“The Divine and Perfect Ecstacy”
An abstract interpretation of Jack Kerouac’s “Visions of Gerard”
Encaustic Prints and Paintings
by Barbara Gagel
October 11 to November 3, 2012
AYER LOFTS GALLERY
172 Middle Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Friday, October 11, 2013
5 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Weekend
Saturday and Sunday
October 12 - 13
11 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Talk by Roger Brunelle, Lowell’s well known tour guide of Kerouac background and writings
DISCOVERING JACK’S VISION
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Gallery open for the weekends of
October 19 - 20,
October 26 - 27,
November 2nd - 3rd
12 P.M. to 5 P.M.
Visions of Gerard is Kerouac’s prolonged meditation on his older, saintly brother Gerard,
who died at the age of nine (Jack was four at the time) of rheumatic fever.
Unique among Jack Kerouac's novels, Visions of Gerard, focuses on the scenes and
sensations of childhood as they were revealed in the short tragic-happy life of his saintly
brother, Gerard. Set in Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, it is an unsettling,
beautiful, and sad exploration of the meaning and precariousness of existence, and was the
conerstone of many of his writings. Artist, Barbara Gagel uses the encaustic print and
painting methods to capture the saintly beauty of passages in abstract form..