"Just For the Fun of It"
"Just For the Fun of It"

The New England Quilt Museum reopens this week with three new exhibitions designed to please everyone this winter. Visit www.nequiltmuseum.org for more info.

"Just for the Fun of It" presents never-before-shown quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection. Best described by an expression from the Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish and Mennonites -- "jus for purdy" -- the quilts exhibit a particular point of view on the part of the maker. Some defy the conventional norms of their time, while others present a unique use of color. Gerald Roy is guest curator and gives a gallery talk Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 1 p.m. The show runs through March 30.

"Guns: A Loaded Conversation"
"Guns: A Loaded Conversation"

Also opening this week and on view through April 27 is "Guns: Loaded Conversations," an exhibit from Studio Art Quilts Associates that examines the divide between gun owners and those concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of violence in America.

Finally, "Big Impressions -- Mini Art Quilts by Nancy Messier" also opens this week and runs through April 27.

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


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A FESTIVE FEEL: Need a boost to your sagging spirits? Then head to the vibrant, uplifting exhibition "Hint of Spring," presented by the Arts League of Lowell. The colorful show is on view through Feb. 24 in the Greenwald Gallery at the ALL Gallery, 307 Market St., Lowell. A reception is set for Saturday, Jan. 19, 4-6 p.m.

The show features two- and three-dimensional artworks that depict the earliest signs of spring. You'll see crocuses and daffodils popping up through melting snow, new buds appearing on tree branches and pussy willows, and migrating birds returning to nest.

Snow turns to rain and ice into puddles in the uplifting showcase designed to banish the winter doldrums.

The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com or facebook.com/artsleagueoflowell.

OUT AND ABOUT: Donna Darus Berger presents the solo show "Faces & Places" at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack St., Lowell. It runs Jan. 22-April 19, with a reception set for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5-7:30 p.m. Berger is a resident artist at Chelmsford Center for the Arts Visit www.glcfoundation.org. ... "Look Into My Eyes," a solo show by Jon Hen, is on view at UnchARTed Gallery, 103 Market St., Lowell. Hen, based in Lawrence, creates work that invokes a raw, emotional, energetic, freeing visual experience. Humor and playful applications of color and experimental media give life to his two-dimensional works. A closing reception is Saturday, Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m. For more info, visit UnchARTed's Facebook page. ... The Gallery at Indian Hill presents "Reconstructed Vistas," acrylic paintings on panels by John J. Daly. They are on view through February at Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton.

CONCORD TALK: The Concord Perspective lecture series at the Concord Museum presents scholars Dr. Amanda Gilvin and Laura McDonald discussing "Slavery's Determined Foe: The Legacy of John Brown" on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Rasmussen Education Center. Brown was the Civil War anti-slavery activist who inspired Concordians Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Gilvin is an art historian and assistant curator at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. McDonald is the art collection registrar at Tufts University in Medford. Talk is free to members; $5, non-members. Register online at www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216. Snow date is Tuesday, Jan. 29.