James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1834 and lived a life of art for about 70 years. In both his art and his private affairs, he refused to be stereotyped. Whistler was among the first to question the traditional role of art and the artist in society, and the impact of his art and ideas during his lifetime was substantial. He was concerned with the relationship between painter and patron and, more importantly, with the broader problem of placing art in a rapidly changing society. In this presentation illustrated with examples of Whistler’s work, many from the collection of the Freer Gallery, we’ll explore Whistler’s artistic journey from humble beginnings in Lowell to the high society and royalty of London. Free and open to adults; no signup needed. Light refreshments available at 9 a.m. Info: Robin at email@example.com or 978-921-6062. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.