GROTON -- Artist Margot Stage makes treasures from trash, turning discarded objects into works of art.

Her latest creations are on view through Feb. 28 at the Conant Gallery at Lawrence Academy in the exhibit entitled What's Left Behind.

"I am intrigued by things left behind, overlooked or discarded -- from left-over linings of silk neckties to fallen black locust pods to discarded spools of thread. I take these objects and transform them into sculpture," said Stage, who lives in Westford and has a studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell.

With her work, she hopes to "invite a refreshing and often whimsical view of our world."

"Artfabrik," by Laura Wasilowski, at the New England Quilt Museum
"Artfabrik," by Laura Wasilowski, at the New England Quilt Museum

Meet Stage, a former producer and host on National Public Radio, at a reception on Friday, Jan. 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the gallery on the school campus, 26 Powder House Road. www.lacademy.edu for info.

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  • MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY: Lowell National Historical Park offers free admission at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Special talks and programs planned... The Museum of Fine Arts Boston offers free admission and programming on Martin Luther King Day from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m... Old Sturbridge Village celebrates the holiday with the special program Honoring a Slave Heroine: The Mumbet Story. Kids admitted free through Jan. 31.
  • QUILT MASTERPIECES: Quilting has moved beyond pretty patchwork bedcovers to masterpiece art quilts. A selection of works by 36 artists based in 14 countries on three continents is featured in Masters II at New England Quilt Museum on Shattuck Street in Lowell. It opens with a reception Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and runs through April 13. www.nequiltmuseum.org.
  • IN ADDITION: Powers Gallery, 144 Great Road, Acton, presents new abstract works in Shades of Abstraction, opening with a reception on Saturday, Jan. 19, 4-7 p.m. and running through Feb. 16. www.powersgallery.com... The Brush Art Gallery and Studios of Lowell has issued a call for artists to apply for the biennial Artists of Massachusetts show there. Deadline for applications is Feb. 3. Show runs March 9-April 13. Visit www.thebrush.org... Brush artist Deirdre Grunwald demonstrates her technique at the Andover Artists Guild meeting on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at East Mill Art Space, 21 High St., North Andover. www.andoverartistsguild.org.

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