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artist Jennifer Clement, center, with attendees of The Artist Bar

Nothing beats spending time in a garden. It's restful, rejuvenating and life affirming. This month, 29 artists celebrate the joys of gardens and gardening in From The Ground Up, on view Aug. 9-Sept. 13 at the Brush Art Gallery and Artists Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell.

Gardens are integral parts of many people's lives, the lifeblood of communities and a source of relaxation and leisure. Gardens are also targets for commercial enterprise, symbols of concern for the environment and objects of interest for the media. The exhibit explores these and other topics using paintings, photographs, sculpture, fiber, glass, ceramics and more.

An artists' reception takes place Saturday, Aug. 23, 2-4 p.m., and Mill City Grows will visit the Brush with a mobile market, also on Aug. 23 from 2-5 p.m. Visit thebrush.org for info.

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  • ARTIST BAR: Western Avenue Studios artist Jennifer Clement, a Lowell native and owner of The Artist Bar, a traveling "paint and sip" art studio featured on WCVB-TV, Channel 5's Chronicle, is featured in a show this month at the Gallery at Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), 246 Market St., Lowell. Besides Clement's work, paintings created by her students at painting parties are on view. A reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., during Downtown Lowell First Thursdays. The Artist Bar will play on Cable Channel 8 on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. during August.
  • IMAGES OF ITALY: Sandy Galloway, a Chelmsford Art Society member, exhibits her paintings of Italy through August at Summer Place Retirement Residence, 20 Summer St., Chelmsford. They are works she created following a tour of Italy.
  • TALKS & WORKSHOPS: The Concord Museum hosts “Tea and Revolution” gallery talks on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. Each talk lasts 20 minutes and gives visitors background on the museum’s extensive collection. In addition, the museum offers a quill pen-writing workshop on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 1-4 p.m. Visit concordmuseum.org for details and other events.

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