Lowell's artists are gearing up for the onslaught of visitors who troop in to the city during Lowell Folk Festival weekend. They'll gather in the cool, brick-lined courtyard adjacent to the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center and the Brush Art Gallery and Studios for Art in the Courtyard, one of the most popular spots at the fest to check out art, chat with artists and make a purchase or two, as well.
The venue is also adjacent to two main stages at the fest -- Dutton Street Dance Stage and Market Street Stage -- and a popular stopping-off spot for visitors making their way between both.
The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, a long-time partner of the Lowell National Historical Park, supervises Art in the Courtyard.
Lowell artists participating include Bill Bradbury, caricatures; Mel Carota, chalk; Eling Chang, fiber dolls; Arlette Laan, fiber; Emily Schroer, collage/mixed media and Liz Stewart, beaded jewelry. Other artists are from Amherst, Arlington, Tyngsboro, Medford, Worcester, Carlisle, Hull, Brookline, Somerville and Melrose in Massachusetts and also from Branford, Conn., Bradenton, Fla., and Paris, France.
Hours are Saturday, July 27, noon-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, noon-5 p.m. For info, visit www.artinthecourtyard.org.
- IT'S THE COOLEST: Heading to the Lowell Folk Festival July 26-28? You can get in on the action and help out to boot if you join the Cultural Organization of Lowell's volunteer crew. COOL volunteers help spread the word about arts and cultural happenings that take place year-round in Lowell. You'll help out at the COOL booth and hand out flyers, brochures and giveaways to the public. Shifts run in two-hour blocks on Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, from noon-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Volunteers also nab a free t-shirt. For info and to sign up, contact Suzzanne Cromwell at 978-674-1483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NATURAL WONDERS: Naturalist photographer and caterpillar expert Sam Jaffe brings his extensive collection of live caterpillars to the Discovery Museums, Main Street, Acton, on Saturday, July 27. Visitors will see dozens of species native to Massachusetts in open-air displays and use digital microscopes to examine them close-up. The youngest visitors will participate in caterpillar-themed arts and crafts projects. Jaffe will also share his photography. Jaffe's goal is to show people that they don't need to look very far to find the beauty of nature. Indeed, it is all around, even under our feet and in our daily lives. The Cool Incredible Caterpillars program with Jaffe is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and is free with admission. Visit www.discoverymuseums.org for info.
- HIPPIE FUN: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston revisits fashions from the '60s and '70s with its show Hippie Chic, running July 16-Nov. 11. Featuring an array of ensembles from that era, it traces the revolutionary impact that the hippie movement had on fashion of that time. The emerging culture of the time period rejected the dictates of Paris haute couture and adopted an eclectic, individual look that mixed vintage and ethnic clothing with fashions inspired by psychedelic pop art, nature and fantasy. Trends percolated from the streets and affected ready to wear and haute couture. The exhibit showcases young talents and boutiques of that era and features 50 ensembles, from the museum's collection and on loan from other institutions. Visit www.mfa.org for info on the exhibit and special events being presented in connection with it.
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