LOWELL -- During the holidays, the artists of Western Avenue pull out all the stops to showcase their work for gift buyers and those who simply love browsing through pretty things.

The Loading Dock Gallery opens its fifth annual Winter Lights extravaganza of glittery, delight-filled works of arts, combining the talents of over 20 artists with studios here.

The show runs Nov. 28-Dec. 30 with an opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m. In addition, the artists open their studios Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9, from noon-4 p.m. Visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com or call 978-710-8605 for info.

Art picks

  • GIFT OF ART: Powers Gallery, 144 Great Road, Acton, opens its holiday show A Gift of Art: 2012 on Saturday, Dec. 1, with a reception from 3-7 p.m. On view are paintings, sculpture, ceramics and floral arrangements. On Saturday, Dec. 8, noon-6 p.m., Melinda Baringer brings her Jewelry Trunk Show to the gallery. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. 978-263-5105 or www.powersgallery.com
  • AT WHISTLER HOUSE: Whistler House Museum of Art, Worthen St., Lowell, hosts its annual holiday cocktail party on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Featured is an auction with art by member artists. Also on view is the annual member exbition. Visit www.whistlerhouse.org for info.
  • DEMONSTRATION: Lowell artist John Cascio shares oil painting tips at the Chelmsford Art Society's meeting Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, North Road, Rte. 4, Chelmsford. Free.

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