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August 2013 

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"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint."    

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"The Fitchburg Art Museum took me around the world and back."

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'Masterpiece in a Mill Town' 
 World Premiere


Wednesday, August 14, 

8 p.m.


Somerville Theatre

55 Davis Square

Somerville, MA



Q & A with former Fitchburg Art Museum Director Peter Timms 

and Film Director Emily Driscoll

Masterpiece in A Mill Town, a 30-minute documentary directed by Fitchburg native Emily V. Driscoll, explores the improbable story of the Fitchburg Art Museum, from its 1927 founding, through two disastrous fires in 1933, the depression, its rebirth and expansion to the family friendly institution it is today.  Pioneer artist and feminist Eleanor Norcross founded the Fitchburg Art Museum so that people in "her native place," a mill town in Massachusetts, could experience "the joy and inspiration of art" that she discovered while painting in 19th century Paris.  The story explores what happened when, in 1973, the Museum's trustees engaged an unlikely candidate, a former Marine Corps Captain and Archaeologist, Peter Timms, to revive its fortunes and expand Eleanor Norcross' vision. 
Filmmaker, Emily Driscoll
 for a great Sentinel & Enterprise cover story about the documentary.



Nora Valdez's 
Main Street Arts Project

Join the City of Fitchburg, FAM, Fitchburg State University, Montachusett Regional Planning Commission, and MART in celebrating Nora Valdez's public artwork!
Saturday, September 7th,
 1 - 3 p.m.
Corner of Main St. 
and Prichard St., 
Fitchburg, MA
Featuring live entertainment 
from Son Boricua
Nora Valdez is creating a permanent public artwork on the corner of Main Street and Prichard Street titled, The Immigrant. Valdez has said that the piece will focus on the many struggles of an immigrant and "the Immigrant feeling of being from here, there and nowhere; the constant feeling of drifting without ever finding a place to call home."
Nora Valdez working with youth 
from the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominister
Valdez collaborated with youth and adults from the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. Using boxes and suitcases as their canvases for creative expression, they created artworks representing their own experiences surrounding immigration. 
For more information on the Main Street Arts Project,
Summer Art Fun at FAM! 
We continue to offer an exciting range of art classes with inspiring teachers and creative kids. You can still register for the month of August!
For class offerings and registration information, 
click here!
Free First Thursday

Join us this Thursday, August 1st
from 4 - 7 p.m. for our First Thursday activities!
 Come check out all our summer exhibitions for FREE!
- 78th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft
- Nora Valdez's "Baggage" 
- Building a Collection: 
Photography at the Fitchburg Art Museum
- UFO: Unidentified Fascinating Objects
- ARTSWorcester Call and Response 
for more information on these exhibitions. 
Fitchburg Art Museum 
25 Merriam Parkway
Fitchburg, MA 01420


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