Lowell's Acre neighborhood is one thriving place. One of the city's oldest and most diverse locales, it's rich in tradition and blessed with many artists and families who call it home.
On Saturday, June 21, the Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood is hosting the 3rd annual Acre Festival at the North Common Amphitheater from 11 a.m.-4 pm.
On tap is music from Mike Gacek and Mike Poulin, performing as Mike & Mike/Take Two, plus DJ Manny with his karaoke machine, and Holly Brewer and Mat McNiss from The Folks Below/Humanwine.
Cote's Market, Charlie's Bar and Grill, Sweet Lydia's and St. Patrick's Church will sell food. Lowell Parks and Recreation will have activities for kids.
Artists from Western Avenue Studios will be on hand, offering demonstrations and information. And other Acre institutions will also be there.
All are invited to the family-friendly event.
For information, email ACTION at email@example.com or visit the organization's Facebook page.
- CLEVER CREATURES: The Arts League of Lowell presents All Creatures: Real and Imagined, on view through July 13 in the ALL Gallery of the renovated Gates Block, 307 Market St., Lowell. The exhibition features visual arts representations of real or imagined life forms. A reception takes place Saturday, June 21, 4-6 p.m., and features a silent auction for the framed original postcard illustration by member artist M.M. Moyer. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit artsleagueoflowell.org.
- CHANGE IN COMMAND: Jim Dyment, longtime gallery and exhibits manager at Lowell's Whistler House Museum of Art, last week was named executive director of the Brush Gallery and Artists Studios, also in downtown Lowell. He replaces Eileen Byrne, the Brush's executive director for the past several years, who is retiring. The change is good for both organizations, agree Byrne and Sara Bogosian, the Whistler House's acting executive director. "We're excited to have Jim on board, and I look forward to continuing as a volunteer at the Brush," said Byrne. Bogosian is interviewing people for the job and wishes Dyment well in his new role.
- BIRTHDAY BASH: The Powers Gallery celebrates its 50th birthday with a Patio Party on Saturday, June 21, 4-7 p.m., at the gallery, located at 144 Great Road, Acton. It was started in 1964 by John Powers, an avid collector of antique prints, as a fine framing shop and gallery. His son Larry Powers took over the business in the early 1980s and began offering more original art.powersgallery.com...
- AFRICAN MUSIC: The Gallery of African Art, 62 High St.galleryofafricanart.org.
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