“Sometimes amid our daily activities, it is easy to forget how critical the arts are to our lives. The truth is that they give us balance. Just like other types oflearning, knowledge of art, creative expression and thinking leads to a life of fulfillment and accomplishment, giving us a foundation for meeting today's social challenges. I became interested in art at the age of five when I would watch my mother, a dress designer from Argentina, create beautiful dresses and gowns made up of jewel-toned colors and interesting, unusual textures and fabrics. I painted my first oil painting at the age of nine. From there I sketched fashion designs for dresses, coats, suits, many of which I patterned and sewed myself. As a business executive, I have incorporated my knowledge of art in every project I have ever worked on. This keeps me balanced, continually inspired, and vibrant.”
Whistler Sculpture by Mico Kaufman
Whistler House Museum of Art
243 Worthen Street, Lowell, MA 01852
The Whistler House Museum of Art, the birthplace of the artist James McNeill Whistler, was established in 1908 as the permanent home of the Lowell Art Association, Inc. The Lowell Art Association, Inc. (est. 1878) owns and operates the museum as an historic site and art museum. Built in 1823, the Whistler House represents the richness of both Lowell’s history and it's art. The museum maintains its permanent collection of late 19th and early 20th century artwork, and organizes contemporary and historical fine arts exhibitions in the adjacent Parker Gallery. The Lowell Art Association and the Whistler House Museum of Art values and encourages the development of creativity and use of art in everyday life as part of its mission.