Amy R. Roberts' exquisite artwork encourages viewers to look at the world with different eyes. Bright, bold and invigorating, a selection of her paintings is on display through March 31 at TreMonte Pizzeria Restaurant and Bar, 112 Middle St., in downtown Lowell. The public is invited to an opening reception Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mary Hart, the exhibit curator, praises Roberts' work, noting that "the exquisite texture and detail in Amy's paintings encourage us to look at the world with different eyes. Her paintings explore a range of subjects, featuring people, street scenes, delicate shoreline close-ups and botanical beauty."
Roberts is inspired by the small spaces, hidden places and mercurial skylines of whatever locale in which she resides. Drawn to the effect of light on water and high-sheen surfaces, she prefers to work on a large canvas so the subjects of her work grow mighty and beautiful.
She grew up in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Connecticut and began her artistic career as a student of oil painting at age 9. As an adult, she paints with acrylics because it suits her traveling lifestyle. She has lived in several states, including the Carolinas, California, Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, Kansas and now Massachusetts.
Roberts is an artist member of Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, where she has her studio, as well as the arts associations in Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem. Her paintings are in collections in Japan, Norway and South America, as well as the United States. Her website is amyrroberts.com.
TreMonte Pizzeria Restaurant and Bar is located in the heart of historical downtown Lowell. It opens daily at 11:30 a.m., and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday; 10:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday; and 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday.
Hart is a Lowell resident, an artist member of the Arts League of Lowell, founder of Downtown Lowell First Thursdays, and an adjunct professor in the Art Department at Middlesex Community College.
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STUDENT VIEWS: The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell, brings The Greater Lowell Regional Student Art Show to its front Showcase Gallery, Jan. 3-27. On view are works by 24 talented young artists from Chelmsford High School, Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, Greater Lowell Technical School, Lowell Catholic High School, Lowell High School and Tyngsboro High School. An artist reception is Saturday, Jan. 5, from 4-6 p.m. Visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com or call 978-596-1576.
LEARN TO PAINT: Chelmsford Center for the Arts, North Road, offers four "Get Yourself Painting" classes for new or seasoned painters on Monday nights Jan. 7,14,21, 28, 7-9 p.m. Artist-in-residence Trina Teele instructs; $125 for four sessions. You can also try "Joy of Paint," a one-time session, Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6:45-9 p.m. Teele will lead the class in creating a painting of the Northern Lights. Beginners and families welcome; $35. Call 978-250-3780 or visit www.chelmsfordarts.org.
VIBRANT DISPLAY: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, presents "Hollow Point," an immersive art exhibit by Nancy Baker Cahill. Born and raised in Boston and now based in Los Angeles, she is a visual artist whose works encompass drawing, augmented reality and virtual reality. The free exhibit opens with a reception Friday, Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m., and runs through Feb. 17. An artist talk is set for Sunday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. Visit http://bostoncyberarts.org for more info.