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Wednesday, January 4, 2017


'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

LOWELL, Mass. – From 5-7 p.m. Saturday, an opening reception will be held for the new exhibit, “Baby, It's Cold Outside,” at Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave.

The group show is by gallery artists working in varied mediums and styles. Warm your soul with breathtaking winter landscape paintings. Warm your body with hand-
felted wool and silk mittens, coats and scarves. Warm to glistening pottery, unique small sculptures, evocative paintings, striking wall hangings, wood furniture, photography, jewelry and more.

The entire complex of Western Avenue Studios and Lofts will be open for the inaugural 2017 Open Studios from noon-5 p.m., followed by the “Baby, It's Cold Outside” artist reception in the gallery from 5-7 p.m.

Exhibit runs through Jan. 29. For more information, call 1-978-656-1687 or visit

Play tells of coal- mining painters

MANCHESTER – At 2 p.m. Sunday, theatre KAPOW will present a playreading of Lee Hall's “The Pitmen Painters” at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St.

Continuing its ARTiculate Playreading Series in partnership with the Currier, theatre KAPOW will read Hall's 2011 play in conjunction with the many Art Education programs at the Currier.

Heralded in London and on Broadway, this play by the Tony Award-winning writer of “Billy Elliot” is based on a triumphant true story. A group of miners in Northern England taking an art appreciation class start experimenting with painting and soon build an astonishing body of work that makes them the unlikeliest of art world sensations. An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, The Pitmen Painters is a deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.

The reading “The Pitmen Painters” features Wayne Asbury, Gina Carballo,
Katie Collins, Rich Hurley, Peter Josephson, Mark Marshall, Walter Maroney and Jimmy Stewart, under the direction of Carey Cahoon. The reading also features images of works created by the original Ashington Group and many works of art in the collections of the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery in London. A discussion will be led by Dr. Landis K. Magnuson, Professor of Theater at Saint Anselm College.

Admission to the readings and participation in the discussions is free with museum admission ($15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 students). Passes for free admission to the museum may be checked out from more than 90 public libraries across the state. Students, faculty and staff from seven area colleges also receive free admission to the museum.

'20 Lessons from 20th Century History'

LOWELL, Mass. – From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, an opening reception will be held for an exhibit of poster art based on the lecture “20 Lessons from 20th Century History” by Yale University professor Timothy Snyder, hosted in the main gallery at Lowell Telecommunications Corp., 246 Market St.

Artists have a long history of political involvement, and these times, with politics in the air, are no different. This exhibit examines what our responsibilities are as citizens through the lens of artists.

Each artist was assigned one of the points or lessons, such as “defend an institution” or “be kind to our language” and allowed to create a work that brought the lesson to life. The work had to include the words of the lesson phrase and it had to fit into a 16″ x 20″ format. As the artists struggle to make dry words into gripping reality, it becomes a good exercise in art making. More importantly, is shows how to communicate the urgency of being an active participant in our democracy, not a bystander.

Exhibit runs through Jan. 28. The gallery at LTC is open to the public from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

Illustrator is guest speaker in Hollis

HOLLIS – At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Hollis Arts Society will host artist/illustrator Donna Berger at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road.

Berger will speak about her children's book illustration and publishing expertise. She will give an overview of working on an illustration project, from getting the story manuscript, to page layout, creating black and white sketches, and the final color art.

The public is invited to attend; admission is free. For more information, visit or

Works in progress art critique night

LOWELL, Mass. – From 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Loading Dock Arts, Inc., will host a group art critique facilitated by Robert Siegelman in The Onyx Room at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave.

Loading Dock invites artists, art educators, student artists and the interested public to attend. Siegelman will lead a group critique in an event designed to give feedback to the solitary artist and interact with the art community. He teaches at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and at The Eliot School for Fine and Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain.

To become a presenting artist, visit, or email

Tickets to attend are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Art educators (with school ID) attending this event as audience participants will receive a $5 discount. Tickets at


Downtown Lowell First Thursdays

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:

Open studios First Saturdays

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

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