Artist Tracy Levesque loves the beauty of nature. It's been so all her life and is evident in Green is Gold: Chromatic Landscapes, an exhibit of her paintings on view June 4-29 at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios. An opening reception will take place Saturday, June 7, 5-7 p.m.
Levesque, a self-taught artist, sees nature as constantly evolving and changing and creates this in paintings that showcase its beauty, energy, vibrancy, playfulness and power.
In preparing for the show, Levesque was inspired by the exquisite trees she observes. She began drawing trees in her youth and continues to capture their textural lines and movements of their branches.
Working in acrylic, she employs a technique she calls "chromatic painting," which she calls "a dance that marries the textures between brush and palette knife."
She also uses brilliant colors to convey nature's exuberance.
"I use explosive colors, precise graphic line detail and swirling textures to transform my surfaces into symphonies of movement and light that give the appearance of stained glass," said Levesque.
Levesque hopes her paintings remind people that the beautiful world is everyone's home. "We must not only cherish this gift, but protect, preserve and honor it in our actions and our hearts," she said.
She will donate a portion of show profits to a non-profit organization that plants trees.
The Loading Dock Gallery is located in Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell, and is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
- BOSTON SCENE: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presents Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, the first comprehensive survey of American artist Jim Hodges, one of the most compelling sculpture and installation artists working today. On view June 1-Sept. 1, the traveling exhibition explores the trajectory of his career from 1987 through the present, integrating sculpture, installation, photography, drawing collage and several room-size environments. Various programs are planned, including Hodges' visit to the ICA on June 19 at 7 p.m. Free tickets are required and available on the day of the program, first come, first served. Visit icaboston.org for details and programs...isgm.org for details...
- LOWELL IN WESTFORD: Paint/Works, selected paintings by ALL members Laurie Simko and Janet Wolahan will be exhibited at Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln St., Westford, through June 29. A reception is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, noon-2 p.m.
- SUMMER PARTIES: Tic the season to celebrate summer at area museums. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston hosts its Summer Party on Saturday, June 7, from 8-11 p.m., in the Shapiro Family Courtyard that will evoke art deco Miami Beach. Proceeds benefit the Museum and its Special Exhibition Fund. For info, email Tori Donahue at email@example.com... In Lowell, the Whistler House Museum of Art's Interlude 2014 celebrates The Art of Film on Friday, June 13, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Dress as your favorite movie star or come as you would like. Proceeds benefit museum programs. Call 978-452-7641 for details... The Worcester Art Museum hosts a Renaissance Celebration on Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m., to celebrate the acquisition of the Higgins Armory collection. Cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction, dancing. Visit worcesterart.org/rencelebration.
- A REMINDER: Downtown Lowell First Thursdays kicks off on Thursday, June 5, from 5-9 p.m. in museums, galleries, restaurants and businesses. Visit cultureiscool.org/downtown-lowell-first-thursdays for schedule.
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