Lowell's galleries and museums -- always filled with colorful, creative art -- are busy with openings this weekend.
The Whistler House Museum of Art showcases As I See It, a show featuring works by Barney Levitt. It's on view May 1-June 8 with a reception on Saturday, May 11, 2-4 p.m., at the museum, located at 243 Worthen St.
Levitt doesn't like to label himself a still-life painter. Yet still-lifes figure predominantly in his work. His subjects are often objects of personal interest that he paints in his home studio.
He creates a narrative from ordinary objects to give new meaning to them, often with a sense of mystery or humor from different elements.
Levitt is a member of the Copley Society, among other art organizations. His website is www.barneylevitt.com.
The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios gets its hands dirty in May with Muddy, Dirty, Marvelous! The exhibition culminates years of work by Barbara Guilmet and Samantha Tucker -- aka The Muddy Girls -- who have created sculpture, vessels, collaborative pieces and a mixed media display of clay on wood.
The pieces feature high-fire stoneware and glazes that the Muddy Girls created and mixed themselves over a year of studying, testing formulas and customizing glazes.
The "girls" have studied with master potter/glazer John Britt in North Carolina and now are being mentored by Yary Livan, master Cambodian potter and teacher in Lowell.
The show runs May 1-26 at the LDG, 122 Western Ave. Opening reception is Saturday, May 4, 5-7 p.m. Visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com for info.
- PHOTO SHOW: Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St., Lowell, opens its Moonlighting Photography Show on Saturday, May 4, 1-3 p.m. At 3 p.m., there will be a community reading of Lowell poet Michael Casey's work Millrat at 3 p.m., followed by a showcase of local singers/songwriters with Krista Baroni. Visit www.facebookcom/ZeitgeistGalleryLowell for details.
- WEATHER OR NOT: 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell presents Weathering Art: Creative Expression in the Era of Climate Change, a showcase featuring works by 11 artists pondering issues of climate change through their work. It's on view May 7-June 8. There will be a reception and panel discussion on May 19. Visit www.119gallery.org for info.
- VIDEO AT MFA: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has partnered with comic book creator Stan Sakai and video game company HappyGiant, in association with Dark Horse Comics, to develop in-game content for a special free version of its new video game based on the comic book Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin. It's the first video game in 24 years featuring characters from the award-winning comic book series. Visitors to the MFA exhibition Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, on view through Aug. 4, will have access to a special password allowing them to unlock a special level of the game. Visit www.mfa.org for info.
Nancye Tuttle's email is email@example.com.