A Celebration of Diversity and the City in Lowell Art Spaces – Lowell Sun

The rich diversity, neighborhoods and people of Lowell are the focus of celebrations and exhibits at local arts spaces.

Loading Dock Arts hosts Celebrating Diversity: Lowell Has It! The multicultural event from noon to 5 p.m. will take place on Saturday at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave.

An art exhibition, live workshops, ethnic music, dance and fashion will all be featured. Many workshops are “do and take” and on a walk-in basis. All are free but some require prior registration due to lack of space.

The many cultural traditions that are part of the rich diversity of the Greater Lowell area participate in this event as workshop presenters, musicians, dancers or food vendors.

The centerpiece is the month-long “Who We Are: A Celebration of Diversity” art exhibit featured in the loading dock gallery. The nearby Back Door Gallery features an exhibition by Erick Maldonado, “Coalo en Lawrence”.

The venue’s three mini-galleries will be open with exhibits that showcase Lowell’s diversity.

The 4th Floor Gallery presents “What is The Acre”, an exhibition from the archives of the Center for Lowell History (UML Libraries), the Pollard Memorial Library and the Lowell Historical Society.

The 3rd Floor Gallery exhibit is “Finding Home,” a photographic essay by photographer Scot Langdon. Langdon follows the process of relocating an Afghan family to Lowell.

City of Immigrants” is the 1st Floor Gallery’s exhibition, a collaboration of the work of three photographers – Jim Higgins, Wendy James and Tory Wesnofske.

Many artists from Western Avenue Studios will open their doors to welcome the public on this special day.

There is free on-site parking and free overflow parking at the UML staff parking lot on Wilder Street. The COOL shuttle will run between the Wilder Street lot and the shuttle stop at Western Ave Studios from 10:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information and to register for workshops with limited space, visit loadingdockarts.org/celebrating-diversity.html.

The long-awaited return of exhibitions hosted by the Whistler House Museum of Art is now happening with “Lowell: My Hometown,” the new show held in conjunction with patron/philanthropist Nancy Donahue’s recent birthday celebration and recognition with the James McNeill Whistler Distinguished Artist Award. It can now be viewed at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St. A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visit Whistlerhouse.org for details.

Gallery Notes:

SUMMER ESCAPE: Gallery Z, 167 Market St., Lowell, is hosting ‘Soul Garden’, a colorful summer getaway with works by Donna Howard, on view until July 31. Summer hours are Wednesday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. -9pm, and Friday and Saturday, 11am-10pm Visit galleryzartistcoop.com for info and other events.

WATCH NOW: Canvases submitted to the Four by Four for Education fundraising exhibition at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell are on view through July 22. Register and buy a $25 ticket before July 22 and you’ll be guaranteed to win one of the works. Names will be drawn at the July 23 event and you must be present to participate. Your place in line is determined by the drawing. It’s like a raffle but each person who buys a ticket wins a canvas. You can also purchase a ticket for cash at the event while tickets are sold out. Those who benefit include the Brush Scholarship Fund and Special Perspectives programming which provides art lessons to struggling adults. Visit https://thebrush.org/4x4ticket.htm for tickets and information.

Nancye Tuttle’s email address is [email protected]

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