Nesvet said the exhibit cost between $25,000 to $30,000 because some paintings were loaned from the Fasanella’s Estate, AFL-CIO in Washington, and the collection of the University of Southern Maine in Lewiston.
“Fasanella Tiger Team,” 12 students at University of Massachusetts, Lowell are learning about the artist in Jim Canning and Jennifer Cadero-Gillette.
“He let everyone know the diversity of Americans and the contributions of immigrants,” said art history professor Cadero-Gillette.
“What works about his paintings is that it appeals to everybody,” Cadero-Gilette said. “There is a tension in his paintings between simple and complex. It’s so personal, but they also speak about one theme, the workers.”
Munish Gandevia, a junior at University of Massachusetts had never heard of Fasanella until now.
“He sheds light on the working class in a way that is accessible,” Gandevia said. “He painted as he saw it. He showed that anyone can create a portrait or an image, but it doesn’t require special skills when it comes from the heart.”
Fasanella died in December 1997. He was 83.
If you go What: An exhibit of paintings by Ralph Fasanella depicting Lawrence mills, the Bread and Roses Strike and working drawings of mill machinery in Lowell. When:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color Oct. 11 through Dec. 16. Opening reception is Oct. 12, 5 to 7 p.m. featuring jazz music by the Mike Jacob Quartet and appetizers from Cafe Azteca. Where: Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson St. Other events include a panel discussion, "Fasanella in Lawrence, Then & Now," Nov. 2, 1 to 4 p.m., featuring the artist's son, Marc Fasanella, Professor of Public Art, at State University of New York at Stony Brook; Paul D'Ambrosio, Chief Curator, Fenimore Museum; Ron Carver, founder and director of nonprofit "Public Domain"; Jim Beauchesne, gallery director, Lawrence Heritage State Park. All events are free and opened to the public. Film discussion from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by the showing of film about Fasanella from 6 to 8 p.m. including, "Ralph Fasanella's America," 2013; "Ralph Fasanella: Song of the City," 1980 and "Fasanella," 1992.