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April 17, 2014

Art Week Boston spreads to Lowell

There’s music in the air. Also, possibly, paint. Maybe some acrobats. ArtWeek Boston is returning for the spring season, starting April 25.

According to ArtWeek Boston’s website, “ArtWeek events are unique in that they tie directly to the community in which they are happening.”

This year, one of those unique communities is Lowell. On May 3, Western Avenue Studios invites the art fans from northern Massachusetts to explore the studios of professional artists in residence.

“We are open to the public the first Saturday of every month,” said Maxine Farkas, director of Western Avenue Studios (WAS). “What we’re doing is, for the first time ever, we’re highlighting the performing artists who live [here].”

WAS rents studio space to over two hundred artists in the Lowell area, and many artists live there as well, in loft apartments. Two of the residents, Holly Brewer and Mat McNiss, will be performing on the night of May 3. They make up part of the band HUMANWINE.

“This is their first concert in three years,” said Farkas.

Starting at noon, WAS is hosting a particularly kid-friendly Spring Art Thing.

“You get a postcard with studio numbers on it,” said Farkas, “you visit studios to collect stickers.” This way, there’s an easy guide to explore and interact with a variety of exhibits. At the end of the afternoon, visitors can turn in their postcards for a chance to win a prize.

Starting around 5 p.m., a potluck and performances by resident artists begin, in the Onyx Room event space. These include HUMANWINE, as well as painter and singer Don Ouellette and the band Dream led by guitarist Seiki Tamara, plus other artists and an open mic.

“It’s just going to be a big celebration of the performers,” Farkas said.

Events like the ones at WAS will be taking place all over the greater Boston area next week, from April 25 to May 5. More information and a list of events is available at www.artweekboston.org.

If You Go

What: The Spring Art Thing at Western Avenue Studios

Where: 122 Western Ave., Lowell

When: May 3, noon to 5 p.m.; open house continues to 8 p.m.

How: Free to attend, no reservations necessary.

Artweek Boston runs from April 25 through May 4, with events throughout Boston and surrounding communities. For more information and event listings, visit www.artweekboston.org.

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