"Mill Ruin" by John Brickels
"Mill Ruin" by John Brickels

The Whistler House Museum of Art's annual Fall Juried Members Exhibition is one of the most highly anticipated on the local art calendar. And this year's is no exception, featuring an eclectic array of artworks created by members of the Lowell Art Association, the oldest incorporated art association in the country.

Running Nov. 17-Jan. 27, the show's opening reception is this Saturday, Nov. 17, from 2-4 p.m., in the Parker Gallery.

Art covers a range of subjects and mediums, representing both modernist and traditional methods and aesthetics. The featured paintings, drawings, sculpture, fiber art, printmaking and photographs will help viewers to experience the world through varying perspectives.

 "It is the Best Way" by Gay Tracy
"It is the Best Way" by Gay Tracy

Carol G. J. Scollans, a senior lecturer in art history at UMass Boston, is the exhibition juror. An independent curator and scholar, her specialty is the development of exhibits on American art, artists and culture for institutions and organizations both here and abroad. She has written extensively on 19th- and 20th-century painting, sculpture and photography. Her most recent book, "The Allure of Venice: Paintings by Walter Franklin Lansil," accompanied the Whistler House Museum's spring 2018 exhibition of the same name.


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She selected more than 90 works from close to 250 submissions by more than 85 members of the Lowell Art Association. The works were judged on such criteria as technique, composition, perspective, color and originality.

"Each year, we get more impressive fine works of art from our ever-growing talented membership," WHMA President and Executive Director Sara Bogosian. "We hope everyone comes to see this exciting new show."

The Whistler House is located at 243 Worthen St., Lowell. Call 978-452-7641 or visit www.whistlerhouse.org.

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

Art picks

"Color Play, Paper Folds" runs through Dec. 1 at UnchARTed Gallery in Lowell.
"Color Play, Paper Folds" runs through Dec. 1 at UnchARTed Gallery in Lowell.

POWERFUL WOMEN: Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe were two extraordinary women who stood out among mid-century America's male-dominated art scene, They inspired contemporary artist Amanda Laurel Atkins, whose exhibition "Frida/Georgia" is on view through Nov. 27 at Coffee and Cotton in Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell. "Despite their vastly different outward personalities, the two shared an electric spirit that saw them through times of hardship, illness and adversity," Atkins notes.

"Luminosity" runs through Nov. 30 at Ayer Lofts Gallery in Lowell.
"Luminosity" runs through Nov. 30 at Ayer Lofts Gallery in Lowell.
 The show is a mix of new and old work -- the new intentionally drawing inspiration from the two artists, and the old created when they were subtle muses. Free and open during Coffee and Cotton's regular hours. Visit www.coffeeandcotton.com.

PLAYFUL PAINTINGS: "Color Play, Paper Folds" is on view at UnchARTed Gallery, 103 Market St., Lowell. Featuring works by Lowell painters Ed Porzio and Diana Zipeto, the exhibit highlights the notion of play in paintings. Its goal is to present two painters who use play as a tool to explore artistic creation. Their work plays with color, materials and techniques. Porzio's bright works play with form and abstraction to create whimsical, colorful, humorous childlike creations. Zipeto uses paper-folding techniques to create imagery for her bold, large-scale paintings. They are locally and nationally recognized, and exhibit in galleries across the country and in New England. Their home base is Western Avenue Studios and Lofts in Lowell. The exhibit runs through Dec. 1 and is open during regular gallery hours.

LOCAL SCENE: "Luminosity" is on view through Nov. 30 at Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle St., Lowell, featuring jewelry by Regina McGearty and astrophotography by Jeff Clark. The gallery is open Thursday-Friday, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free parking in the Enterprise Bank lot across the street. ... Works by the Tewksbury Community of Artists are on view through Dec. 2 at Gallery Z Artist Coop, 167 Market St., Lowell. The reception is on Saturday, Nov. 17, 4-6 p.m. Visit www.galleryzartistcoop.com for info.