Fitchburg Historical Society to Host Art Program with Ashburnham Painter Joanne Stowell – Sentinel and Enterprise

FITCHBURG — The Fitchburg Historical Society, along with longtime Central Massachusetts Women’s Caucus for Art, will present a free program titled “Drawing Our Histories” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at the Fitchburg Historical Society, 781 Main St.

Award-winning artist Joanne Stowell will give a public presentation on her own paintings and how to create drawings inspired by your own life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at the Fitchburg Historical Society, 718 Main St. (COURTESY JOANNE STOWELL)

“Focusing on the intersection of artwork and personal history, award-winning artist Joanne Stowell will give a public-facing presentation on her own paintings and how to create designs inspired by your own life” , said Susan Navarre, executive director of the Fitchburg. Historical Society.

Participants are also invited to take part in a creative drawing workshop, led by Stowell and the Women’s Caucus for Art.

“This workshop is meant to be an all-levels workshop,” Stowell said. “We encourage participants to bring with them an object or photo of personal historical significance for inspiration.

Stowell says they will then take time to discuss in small groups why the objects were chosen, and then can experiment with different drawing mediums during the creative process.

“This is a non-pressure workshop, and participants are also encouraged to just observe,” she added.

Stowell is a professional artist and art teacher. Although primarily a painter, she also has experience in drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and installation art.

His more recent works consist mainly of contemporary realist paintings on the theme of an unfiltered view of reality.

Stowell holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design, and works from her home in Ashburnham. She has had works of art in many exhibitions across the country. His work can be seen at

Stowell believes that looking at art allows the viewer to see the world differently, to enter the mind of the artist, to see that there can be multiple answers to the same question.

Pictured is an artwork by Joanne Stowell titled ‘Coming and Going’. (Courtesy JOANNE STOWELL)

“Creating art goes even further,” Stowell said. “Creating art forces us to slow down – it forces us to be present in a way similar to meditation, something so critical in today’s fast-paced world. It teaches us to see, not just to to look, but to really see. It’s about the expression of ideas, creative problem-solving and perseverance. It’s about more than just creating an image.

This event is free. It is supported by the Fitchburg Cultural Council, a local program supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state program.

Founded in 1972, the Women’s Caucus for the Art is a national member organization unique in its multidisciplinary and multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators and museum professionals. The mission of Women’s Caucus for Art is to build community through art, education and social activism.

For more information about this event or other Fitchburg Historical Society events, call 978-345-1157 or visit

Kayleen C. Rice