Textile show in textile town with a National Park and canals

  "Evening Song'' (quilt), by Marianne Williamson, in the group show "Interplay: Fiber and Art Quilts 2018'', at the Whistler House Museum of Art, in Lowell, Mass., Aug. 11-Sept. 15 .  "Interplay," refers to the connection between fiber and art. The museum was the birthplace of the famous painter James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903); remember his painting nicknamed "Whistler's Mother''?

"Evening Song'' (quilt), by Marianne Williamson, in the group show "Interplay: Fiber and Art Quilts 2018'', at the Whistler House Museum of Art, in Lowell, Mass., Aug. 11-Sept. 15"Interplay," refers to the connection between fiber and art. The museum was the birthplace of the famous painter James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903); remember his painting nicknamed "Whistler's Mother''?

Lowell, at the confluence of the Merrimack and Concord rivers (which Thoreau wrote about so memorably), has a rich history in textiles. Founded in 1826 as a mill town using water power, it was named after Boston's Francis Cabot Lowell, a  major figure in the Industrial Revolution who had prospered in the China Trade. Indeed, the city became one of the cradles of the American Industrial Revolution because of its many factories, most of which were textile mills. Also giving the city a certain romance is its canal network, on which you can travel by tourist boat.

In the late 20th Century some of Lowell's historic manufacturing sites  became part of  the Lowell National Historical Park.  It's well worth a visit. During the  Cambodian genocide by the Communist Khmer Rouge in the '70s, the city took in an influx of refugees from that country,  leading to the development of a section called Cambodia Town.

  The Pawtucket Canal, in Lowell's historic mills section.    

The Pawtucket Canal, in Lowell's historic mills section.

 

  In Lowell, the Massachusetts Mill at the confluence of the  Merrimack  and  Concord  rivers; across the Cox Bridge are the Boott Mills.

In Lowell, the Massachusetts Mill at the confluence of the Merrimack and Concord rivers; across the Cox Bridge are the Boott Mills.

  Tourists get a tour of the Lowell National Historic Park.

Tourists get a tour of the Lowell National Historic Park.