’The Extended Family’ by Eleanor Sackett at The Loading Dock Gallery
'The Extended Family' by Eleanor Sackett at The Loading Dock Gallery

LOWELL -- Painter Eleanor Sackett taps into family ties in her show The Extended Family, which opened last week and runs through Feb. 24 at The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue.

She encourages viewers to "come meet my family" in her representational portraits of people she knows well, who range from age two months to 84 years.

Sackett, who has a studio in one of the artist lofts at WAS, has painted and drawn all her life. But her full-time training as a painter only began in 2000 with encouragement from a teacher and her husband. She trained under Paul Ingbretson at his studio in Manchester, N.H.

Her current portrait work, done from life or from photographs, differs greatly from the early abstract watercolor paintings she did as a child.

In her oils on canvas, Sackett seeks "to leave a bit of myself behind in each painting. I hope people will look at it and say, 'Yes, that is who she was.' "

The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 978-656-1687 or visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com for info.

Art picks

  • WINTERFEST POSPONED: The scheduled opening of the Arts League of Lowell's latest show, Winterfest, will be delayed one week, due to the pending snow storm. Winterfest will now open on Friday, Feb. 15 and run through March 9, Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., at 117 Merrimack St. The opening reception for the artists will occur, as originally scheduled, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2:00pm - 6:00pm.
  • VALENTINE TRUNK SHOW: Share your true love for your sweetheart with handcrafted jewelry, made locally by Western Avenue Studios jewelers. They band together with a Jewelers Trunk Show on Saturday, Feb. 9, noon-4 p.m., in the 3rd Floor of the A-Mill Building. Follow the hearts to find your way. 122 Western Avenue, Lowell. www.westernavenuestudios.com for info.
  • COOP OPENING: Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St., Lowell, hosts a grand opening for its coop artist on Saturday, Feb. 9, 5-8 p.m. Fifteen member artists display paintings, prints, mixed media, sculpture, photography, jewelry and ceramics. Call 617-285-1610 or visit www.facebook.com/ZeitgeistGalleryLowell for info.

Nancye Tuttle's email is nancyedt@verizon.net.