Lowell Women's Week doesn't get underway for several weeks. But it's making itself seen and heard now with "Women Looking at Women," an art exhibition about and by women, on view through March 12 in the Arts League of Lowell's Greenwald Gallery, 307 Market St., Lowell.
The exhibit's goal is to present the female perspective as both the subject and creator of art in representations that show women as bold, insightful, resilient, seeking and intelligent.
"Women have been the subjects of countless works of art for centuries," said exhibit organizer Diana Zipeto. "And for centuries, women have also been the creators of art. But for much of that time, they worked without the opportunities to become masters of their craft and definers of culture."
Featured artists include Zipeto, Angela Ales, Katherine DuBose Fuerst, Mary Hart, Sally Twickler Johnston, Ilene Richard, Laurie Simko and Janet Wolahan. Collectively, they have shown their work in hundreds of galleries and exhibitions across New England, the United States and South America.
"Art created by women offers a powerful perspective, disrupts stereotypes, and actively adds to the artifacts and history of our society," noted Zipeto. "By creating art, women exercise their right to author the culture and surrounding that are a part of. And by representing themselves, women define what they are, what they can do and who they wish to be."
The opening reception is Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.
Free and open to all. Visit www.lowellwomensweek.org for info on other events.
ITALIAN SCENES: Art Ferrier's love of Italy shines through in his photographs of the beautiful country. And he shares more than 20 views from a 2009 visit there in a new exhibition on view now through April 20 at TreMonte Pizzeria Restaurant and Bar on Palmer Street in downtown Lowell. "With vibrant color and beautiful composition, Art's work opens new windows to world vistas," said exhibit curator Mary Hart. Ferrier, a Lowell native who works from a studio in Western Avenue Studios, draws inspiration mainly from painters like Edward Hopper and Mark Rothko. "I seek to open people's eyes and minds to the extraordinary in the ordinary and the profound beauty that lies all around us if we take the time to look closely," said Ferrier. The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m.
SWEET STUFF: Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Museum of Science presents "Chocolate," an exhibit on the world's favorite sweet. The temporary exhibit, on view now through May 7, indulges visitors with the history, symbolism, science and cultural significance of chocolate through the ages. Visit www.mos.org for details and tickets.
BRUSH OPENINGS: Several studio artists at Lowell's Brush Art Gallery and Studios have given up their spaces there to become associate artists. That leaves these spaces available for rent. For more information about the spaces and artists' responsibilities or to arrange a visit, email Jim Dyment at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Hughes at email@example.com or contact an artist on duty at 978-459-7819.
Nancye Tuttle's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.