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Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Downtown Lowell First Thursdays

LOWELL, Mass. – Your invitation to fun, art, museums and music in lively Lowell. Visit downtown galleries, museums, restaurants and businesses from 5-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month through September for special activities and events. Street performers/buskers welcome. Information: first-thursdays.

Pastel exhibit opens this weekend

PORTSMOUTH – From 5-8 p.m. Friday, an opening reception will be held for “Cross Border Connections,” a collaborative exhibit celebrating the pastel medium featuring artwork from Pastel Society of Maine and Pastel Society of New Hampshire members, at New Hampshire Art Association, 136 State St. Event is free to attend. More information at

Open studios First Saturdays

LOWELL, Mass. – Join more than 300 artists of the Western Avenue Studios and Western Avenue Lofts for open studios from noon-5 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Free parking. Information: 1-978-710-8605 or

'Wood & Woven: Inspired Interiors'

LOWELL, Mass. – From 5-7 p.m. Saturday, an opening reception will be held for “Wood & Woven: Inspired Interiors,” an exhibit of work by weaver Tarja Cockell and woodworker Kevin Connolly, at Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave. The reception follows the monthly Open Studios, held from noon-5 p.m.

Tarja Cockell has been weaving for more than 30 years and, as a native of Finland, brings a Scandinavian aesthetic to her wall hangings, table runners and rugs. Color is her inspiration and it shows in her strong yet subtle palette.

Kevin Connolly has been handcrafting furniture, cutting boards, jewelry boxes and clocks since childhood. His lifelong passion for wood, attention to detail and traditionalist approach are beautifully evident in this practical yet elegant selection of furniture and other fine wood pieces.

Exhibit runs through March 26.For more information, call 1-978-656-1687 or visit

Call for artists: Monday deadline

MANCHESTER – Studio 550 Community Art Center, 550 Elm St., invites artists to submit work to a series of themed shows on their 2017 Gallery Call for Entries Calendar. There is a different show every month. People of all backgrounds, ages and experience are encouraged to apply.

The next show the Studio is accepting submissions for is Upcycled Art, an exhibit of art made mostly of repurposed materials. The exhibit overlaps with Earth Day and the studio will host workshops (projects TBD) of how to make your own upcycled art. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 6.

The application, show schedule, and deadlines can be found on the “Opportunities” page of the Studio 550 website, application process is very simple, and there is no application fee for high school or college students.

More information, call 232-5597, email info, or visit the studio.

Celebrate French culture

NASHUA – From 1-6 p.m. Sunday, March 12, an opening reception will be held for a new Francophone Culture Museum, to be on display at Healing in Color, 120 Main St., Suite 104. Mayor Jim Donchess is scheduled to speak. Business owner Dominique Boutaud seeks loaned items showcasing French art and culture. For more information, contact her at 577-1946, by email at or online at www.healingin

Call for artists: Greece Golden Age

LOWELL, Mass. – The Brush Gallery, 256 Market St., along with the Hellenic Culture and Heritage Society, seek entries for “Contemporary Visions of Greece's Golden Age” – artwork inspired by artistic ideals and achievements of the classical (500-323 BC) and Hellenistic (323-146 BC) periods in Greek history, but with a contemporary twist.

Works in all categories will be accepted for review. These categories include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, works on paper, fabric, ceramics, mosaics and photography. Works must not exceed 36″ in any direction or 30 pounds in weight. All submissions should be suitable for viewing by children and adults.

This is a national call for artists, open to all, at any stage in their professional careers. Artists may submit up to 3 images for consideration. The winner of Best in Show will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Deadline for submission is Friday, March 17. Non-refundable entry fee of $25 for up to 3 works. Entry form at; submission payment information at

More information at 1-978-459-7819 or online at


'A Sign of the Times'

LOWELL, Mass. – Through March 11, the exhibit “A Sign of the Times” will be at The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market St.

“A Sign of the Times” brings visitors down memory lane with a mixture of Americana, typography, vintage styles and design. The exhibition creates a time capsule that offers up an array of work both nostalgic and original. Jim Dyment, executive director of the Brush, and curator Mary Ann Kearns co-organized the exhibit.

John Antonellis, Zachary Gabbard and Joanne Kaliontzis are the featured artists. More information at

'Beauty and the Beast' exhibit

HOLLIS – Through March 17, the Whitty Gallery at Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash St., will show “Beauty and the Beast,” an exhibition of artwork by pastel artist Mary Ellen Brown and oil painter William Turner. These two New Hampshire artists, with a fine attention to detail, have a similar artistic approach but depict very different visions and subject matter. For more information, visit

'Divergence' at Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER – Through March 17, “Divergence: A Studio Art Faculty Exhibition,” the work of five faculty artists from the Saint Anselm College of Fine Arts Department, will be on display in the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center of Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive.

At 7 p.m. March 17, there will be a performance by the Saint Anselm College Music Performance faculty. Reservations required for the concert; call 641-7470. More information at

Art Ferrier photography show

LOWELL, Mass. – Through April 20, an exhibition of photography by Art Ferrier will be on display at TreMonte Pizzeria Restaurant and Ice Bar, 44 Palmer St.

The images in this exhibit are impressions from a memorable 10-day visit to Italy in 2009, when Ferrier participated in the Florence Biennale. Ferrier says that he “seeks to open people's eyes and minds to the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the profound beauty that lies all around us if we take the time to look closely.” The exhibit is curated by Middlesex Community College adjunct professor, Mary Hart.

'From Telling to Knowing' exhibit

LOWELL, Mass. – Through April 28, “From Telling to Knowing,” an exhibit of paintings by artist Nan Hockenbury, will be on exhibit at the Mandarin Asian Bistro, 24 Market St.

Lowell artist Hockenbury's work bursts with color and movement and echo themes of rebirth and restoration, influenced by creation myths and origin stories. “I describe origin stories featuring powerful creator goddesses, which incorporate themes of invention, nature and life,” she said. “My paintings are expressive, not figurative, histories. Like those of the original storytellers, they recount actions that were imagined, not seen.” The exhibit is curated by Middlesex Community College adjunct professor, Mary Hart.

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