Visionary Rosemary Noon To Be Honored For Her Service To Cultural Community

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TO: Editors, Feature Writers and Event Listings

SUBJECT: Art Related Special Events

March 22, 2016



Contact: James Dyment


The Brush Art Gallery & Studios

256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852   978-459-7819


Event Date: April 29, 2016

6:00 to 9:00 PM

UMass Inn and Conference Center

50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA

Reservations $125 per person


Visionary Rosemary Noon To Be Honored For Her Service To Cultural Community


Lowell, MA — The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is pleased to announce an event which will honor Rosemary Noon, a well-known cultural leader in the community. “An Evening for Rosemary Noon,” will be held at the UMass Inn and Conference Center on Warren Street in Lowell on April 29. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM and a program beginning at 7:30 PM.

This will be an opportunity for organizations Noon has worked with to join together and acknowledge her many achievements. Cultural leaders will share a few words about the guest of honor and entertainment will be performed by Ralph Funaro.

Early in her career as Assistant Director of Cultural Affairs at the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior, Rosemary Noon was instrumental in the initial success of the Brush. She has continued to serve Lowell and the broader cultural community in various roles: Director of the Lowell Office of Cultural Affairs, Director of the Fine Arts Center and co-chair of the Museum Studies program at Regis College, Adjunct Faculty in Art History at UMass Lowell, Assistant Director of the Lowell Plan, Director of the Public Matters leadership development program, past chair and current board member of the New England Quilt Museum, former Pollard Memorial Library Trustee, past chair and current board member of the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation, and current member of the Lowell Cemetery Board of Trustees and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Jim Cook, Executive Director of The Lowell Plan said about Noon, “Rosemary is one of those remarkable persons that are a joy to know. Her professionalism and attitude add so much to every task she undertakes.”

“Rosemary signed up for the Lowell renaissance as a young woman and has stayed involved throughout,” says Marie Sweeney, a long-time community activist with the Lowell Historical Society, Community Teamwork Inc., and other organizations. “She comes from a family of joiners and leaders, and she herself has become a model for the current generation of young people who are making Lowell better every day. From the arts to the public library to city marketing, her contributions have made a real difference for progress in Lowell.”

Early sponsors of this event include Nancy & Richard Donahue FDN, Enterprise Bank, Marion & Noon Families, Michael G. Conway Insurance Agency, Gallagher & Cavanaugh, LLP, Lowell Cemetery, The Lowell Plan, The Lowell Sun, Don Bedard & David Vaillancourt, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Peggy Lally & Michael H. Lally, Jack Moynihan & Carolyn Walsh, Academy of Notre Dame, Circle Health, Claire Gagnon, Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership.

The silent auction and raffles will include art created by: Deirdre Grunwald, Cynthia Hughes, Steve Noroian, Nancy Wormwood, David Jones, and Janice Jones.

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 and 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, thirteen 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. The Brush is supported by Lowell National Historical Park and Eastern National, a partner of the National Park Service.

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