Three colorful new exhibits, opening this weekend, promise to be bright additions to Lowell's vibrant art scene this summer.
A Slice of Cheddar, opening Thursday, July 11, at the New England Quilt Museum, showcases bold, colorful Pennsylvania Dutch quilts from the late 19th-century. The Pennsylvania Dutch people love bright colors and this exhibit is all about color, with a focus on the use of cheddar -- the more user-friendly name they gave to "chrome orange" or "antimony" -- that they loved to use. The exhibit runs through Oct. 6. Visit www.nequiltmuseum.org/exhibitions for info.
Mill City Grows Stories, an exhibit of photos, video and stories of Lowell gardeners from around the world, opens at Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, LTC, 246 Market St., on Thursday, July 11, with a reception at 6 p.m. Highlighted by portraits and landscape photos by Meghan Moore, it is paired with video interviews with the gardeners, discussing their experiences. It runs through Aug. 30.
Ayer Lofts artist-residents open their summer show called Color Splash on Saturday, July 13, from noon-6 p.m. The gallery is located at 172 Middle St.
- GOING TO THE DOGS: You're My Best Friend, an exhibit of artwork by Jess Baer that's neither political, religious nor shocking -- just a happy, fun look at dog portraits painted with one goal in mind -- to warm the heart. They are on view through Aug. 22 at Loft 27, 27 Jackson St., Lowell. Call 978-458-8200 or visit www.lofttwoseven.com.
- 'FACES' RECEPTION: The artist's reception for Faces, an exhibition in the Owen Smith Shuman Gallery at Groton Public Library, Main St., Groton, takes place Tuesday, July 16, 6:30-8 p.m. The exhibit features an array of portraits in various media by over a dozen local artists. Some of these works were hidden away in the artists' studios for years. The show runs through Aug. 30.
- SUMMER IN FITCHBURG: The Fitchburg Art Museum has several shows on view now through Sept. 1. They include the 78th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft; ARTSWorcester Call and Response, contemporary works of art that respond directly to objects in FAM's collection of African art; Building a Collection: Photography at the FAM, an overview of the museum's expanding photography collection, and Nora Valdez: Baggage, a one-person exhibition of sculptures and drawings that address the emotions of the immigrant experience. Visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org for details.
- AFRICAN ART: Clinton's Gallery of African Art has a new director. He's Zachariah Combs and he comes from Crocodile River Music, which promoted African and African-influenced music. He has a history with the gallery, since its expansion in 2011, when he came here to offer tours of the collection and music and drumming lessons. He is excited to now be the director of the gallery, which houses over 600 African tribal artifacts. Visit www.galleryofafricanart.org for info.
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