Exhibits, Movies, More at the Busy Concord Museum – Lowell Sun


August is lively and busy at the Concord Museum, with talks, tours and an outdoor film, in addition to touring the galleries, seeing the award-winning virtual exhibit “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” and celebrate the completion of the renovation of the remaining galleries of the museum.

A gentle opening of the renovated galleries takes place on Sunday; and a weeklong celebration, including family events, cider tastings, signings and more, is scheduled for September 6-12.

Gallery highlights include a renewed focus on Concord’s most famous transcendentalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau; author Louisa May Alcott, still a bestseller with her “Little Women”; The Concord women who led the effort to end slavery: and the African-American families of the region before and after the Civil War.

The gallery renovations complement the four-year, $ 16 million museum transformation.

On August 19, from 8:15 pm to 10:30 pm, watch a free movie under the stars with the screening of “Captain Marvel”. Presented in partnership with The Umbrella Arts Center, it is the first female-directed superhero film to gross over $ 1 billion; and it’s also the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie directed by a superheroine, played by Brie Larson and directed by Anna Boden. This power-packed intergalactic superheroism flick is a staple on the big screen ahead of the scheduled fall release of its sequel “The Marvels.”

Bring your blankets, chairs, snacks and your best superhero costume! Prior registration is required at https://concordmuseum.org/events/outdoor-film-screening-captain-marvel/.

On August 21, take part in the “Women’s Walking Tour of Sleepy Hollow” from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Visit the famous Concord Cemetery to learn more about the social justice lawyer, the Nurse of the military, famous author, radical abolitionist, and the first woman allowed to drive a car in America, all of whom are buried here and are some of the notable women featured in the museum’s special exhibit “Every Path Laid Open “, which runs until November 7. Advance registration is required. $ 5, member; $ 15, non-member at https://concordmuseum.org/events/women-of-sleepy-hollow-walking-tour/. For the full calendar of events, visit www.concordmuseum.org.

Gallery Notes

LOWELL ARTS: Beyond Walls is looking for site-specific street art to adorn downtown Lowell. August 18 is the application deadline for artists. Visit https://www.beyond-walls.org/lowell-murals for details and guidelines. … Join local photographer artist Paul Richardson for a one-hour stroll through the city center on Saturday. Meet Richardson at 8 a.m. at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St. He will share tips and locations for capturing meaningful photos. Free but places are limited and reservations are required. Call 978-970-5000.

MASK UPDATE: With the current increase in COVID-19 cases, spurred by the delta variant, many museums are revising their mask mandates and requiring all visitors, vaccinated or not, to wear a mask indoors to help stop the spread . Among them are the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the New England Aquarium. Most museums also require reserved tickets at the scheduled entry for visitors. Check the museum’s websites for the latest updates and COVID guidelines before you go on a tour. Prevention is better than cure.

OUTSIDE AND ABOUT: The Worcester Art Museum has free admission to all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Visit www.worcesterart.org for more details. … The glorious still life “Arrangement of Roses” by artist Billerica Mary Rose O’Connell recently won the Guild of Boston Artists Award in memory of the late artist and teacher Carlton Plummer. The North Shore Arts Association jury awarded the prize for his painting which is on display until September 11 in the Juried III exhibition at the association’s gallery, 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Lowell artist Janet Lambert Moore reconnected with her colleague Sandra Kavanaugh of Pelham, NH, last week at the Maine Art Hill Gallery in Kennebunk, Maine. Kavanaugh had a pop-up show of beautiful seascape pastels that just said “summer.” Both were original member artists of the Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell. By the way, the Maine Gallery is a hidden gem just up the hill from the Grand Hotel on busy Western Avenue in Kennebunk. A highly recommended place to stop and browse if you are visiting the south coast of Maine.

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


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