Art and science collide in ’Visual Voices VI,’ featuring student artwork at four Lowell galleries through April
Art and science collide in 'Visual Voices VI,' featuring student artwork at four Lowell galleries through April

Artwork by dozens of talented student artists in grades K-12 from 25 Lowell public, private, parochial and charter schools is on view through the end of April in Visual Voices VI: Science and Art!

The biennial show was started in 2002 at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios by Lolita Demers, a Brush resident artist and Lowell public school art teacher. It has become a citywide tradition, thanks to Demers' efforts and those of art teachers across the district, four local art galleries and the city's student artists.

This year's focus is on art projects about science, with varied scientific subjects and art mediums featured at each gallery, including the Brush, 256 Market St.; Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) Gallery, 246 Market St.; Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St.; and Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St.

All four venues host receptions and award ceremonies on Saturday, April 5.

Here are times and details.

  • The Brush -- reception, 1-3 p.m.; ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • LTC Gallery -- reception, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m.
  • Whistler House -- reception, 2-4 p.m.; ceremony begins at 3 p.m.
  • Zeitgeist Gallery -- reception, 3-5 p.m.; ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

The artwork will remain on view at the galleries through Saturday, April 26.

Organizers thank the Lowell Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Lowell National Historical Park and the Brush for their on-going support of the event.

Art picks:

  • HATS OFF: Photographer Jeff Engel and milliner Jeanne Osborne collaborate in Hat: Seen and Sewn, an exhibit opening at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell, on Wednesday, April 2, and running through Sunday, April 27. A reception takes place Saturday, April 5, 5-7 p.m. The exhibit captures the artists' exploration of hats through thoughtful, sometimes whimsical two and three-dimensional work.
    The beauty of hats in ’Hat: Seen and Sewn’ at Lowell’s Loading Dock Gallery
    The beauty of hats in 'Hat: Seen and Sewn' at Lowell's Loading Dock Gallery
    Osborne, a self-taught milliner, is following in her milliner grandmother's footsteps and works with feathers, tulle, vintage flowers, found objects and various hat forms to create one-of-a-kind hats for women with style and self-confidence to wear to parties, weddings and the Kentucky Derby. Engel captures simple moments in his photos, including images of Osborne's hats and of people wearing hats. The gallery is open Wednesdays-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m., and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Western Avenue Studios, where the gallery is located, hosts Open Studios on Saturday, April 5, noon-5 p.m.
  • SPRING INTO COLOR: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston showcases colorful quilts in Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection running April 6-July 27.
    A double wedding ring patterned quilt is showcased in new MFA show opening April 6
    A double wedding ring patterned quilt is showcased in new MFA show opening April 6
    In conjunction with the show, the MFA is presenting a spectrum of events, vibrant hues in its programs, concerts and galleries throughout the spring. The Season of Color kicks off with a two-week illumination of the MFA's historic Huntington Avenue entrance and continues through Art in Bloom, the museum's annual festival of flowers, April School Vacation Week activities and a colorful First Friday in June to help visitors gear up for Pride Week. Visit mfa.org for details.
  • JAZZ BRUNCH: Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St., Lowell, hosts a Jazz Brunch on Sunday, April 6, from noon-3 p.m. On tap, along with snacks, coffee and juice, are improv, standards and original jazz music, plus readings and special guests.
    Porcelain figures by Mona Adisa Brooks
    Porcelain figures by Mona Adisa Brooks
    Call 617-285-1610 for info.
  • VISITING ARTISTS: The Conant Gallery in Lawrence Academy's Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center in Groton welcomes a group of artists from the Trumpet Fine Arts Gallery in Peterborough, N.H. Gallery owner, artist Mona Adisa Brooks, will display her  porcelain characters alongside a wide variety of pieces from others, including work in clay, oil and encaustic paintings, and drawings. A reception will take place on Friday, April 4, 6-7:30 p.m. The exhibit will run until June 2. Visit lacademy.edu.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.