Art abounds in regional weekend offerings – Lowell Sun

Art is all around us, wherever we look. And there’s plenty to taste and enjoy this weekend and beyond.

The Fitchburg Museum of Art is hosting a bilingual gallery walk and talk tour with artist Gabriel Sosa on Saturday, December 10. The 14:15 tour is in English and the 15:00 adventure is in Spanish.

Attendees are invited to join exhibiting artist Sosa for a walk through his solo exhibit, Gabriel Sosa: No Vehicles in the Park. He will share his experiences as a translator in the American court system and his observations on the ambiguity of language, the power of decision-making, and the complexity of the law.

Sosa’s drawings are taken directly from legal documents and court decisions. They ask us to consider the authority of legal decisions and their impact on our daily lives.

To let FAM know you plan to attend, call 978-345-4207 or register at https://68111.blackbaudhosting.com/68111/Gabriel-Sosa-Gallery-Walk–Talk-A-Bilingual-Gallery- Tour.

The Worcester Art Museum continues its festive month-long Deck the Halls events with a holiday concert by the Merrimack Valley Ringers at 2:00pm on Sunday, December 11th. You’ll hear the festive ringing of bells throughout the museum thanks to these talented ringers. The Ensemble is an auditioned group dedicated to sharing the art of handbells and bells with everyone. They perform to audiences throughout New England, including every year at WAM. And don’t forget – the WAM Museum Shop is open daily from 10am to 4pm until 24 December. Visit www.worcesterart.org/events/deck-the-halls for the full range of events.

Lowell artists have gone out of their way to make holiday shopping fun, festive and, most of all, local at several great spots around town.

If you missed last Saturday’s Holiday Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios, 133 Western Ave., don’t worry. They’re doing it again from noon to 5pm on Saturday, December 10. You’ll find all kinds of local art, from paintings, blown glass and ceramics to photography, prints, ceramics, wearable art and more from artists in one of the largest art communities in the country. There will be a food truck to provide food while you shop. And don’t forget to check out “Winter Lights,” the current show at Loading Dock Gallery. It’s free and dog-friendly. Just keep your pup on a leash. Visit www.westernavenuestudios.com.

And don’t forget the Studio’s Brush Art Gallery and Soup & Shop event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, December 9. Enjoy complimentary homemade soup while you browse and shop at the Brush, 256 Market St. Visit www.thebrush.org for details.

GALLERY NOTES

HANUKKAH AT THE MFA: There will be art-making demonstrations, hands-on art, klezmer music and dance, talks about traditions and more at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston — MFA — during its annual Hanukkah celebration, 5-10 p.m. , Thursday, December 15. The MFA is partnering with the Jewish Arts Collaborative and Combined Jewish Philanthropies for the celebration. Admission is usually pay-what-you-want with a $5 minimum. Visit www.mfa.org for details and other event information.

COLOR IN CONCORD: Lucy Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main St., Concord, presents contemporary ceramic artist Ann Van Hoey in her show “Color & Design,” on view Dec. 10-31. Her latest work features poetic forms in earthy browns paired with contrasting whites, plus greens, pinks, oranges and yellows displayed in fresh groupings together. Opening reception, 3-5 p.m., Saturday, December 10. Join her for an artist talk at 1pm on Sunday, December 11. Call 978-369-0278 or visit www.lucylacoste.com for information.

HOLIDAY PARTY: Whistler House Art Museum Executive Director Sarah Boghosian and her hard-working volunteers, board members and interns threw a great holiday party last Friday at the beautifully decorated Lowell institution on Worthen Street. There was an open bar, buffet dinner and a lively auction of donated artwork and a weekend getaway in Grafton, Vermont. It was chaired by auctioneer extraordinaire Tom Golden, Lowell City Manager. A great time was had by all and people were eager to eat and mingle again. Happy Holidays!

Nancy Tuttle’s email address is [email protected]

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