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February 22, 2009 Arts and Entertainment

Balance: Mothers Who Create

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Jocelyn Almy – Testa, Director The Little Art Gallery Under the Stairs jocelynalmy@galleryunderthestairs.com 617-715-1445

RE:Balance: Mothers Who Create, Exhibit to run at the Little Gallery Under the Stairs thru March 14th.

Balance: Mothers Who Create, an exhibit showcasing art work created by more than thirty mothers will be on display at The Little Art Gallery Under the Stairs in Lynn, MA, thru March 14, 2009.

An open house will be held on March 7th, from 2:00-4:00pm, and a closing reception will be held on March 14th, from 2:00-4:00pm.

The exhibit features over thirty local, regional and national professional artists who are also mothers.

Gallery director Jocelyn Almy-Testa, who is a mother of four herself, states, “Working mothers, regardless of their profession, face difficult choices regarding the balance between work and family. This exhibit showcases mother-artists who have found a way to keep creating through that struggle for balance and have done so skillfully.”

The exhibit includes photography, mixed media, sculpture, acrylic an oil paintings, artist books, relief prints, and more. While most of the artists reference motherhood in their work, subject matter includes the tediousness of housework, environmental concerns, soccer moms (as in moms who play), mourning the loss of a loved one, the relationship between father and child, and pregnancy, amongst other concepts, both literal and conceptual.

True to its name, TLGUTS is an intimately sized gallery in the lower level of the LynnArts community art center, offering an unintimidating viewing experience.

The mission of the gallery is to provide artists with exhibition space to promote their work in an environment that supports and respects their passion, vision and voice; provide their viewing audience with a meaningful experience; and create community between creators, collectors, enthusiasts, and newbies.

Director Jocelyn Almy-Testa says, ''My goal is that every person who walks through the door leaves with what ever it is they were looking for, whether it be a work of art, support, a sense of community, entertainment, inspiration, information, education, or a conversation.''

Artists include: Claire Burke, Arlington, MA

Carol Calabro, Acton, MA

Xiaowei Chen, Medford, MA

Jane Von Letkemann Coder, Durham, NH

Patricia Crotty, Arlington, MA

Ellen Filreis, Atlanta, Georgia

Lisa Fowler, Marblehead, MA

Becky Gibbs,Wayland, MA

Lara Goodman, Lynn, MA

Liz Webb Green, Needham, MA

Maggie Hennessey, Reading, MA

C.M. Judge, Fitchburg, MA

Linda Kelly, Rockport, MA

Rochelle Kelly, Rockport, MA

Ronni Komarow, Brighton, MA

Erin Long, Holyoke, MA

Ruth Lieberherr, Winchester, MA

Alison Nesbitt, Beverly, MA

Camille Maren, North Andover, MA

Trinidad Martinez, Lynn, MA

Maria Marx, Somerville, MA

Suzanne McLeod, Arlington, MA

Christine McShane, Westborough, MA

Amy Morrison, Jamaica Plain, MA

Melissa Oddi-Morrison, Middleboro, MA

Nicole O'Leary, Beverly, MA

Ellen Shattuck Pierce, Jamaica PLain, MA

Mia Rosenblatt, Newton, MA

Luba Shapiro, Marblehead, MA

Unju Sim, Lincoln, MA

Ellen Wetmore, Fitchburg, MA

Claudia Waters, Montclair, NJ

Carolyn Wirth. Maynard, MA


The gallery is located in the lower level ofLynnArts Inc., 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901. Gallery hours: Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, Saturdays 10-4pm, and by appointment. Free and open to the public. For more info, email:jocelynalmy@galleryunderthestairs.com, call 781-715-1445 or visit http://www.galleryunderthestairs.com/ For more info, email:jocelynalmy@galleryunderthestairs.com, call: 781-715-1445 or visit http://www.galleryunderthestairs.com/ Printable (.pdf) directions:http://www.lynnarts.org/Directions%20to%20LynnArts%20Inc.pdf Parking: There is 2 hour street parking adjacent to and in front of LynnArts. There is also a parking lot located at the rear of the building. ### END ###

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