’Expressive Guacamole’ by Reggie Blanchard
'Expressive Guacamole' by Reggie Blanchard

Downtown Lowell comes alive next Thursday, May 3, with the revival of the spring into early fall Downtown Lowell First Thursdays celebration of art and culture.

Various art galleries, museums and restaurants along and close to Market Street, the cultural heart of Lowell, made the decision over the winter to revive it following its hiatus last year, said chairman Marshall Moyer.

"We've been meeting monthly since January at UnchARTed Gallery and have a Facebook page named Downtown Lowell First Thursdays," said Moyer.

Each month, May through September, will have a theme and activities led by the various organizations participating.

On May 3, UnchARTed Gallery leads a Live Music theme from 5-9 p.m., and participating venues will host musicians.

’Dripping Paint’ by Meagan Makiej
'Dripping Paint' by Meagan Makiej

The June 7 theme is a Garden Party, led by the Whistler House Museum of Art and ALL Gallery, with the participating venues focusing on garden activities.

Through the summer, there will be escorted art walks on July 12 (which is the Second Thursday due to the 4th of July holiday) and a quilt theme on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Lowell Telecommunications Corporation will lead a video technology theme on Sept. 6, the final DTL First Thursday of the year.

"We hope that people will visit downtown Lowell, pick up our new 6x9 postcard map at participating venues and stroll from museum to gallery to restaurant café and enjoy the wide variety of art, entertainment, food, drink and shopping available on foot. As spring arrives and the sun sets later, we hope people come downtown and enjoy the heart of downtown Lowell, with free parking after 6 p.m.," said Moyer.


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’Relaxation’ by Gergana Ivanov
'Relaxation' by Gergana Ivanov

Visit the Facebook page at Downtown Lowell First Thursdays.

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

Art picks

ART ON THE MARQUEE: Four UMass Lowell art students are among 11 selected from various art schools across the state for inclusion in the sixth annual student round of Art on the Marquee hosted by Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. The work will be displayed on the 80-foot-tall, multiscreen, LED marquee outside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston. The UML students and the title of their work include Reggie Blanchard's "Expressive Guacamole," Gergana Ivanova's "Relaxation," Meagan Makiej's "Dripping Paint" and Sheila Vo's "Far Out." A reception takes place Monday, April 30, at the BCEC, 415 Summer St., Boston, from 6-8 p.m., and is free and open to all.

ART IN BLOOM: For a sure shot of springtime, visit Art in Bloom this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Garden clubs from around the state are participating to make floral arrangements that correspond to various artworks in the museum collection. Visit www.mfa.org for details.