Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 20, 2012

Longtime members exhibiting at Whistler House Museum


The Andover Townsman

---- — Bernard Petruzziello and Vassilios Giavis will have their work on display through Oct. 27 at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell.

Giavis, a well-known figure in Lowell, spent many of his early years working at his family’s business, Giavis Market. He is a painter and illustrator of historical sites, diners, people, and cityscapes.

As a former member of the Copley Society, he was designated a “Copley Master” after painting a prize-winning painting of the Blizzard of ‘78 back in 1979.

Giavis has been a long time artist member of the Lowell Art Assoc., Inc./Whistler House Museum of Art, and a former member of its Board of Trustees. He has a studio at the Brush Gallery on Market Street in downtown Lowell.

Giavis’s paintings in this exhibit include two from a series of Golden Gloves paintings: At the Golden Gloves in 1992 and Strategy for the Fight.

Petruzziello studied at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts School, and worked for many years in the graphic arts field.

He taught figure drawing and painting for many years at the University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell).

Petruzziello painted many landscapes and seascapes around New England. Figures and still-lifes were also a favorite subject.

“When I lost my eyesight, I dabbled in other art forms such as sculpture and textile arts. The only difference is that I can now only see all of these things in my imagination,” he said.

Petuzziello’s work includes an early draped nude, Model Resting, as well as recent abstract works.

An artist reception was held last Saturday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.