The Concord Museum is decked out for the holidays with its annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature on view through Jan. 2.
Two special events take place this weekend in conjunction with the display of 40 fancifully decorated holiday trees, inspired by children's literature favorites and on view throughout the museum's galleries and hallways.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon, join Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and honorary chair to this year's Family Trees, for a program about his art and career. A book signing follows his presentation and books will be available to purchase. Be sure to check out the Family Tree inspired by Pinkney's The Grasshopper and the Ants. Free but reservations required at concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763.
And bring the kids to meet Arnie the Doughnut, a life-size costumed character inspired by Laurie Keller's book Arnie the Doughnut. He'll be at the museum, greeting visitors on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18, at 1:30 and 3 p.m.
- ALL NEWS: Small Winter Wonders continues through Jan. 8 at the Arts League of Lowell's ALL Gallery, 307 Market St., Lowell. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. ALL has also issued an open call for entries for Patterns, its next juried show on view Jan. 13-March 5. The show will feature patterns -- the repetition of a visual element or elements in a regular and predictable sequence. The elements may be composed of line, shape, form, texture, color or any combination of these. Submissions are open to active ALL members and non-member artists working in 2D, 3D, video or digital mediums. Submitted work must have been completed since 2014 and may not have been show previously at the ALL Arts Gallery.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com for a prospectus.
- EXTINCTION RISK: Endangered, an exhibit that raises awareness about the variety of animal species at risk for extinction, runs through Thursday, Dec. 22, at Mahoney Gallery in Mahoney Hall on UMass Lowell's South Campus, 870 Broadway St., Lowell. The free display, open to all, features drawings in ink and pastel alongside typography designed to educate people about the issue.
- FEE FREE DAYS: Lowell National Historical Park's Boott Cotton Mills Museum will be open free of charge on 10 upcoming dates in 2017.They are Jan. 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Feb. 20, Presidents Day; April 15-16 and April 22-23, National Park Week Weekends; Aug. 25, National Park Service Birthday; Sept. 30, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11-12, Veterans Day Weekend. Besides the museum, these fee free days include entrance fees at 124 of the 413 national parks. Visit www.nps.gov/lowe/planyourvisit/fees.htm.
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