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From Gritty Mills to Cobblestone Streets, Photography Weekend Focuses on Lowell, Mass.
Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)

Lowell is a picture-perfect city, abounding with photo opportunities from gritty mill buildings and cobblestone streets to its falls, river and canals. Now the Mill City pays tribute to the shutterbugs among us with the first-ever Lowell Photography Weekend, a multi-venue event. At least five Lowell galleries, museums and art organizations will host exhibits tomorrow and Saturday.

Here's a snapshot of locales:

Photo2006 Black and White Classic Juried Photography Show at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market St., is a leap back in time in this digital world. All works are black-and-white photos made from film and traditional darkroom techniques. No digital processing is used in any creation of these works. In addition, check out The Veterans Project, a mini-exhibition of photos and essays created by students in the Washington School's Photo Voice Program. Reception is Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Call 978-459-7810.

Dare to be Digital at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St. is an exhibit that begs viewers to imagine what can be created when photography is expanded without limitation. Come see how artists transform photography to a new level. On view in the Members' Gallery. Also on view in the Parker Gallery is the Annual Juried Members Show. Reception for both is Saturday, 2-4 p.m.

The Ayers Lofts, 172 Middle St., offers The Heart of Light: Digital Explorations by Maureen Chase. Chase, an Arts League of Lowell member who lives in North Chelmsford, has a diverse background in healing, spirituality and photography. On view is a variety of her most colorful photos. The reception is Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

Down the street, the ALL Arts Gallery, 67 Middle St., presents The Next Generation, a juried show of work by high school and college students across the region. Amateur and professional photogs will enter their work. There is no limitation on choice of format or process. Jurors Thomas Beales and Vincent Parent, both of Lowell, are photographers with 40 years experience between them. Reception is Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., is the home of several photographers and features a juried show of work from the Boston Photography Center, including Lowell photographers, work by New York photographer Shawn Escoffery and photographs by young people across the U.S., including local youth.

On view in the third-floor exhibit space. Reception is tomorrow from 7-9 p.m. Open both days noon-5 p.m.

DREAMIN': I Had the Strangest Dream, the second annual juried show at 119 Gallery, opens Tuesday and runs through Jan. 12 at the gallery, located at 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell. Heidi Kayser of Axion Gallery juried the show. The winner will have a solo exhibit next year. Call 978-452-8138.

A SENSE OF PLACE: The University Gallery at UMass Lowell hosts Vicinity: Paintings by Rachael Wren from Nov. 15-Dec. 15. The exhibit of works by the Brooklyn-based artists features dazzling abstracts that examine the ideas of place, memory and time -- in particular how place is related to both landscape and memory, but ultimately is distinct from both. The gallery is located on the first floor of the McGauvran Student Union, 71 Wilder St., UMass Lowell South Campus. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 978-934-3491.

COLORS ABOUND: With most of the leaves now down, life looks a little drab. Powers Gallery takes care of that with Abundant Color, showing through Nov. 30 in its storefront location at the intersection of Routes 2A and 27 in Acton. The show, a diverse collection of styles in landscapes, still lifes and more, features new, colorful works by Marshall Henrichs, Scott Moores, Lawrence Young, Teri Malo and other artists. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Call 978-263-5105.

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