The Arts League of Lowell artists honor the legacy of Lowell native son Jack Kerouac's legendary wanderings in their current show, "Journeys," at the ALL Gallery, 307 Market St., Lowell, on view through Nov. 11.

Sponsored by arts patron/philanthropist Nancy Donahue, "Journeys" evokes all aspects of the word through art works that depict literal travel, life's evolutionary paths and imaginary flights of fancy.

Juror Karl Stephan selected art works from many submissions that best reflect the show's theme and also show excellence in craftsmanship and artistic merit.

Join the artists for a reception Saturday, Oct. 13, 4-6 p.m., when first-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded. For info, visit or

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FABULOUS FABRICS: The New England Quilt Museum, Shattuck Street, Lowell, is ablaze with brilliant colors this fall thanks to a new show, "Fabric Collage Quilts of Susan Carlson," on view through Dec. 30. The retrospective spans three decades in the evolution of Carlson's work. Internationally recognized, she is well-known for her intricate "fabric collage" technique. Her subjects include portraits, birds, insects, fish and a 20-foot crocodile. She "paints" with fabric, choosing the right prints to create feathers, foliage, coral reefs, pink-cheeked children and mythological figures streaming across the cosmos. The show features 32 works that are sure to delight viewers with their colors, textures and imagery. A reception and gallery talk with Carlson will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. Visit


OUT AND ABOUT: The AllBright Art Crawl takes place in Allston and Brighton on Saturday, Oct. 13, noon-5 p.m., and features 100 artists and more. Free pedicab rides will be offered all afternoon to participating galleries, musical events and public art. Visit for details. ... The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton hosts "Opulence Rediscovered: The Romanov Liturgical Silver." On view Oct. 19-Jan. 13, it marks the first exhibition in 50 years of a lost masterpiece. Visit for info. ... "Now You See It Now You Don't" opens Wednesday, Oct. 17, with a reception at the Miller-Havens Gallery, 9 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. The work is by Cambridge artist Susan Miller-Havens, whose life-sized portraits of Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and pitcher Pedro Martinez are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The gallery will be open for four months and is the first solo artist's gallery in Harvard Square and, possibly, Cambridge. Miller-Havens' work was on view in an exhibit at the Ayer Lofts in Lowell in 2003. For info, visit

SEEING STARS: Visitors to the Museum of Science's Charles Hayden Planetarium will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a new show, "Destination Mars: The New Frontier." Premiering Oct. 20 and created in-house by the award-winning planetarium staff of producers and artists, and with funding support from NASA, the show celebrates the persistent curiosity that drives us to explore, focusing on the future of human spaceflight and voyages to Mars. The museum will feature other programming through October to celebrate the anniversary. Visit for details.