By Nancye Tuttle
LOWELL -- Wael Kamal, an award-winning Egyptian photographer, is currently a visiting professor at UMass Lowell and also serving as interim director of the school's journalism and media studies program.
He is now sharing his talents in a joint exhibit with UML art student Duy Hoang entitled Sound of Light: Photography and Sculpture from the Middle East and Massachusetts.
On view from Monday, Jan. 28, through Friday, Feb. 15, in Dugan Gallery, Dugan Hall, South Campus, 883 Broadway St., the exhibit is sponsored by the university's Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture.
An artists' reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, at noon. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays and evenings by appointment.
- WARM UP: Enjoy artwork and chili at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell, on Saturday, Jan. 26, from noon-4 p.m. at the second annual Chili Contest. Vote for your favorite and help support the Brush's Special Perspectives Art Program that offers art classes to developmentally delayed adults. $10 at door. Snow date Sunday, Jan. 27. www.thebrush.org/specialperspectives
- ART CRITIQUE: Michael Vieira, a Lowell native and graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, will offer critiques of one or two pieces of art work brought by artists to the Chelmsford Art Society meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, Rte. 4. Vieira started painting at age 10 and considers himself an American impressionist. His work is in many private collections and he has shown extensively around the world. He currently teaches figure drawing at the Whistler House in Lowell. Free.
- BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: The Fourth Friday Acoustic Coffeehaus at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, celebrates Scottish poet Robert Burns birthday with Scottish poems, songs, stories, dances and more on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. $5 at door.
- CALL TO ARTISTS: The Arts Committee of Acton Memorial Library invites Massachusetts artists to submit work for consideration for exhibitions in the library's Meeting Room Gallery. Selections are being made for shows from Sept. 2013-Aug. 2014. Submissions due March 1. Call 978-929-6655 for details... The Merrimack Valley Artisans (formerly Dunstable Artisans) are seeking fine artists and crafters to join the organization. Visit www.merrimackvalleyartisans.org or email Art@MerrimackValleyArtisans.org for information.
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