It's spring -- the perfect time for artistic collaboration.

That's what Lowell's Whistler House Museum of Art and the Rockport Art Association and Museum are doing with Rockport at the Whistler. The impressive exhibition, running April 20-July 19, showcases the diverse and masterful body of work by the Rockport Juried Artist Members.

Since 1921, the RAA&M has been a gathering place for New England artists, including Aldro Hibbard, its founder. Hibbard's exquisite works are a prominent part of the Whistler House's historic collection. The exhibition is nearly seven years in the making, said Sara Bogosian, the Whistler's executive director.

"Ever since the Aldro Hibbard Retrospective in the fall of 2012 in Rockport, the Whistler House has wanted to present a partnership with the Rockport Juried Art Members," she said. "Our participation in that show, as a lender, was most memorable, since the two organizations have been longtime admirers of the incomparable Hibbard, his talent, personality and work."

One of Bogosian's goals at the Whistler is to "promote artists of all styles and media, throughout New England and beyond."


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"And the Rockport Art Association," she added, "is a perfect example of the great talent this region has to offer."

An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Parker Gallery at the Whistler House, 243 Worthen St., Lowell. Visit www.whistlerhouse.org or call 978-452-7641.

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

Gallery notes

MAKE PUBLIC ART: Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office, the Cultural Organization of Lowell and the city Parking Office are seeking qualified artists to create artworks in the city's Canalway Cultural District. Projects include the Security Block Art Project (brightening concrete blocks and jersey barriers used for security); Arcand Drive Wall Design (transforming the three walls along the sidewalk into welcoming art work); Leo Roy Garage Art Piece (transforming concrete floor space at entry and create an engaging entry path); and the Joseph Downes Garage Art Piece (creating a translucent application to the windows facing John and Paige streets).

Stipends will be provided for each accepted project. Visit www.cultureiscool.org for details and applications.

PHOTO FINISH: "Look Up, Down and All Around," an exhibit of captivating photos by Elaine Seidel, is on view through April 28 in the Arts League of Lowell's Greenwald Gallery, 307 Market St. Meet the artist at a reception Thursday, April 18, 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 978-221-5018 or www.artsleagueoflowell.com.