A gallery trek is a perfect antidote to winter's ongoing deep freeze. And two new exhibitions opening this week in Lowell promise to warm you up with colorful artwork and a great deal or two.

"Not Quite Perfect" is the name of the game at the Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave., Lowell. Running through Jan. 28, with an opening reception Saturday, Jan. 6, 5-7 p.m., the show offers a warm welcome to 2018 with steals and deals.

What do they mean by "not quite perfect"? Well, for one reason or another, the artists consider the work flawed, but the imperfections are visibly slim. The prices, however, are perfect and the public is the beneficiary. Painting, wood, fiber, calligraphy, glass, jewelry, wearables and small sculpture will be on view and for sale. Up to 30 artists will have work in the show, so if you've had your eye on someone's art for a while, now is the time to come make a purchase.

Artists attending the reception are eager to chat and sell at this "out with the old" show and sale. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Call 978-596-1576 or visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, Market St., Lowell, meanwhile, presents "A Picture Is Worth 1.5 Words." Presented in conjunction with the Boston Printmakers Print Biennial, it runs Jan. 6-Feb. 17. A reception takes place Sunday, Jan. 28, 2-4 p.m., with a snow date of Saturday, Feb. 4. Visit www.thebrush.org.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@ verizon.net.


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The Pottery Mill on Lee Street in Lowell offers clay classes for all ages. Hold a child s birthday party there, too. Call 978-427-0945.
The Pottery Mill on Lee Street in Lowell offers clay classes for all ages. Hold a child s birthday party there, too. Call 978-427-0945.

Art picks

COLORFUL SHOW: An array of dazzling oil paintings by Harvard-based painter Melba I. Juez-Perrone bedeck the walls of Gallery at Indian Hill in the Camilla Blackman Hall at Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. On view through February, the exhibition, "Melba I. Juez-Perrone: Harmony of Colors and Notes," offers viewers a glimpse at current works by this artist, who sees painting as "a visual representation of the poetry living in the figure." A native of Ecuador, her paintings are a fusion of her multicultural background and experiences. At the reception Friday, Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m., the artist's husband, cellist Jan Muller-Szeraws, an internationally known solo and chamber musician, will perform. General exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Call Visit www.indianhillmusic.org or call 978-486-9524, press O, for information.

ARTSY INTERACTION: Get up close and personal with several hundred artists at First Saturday Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios, 122 and 160 Western Ave., Lowell. The first First Saturday is Jan. 6, noon-5 p.m. Meet the artists, learn how they do it and purchase some original artwork for yourself or a friends. The popular event takes place each month all year long.

CLAY CREATIVITY: The Pottery Mill on Lee Street in Lowell offers an array of pottery classes for adults and kids in January. They include both pottery wheel and hand-building sessions. The space is also available for birthday parties, work parties or other get-togethers. Call 978-427-0945 or visit its Facebook page for information.

Paintings by Melba I. Juez-Perrone at the Gallery at Indian Hill through February.
Paintings by Melba I. Juez-Perrone at the Gallery at Indian Hill through February.

LAST CHANCE: It's your last chance over the next few days to check out holiday shows at several Lowell galleries. Holiday Treasures closes Jan. 7 at the Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery, 307 Market St. ... "One Liner," artwork by Anthony Montuori, runs through Jan. 8 at High Five Arts, 250 Jackson Street, fifth floor. ... "Peace on Earth" runs through Jan. 14 at Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle St.