Lowell's galleries spark color at every turn this month and are worth a look-see when you're out and about.
A bright adventure awaits visitors in "Exploring Color," a new show running July 13-28 at Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle St., Lowell. Artist-residents and their guests show off their latest creations, including painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and more.
A reception takes place Saturday, July 13, noon-4 p.m., and the gallery is open weekends.
A dazzling array of dramatic portrait photographs by Kristen Higgins adorns the walls at Coffee and Cotton, the charming café at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., fourth floor, Lowell.
"Kristen shoots a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to musicians, creatives and young entrepreneurs — just like us!" Coffee and Cotton notes on its Facebook page.
The dog and cat-friendly space is open Sunday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy espresso, home-baked treats and locally farmed food in its menu items.
And while you're meandering, don't forget "Rockport at the Whistler," through July 20 at Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St.; "Our Precious World," the annual studio artists' exhibition, through July 28 at Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 246 Market St.; "In Praise of Silk," through Aug. 4, "19th Century Basket Quilts," through August 18, at New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St.; "Out of the Ordinary," through July 21 at Arts League of Lowell, 307 Market St.; and "Six by Six Under $100," through July 28 at Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave.
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