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LOWELL -- Elizabeth Morse Walsh was one of the original Lowell artists.

During her long life, she studied under notable Boston painters, wrote and lectured about James Abbott McNeill Whistler and exhibited extensively in museums and galleries from Lowell and Boston to Philadelphia and Paris.

An array of works by Walsh, who was born in Lowell in 1886 and died here in 1983, is on view at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., March 13-April 20, with a reception Saturday, March 16, 2-4 p.m.

Elizabeth Morse Walsh -- In the Boston Tradition includes a portrait of Henry W. Barnes, which is part of the WHMA collection and was rediscovered last year after missing for two decades.

Other works include a portrait of aviator Charles A. Lindberg, also in the WHMA's permanent collection, plus an array of paintings on loan from private collections and such institutions like Pollard Memorial Library and Lowell Historical Society.

Encouraged by her parents, Walsh attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, studying under well-known Boston painters Frank Weston Benson and Edmund Charles Tarbell.

Fascinated by Whistler's life and work, she published a book with her sketches of his work and a commentary on their composition.

She had one-woman shows at the WHMA in 1918 and 1980.

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Art picks

  • HEALING ART: Lowell artist Jean Winslow worked with women from Alternative House, a program for battered women, creating sculptures to highlight the effects of domestic abuse and violence and the process of recovery. Their work is on display through the end of March in the Mayor's Reception Room and the main lobby of Lowell City Hall. A reception takes place Friday, March 8, 5-8 p.m., as a part of Lowell Women's Week.
  • ART FOR ARTISTS: The Brush Art Gallery's 4 x 4 For Education fundraiser, held March 2 at the Brush, raised more than $3,000 for the Alice Giavis Memorial Art Scholarship, which provides funds for Lowell area high school students heading to art school.
    The Story of Bluebell at the PCA in Westford
    The Story of Bluebell at the PCA in Westford
  • CELEBRATING A GENERATION: The Worcester Museum of Art has extended its exhibit Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation until June 9. The exhibit features some of the most powerful photographs from the 1960s, including images from the presidency and assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Civil Right Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the American space program. Visit for info.
  • HUMMINGBIRD VIEWS: Donna Berger, an award-winning Chelmsford artist, has created a series of paintings illustrating Bluebell, the Franklin Park Zoo's Costa hummingbird. They are featured in The Story of Bluebell, on view through March at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln St., Westford. The paintings narrate Bluebell's story from her arrival at Butterfly Landing through the life cycle of courting, mating, nest building, egg hatching, feeding baby and watching baby fly off on his own. A reception takes place Saturday, March 9, 1-3 p.m., and the gallery is open Sundays, noon-2 p.m., and by appointment. 978-692-6333 or

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