With May's arrival, there's art, culture and more to enjoy in Lowell this weekend. At Loading Dock Gallery, located at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., fine-art students from Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro share their work in the "4th Annual IACS Student Art Exhibition" from May 1-26, with a reception Saturday, May 5, 5-7 p.m.
LDG is honored to present the work by these talented, aspiring artists. Organized by by the school's Art Club and open to all media, the exhibit features portfolios of work by seven seniors and individual pieces by current juniors and recent alumni. The youthful, creative artists exemplify the energy, fearlessness and digital talents of the younger generation.
IACS serves 600 students in grades 5-12 from 10 local communities. LDG is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Call 978-596-1576 or visit www.theloadingdockgallery.org.
The Arts League of Lowell's ALL Gallery, 307 Market St., features "From All Sides," a juried, 3-D show through Sunday, June 10. A reception takes place Saturday, May 12, 4-6 p.m., and the gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.org.
And don't forget Downtown Lowell First Thursdays returning for the summer season today, and featuring art, music, neighbors, galleries, food, performances and more. Pick up maps along Market Street.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS: Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Heritage Partnership present the Community Excellence Awards in historic preservation and cultural heritage at a reception today, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell. This year's winners include Jon Rudzinski, excellence in historic preservation; Gordon Halm, excellence in cultural heritage; and Kady Phelps and Molly Mahoney, excellence in student cultural heritage. The event kicks off Doors Open Lowell. For info, visit www.DoorsOpenLowell.org or www.LowellHeritagePartnership.org.
FUN IN FITCHBURG: Take a trip to Fitchburg Art Museum this month for an art-filled experience. First up is Free First Thursday, today, 3-7 p.m. In celebration of the statewide ArtWeek, FAM curator Lisa Crossman and curatorial assistant Lauren Szumita will give a special tour of the current exhibits "Fantastical, Political" and "Mirrors and Windows." Free admission, plus the Fitchburg Farmers Market will be open. Later this month, on Saturday, May 19, is Spring Fling Family Day from 1-4 p.m. Free admission for all. Visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org for details.
SAVE THE DATE: An exhibition of works by UMass Lowell's BFA candidates for spring 2018 opens with a reception next Thursday, May 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the University Gallery on UML's South Campus. Save the date and check out more info on this show next week in the Galleries column.