John Baumann’s photos and Bethany Peck’s paintings are on view in "Coastal Impressions" opening this week and running through June at
John Baumann's photos and Bethany Peck's paintings are on view in "Coastal Impressions" opening this week and running through June at the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell.

Memorial Day has come and gone — and that means summer is here in all its glory.

Worcester Art Museum greets the lazy, hazy days with a full slate of summer programs to engage visitors with art both in and outside the museum.

From themed guided tours to courtyard games and a new "Drill Like a Medieval Soldier" activity, WAM has fun stuff in store for all ages and interests.

Stroller Tours introduce tots to the museum with age-appropriate themes like "Shapes in Art" and "Painted Pets." Expanded docent-guided gallery tours explore many topics from gardens to fashion. And the popular arms and armor demos delve into cultures and accoutrements of knights and soldiers from the Vikings to New England Minutemen.

A new Art Garden at WAM, featuring an outdoor garden installation designed by Boston artist Andrew Mowbray, is planted with vegetables common to Southeast Asia. It's a community project with the Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts and the Regional Environmental Council. The vegetables will be sold to local markets, and the money earned will support SEACMA programs in immigrant and refugee communities in the area. WAM visitors will watch the garden grow and change all summer and enjoy story times and family programming there.


The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; third Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays. Free First Sundays are June 2, July 7 and August 4, with free admission for all. Free Fun Friday on June 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. free admission thanks to the Highland Street Foundation. For full schedule and exhibits, visit

NEW ENGLAND'S BEAUTY — Come and revel in the beauty of the New England sea shore in "Coastal Impressions in Paint and Pixels" running May 29-June 30 at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell. The exhibit features John Baumann's compelling photographs of iconic New England fishing villages and Bethany Peck's "inner light" expressionistic landscape paintings in oil on copper and reflective metal. Baumann is drawn to the history of the people and communities on the seacoast of New England. He waits for natural light to envelop his subjects, creating photos that embody peace, inspiration and pleasant recollections. Peck uses the natural elements of heaven, earth, water and fire to evoke emotion in her paintings. In her new collection on view at LDG, metal surfaces capture light and create shimmering reflections. A reception is Saturday, June 1, 4-6 p.m., following the free First Saturday Open Studios that afternoon at Western Avenue Studios. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Call 978-985-0695 or visit

AT THE BRUSH — Quilters, set your needles and thread in motion and get your applications in for the Brush Art Gallery and Studio's annual quilt show Aug. 3-Sept. 14. This year's exhibit "We've Got Personality" features art quilts inspired by portraits — self, family, friends, animal and pet portraits. The Brush is accepting applications until June 14. All entries must be three layers stitched together. Hand and/or machine work, surface design, embroidery and embellishments are welcome. For full prospectus, visit ... The Brush also invites members to its annual meeting Tuesday, June 11. at 6:30 p.m., in the gallery, 256 Market St., Lowell.

FINAL REMINDER — The Fitchburg Cultural Council hosts its Creatives Meet & Greet today, May 30, 5-7 p.m., at Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St. Come, share your interests and concerns and be heard.