Spring will get here, eventually. And Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle St., Lowell, is in the midst of the season already with the exhibition "Spring into Action." It opened last weekend and runs through April 29, bringing a variety of works by artists and craftspeople from diverse backgrounds to the public. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.

A couple of other artsy events in the offing over the next few spring weeks include Lowell's Annual Points of Light Floating Lantern Celebration. Taking place Saturday, April 28, 6 to 10 p.m., it features music, dance, food, drinks and gorgeous lights on the canals in a celebration of all of Lowell's cultures.

Marie Sweeney will be honored by The Brush Art Gallery. SUN FILE PHOTO
Marie Sweeney will be honored by The Brush Art Gallery. SUN FILE PHOTO

Over the weekend of May 3-5, the annual Doors Open Lowell celebration returns and gives visitors and the city's citizens alike a chance to peek behind the doors and scenes of an array of city sites and landmarks.

And the popular Downtown Lowell First Thursdays returns on May 3 with galleries, museums, restaurants and other businesses offering displays and events to get folks out and about and celebrating the city's arts and cultural offerings.

Save the dates and visit www.cultureiscool.org for more info on Lowell's cultural and arts offerings.

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


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APRIL FUN: Old Sturbridge Village invites young and old to celebrate spring with the arrival of baby farm animals and planting fields prep. Meet the village's cuddly newborns up close and experience firsthand the responsibilities of raising animals on a circa-1830s farm. This year's Family Farm Fest takes place Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15, and April 21-22. Visit www.osv.org for details. ... On Wednesday, April 18, the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton hosts a School Vacation Week Pop-Up Crafts in its Makerspace. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to try weaving, embroidery and fiber art fun. Free with museum admission. Visit www.museumofrussianicons.org. ... The newly designed Discovery Museum in Acton (formerly the Children's Discovery and Science Discovery Museums), plus Discovery Woods will be open daily from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., during next week's April School Vacation Week. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for details.

A SPECIAL HONOR: The Brush Art Gallery and Studios honors Marie Sweeney and her volunteerism and service to cultural and human services in Greater Lowell on Friday, April 27, at UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. The event includes cocktails, dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and raffle, and a lively panel discussion with Sweeney and leaders of various educational, cultural and human-services organizations that she serves. Visit www.thebrush.org for details.

MONOTYPES AND MORE: The Gallery at Indian Hill hosts a reception Friday, April 13, 5 to 7 p.m., for artist Colleen Pearce, whose works are currently on view in the gallery space in Camilla Blackman Hall, Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. Pearce, a graduate of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, makes art that is connected to nature. She has been immersed in making art since childhood and teaches art in Lincoln Public Schools. General exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit www.indianhillmusic.org.