Exhibit Title: The Power of One
Exhibition Dates: Now through Feb 22, 2020
Reception: Sat, Feb 1, 2:00 to 4:00 PM (Snow date Feb 8)
Lowell, MA — Glenn Szegedy started this series by observing the people around him. Using his pocket camera, he began collecting images of everyday folks: students, artists, grocery clerks, and teachers. He focused on uniqueness—not only their physicality, but what they projected from inside. Each had a story that made them who they are. As he continued painting, it became obvious that we all have something that is overlooked by others. His paintings began to show the inner beauty in us all. There is a glimpse of the power we have as individuals—a sense of who people really are behind their everyday masks.
Szegedy is a Lowell area artist who has been making art for about twenty years. Retiring early from a Human Services career, he went back to school at age forty and received his BFA in Drawing and Sculpture from the University of New Hampshire. His creative work has varied over the years from sculpture, to ceramics, printmaking and other media.
A longtime resident of Lowell, Szegedy now lives in Dracut MA. After being a resident of Western Ave Studios for ten years, he now prefers the privacy and quiet of working from his home studio. He has a long history of exhibiting work throughout New England and has many works in private collections.
He has had the opportunity to curate several exhibits in Lowell including a curatorial position at the Loading Dock Gallery. Teaching art has also been a passion and he now teaches at the YouthBuild Lowell program through Community Teamwork, Inc.
Szegedy has spent the last three years developing his portrait work. While creating the images from The Power of One show, he said “I began to see the importance of each individual, not beauty queens, nor billionaires or movie stars, but everyday people who create the rich diverse communities we live in.”
He plans on continuing to divide his time between his two loves…gardening and art. His portrait work will continue, and he hopes to continue to try and capture the person behind the face.
The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is located in the Lowell National Historical Park across the courtyard from the Visitor Center. This dynamic and captivating place was originally founded by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior in 1982. The Brush presents museum quality exhibitions, educational programs, and has collaborated with many other nonprofit groups. Artists occupy studio spaces to interact with and educate the public on a weekly basis. Currently, ten studio artists produce paintings, illustration, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, quilts, and handwoven items. Associate artists display work in the common area. The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, and is supported by Lowell National Historical Park and Eastern National, a partner of the National Park Service.