"In To the Abyss," a black-andwhite photo by Jeff Caplan, is in a new show at TreMonte Pizzeria in Lowell
"In To the Abyss," a black-andwhite photo by Jeff Caplan, is in a new show at TreMonte Pizzeria in Lowell

Jeff Caplan has captured images of his hometown Lowell for over 25 years, capturing the grit and beauty of an old mill town as it strives to re-invent itself while keeping one foot planted in its history.

He shares his latest in "From Above," a series of aerial images created using a drone. It's on view April 1-June 30 at TreMonte Pizzeria, 112 Middle St., Lowell. A reception is set for Thursday, April 4, 6-8 p.m.

Caplan calls his ongoing project "The TOWN and the CITY." It is a series of black-and-white photos presented in a square format. Taken throughout the city of Lowell, they depict architecture, neighborhoods, bridges, new construction and vintage structures.

The new series, created with a drone, gave Caplan a new challenge.

"I wanted to see if I could try to make my square-format style using this fascinating new tool. I found that it changed how I saw the landscape. The different perspective let me view patterns and shapes in a more abstract way," he said.

"Jeff's crystalline images and elegant compositions use the stark nature of black-and-white photography to great advantage," show curator Mary Hart said. "Rich in contrast, the photographs find the poetry in old places. They are devoid of people, but still resonant with human effort."


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Caplan studied at the Art Institute of Boston. He has exhibited widely in the region and is involved in the darkroom collective at Western Avenue Studios, where he also resides.

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

Gallery notes

IT'S A NATURAL: The UML Department of Art and Design presents "Aera Synthetica: Surveying New Nature," a Markus Haala Project. It opened last week and runs through April 19 in the University Gallery, 870 Broadway St., Lowell. The exhibit asks the questions "What is nature"" and "What is the natural?" Both seem easy to answer at first but are becoming harder as human intervention impacts the environment. The exhibition brings together Haala's most recent installations and sculptures as well as contributions from his mentors, Mark Dion, Mathias Kessler, Craig Stockwell and Michael Oatman, and from his frequent collaborators, Marc Mannheimer, Ingrid Hess, Todd Bartel and Patrick Jacobs. An artist talk is set for Thursday, March 28, in O'Leary Library Room 222, 61 Wilder St., Lowell, followed by a reception with the artist, 5-6:30 p.m., in the gallery. The gallery is 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.

SUMMER FUN IN STORE: The Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester Art Museum, Technocopia and EcoTarium have collaborated to create Worcester Summer Fun, a new digital resource for youth programming found at worcestersummerfun.com. The new gateway website went live on Feb. 27 and provides a common digital space for people to find a variety of local summer programming options for youth. An array of fun activities is available, from painting, drawing and crafting to building, designing and exploring, at the umbrella website.

WEEKEND REMINDER: The Four by Four for Education raffle at Lowell's Brush Art Gallery and Studios on Market Street is Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m. (Snow date is Sunday, March 31). Buy a ticket for $25 at the door and leave with an original miniature work of art. Visit www.thebrush.org for details.