Middlesex Street is home to a temporary “art walk” from the site of Mill No. 5 to Central Street, meeting with the Visualize Lowell’s Black History Trail on Central Street near Hurd Street to create a half-loop.
Banners featuring Black artists’ work will be hung from streetlamps. In key locations along Middlesex Street, there will be two “art blocks,” large wooden blocks featuring murals by young people. Finally, there will be a temporary sculpture representing the African American experience made of wood, plastic, metal, or other materials resistant to the elements displayed centrally downtown. Featured artwork speaks to Black joy, identity, or the Black experience. Keep checking back for more info about the art and artists!
Art Banner Artists
Veronica Holmes is a self taught artist, born in Kingston Jamaica, (Trenchtown to be exact). She has been interested in art since the early age of three.
When asked about her talent, Veronica’s response will always be, “it is God given, and I just feel very comfortable with a brush or with a pencil in hand expressing an idea.” Her inspiration and influences are memories of Jamaica, the lifestyle, culture, religion and people. She likes to spend time observing the things of nature, people and their various expressions.
Presently, Veronica resides in Lowell, Massachusetts, a place she refers to as the renaissance city, it is rich with and bursting at the seams with diversity of the arts and cultures of the immigrants that flows in. She considers this a great fit for her, and hopefully her dream of having a gallery will come about in this city.
Veronica also has a great love for photography, and travels often with a camera, ‘it is exciting to capture expression or images that are frozen for ever. She sees photography and painting as one in the same in terms of composition and the passion to be creative
Born: Boston, MA 1986
Lowell, Massachusetts based Contemporary Artist, Gwendolyn Lanier, has been rendering the human form in a variety of mediums since 2003. Lanier’s academic foundations of three-dimensional form enables her to bring a Trompe L’oeil magical realism to her two-dimensional drawings. By utilizing the qualities of graphite, Lanier brings in light to create visual illusions rich with symbolic renaissance. Lanier received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 2009 where she was awarded the Albert Pratt Travel grant to study Ceramic Figurative Sculpture in Florence Italy. In 2012, Lanier also received her Post Baccalaureate in Graduate Studies from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she began to hone into her drawing skills and techniques found in her current body of work. Lanier’s work has been on display at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts during the 2008 NCECA Conference, the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, amongst other venues throughout the East and West coast. Gwendolyn Lanier currently is an artist member at the Attleboro Arts Museum and her studio is located at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell.
Thaddeus Miles is an author and internationally recognized, award-winning photographer and Air Force Veteran. Thaddeus is currently The Director of Community Services at MassHousing where he is responsible for three impact areas: housing stability, knowledge & capacity building and strengthening families & communities across Massachusetts.
Mr. Miles garnered insights and strategies from his international work at Harvard Law School and Community/Urban planning programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These experiences reinforced his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the most underserved members of our cities have genuine opportunities for success and achievement.
Thaddeus has founded local, national and international initiatives, serves on many nonprofit boards and has received numerous national awards.
Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts from Liberian (West African) refugee parents, Sam Stevquoah has had an insatiable urge to create stories. This skill would eventually lead him to attain his BA in Computer Animation from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts.
Sam has since formed his own Arts and Entertainment Company, Active Fantasy Productions, based in Lowell, Massachusetts, and launched an online shop store for the studios’ flagship project, “Mill City’s Finest.” MCF has been widely featured among popular blog sites within the comic book fandom.
Sam’s achievements include a feature on the Lowell Sun, and WBZ News radio, being awarded winner of the 2020 MICE Mini-Grant, and winner of EforAll’s Fall 2020 All Ideas Pitch Contest! Sam hopes to use his talents to pay homage to his hometown and culture and inspire other aspiring creators to have confidence in their ideas.
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