From bright flowers to vivid sunrises and glowing sunsets, summer is all about color.
And in their work, too, many artists tap into a lively palette with the season's arrival.
Donna Howard is one of those color-loving artists -- and she shows her style in a solo show of colorful, whimsical paintings on view through July at the Millworks Gallery in Lowell's Appleton Mills.
Entitled Macropointillism: Because I Said So, the show is the largest showing to date of Howard's signature works, which have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in New England, Florida and New York.
Viewers of her paintings admire her talent for capturing the poignancies and joys of everyday life experiences, and her distinctively engaging style has garnered awards and acclaim from across the region and around the world.
Howard lives in Woburn and will be on hand for an opening reception on Thursday, July 10, 7-10 p.m. at the gallery located at 219 Jackson St., Lowell. Visit donna-howard.com for info and details.
- PUSHING BOUNDARIES: Equally colorful and inventive is Begin Anywhere, an exhibit showcasing the creative work of Sonja-Lee Austin and Linda B. Dunn at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios in July. The show runs July 2-27, with a reception on Saturday, July 5, 5-7 p.m. It features mixed media works from both artists that use fabric, photography and found objects in new ways and celebrates the possibilities when artists willingly push limit. Lee-Austin, a process-driven artist, brings her life-long fascination with textiles to the next level in mixed media pieces on view. "The title of the exhibit reflects the sense of adventure I feel when I start a new piece of artwork," she said. "I can 'begin anywhere' with a piece; sometimes I start with a photograph that inspires me and sometimes I start by rummaging through textiles and random art supplies that I have collected." Dunn uses a similar approach to the creative process and hopes that the exhibit's title suggests to viewers that "each moment has potential." The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit theloadingdockgallery.com for details.
- FIRST THURSDAY: Downtown Lowell's First Thursday celebration continues on Thursday, July 3, from 5-9 p.m. with art, music and food at various venues including Gates Block Studios, ALL Arts Gallery, American Textile History Museum, Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios, the Loading Dock Gallery at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center, Zeitgeist Gallery, New England Quilt Museum, Whistler House Museum of Art and Whistler Park, Ayer Lofts Gallery, UnchARTed Gallery and 119 Gallery. Restaurant and business partners will also have specials available. Visit cultureiscool.org/downtown-lowell-first-thursdays for details.
- MEMBERS SHOW: Lowell's 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., has issued a call for entries for its annual members show, What's New?, slated to run July 16-Aug. 9, with a reception on Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. Art may be delivered to the gallery July 8-12 from noon-5 p.m. Open to 119 Gallery members only. To join or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 119gallery.org.
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