Despite brutal winters, New England is a wonderful place to live, work and play. Its people are hardy and resilient; its cities, vibrant and bustling; and its beaches, woodlands and mountains, enticing and energizing.
The Arts League of Lowell celebrates the region and all it offers in "New England," its summer-long members show on view June 15-Aug. 5 at the ALL Gallery, 307 Market St., Lowell. An artists' reception is Saturday, June 23, 4-6 p.m.
"At the heart of New England's strong regional character are its people, places, food, flora and fauna," notes the press release. "Through the depiction of iconic images, this exhibition will present a visual montage of the vast variety that somehow melds together to create that sense of New England's identity."
Conway Insurance Agency sponsors the show. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com for info.
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SPEAKER SERIES: Loading Dock Arts Education, part of Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave., Lowell, launches a speakers series, "The Business of Art, The Art of Business," on Thursday, June 21, with Rich Streitfeld. He is a CPA who has helped dozens of creative entrepreneurs organize their businesses for maximum tax benefit. He will be available for 15-minute appointments ($25) from 3-5 p.m., and a talk from 6-7:15 p.m. The series continues on upcoming Thursday evenings, once a month, through October. Free and open to all. Visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com for details.
SEASONAL HAPPENINGS: The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, Market St., Lowell, hosts an artists' reception for its new show "Reflections: Homage to a Friend on Thursday," June 21, 5-7 p.m. The annual members show, in tribute to Brush artist Deirdre Grunwald, who passed away unexpectedly in January, is the 36th annual exhibition of Brush artists. The show runs through July 29. ... Martha Mayo, a local art collector and patron, has offered her backyard to the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust for its annual "Summer Solstice Soiree" on Saturday, June 23, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and fresh strawberries as you celebrate the season and help support the group's programs. Visit www.lowelllandtrust.org for info and tickets.
SUMMER NIGHTS AT THE MFA: As the summer season gets underway, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, offers an array of seasonal activities to entice visitors in to Boston. Its free "Sunset Cinema" series launched on Wednesday, June 20m with an outdoor screening of the Marvel smash "Black Panther." Other free flicks include "Faces Places," a new documentary to usher in the Boston French Film Festival on July 12; "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind," a 1984 sci-fi epic on Aug. 9; and "The Wicker Man," a 1973 horror classic to launch the MFA's British Horror series on Sept. 13. Screenings take place on the Huntington Avenue lawns and are preceded by live music, art making and lawn games starting 90-minutes before the film begins. No ticket required. Bring a blanket or low chair (maximum 3-feet high), a picnic supper and non-alcoholic beverages. Beer, wine, snacks are available to purchase. For other summer activities at the MFA, visit www.mfa.org.