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Heritage Court Art Show set for Sept. 23

Faith Lowell, a resident at American Heritage Care Center in Hammond, is one of the featured artists for the Heritage Court/Hammond Arts Alliance Art Show on Tuesday, Sept. 23. (Submitted photo)

The work of several Heritage Court and American Heritage residents will be on display at Heritage Court Assisted Living in Hammond from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The show is a collaboration between Heritage Court assisted living manager Noelle Klund and the Hammond Arts Alliance. Featured artists include Millie Smith, Lori Fox, Patti Odden, Jerry Lunzer (a Hammond resident), and Faith Lowell.

According to Klund, Smith will display scarves and hats she has knitted, while Fox will showcase a crocheted blanket. Odden and Lowell will feature paintings.

Faith Lowell - painter

Lowell, who lives at American Heritage Care Center, has been an artist her whole life. Following her high school graduation, she attended commercial art school in Chicago. According to her biography on sivertson.com (Sivertson Gallery, Art of the North in Grand Marais, Minn.) while attending art school, Lowell was inspired by many visits to the Chicago Art Institute. She liked to study paintings, especially those of George Inness and Winslow Homer.

After leaving Chicago, Lowell studied at Wheaton College, where she began illustrating nursery books and church school materials.

In 1946 Lowell married John Lowell of Hastings, Minn. They lived in St. Paul where they raised five daughters. Lowell continued to work at home illustrating children’s books and workbooks for Scripture Press.

“Her passion and talent for painting emerged through the years and in 1964, Faith discontinued her career as an illustrator and began exhibiting her paintings,” according to sivertson.com.

Her works are inspired by frequent visits to the North Shore, her daughter’s farm near River Falls and her walks through Battle Creek Park when she lived near there. She works in oils from her own photos and drawings.

Before coming to live at American Heritage, Lowell lived in River Falls to be closer to her daughter, Pat Hammarback, her owns a frame shop there. Her work is displayed in Hammarback’s shop; Sivertson Galleries in Grand Marais and Duluth, Minn.; Tamarack Gallery in Stillwater, Minn.; and Art Resources Galleries in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Lowell’s artist statement on sivertson.com reads:

“My aim in painting is to combine abstract design which is necessary to lasting visual satisfaction and the natural forms of nature, hoping to give others some of the pleasure and excitement I continually experience in landscape. I enjoy the wild and semi-wild landscapes of northern Minnesota and the hills and fields of our own area.

“My daughter’s farm in western Wisconsin is a delight of hills, trees, fields and sky. I have a need to be in the landscape and feel it as well as look at it. We have camped, backpacked, hiked and canoed in the Boundary Waters area and elsewhere. I have a sort of ache for what is over the hill and around the bend.”

For more information on Lowell, visit sivertson.com/artist.php?id=8. For more information on the Heritage Court and Hammond Arts Alliance Art Show, contact Paulette Anderson at lupine.anderson@gmail.com. Heritage Court is located at 425 Davis St. in Hammond. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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