda at the Hammond Hall Art Gallery through Oct. 8. The exhibit highlights more than a decade of sculptural installations investigating the coexistence of nature with the synthetic and the human-engineered. Oda, a professor in the art and design department at UMass Lowell, will present an artist talk at a reception at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the gallery in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. Free and open to all. Visit fitchburgstate.edu/centerstage.
AT THE WHISTLER: Suzanne Hodge, a Boston area-based oil painter specializing in cityscapes, is the September artist of the month at Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. Hodge has a studio in Western Avenue Studios and is there on a nearly daily basis painting, usually from photo references or sketches of city scenes that catch her eye. Call 978-807-6699 or email email@example.com to discuss her work or make a purchase.
FALL COURSES: Eager to find your inner artist this fall? How about signing up for a class at Refuge Lowell, the education space in Lowell’s Western Avenue Studios and Lofts art enclave? Fall courses include Sketchbook to Sculpture, Portfolio Development, Fine Arts for Middle Schoolers and Watercolor Controlled Chaos. Visit refugelowell.com for dates, times and registration info.
SKY VIEWS: “Skies to Inspire,” an exhibit of striking oil paintings by self-taught artist Kathleen Grace Bennett, is on view through Sept. 26 in the Gallery at Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square in Newburyport. “The warm, soft glow of a sunrise refreshes me. I am thrilled by nature’s glory of color blazing across the vast sky above. Peaceful moments watching the sunset offer a time of reflection and inspiration,” she says of her inspiration for her luminous sky paintings. She hopes that the paintings give viewers the same feeling of peace that she felt while creating them. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit firehouse.org for info.
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