CHELMSFORD -- Two colorful shows this month at the Chelmsford Public Library brighten November's dark days.
Groton photographer Carole Bouchard presents Water Abstracts and Reflections, a collection of nature photography that represent a sampling of images she captured at local ponds, rivers and streams.
"Light, wind and water movement create endless photographic opportunities, some of which emerged as these displayed images," says Bouchard. "I particularly enjoy creating photographs that look like paintings and use basic iPhoto editing software to achieve them."
Also on view are Jim O'Rourke's land and seascape and still life paintings.
O'Rourke works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, colored pencil and pastel, either on-site or using photos for inspiration.
"I currently paint or draw almost every day and am having the most productive, fulfilling time of my life," says O'Rourke.
The library is located at 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford. www.chelmsfordlibrary.org./programs/exhibits for info.
- UML SHOW: University Gallery at UMass Lowell presents Terrible Beauty, a collection of large-scale, figurative paintings by Jennifer Nuss, Nov. 5-30. Nuss draws inspiration from allegorical and mythical heroines for her work. A reception and talk is on Thurs., Nov. 15, 3-5 p.m. at the gallery, 71 Wilder St., Lowell. www.uml.edu/dept/art/galleries.
- AT ICA: This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s runs at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston Nov. 15-March 3. It is a diverse show, representing the complexities of art produced in the 1980s along with historical overviews of that era. www.icaboston.org/exhibitions for info.
- WESTERN INSPIRATION: Boston-based artist Sean Downey, who is inspired by the American West, shows 10 paintings and three sculptures in his show Recent Work at Northern Essex Community College's ArtSpace Gallery, Harold Bentley Library, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Through Dec. 1. www.necc.mass.edu for info.
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