Now see this: art exhibits around and about

‘Decadent Dreams’

LOWELL, Mass. – Through Sunday, “Decadent Dreams” will be on display at the Loading Dock Gallery of Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave.

Thirteen artists from the Greater Boston Metal Clay Guild have collaborated to unveil unique “metal clay” jewelry masterpieces in this exhibit. Londonderry artist Michela Verani offers a simplified description of this relatively new medium called metal clay: “Nanoparticles of metal (gold, fine silver, sterling silver, copper, bronze, steel) are held in a moist (water) organic (cellulose product) binder, worked like clay and fired in a kiln. After firing, the product has all the abilities of standard metal.”

There will also be a metal clay demonstration from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 26. Events are open to the public, free admission and free parking. For more information, visit the www.loadingdock or call 1-978-656-1687.

‘Signed, Sealed,

Delivered’ exhibit

MANCHESTER – Through Tuesday, Feb. 28, the second annual embellished envelope art exhibition, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” will be at Studio 550, 550 Elm St. This is a show of envelopes embellished by artists with paint, collage, drawings, calligraphy, etc., that can be purchased and mailed. More information, call 232-5597 or email

Commission seeks grant applications

NASHUA – The Nashua Arts Commission announced applications are now being accepted for 2017 arts grants.

The grant program was established to recognize contributions made by local nonprofit organizations which have demonstrated a continued commitment to enriching the lives of area residents through visual, spoken word and performing arts.

Deadline for application submission is March 1. Application can be found at For more information, email  nashuaartscommission@

Women focus of photograph project

NASHUA – Scot Langdon, owner and photographer at Long Hill Photography, has begun the project of photographing the portraits of 12 women from southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, as part of a yearlong project to highlight these women’s personal and professional accomplishments and the positive effect they have had on their communities. Accomplishments include topics in circus skills education for children, job search for women over 50, fighting the opioid epidemic, and teaching young girls about money skills and financial planning for their futures.

The “Women of Strength” Photography Project came to life in 2015 after a single portrait was made of a young, professional woman from Manchester. Her story was inspiring. It would start in Africa in 1990, and take her and her family from Sudan to the United States to seek a better life. She is a fighter and continues to make a difference today.

The vision is to photograph and interview 12 women in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and north into southern New Hampshire, who have, in their personal or professional lives, achieved something extraordinary and greater than themselves, given back to the community, and have improved and paved the way for other women in all walks of life and professions.

The goal is to combine interview quotes with large, framed, black and white environmental portraits for a traveling show. The shows will be hosted by and at organizations represented by both men and women, women’s organizations, women-run businesses, public libraries, art galleries, and larger venues such as universities and corporate settings. Gallery shows are slated for 2018.

This project requires private donations from individuals and corporate sponsors and through in-kind offers. A Kickstarter campaign launches March 8 – International Women’s Day. Follow the endeavor at


For more details about donating or to host the traveling show, contact Langdon at 801-7473 or

Resistance posters sought for exhibit

PETERBOROUGH – Trumpet, the fine arts and idea gallery at 8 Grove St., is calling all those who own resistance-themed posters for a special exhibit.

“Bring in your resistance posters!” said Mona Adisa Brooks, Trumpet Gallery owner. “The more used and worn, the better! As long as we need it, I will designate a wall to display this signage for all to see!”

Resistance posters from any time period are welcome. For more information, contact Brooks at 801-4502, email at or online at www.mona and

Studio space

available in Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market St., is looking for artists to join their family. Three to four studios which vary in size are available for rent. Each has exposed stone work and brick on the outside wall, which also includes a window. The Brush is in a repurposed building that was originally a silk mill.

Located in the Lowell National Historical Park and the “Canalway Cultural District of Lowell,” the Brush’s working studios are open to the public 5-6 days a week and artists and visitors are encouraged to interact. This is a great way to build your following. Studio artists collaborate with the adjacent Gallery. Responsibilities include duty rotations to assist with the visitor experience. Artists cooperate within the group and collaborate on events, including a studio artist group show in the gallery each summer.

Free parking included. Ten-minute walk to commuter rail and nearby restaurants, shops, museums and other galleries. Visit for more details about the responsibilities and benefits of Brush Studio Artists.

For more information or to arrange a visit, email Jim Dyment at or Cindy Hughes at, or contact an artist on duty at 1-978-459-7819.

‘A Sign of the Times’

LOWELL, Mass. – Through March 11, the exhibit “A Sign of the Times” will be at The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market St.

“A Sign of the Times” brings visitors down memory lane with a mixture of Americana, typography, vintage styles and design. The exhibition creates a time capsule that offers up an array of work both nostalgic and original. Jim Dyment, executive director of the Brush, and curator Mary Ann Kearns co-organized the exhibit.

John Antonellis, Zachary Gabbard and Joanne Kaliontzis are the featured artists. More information at

‘Beauty and the Beast’ exhibit

HOLLIS – Through March 17, the Whitty Gallery at Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash St., will show “Beauty and the Beast,” an exhibition of artwork by pastel artist Mary Ellen Brown and oil painter William Turner. These two New Hampshire artists, with a fine attention to detail, have a similar artistic approach but depict very different visions and subject matter. For more information, visit www.wild

‘Divergence’ at Saint Anselm College

MANCHESTER – Through March 17, the work of five faculty artists from the Saint Anselm College of Fine Arts Department will be on display in “Divergence: A Studio Art Faculty Exhibition,” on display in the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center of Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive.

At 7 p.m. March 17, there will be a performance by the Saint Anselm College Music Performance faculty. Reservations required for the concert; call 641-7470. More information at

Art Ferrier

photography show

LOWELL, Mass. – Through April 20, an exhibition of photography by Art Ferrier will be on display at TreMonte Pizzeria Restaurant and Ice Bar, 44 Palmer St.

The images in this exhibit are impressions from a memorable 10-day visit to Italy in 2009, when Ferrier participated in the Florence Biennale. Ferrier says that he “seeks to open people’s eyes and minds to the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the profound beauty that lies all around us if we take the time to look closely.” The exhibit is curated by Middlesex Community College adjunct professor, Mary Hart.

Downtown Lowell First Thursdays

LOWELL, Mass. – Your invitation to fun, art, museums and music in lively Lowell. Visit downtown galleries, museums, restaurants and businesses from 5-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month through September for special activities and events. Street performers/buskers welcome. Information:

Open studios First Saturdays

LOWELL, Mass. – Join more than 300 artists of the Western Avenue Studios and Western Avenue Lofts for open studios from noon-5 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Free parking. Information: 1-978-710-8605 or