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Crissie Murphy
November 8th

Crissie Murphy will be presenting a talk on November 8th at 7 PM at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. She will discuss her work with the various branches of the military, as well as her other art experiences.

Crissie received her BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art, with additional studies at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard. The subjects of Crissie’s paintings are wide and varied. All offer exquisite detail and sense of design and spirit. Her original oils, watercolors, and graphics in various media combine the spontaneous narrative of sketchbooks with the finish and textural interest of studio work.
Crissie was chosen to participate in the prestigious US Air Force Art Program. At the request of the Pentagon she has documented operations overseas and at home, she has been deployed to Haiti and Guantanamo Bay shortly after the earthquake to document relief efforts. A recent recipient of the ASAA Founder’s Recognition Award for her work depicting Special Operations Forces, her paintings currently hang in the Pentagon, and are permanent additions to the USAF Collection. Plus featured in the Air Force 60th Anniversary Exhibition, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of the USAF, US Coast Guard,  and various other museums and galleries across the country. She recently won awards at both the North Shore Art Association and Whistler Museum.

Here are examples of Crissie’s work in other media.

To see more on Crissie Murphy go to:
One Ear Up Studios
Western Avenue Studios
Lowell MA
Studio 513

To view the video of the presentation:


Wednesday Meeting October 11, 2023

Workshop by Queen Adeline: Selling Your Art: Converting fans into purchasing customers

The Chelmsford Art Society is pleased to present Queen Adeline, speaking about strategies to sell your art at 7:00pm,
October 11, in the Cabaret Room at the
Chelmsford Center for the Arts.

Queen Adeline is the founder and designer behind the sustainable fashion brand. Queen Adeline Collections is a sustainable fashion brand dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind styles for women on the go. Each piece is inspired by the vibrant culture of Africa and is made using holistic and sustainable processes.

Visit her at Western Avenue on the 2nd floor
Meeting fee: Public welcome ($5); members and students with ID, free.



September Meeting

September meeting will be an Artist Social,  MEET & MINGLE! We welcome all artists, art lovers, members, & non-members to this celebration!
It will be at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, in the Café on the first floor.
Date: Thursday, September 28, 7-9pm
Refreshments will be served!

2023 Scholarship Winner
Flow Caron

Jaelyn “Flow” Caron is the 2023 winner of the Shirley Lavoie Memorial Art Society. Flow was a student at Lowell High School and she will be studying art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for the Fall 2023 semester.

During Flow’s time at Lowell High School she joined an after school art club to draw and make friends. This year her school started the National Art Honor Society and she volunteered over 60 hours of her time for this club during the school year. She also took an early college course in Graphic Design to better prepare herself of art school.

Her dream is to one day be able to run her own animated show with her own characters. Art has always had such an amazing impact of her life and she has found it can tell stories without words. The Chelmsford Art Society wishes her the best in the pursuit of her art dream.


4th July Art Festival Reception July 1, 2023


The 4th July Art Festival Reception will be occur on July 1, 2023. It will be held at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts in the auditorium on the 2nd floor. The CCA building is fully accessible with an elevator to carry guests to all levels, parking can be found in the rear of the building.

4:00 PM doors will open for viewing of the art

5:00 PM reception with light snack food

6:00 PM Awards



53rd Annual Chelmsford Art Society 4th of July Festival Schedule

Arts Festival & Independence Day Schedule

Saturday July 1st
Awards Ceremony & Reception
4 – 6pm ~ Student Show
6 – 8pm ~ Adult Show

Sunday July 2nd
5pm – 8pm Art Shows Open to the Public
Chelmsford Center for the Arts
6 – 8pm Free Concert “Xtine and the Intents” & Food Trucks

Monday July 3rd
4 – 9pm Art Shows Open to the Public
Chelmsford Center for the Arts
5 – 8pm Kiddie Train Rides
5 – 9pm Country Fair
7 – 8:30pm Chelmsford Community Band Concert

Tuesday July 4th ~ Independence Day!
8:30am Flag Raising
8am – noon Country Fair
8:30am ~ 1pm Art Shows Open to the Public
Chelmsford Center for the Arts
9:30am John Carson Road Race
10am Independence Day Parade
11:30am ~ Best in Show Award & Raffle Winners announced!


Nan Quintin & Ester Donlon
Watercolor Artist News

Nan Quintin and Esther Donlon each have paintings accepted into two upcoming Exhibits!
Annual Academic Artists Association Exhibit
To be held in Vernon, CT May 21 – June 18, 2023 (Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike).
Nan Quintin, “Falling Apart” (watercolor)
Esther Donlon, “White Stargazer” (watercolor)
Opening Reception will be on May 21, 1-4:00.

This organization was started in 1949 in response to the developing trend in the art world away from representational work. Each year, the association sponsors an exhibit “representing the finest of realism in art.” This year, out of 130 artists, two entries each, only 74 pieces of artwork were chosen.

Rhode Island Watercolor Society’s Annual National Watermedia Show

To be held in Pawtucket RI, May 13 (Opening 1-3:00) to June 23, 2023 (831 Armistice Blvd).


Nan Quintin, “Shelved” (watercolor) This painting, “Shelved”, depicts one of Nan’s father’s old Jeep pickup trucks (a 1953 model) – it’s in storage and is being used as shelving for all sorts of things. It won an Honorable Mention at this show.

Esther Donlon, “Tropical Hibiscus” (watercolor)

Out of 214 submissions, only 71 paintings were accepted.


Helen Moriarty Memorial

Helen Moriarty, a longtime member of the Chelmsford Art Society passed away peacefully on Mother’s Day May 14, 2023. She will be remembered for her many contributions to the CAS. Helen held the following positions on the CAS Board of Directors: President, Programs Coordinator, and / Publicity Coordinator. During her years of service she was twice winner of the Founder’s Award (1995-1996 and 2013-2014).
Helen was a graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education. She continued her education attaining a Master’s in Art from Boston University and from Northeastern University. Prior to her retirement, Helen was an Elementary School Teacher for the City of Lowell Public Schools for over 40 years.

You can see Helen’s love of art and her desire to inform others about it in her role of Program Coordinator. Helen brought professional artist demonstrators to the CAS monthly meetings to provide our members and guests with valuable information on a variety of painting and other artwork techniques. Helen also introduced the community to numerous artists and their various talents as she filmed the Chelmsford Art Society’s demonstrations, and they were then viewed by many on Chelmsford local television stations.

Helen’s wisdom and creative output were a large part of our July 4th events as she organized its many aspects, and was always happy to contribute wherever needed – from decorating for the event to selling tickets for our fundraising raffles.

We are grateful for her many years of service to the Chelmsford Art Society. Thank you Helen!


Mark Elson Photographer
Demo April 12, 2023

The Chelmsford Art Society is pleased to present photographer Mark Elson, at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts on April 12, 2023 at 7 PM.  Mark Elson is a Boston based fine art photographer who works in the wet plate collodion process, in addition to digital and film-based photography. The collodion process involves making tintypes and glass plates negatives exactly the way photographs were made in the Civil War.

What most people overlook is what Mark captures in his photography. A fleeting moment becomes a small-scale drama, a vignette that takes on deeper meaning as that moment is isolated and elevated. Suddenly the discounted scene becomes a story that evokes curiosity and wonder.  The camera is used to strip away the veneer to see the beauty in every day. Mark tells stories of misfits, dreamers, romantics, and the forgotten.
Mark is the photographer/author of the book “Battlefields of Honor, American Civil War Reenactors”  (Merrill Publishers). His work has appeared in print and on-line publications in View Camera, Black & White: For Collectors of Fine Photography, Huffington Post and Hallowed Ground.

Here’s the link:

Contact Mark at the following:

Visit Mark at Western Avenue Studios  – Studio 508
122 Western Ave., Lowell MA 01851


Brooke Lambert – Print maker demo

The Chelmsford Art Society is pleased to present Brooke Lambert, an outstanding printmaker and artist who will be demonstrating her medium of collagraph printing at the CCA on March 15th at 7pm. She will explain her unique process of creating embossed paper prints from low relief inked plates, that invoke the textures of the sea and other natural environments. Brooke currently works out of Studios 447 at Western Avenue in Lowell, teaches classes and workshops in MA, NH, and ME, and exhibits.

Here is the link to access remotely:

For more information please see: