Ready, set, shop — at Lowell’s various galleries

Posted on November 10, 2020 by

The holidays are upon us — and none too soon either, since we all need relief from the pandemic, the election, the whole bloody year.

   While Christmas and Hanukkah gatherings may be virtual in 2020, the time-honored tradition of giving gifts for these celebrations continues. 

  Lowell’s vibrant art community is up to the challenge.  In the spirit already, they’ve put up wreaths and lights and are presenting an array of artist-made gifts that are available now.

   The Arts League of Lowell’s “100 & Below: A Holiday Gift Show” opened last weekend and runs through January 3 at the ALL Gallery, 307 Market Street, Lowell. For the third year, ALL members have collaborated to create giftable art, priced at $100 or less, to exhibit during November and December. 

  The gallery showcases the work of 14-member artists, in media that includes photography, collage, painting, pastel, ceramic and mixed media. In the “co-op” section, you’ll find the work of 30 additional artists and including jewelry, notecards, walking sticks, floral pieces and fiber arts.

  The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Special evening hours will be announced in the weeks ahead. 

  “The gift of art is a treasure — and even Santa has been known to find something special for himself while ‘holiday shopping.’ So, it’s OK if you do, too,” said ALL member Mary Hart, a participating artist. 

  The ALL Gallery follows all Covid-19 guidelines, including masks and social distancing, and is a safe and peaceful place to shop.

  At Loading Dock Gallery in the Western Avenue Studios and Lofts complex at 122 Western Avenue, Lowell holiday shopping is off to an early start with “Home for the Holidays,” which opened last weekend and runs through November 29.

  Invited artists join gallery members in offering unique items for home decorating, art for both loving and function and gifts for special people on your list. The showcase features fine art and crafts in all media to reflect the joy, memories and significance of home, holiday celebrations and getting a start on the gift buying season. 

  And save the date for “Winter Lights” at LDG, an array of artist-created gifts on view and for sale from December 1-31.

  The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell, is geared up for the holiday gift-giving and decorating season, too. Its Holiday Marketplace with member-created art and gifts is on this week through December 23. Save the dates for Sugar & Spice Weekend, December 12-13, noon-4 p.m., offering complimentary wrapped cookies, and Soup & Shop, December 15-18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with take-out soups. The Brush is also carrying on with its annual Festival of Wreaths on Wednesday, December 2. The raffle tickets are available on-line and wreaths will be on display at the gallery. Visit www.thebrush.org for details.

Gallery notes

‘HOME’ VIEWS: Concord Museum presents “Home,” an exhibition of paintings by Loring W. Coleman, on view now through January 31. In 2017, the museum received an anonymous gift of 47 works by Coleman, a notable plein air painter of New England landscapes and an artist who had a strong Concord connection. Trained as an oil painter, he primarily worked in watercolor, a technique he taught himself and one that he liked since it let him play with tone, texture and abstraction. Twenty-six of his large watercolors of New England farmhouses and barns are on view – hence, the title “Home.” Coleman attended Middlesex School and taught there for 27 years. On Sunday, November 15, artist Kat O’Connor, known for her large-scale watercolors, will demonstrate bringing watercolor painting to life from 1-4 p.m. Free with timed-entry admission at www.concordmuseum.org. A free conversation on Coleman and the New England landscape by art professor Henry Adams, a student of Coleman’s, takes place on Wednesday, November 18, 7-8 p.m. Free but register at the website.     

A Loring Coleman painting on view at the Concord Museum.
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‘WHISTLER’S WATCH’: Lowell’s Whistler House Museum of Art has launched Whistler’s Watch, an on-line newsletter to keep patrons informed as the pandemic continues. Included in the first edition, out this week, is an article about two recent gifts to the Whistler House collection. Most notable is a silver Russian samovar, given to George Washington Whistler, the artist’s father, from Tsar Nicholas I of Russia upon the completion of the Saint Petersburg-Moscow Railway, that the Tsar commissioned him to construct in 1842. It was presented to the Whistler House by Ross Whistler and his wife Vera. The artist is Ross’ half-uncle. Visit www.whistlerhouse.org for details.

NH NOVEMBER NEWS: Get ready to place your bids for the New Hampshire Art Association’s 80thAnniversary Exhibit and Silent Auction. Founded in 1940, the oldest art association in N.H. is celebrating this significant milestone with an exhibit of over 125 works in its Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth, N.H. now through January 2. The online auction takes place November 19-December 11 — and, since it’s gift-buying season, any of the artwork would make a great holiday gift. Also, on view through November 29 at the main gallery is “Intrinsic Moments,” the Joan L. Dunfey Open Juried Exhibition. Held in the late art-patron Dunfey’s honor, it features 80 works on view, selected by juror Lydia Gordon, a curator at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Visit www.nhartassociation.org for details.

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

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