Despite the snow on the ground, spring is right around the corner -- and Lowell's galleries celebrate its arrival with colorful exhibits to lift the spirits.
It's all about drawing at the Arts League of Lowell's new spring show "Drawn to It: Line & Shade" at ALL Gallery, 307 Market St. On view through April 14, the exhibition explores drawing, one of the basics of art-making, through a variety of tools and techniques within a 2-dimensional format. Come meet the artists at a reception Saturday, March 9, 4-6 p.m. in the gallery. Refreshments and open wine bar. Free and open to all. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.org.
"Grayscale & Sepia," a photography exhibition, is featured at Gallery Z, 167 Market St., through March 24. Meet the artists at a reception Saturday, March 9, 4-6 p.m. You can also see the show at Gallery Z's St. Patrick's Day Brunch on Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m. Eggs Benedict, corned-beef hash and mimosas are on the menu, and the band The Only Humans perform Irish folk music starting at noon.
UnchARTed Gallery, 103 Market St., hosts a reception Saturday, March 9, 5-7 p.m., for its latest show "The Latin Dictionary Series: Unexplored Landscapes," a group of dramatic collages by Maxine Farkas. There will also be a closing reception and artist talk Saturday, March 30, 5-7 p.m.
Last but not least, Ayer Lofts Art Gallery, 172 Middle St., presents "Spring Equinox, A Time for Awakening." Its 2019 Members Show opened last weekend and runs to March 24. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.
MEXICAN FOLK ART AT MFA: Like many artists in Mexico City's vibrant intellectual circles, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) avidly collected traditional Mexican folk art -- arte popular -- as a celebration of Mexican national culture. These objects inspired her, and she incorporated their visual and material qualities into her now iconic paintings. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston recently unveiled its first-ever Kahlo exhibit, "Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular." It opened last week and is on view through June 16. The exhibit focuses on her lasting passion for such arte popular objects as ceramics, textile and toys, and how they shaped her art. Featured are a selection of Kahlo's paintings, including important loans from the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Visit www.mfa.org for ticket info and hours.
TO ARMS: Ancient Roman history comes to life Saturday, March 9, at Worcester Art Museum with presentations on "Arms and Armor" by Legio III Cyrenaica at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Roman living-history group portrays the famous Legion that was based in Alexandria, Egypt, from 60-100 AD. Meet Legionary and Auxiliary soldiers and learn about the Legion's history, weapons, tactics and daily life in the educational presentations. Free with admission. Visit www.worcesterart.org.
FIRST THURSDAY AT FAM: Fitchburg Art Museum hosts its monthly First Thursdays event today, Thursday, March 7, from 3-7 p.m. Celebrate Women's History Month with an art-making activity, enjoy a drink from the bar, take an express tour of the galleries, and shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market. All ages are welcome to participate. Visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.