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January 10, 2013

Two exhibits opening at Whistler House Museum of Art

Two exhibits will be showing simultaneously at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell.

Recent works by Thomas M. Fleming will be shown through Feb. 23, with the opening reception on Saturday Jan. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In addition, the Lowell Art Association Inc. also will exhibit at 243 Worthen St., Lowell, “The Modern Atelier: The Methods of Today’s Training” featuring works by Todd Casey, Carla Crawford, Angela Cunningham, Gregory Mortenson, and Travis Seymour. It also will run through Feb. 23 with an opening reception on Jan. 12.

FLEMING SHOW

Tom Fleming was born in Lowell in 1940, and grew up in the Acre. His first one man show was at the Whistler House over 50 years ago.

His art career has expanded into a variety of endeavors, according to the Whistler House Museum. While still in art school, he worked part time for a Boston film production company. Upon graduation, he joined the staff full time as art director animating art for commercials and training programs along with set design and construction.

In 1967 he joined Westinghouse Broadcasting as their first director of creative services. This position combined the art, photography, promotion and public relations departments for stations in Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburg, Philadelphia and San Francisco. After working for additional TV groups, Washington Post Broadcasting and Metro Media Broadcasting, he became an independent producer for a number of clients, private corporations, government agencies and public broadcasting.

In 1974, he produced one of the first documentaries in the People’s Republic of China. In the mid ‘80s, he set a new direction designing and fabricating church furniture, altars, baptismal fonts, carved custom signage and painting wall murals for private homes and public areas.

“This current collection of paintings, started in April of 2011, is a personal reflection, and artistic expression of living with breast and pancreatic cancer since 2006,” according to a museum release.

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