It's a feast for the eye and a bargain for the wallet at Loading Dock Gallery's upcoming "Six by Six Under $100" exhibition in Lowell.
Running July 3-28 with an opening reception Saturday, July 6, 4-6 p.m., the show celebrates small works at modest prices and suitable for home or office. Art lovers will find small series and one-of-a-kind pieces. Choose among gilded vessels and engraved boxes, glass creations and ceramic containers, plus paintings and photographs in styles from realistic to abstract. Each piece is not bigger than six inches on a side and priced $100 or less.
The opening reception follows First Saturday Open Studios, noon-5 p.m., at Western Avenue Studios and Lofts, 122 Western Ave., Lowell.
The gallery, a program of Loading Dock Arts Inc., is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com or call 978-656-1687.
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Summer at Concord Museum
It's the best of summer at the Concord Museum with walking tours, film screenings, beer tastings and a host of fun family activities with new extended hours. Through Sept. 2, the museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week. Highlights include a staged performance of the original play "I Want to Go to Jail"; a beer talk and tasting with Lauren Clark, author of "Crafty Bastards"; journal-making for families; a Henry David Thoreau birthday celebration; a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Massachusetts ratifying the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote; film screenings, walking tours and much more. For the full line-up and reservation info, needed for certain programs, visit www. or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216.
Art for kids
Registration is underway for the Whistler House Museum of Art's Youth Summer Art Program in Lowell. Open to kids ages 10-14, each week in July offers a different program including drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking/collage. $175 per week/per child. 9 a.m.-noon. Scholarships are available. Visit www.whistlerhouse.org or call 978-452-7641. On Aug. 13-14, artist Claire Gagnon offers a two-day program at the Whistler House for ages 15-17. The program is designed for teens with a high interest in art or who have previously participated in summer art programs here. Intermediate skill level recommended. $125 includes supplies and a smock. Call 617-901-3873 or email Claire@ChezClaireArtSchool.com for info.
First up at Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, hosts MFA First Fridays on the first Friday of each month. Join friends in the Shapiro Courtyard, from 6-9:30 p.m., for fine art, music, cash bars featuring signature cocktails and tapas treats for purchase. The next is Friday, July 5. Tickets required and advance purchase suggested as it's often a sellout. Free to members; $23, seniors and students; $25, adults at www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/mfa-first-fridays-july?event=3049.
Free Fun Friday
The Worcester Art Museum hosts Free Fun Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Friday, June 28. Explore the exhibits and participate in hands-on art activities for free all day. Among the activities are collage, stenciling and mural-making workshops, food trucks and arms and armor demos. Highland Street Foundation sponsors the fun. Visit www.worcesterart.org/events/free-fun-friday.