:I Heart Exercise" by Nancy Bernardo on view in "Decorative Debris" at UML’s University Gallery.
:I Heart Exercise" by Nancy Bernardo on view in "Decorative Debris" at UML's University Gallery.

Ephemera fascinates Nancy Bernardo. And she plays off its concept in "Decorative Debris," her fun new show presented by the UMass Lowell Department of Art & Design in the University Gallery in Mahoney Hall, 870 Broadway St., on UML's South Campus.

On view March 19-April 21, the show's celebration on Thursday, March 29, features a public lecture by Bernardo at 3:30 p.m., in the O'Leary Library, Room 222, followed by a reception in the gallery from 5-6:30 p.m.

In the show, she uses transitory texts from the early 20th century to reveal the beauty in commonplace, everyday imagery.

"Honoring Gaia" at the ALL Gallery in Lowell
"Honoring Gaia" at the ALL Gallery in Lowell

"I find this creative work especially useful for my research in design history," notes Bernardo in her artist statement. "As I come across items from the early 20th century, I am often struck by the details and processes for which they were created. This curiosity pushes me to research where items were printed and figure out their original uses."


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"Quietus," a mixed-media show by Emily Sandagata, is on view now at Lowell’s UnchARTed Gallery.
"Quietus," a mixed-media show by Emily Sandagata, is on view now at Lowell's UnchARTed Gallery.

Bernardo has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her undergraduate work was done at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Currently, she is an associate professor and chairman of the graphic-design program at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been featured and recognized in several design magazines and websites. She has published many book covers and illustrations and exhibited nationally and internationally.

"Wellness on the Walkways," a series of free walks, return to Lowell National Historical Park on Sunday, March 18.
"Wellness on the Walkways," a series of free walks, return to Lowell National Historical Park on Sunday, March 18.

The gallery is accessible to all and open Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and closed during school breaks. Call 978-934-3491 or 3494 or visit www.uml.edu/FAHSS/Art/Galleries-Exhibitions.

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

Art picks

BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES: Emily Sandagata creates mixed-media works that blur the boundaries between painting, sculpture and textile art. In her latest show "Quietus," on view at UnchARTed Gallery, 103 Market St., Lowell, she incorporates found objects, natural materials and earth-based pigments in densely layered paintings and inventive sculptures. Her recurring themes are of survival, growth, death, transformation and redemption. For info on Sandagata and her art, visit https://emilysandagata.viewbook.com.

TAKE A WALK: Despite snow on the ground, spring is right around the corner. And Lowell National Historical Park celebrates with the return of "Wellness on the Walkways," a series of free, ranger-led walking tours that get participants moving while having fun learning a new skill. The first of the season takes place Sunday, March 18, 2-4 p.m., with a hike along the Merrimack River. The walk is two miles, round-trip, with shorter alternatives available. A Photography Walk takes place Sunday, March 25, 2-3:30 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring water and snacks. Meet the ranger at the LNHP Visitor Center, 246 Market St.; free parking at 304 Dutton St. Free, collectible "Wellness on the Walkways" buttons will be available. Visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000 for info.

AROUND TOWN: The Arts League of Lowell's ALL Gallery, 307 Market St., welcomes spring with "Honoring Gaia: Mother Earth," a new exhibit that opened last weekend and runs through April 22. A reception is set for Saturday, March 24, 4-6 p.m. In the adjacent Greenwald Gallery, the exhibition "Tiny Battles of Random Order" is on through April 8 and features works by Christopher Thibault and Amy Schlosser-Perrault. The reception is Saturday, March 17, 5-7 p.m. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com. ... The gallery at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack Street, features "A Retrospective of Past LCK (Lowell Celebrates Kerouac) Festival Posters," on view through March 30.