A work by Karisa Gaudet in the UML BFA Spring 2018 Exhibition combines her passion for art, her hobby of video games and love of stories and narrative.
A work by Karisa Gaudet in the UML BFA Spring 2018 Exhibition combines her passion for art, her hobby of video games and love of stories and narrative.

Before they don their caps and gowns for commencement on May 19, graduating seniors in the UMass Lowell Art and Design program get to show off a bit.

Their work is on view May 10-19 in the biannual Spring 2018 BFA Exhibition in the University Gallery, the Mahoney Gallery and the Mahoney hallways. All are in Mahoney Hall, located on UML South Campus, 870 Broadway St. The public is invited to an opening reception on today, Thursday, May 10, 5-7 p.m., in the University Gallery.

Artist Dan Rocha has a solo exhibition on through May at Lowell s Ayer Lofts Gallery.
Artist Dan Rocha has a solo exhibition on through May at Lowell s Ayer Lofts Gallery.

The talented BFA candidates are Elisabeth Auffant, Kevin Awino, Brendon Beaudoin, Nick Broadway, Steven Bu, Russell Byron-Kelly, Claudel Charles, Dana Cram, William Crow, John Cullen, Andrea DeLisle, Karisa Gaudet, Sarah Georges, Renee Gonsalves-Lamontagne, Armando D. Hopson, Julie Howard, Lynn Huynh, Brian Jaime, Matthew Jarbeau, Stephanie Laflamme, Brendan Lam, Jordanne Love, Meagan Makiej, Steven Martinec, Caitlin Mitchell, Eli Portuhondo, Meghan Quinn, Jasmin Rodriguez, Teresa M. Santana, Steve Simoes, Khand Tenney, Jennifer Vivier, Cody A. Weimer and Austin Wells.

Their graphic-design and fine-art projects include painting, photography, sculpture, illustration, mixed media, 3-D animation, web design, app design, interactive installations, video documentation and motion graphics.


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Amy Lindsay s quilt "Catherine Wheels" was a Viewer s Choice winner in previous Chelmsford Quilters Guild show.
Amy Lindsay s quilt "Catherine Wheels" was a Viewer s Choice winner in previous Chelmsford Quilters Guild show.

The diversity of these projects exemplifies a deeply personal connection between each artist/designer and his or her work.

The Art and Design Capstone is a yearlong process in which students are encouraged to explore new materials, investigate diverse concepts and cultivate new ideas.

Eventually, these are united into one substantial body of work.

The Art and Design faculty encourages the students' growth and the development of their projects to help define each student's aesthetic and aspirations for post-college practice.

All are invited to the galleries and hallways, which are fully accessible, to see the dynamic work of these soon-to-be UML graduates.

Stephen Previte, who has exhibited at the Whistler House, hosts an Open Studio event this weekend and next weekend at his studio in Hollis, N.H.
Stephen Previte, who has exhibited at the Whistler House, hosts an Open Studio event this weekend and next weekend at his studio in Hollis, N.H.

Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Parking in the Wilder metered lot, Wilder and Bachelder streets. After 3 p.m., visitors may park in any campus lot that is not metered. Call 978-934-3491 or 978-934-3494 or visit http://www.uml.edu/FAHSS/Art/Galleries-Exhibitions.

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

Art picks

FOR QUILT FANS: The Chelmsford Quilters Guild holds its Biennial Quilt Show 2018 this weekend at the Grace Community Church, 275 Billerica Road. Colorful quilts will be on view Friday, May 11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Show entrance and parking located behind the building.

LOWELL OFFERINGS: Dan Rocha's solo show, "I Love Euclid," is on view through May 27 at Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle St., Lowell. Rocha's show features new works in resin. It is open weekends, noon-5 p.m., or by appointment. ... Claire Gagnon holds an "Initiation to Painting" class on Saturday, May 19, 1-3 p.m., at The Brush Art Gallery, Market Streeet, Lowell. The class gives participants a chance to experiment with acrylic paints in a relaxed, fun, stress-free atmosphere; no experience necessary. $20, all supplies provided. For info or to register, call Jim Dyment at 978-459-7819 or visit www.thebrush.org/events.

MOTHER'S DAY TREK: Treat Mom to a ride in the country this Mother's Day weekend and make your destination Stephen Previte's studio at 112 Silver Lake Road, Hollis, N.H. Previte holds his Annual Spring Open Studio this Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13, from noon-5 p.m., as well as next weekend, May 19-20. At the exhibit, called "Different Strokes," he'll show a collection of traditional subjects, for which he's known, plus a new collection of urban/industrial paintings on paper. He looks forward to speaking with people about the contrasting terms and styles of these diverse subjects, and to hearing their opinions and seeing where their tastes lie. Previte has exhibited at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H., among others. He is featured in the March/April issue of "Design New England Magazine." Visit www.PreviteFineArt.comfor info.