Three Hundred Working artist have invaded an old mill building in Lowell Mass. These artisans inhabit five floors of industrial chic and every inch of the building exhibits and celebrate art and artists. The heritage of this New England town is the culture of the cotton mills, and this giant brick edifice has been reconditioning to create a loving home for painters, quilters, stained glass makers creators, jewelers, sculptors, photographers and the fine art of every species.
Ken had a long chat with a gallery owner as I wandered down the long hallways of worn wooden planks and decorated brick walls. Each studio shows off the character of the artists who works there with a colorful doorway and crafts displayed in the halls. The owners offer a bite of chocolate or strawberries and invite you to sit a while. The bookend to every floor is a place to rest, furnished with old couches, chairs, and coffee tables. Nothing matches but is altogether a delightful combination of practical reuse and aunt sally's gilded lamps.
People from the area happily walk the hallways as a combination treasure hunt and cultural adventure. Thank you, Lowell, for being supportive to the ARTs. This building and its venue are a premier example of what supporting the arts looks like.