Earth's ever-changing environment is impacted by climate change, water and air pollution and other human-caused phenomena.
More than 20 Florida artists address these issues in 26 art quilts in the juried show Piecing Together a Changing Planet on view Dec. 6- Feb. 7 in the Boott Reflections Room at Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell.
The touring show highlights a few of the many ways that America's 405 national parks are being impacted by these changes.
Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, a 3,000-member national organization that promotes art quilts, created these dramatic pieces that feature stunning layering, thread-painting and graphic designs that surpass traditional bedcover quilts. Many of these pieces are three-dimensional and create a stunning impact. Showy pink lady slipper orchids pop off the forested background and put the viewer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
According to exhibit curator Maya Schonenberger, the artists "wanted to open people's eyes to the beauty of nature around them and share their concern for its loss."
"We hope our art serves as a call to action for viewers to take steps to protect our planet," said exhibiting artist Melani Brewer.
- STELLAR PHOTOS: Westford-based artist Thomas Briere has been a passionate photographer for 40 years. Besides portraits and weddings, he also focuses on landscapes, architecture and abstracts. Briere exhibits his photos through December at Westford's Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln St. He is a member of Gallery 529 Artist Coop in Littleton, has won numerous awards and is a master member of the New England Camera Club Council. An artist's reception is on Sunday, Dec.
- COLLABORATION: ArtsWorcester announces the opening of Grayscale, a members exhibit, on Friday, Dec. 4, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. at ArtsWorcester, 660 Main St. It runs through Jan. 14. More than 100 artists contributed works in black and white that were inspired by images from the Fitchburg Art Museum. As part of the collaboration, FAM curatorial staff will select 10 artworks from Grayscale to be exhibited in next summer's regional show at FAM. The partnership "results in the public getting to see some of the best artwork being made in Worcester County free of charge and creates a real opportunity for local artists," said Juliet Feibel, ArtsWorcester executive director. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m., or by appointment. Visit www.artsworcester.org or call 508-755-5142.
- HANDMADE ART: The Umbrella Community Arts Center, 40 Stow St., Concord, celebrates the holiday season with its annual Winter Market this weekend. More than 50 artists will show and sell their work. Food, live music and free children's activities will be available. Hours are Friday, Dec. 4, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, 1-5 p.m. In other Umbrella news, the organization recently received a $5 million anonymous bequest to be used in the organization's Building the Arts Capital Campaign to renovate the main building, including artists studios, classrooms and common areas. Visit www.theumbrellaarts.org for info.
- DECEMBER FUN: The Discovery Museums in Acton have special December holiday hours. From Dec. 19-23, Children's will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Discovery will be open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Both museums will close Dec. 24-25 for the Christmas holiday but will be open during Vacation Week, Dec. 26-30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. On Dec. 31, both museums will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To welcome the New Year, both museums will be open Jan. 1, noon-8: 30 p.m., with free admission 4:30-8:30 p.m. Visit www.discoverymuseums.org for details and programs.
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