Winter's greyness surrounds you at every turn -- until you venture into Mandarin Asian Bistro, 24 Market St., in downtown Lowell.
There, Nan Hockenbury's vibrantly colorful, exuberant paintings, in the new exhibition "From Telling to Knowing," will startle, delight and offer a perfect antidote to winter. On view Feb. 3-April 28, they burst with color and movement, and echo themes of rebirth and restoration.
Hockenbury has studio space at Lowell's Western Avenue Studios and is active at the Centre Club of the North Shore. She studied painting, art history and feminism at Goddard College and Tufts University, and is influenced by the creation myths and stories in her work.
Incorporating themes of invention, nature and life, her paintings are expressive, rather than figurative, histories.
Mary Hart, a Middlesex Community College adjunct art professor, curated the show.
Meet the artist at a reception Sunday, Feb. 19, 4-6 p.m. An artist's lunch to help celebrate Women's History Month takes place Monday, March 20, at 11:30 a.m. Contact Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
Jewelry Masters: "Decadent Dreams," an exhibition of "metal clay" jewelry masterpieces by 13 Greater Boston Metal Clay Guild artists, is on view Feb. 1-26 at Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell.
Walden Views: Concord Museum launches its yearlong celebration of the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau's birth with an exhibition of new works by photographer Abelardo Morell. Walden: Four Views Abelardo Morell is in view in the museum's Wallace Kane Gallery from Feb. 10-Aug. 20. It features panoramic photos that offer a new perspective as a way to look at Walden Pond, where Thoreau lived and was inspired to write his seminal work Walden. Morell, a native of Havana, Cuba, lives in Massachusetts. His work has been collected and shown at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Art Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Morell will give a lecture on Monday, March 27, 7-8 p.m. at the Fenn School, Concord. For info, visit www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216.
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