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Graphic Novelists Define 'A Picture's Worth'

03/01/2012
Lowell Sun
By Nancye Tuttle

LOWELL -- A picture, it's been said, is worth 1000 words. And nowhere is that old axiom more clearly defined than in A Picture's Worth: Contemporary Graphic Novel Artists on view through March 23 at the University Gallery on the University of Massachusetts Lowell South Campus. 

This is cutting-edge art from several world-class contemporary graphic novelists, lauded stalwarts and newcomers, working in a variety of genres. 

A Picture's Worth demonstrates the diversity and range of graphic narratives, a medium known for innovatively pairing text and image to convey a story. 

Featured is work by Lynda Barry, an award-winning visionary who created the cult favorite comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek and the graphic novel One Hundred Demons and the creative workbooks What It Is and Picture This. 

Other works on view include those by James Sturm, co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies, which demonstrate his literary style, and City Lights for Children Award winner Gareth Hinds, illustrating the challenges of adapting classic literature like Beowulf and The Odyssey into graphic narratives. 

Other artists featured include Liz Prinz, Matt Phelan and Veronica Fish. 

Curators are Susan Kirtley, assistant professor of English at Portland State University in Portland, Ore., who wrote a biography on Barry due out this month, and Karen Roehr, associate professor of art at UMass Lowell and the creator of the comic strip Gymratz, published by International Gymnast Magazine. 
The gallery is in Room 126, McGauvran Hall, 71 Wilder St., Lowell. Visit www.uml.edu/dept/art/galleries for more info. 

Art picks 

SOLO SHOW: Jim Jeffers, winner of Best in Show in the 119 Gallery's 2011 Juried Exhibit, is now featured at the gallery in the solo show Video Lux, Ego Sum Lux Video! (I See Light, I Am The Light I See!) Jeffers is an intermedia artist working in computer mediation, web art, performance and photography. The exhibition showcases Jeffers' work, created between 2005-2012 since he moved to Lowell. It includes two-dimensional art, sculpture-video hybrids, performance and performance documents, inflatable plastic sculptures and video. Jeffers is an assistant professor of art and design at UMass Lowell and works in web art and design there. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, 3-6 p.m., and runs through April 1 at 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell. There's also a performance on Saturday, March 16, 7-10 p.m. Visit www.119gallery.org for info.