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- Making Art Make a Difference Since 1982 -
Working artists coming together to make art accessible to the community through exhibits, classes, and conversations.

Beginning April 16


Deirdre McCullough Grunwald Retrospective

April 16 to May 28, 2022
Reception: Sat, May 14, 2:00 PM


      The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is pleased to present the “Deirdre McCullough Grunwald Retrospective,” a tribute in memory of Deirdre McCullough Grunwald, a longtime studio artist and art educator. This exhibition includes works owned by the Grunwald family and collectors from the community. It revisits themes that often reappear in her work – Celtic imagery, abstract shapes, still lifes and daffodils. Favorite selections will be on display April 16 – May 28, 2022.

Grunwald (DD) was known for her passion for teaching others and working collaboratively. She was a true talent in the Lowell arts community, and mentor to countless artists. As a studio artist at “The Brush” for close to thirty years, she was more than willing to explain ideas and techniques. Small children who visited the gallery would often leave with a drawing pad or a watercolor set for beginners that DD would stock in a corner. She passed away unexpectedly in January 2018. Her kindness is missed by all.

The following blog post by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord is a nice snapshot of her life:

“Deirdre McCullough Grunwald had vision. She looked deeper and saw more. She studied Celtic pattern and sacred geometry and made it new. In her illustrator bio for the 1985 book of poetry by Robert Lima, The Olde Ground, she wrote, “She is particularly interested in contemporizing the system of Celtic design while maintaining the integrity and correctness of this ancient form.”

And that was DD—grounded in old time, connected to ancient wisdom, and totally engaged in the present—in each moment spent with family and friends and fellow artists, weathering the events of the day and giving us all hope and ballast.

Like the Celtic spirals she created, Deirdre was always venturing out and circling back, integrating pattern and still life, giving attention to onions and daffodils and exploring the territory of the mind with works named Renewal and Sun Mandala. She dealt with pain and the complexity of life by creating a place of safety and nurture for herself and for all who experience her work. 

DD leaves a legacy of art and inspiration. Her prodigious work ethic brought into being a beautiful body of work which speaks to us all: Be brave. Be bold. Work from your heart. Share what you know. The truer we can be to our own visions, the more we honor hers.”     – Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Image: Daffodil (Wind Series) oil on canvas 30 x 40” by Deirdre McCullough Grunwald, On loan by Cynthia Hughes


The Brush is supported by the Lowell National Historical Park

image The Brush Art Gallery and Studios
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(978) 459-7819

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