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Meet Vassilios Giavis, Lowell National Historical Park’s Artist in Residence

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Date: August 16, 2013
Contact: David Blackburn, 978-970-5055
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

On August 20, 2013 Lowell artist Vassilios Giavis, a member of the artist collaborative at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios, will be introduced as Lowell National Historical Park's first Artist in Residence. The free program will begin at 7:00 at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell. The evening's presentation will introduce Lowell NHP's Artist In Residence with a conversation and a display of his work. The program will focus on his life growing up in Lowell's Greek neighborhood and his inspirations as an artist.

Vassilios, known as Bill, was born and raised in Lowell. The son of Greek immigrants, Bill worked in the family's market in Lowell's Acre neighborhood. Long interested in art, Bill attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.Bill eventually became the owner of the market but continued to paint. When the market closed, Bill turned to painting full time. A member of the artist collaborative at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios for over 20 years, Bill has become well known for his watercolors, paintings, and prints of the city of Lowell.

In addition, as Lowell National Historical Park's Artist In Residence, Bill will be conducting a series of free painting workshops throughout the autumn in the Boott Cotton Mill Museum. The end of his residency will be marked by a show of Bill's work, also in the Boott Cotton Mill Museum. The workshops, free, will take place on the fourth floor of the Boott Cotton Mill Museum. The workshop participants must supply their own easels, supplies and materials. The workshops, led by Artist In Residence Bill Giavis, will provide instruction on his forte: urban landscapes, painting from photographs. The workshops will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The program is oriented to intermediate and advanced artists.

Reservations are required and can be made at (978)970-5000. The classes will be held on the following Saturdays: September 14th, September 28th, October 12th, and October 26th

 

Did You Know?

Mile of Mills, Lowell National Historical Park

The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.