"Johanna’s Other View," an acrylic painting by Claire Gagnon on view in "The Beauty of Lowell" at the Greater Lowell Community
"Johanna's Other View," an acrylic painting by Claire Gagnon on view in "The Beauty of Lowell" at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation through Dec. 10.

Dracut-based artist Claire Gagnon has long loved painting the scenery surrounding her home.

She shares her affection in a new solo show aptly entitled "The Beauty of Lowell," on view through Dec. 10 at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack St., Suite 202, Lowell.

Notes Gagnon: "I have 28 paintings in this show -- scenes of New England, some of Lowell architecture, some of creeks and rivers, paintings as small as 4-by-4 and as big as 12-by-36. It's worth the detour."

Indeed, it is. Gagnon and the GLCF will host a reception on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5-7 p.m., featuring light refreshments and a chance to mix and mingle.

Gagnon is also starting a new series of drawing, acrylic and watercolor classes for adults, and drawing and watercolor classes for kids ages 10-14. They'll run Nov. 5-Jan. 26, with no classes Thanksgiving week or Dec. 17-Jan. 6. More info on her website, www.ChezClaireArtSchool.com, or call 617-901-3873.

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

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"Monarch Butterfly" by Helen Moriarty
"Monarch Butterfly" by Helen Moriarty

HONEY OF A SHOW: Winnie-the-Pooh, the beloved teddy bear at the center of A.A. Milne's stories and E.H. Shepard's illustrations, is featured, along with his pals, in the exhibition "Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic," on view in the Torf Gallery through Jan. 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition traces the history and universal appeal of the classic stories through nearly 200 works drawn mainly from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Presented in an immersive display, the original drawings, letters, photographs and early editions, plus whimsical ephemera, take visitors on a journey exploring how the Pooh stories have stood the test of time and still delight readers around the world. Film showings include "Winnie the Pooh," Saturday, Nov. 24, and "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," Sunday, Nov. 25, both at 10:30 a.m. Tickets required for exhibit and films. Visit www.mfa.org.

NEW TECHNIQUE: The Chelmsford Art Society presents artist Helen Moriarty demonstrating scratchboard art techniques Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road. Scratchboarding is a form of direct engraving in which the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. Moriarty, a Lowell native, lives in Chelmsford and taught art in Lowell for years. A graduate of Tufts University with her BA, she has a master's from Boston University and a BFA from Northeastern. She has won awards for her scratchboard art. She is program chairman for the Chelmsford Art Society and a member of the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell. She also produces "Happenings with Helen Moriarty," an art demo show on Chelmsford's community access TV station.

ANNIVERSARY SHOW: Hard to believe, but the Loading Dock Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall. Located at Western Avenue Studios, LDG's gallery-wide Membership Art Show runs Oct. 31-Nov. 25, with a celebratory reception Saturday, Nov. 3, 4-6 p.m. In the last 10 years, the LDG has evolved to represent a wide variety of artwork in every imaginable medium. Here, you'll enjoy a diverse selection of paintings, functional art, jewelry, pottery, clothing and more. Representing more than 30 artists, it is one of the most eclectic galleries and high-end gift shops in the Merrimack Valley. Visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.