The Addison Gallery of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, is a hidden gem in the Merrimack Valley. And fall is the perfect time to discover it.
This fall makes it special with two new exhibitions opening this month.
"Contemplating the View: American Landscape Photographs," on view through March 3, highlights one of the Addison collection's greatest strengths -- its images of the American landscape, both natural and man-made. It features works by major photographers including Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Lois Conner, Marcia Resnick, Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston and Katherine Wolkoff.
Featuring more than 150 works drawn from the museum's expansive photography collection, the show unites a range of images that interpret America's natural and man-made features as potent symbols of a nation whose history is linked to the land.
"The American landscape symbolizes the nation's most profound ideals and imperfections, representing bounty and independence, overdevelopment and corporate interests," said Judith Dolkart, director of the Addison. "We hope to provide a deeper insight into America as the land of opportunity through the lenses of these iconic photographers."
The other new exhibit, running Sept. 15-Jan. 20, is "From Starfield to MARS: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy." The exhibition celebrates the artistic legacy of Manship, a significant, early 20th-century sculptor, and marks the transformation of his former summer house and studio, Starfield, by the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS), into a location that hosts artists-in-residence at its Gloucester site. Special events include a gallery talk about Manship on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m., and artist talks by the first MARS artists-in-residence discussing the work and experiences at the Manship estate on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.
The Addison and its programs are free and open to all Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays, national holidays, Dec. 24 and the month of August. Call 978-749-4015 or visit www.addisongallery.org.
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RINGO THE ARTIST: Ringo Starr started making computer art in the late '90s as a way to fill his off-stage hours on tour. And fans will get a chance to see and buy his work at the "Ringo Starr Fine Art Show" at Boston's Boch Center Wang Theatre's Lower Lobby, Sept. 14-17. The show is free and coincides with this weekend's appearance of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. All proceeds support the Lotus Foundation, which helps fund various charities that help fight substance abuse, cure cerebral palsy, support battered women, their children and humane societies, and end homelessness. Exhibit hours are Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, noon-4 p.m. Ringo will appear at the exhibit for a private reception for customers who purchase select pieces of his hand-signed artwork. For info, visit www.ringostarrart.com or www.lotusfoundation.com.
LOWELL SCENE: Gallery Z, 167 Market St., Lowell, presents an exhibit of works by Japanese abstract expressionist artist Setsuko Katsumi through Sept. 23. And to coincide with the annual celebration of native son and best-known Beat writer Jack Kerouac, the gallery presents "In The Spirit of Lowell," Sept. 27-Oct. 7. Featuring an exhibit of local artwork that speaks to Kerouac's spirit, there will be an artists' reception on Saturday, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m.
IN STITCHES: Coming to a close in Lowell over the next week or two are several stunning quilt exhibits, including "H2Oh!" through Sept. 23, and "Material Girls Quilt Guild Exhibition" through Sept. 30, at the New England Quilt Museum on Shattuck Street. "Something Boro'd Something Blue" runs through Sept. 15 at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios on Market Street, and "Interplay: Fiber and Art Quilts, 2018" closes on Sept. 19 at Whistler House Museum of Art on Worthen Street.