Feeling the heat?
It feels good, especially in New England, where we crave summer after the winter we've had. And what better way to celebrate than with a walk through a park, a visit to a festival or trip to an outdoor market.
The Loading Dock Gallery artists are enjoying the steamy season, too, with their current show Dog Days of Summer, on view through Aug. 31.
It is the gallery's second annual juried exhibit and its first open to all in the expanding Lowell arts community.
The exhibit challenged artists to make summer visible in exciting, colorful, unexpected ways.
Eileen Byrne, outgoing executive director of the Brush Art Gallery, juried the show. She hopes that people walk into the LDG and say "wow," when they see the art.
Media includes paintings, photography, fiber and 3D works.
Dog Days of Summer celebrates the season and the increased collaboration among Lowell's arts organizations.
That cooperative energy benefits everyone, says Byrne, adding, "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
Join the artists for the opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m. The Loading Dock Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. It is located in the A-Mill Building of Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell.
- BILLBOARD MASTERPIECES: Masterworks by several Massachusetts-born artists, including Lowell's own James Whistler, are prominently on view in Art Everywhere US, the largest art show ever conceived. Through the month of August, great American art will be displayed on 50,000 donated advertising spaces in airports, malls, transit centers, movie theaters and on billboards and buses. Earlier this year, leading U.S. museums identified 100 great American artworks and submitted the list for online public voting.http://arteverywhereus.org.
- BEACH PARTY FUN: Get ready for a downtown beach party on Thursday, Aug. 7, as the streets of Lowell come alive with music, arts and activities from 5-9 p.m. in the latest installment of Downtown Lowell First Thursdays.cultureiscool.org/downtown-lowell-first-thursdays for schedule of events.
- OUT AND ABOUT: To celebrate the last month of summer, the Worcester Art Museum offers free general admission throughout August. Funded by the Kirby Foundation, Free August invites visitors of all ages to enjoy many programs from story readings to family tours to drawing lessons. Also part of the celebration is the chance to view WAM's current exhibitions before summer comes to a close, including Knights!, which feature one of the nation's best collections of arms and armor and two newly restored portraits by William Hogarth. Visit worcesterart.org for full schedule... The third installment of the Summer African Music Series, produced by the Gallery of African Art, Crocodile River Music and Coffeelands Café, takes place Thursday, July 31, and features several musicians performing in the concert Trinidad2Timbuktu. It starts with a lecture/demonstration at the Gallery of African Art, 62 High St., Clinton, at 6 p.m. and continues with the concert at 7 p.m. at Coffeelands Café, 50 High St., Clinton. Free admission. Visit galleryofafricanart.org.
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