The "Artful Age" exhibit at the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell will showcase art created by senior citizens.
The "Artful Age" exhibit at the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell will showcase art created by senior citizens.

"Youth," said Picasso, "has no age."

And Linda B. Dunn and Pamela Wamala prove that in "Artful Age" at the Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell. It runs July 5-29 and the opening reception is July 7, 4-6 p.m.

Both Dunn and Wamala have worked in parallel for close to a decade, leading art classes at senior centers, continuing care residences and rehab facilities. In this show, their students' work shines with joy, offering sumptuous colors and interesting textures to soothe the soul.

"Art reawakens old interests and sparks new ones. It activates time and gives the moment meaning," said Dunn.

Some "Artful Age" artists have painted for a lifetime. Others discovered art as seniors. Their joy of exploration shines in "Artful Age." In elder classes, art offers a place of autonomy and discovery.

As a student observed: "We came not knowing how to draw a straight line. Now we can paint, and we know that circles are more fun."

Come, see, and feel this delightful exhibit from a group of unexpected artists.

The Loading Dock Gallery, a program of Loading Dock Arts, Inc., a 501c3, is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Call 978-596-1576 or visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.

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

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