"Flowers" by Denise Rainis on view at Loading Dock Gallery
"Flowers" by Denise Rainis on view at Loading Dock Gallery

May is here, finally. And with it comes two shows devoted to the natural world, opening this week in Lowell.

See spring through the artists' eyes in "Full Bloom Too!" at Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios. On view May 1-24, the show is a beautiful collection of all things found in nature. There's a variety of interesting media, all expressing the glory of nature through color, texture and form. The works invite viewers to immerse themselves in the splendor and beauty of Mother Nature, her creatures and all things garden-related.

Meet member artists at a reception Saturday, May 4, 4-6 p.m., following First Saturday Open Studios at WAS, 122 Western Ave., Lowell. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Call 978-985-0695 or email at LDGgallery@gmail.com.

Mary Hart’s work at Greenwald
Mary Hart's work at Greenwald

Colorful animals take center stage in "Animalia: It's Relative" in the Greenwald Gallery at the Arts League of Lowell, 307 Market St. The exhibit of animal-themed paintings, collages, prints and sculptures, on view May 1-26, features works by artists who happen to be related. Mary Hart, a Lowell resident and arts activist, is joined by her three sons, Tom of Lowell, Brian of Somerville and Mike of Paris.

Their work emphasizes unique interests and formats but is united by a shared fascination with the animal form.


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Lisa Kovvuri
Lisa Kovvuri

"We're an artistic family, and my sons grew up around art-making," said Hart, "so it's not surprising that Tom and Brian chose art careers. Mike works in finance but still finds time to create in collage. When we organized the show, we invited him to participate."

The varied works include densely layered acrylic paintings, wood cutouts, letterpress prints, whimsical collages and sleek, streamlined painted abstractions. A reception takes place Sunday, May 5, 2-4 p.m., and the gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com or call 978-221-5108.

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

Gallery News

SKY ART FUN AT FAM: Fitchburg Art Museum hosts a special ArtWeek edition of Free First Thursday fun May 2, 3-7 p.m. Activities include making a Sky Art-inspired hanging sculpture, a collaborative piece inspired by Otto Piene, the inventor of Sky Art and subject of the current exhibition "Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014." Also planned is a 3:30 tour of the exhibit, led by curatorial fellow Candice Bancheri. Shop the Fitchburg Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., and enjoy beverages from the cash bar, 5-6:30 p.m. Free admission. ... On Sunday, May 5, FAM hosts a "Sky Art Event," 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Lowe Park, across the street from the museum on Elm Street. Fly one of Piene's inflatable sculptures or come by to observe and draw. All welcome to the free event. Email fellow@fitchburgartmuseum.org for info.

SAVE THE DATE: UMass Lowell's Department of Art & Design hosts a reception Thursday, May 9, 5-7 p.m., for its Spring 2019 BFA candidates showing their work in an exhibition in University Gallery, Mahoney Gallery and Mahoney hallways, 870 Broadway St., and the Dugan Critique Space and Dugan basement hallways, 883 Broadway St. The exhibition runs May 8-18. More on this in next week's Eye on Art.

GOOD-BYE, GOOD LUCK: Lisa Kovvuri, Whistler House Museum of Art's studio artist for the past five years, departs the Mill City soon to start a new career in film with her husband, Som. Kovuuri is an "unbelievable talent and has been an integral part of the WH family," Executive Director Sara Bogosian says in a press release. She has been an artist member, volunteer and a teacher in the Youth Summer Art Program, teaching printmaking, collage, drawing and painting. Kovvuri will be "sorely missed," said Bogosian, "but we are excited for her as she pursues this new creative adventure."