Finding ‘Shelter’ at ALL Gallery show

Posted on February 2, 2021 by

Despite a snowy nor’easter, vaccine vexation and the groundhog’s silly shadow, art brings brightness to our dreary February days.

‘I Care’ by Laurie Simcoe in ‘Shelter’ show

  “Shelter: The Art of Caring,” a community exhibit created by the Arts League of Lowell to benefit the Lowell Transitional Living Center (LTLC), offers a different spin on love during the Valentine’s Day season.

  On view now through February 28 in the Greenwald Gallery at ALL, 307 Market St., Lowell, love and caring form the underpinnings of the show, which sets out to embody the idea of “shelter” in all of its manifestations.

  “More than a place, shelter is the feeling of warmth, comfort and safety,” writes artist and ALL publicist Mary Hart in her release. “It is found in the embrace of a loved one or the rapture of music and can be as simple as a hot cup of coffee or a purring cat.”

  Artists find shelter in galleries.

  “Here, we find inspiration, achievement, community and growth,” says Hart. “But as artists, we also notice the lack of shelter for many in our city.”

  The show is their attempt to give back, with over 30 addressing the theme through painting, collage, metalwork, photography, plus short prose pieces and poetry on the theme.

   Artists from several arts leagues, plus LTLC guests, are participating, making this a city-wide effort, with ALL donating the space for the show. Besides wall art, sculpture and printed texts, artists have made a temporary installation of a prototype shelter that visitors are invited to experience by stepping into the space and being sheltered.

‘Home’ by Debra Bretton Robinson in ‘Shelter’ show

  The artists have donated their work for sale, with 100% going to the LTLC shelter for the unhoused on Merrimack Street.

  “In these difficult times, when everyone is weary of pandemic restrictions, economic hardship and health worries, maybe we can agree that we all need sheltering,” says Hart.

  The gallery follows Covid 19 guidelines and masks must be worn. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Visit


DRACUT SHOW: Artist-illustrator David Sullivan realizes a bucket list moment this month with the opening of his first solo show, now-March 6, at Dracut Access Television Studio, 91 Mill Street, Suite 8. “Art-wise, it’s been mostly a freelance career,” says Sullivan, who studied illustration at Mass College of Art, but graduated with a BFA in graphic design from UMass Lowell in 1999. Sullivan is a “traditional artist.” In other words, he doesn’t work digitally. His chosen media include pen-and-ink, watercolor and acrylic paints and colored pencils; and his designs range from tattoos and rock concert posters to Celtic knot name plaques and family Christmas cards. Cartooning is his real passion, however, and he worked for nine years as the editorial cartoonist for the “Valley Patriot,” a monthly newspaper based in North Andover. Sullivan is also a favorite on the local theatre circuit, especially with the now defunct Greater Lowell Music Theatre, where he starred in “Guys and Dolls,” “Chicago,” “Fiorello” and “Anything Goes.”

‘Julia’ by David Sullivan

More recently, he was in the cast of Jack Neary’s written-for-Zoom play “The Gathering.”  His DATV solo show includes humorous illustrations, concert and theater posters, editorial cartoons and Celtic knot designs. It is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 978-957-5522 or visit

‘Take-Out’ by Michele Boll on sale at Whistler House Museum of Art

LOWELL OFFERINGS: Western Avenue Studios in Lowell hosts a virtual Open Art Studios on Saturday, February 6, noon-5 p.m. online with Facebook Live. Included are studio tours, demos, talks, artwork and options to find Valentine’s gifts for special folks in your life. Visit to participate…Billerica-based artist Michele Boll is February’s Artist-of-the-Month at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. Reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s work, in her paintings Boll’s focus is to create mood and emotion through the use of light and shadow. Visit, call 978-807-6699 or email to discuss purchasing her art…Brush Gallery and Studios and Lowell National Historical Park have issued a call for entries for their spring juried exhibition on the theme “What does community look like to you?” Interested artists in any stage of their career and from across the U.S. are invited to submit up to three images for consideration by Friday, March 26. For info and prospectus, visit

VALENTINES, LINCOLN, VACATION WEEK: The Trustees, which operates many historic and cultural facilities across Massachusetts, including Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, has a host of virtual and in-person Valentine and February School Vacation Week activities in store. Visit for ideas and options…  Concord Museum brings its popular Presidents Day program “A Visit with President Lincoln” to the virtual stage on Monday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Record a video of your question for Honest Abe before Wednesday, February 10 and send it to and you may be featured in the program. To tune in and watch, register at You will receive an email link prior to the program. The museum also hosts historian H.W. Brands for a virtual talk on his new book “The Zealot and the Emancipator” on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. The book recounts the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abe Lincoln.  To register, got to Free but donations encouraged.

President Abe Lincoln pays a virtual visit to the Concord Museum on February 15.

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