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Art Ferrier, Window Haiku, photography, archival pigment print, 22” x 32”.


Flavia Cigliano

The arts community in Lowell, Massachusetts continues to grow, with the Whistler House Museum of Art, home of the Lowell Art Association, as one of its most engaged and popular members. The museum’s 2016 Fall Juried Members’ Exhibition brings together a representative sampling of area artists’ best works.

Although juried shows are a substantial undertaking for any organization, these exhibits afford the community at- large the opportunity to observe and compare artists’ differing interpretations and painting styles. The public can determine its likes and dislikes, and (hopefully!) purchase an original work.

Adjudicating works for a juried exhibit is a challenge no matter how seasoned the juror. Hundreds of entries have to be reduced to dozens. Best examples representing any given medium have to be determined, and prizes awarded with the knowledge that, as a juror, you will make a few artists very, very happy, while leaving many others disappointed, disgruntled or worse.

Jurors Glenn Szegedy and Lynne B. Mehlman took their charge seriously, choosing 70 works from the 250 submitted and giving awards to their four top entries. In the exhibit dominated by representational work, the jurors included the broadest examples of mediums, styles, composition and even size of paintings.

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