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December 20, 2012

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‘50 under 50’ at

Loading Dock Gallery

Art lovers are invited to immerse themselves in an exploration that promises to delight the senses and please the wallet at the “50 under 50” exhibit. The work by 50 artists priced at less that $50 will be on display at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell from Jan. 2 through Jan. 27, 2013.

This exhibit is a collaborative 50 artists presenting hidden gems of work at affordable prices. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., where artists will chat with guests mingling with a like-minded community of people who appreciate all things handmade.

The Loading Dock Gallery is located in a Soho-cool renovated mill building with exposed brick, beams and wood floors.

Art in the “50 Under 50” exhibit includes functional and whimsical pottery from Muddy Girls, Glenn Szegedy’s small, one-of-a-kind ceramics and sculpture, and Taja Cockell’s hand-woven table runners created from colorful cotton and paper yarn.

Bruce Woods’ reanimated computer mice creatures and polymer clay jewelry with embedded vintage objects add a bit of whimsy. And Linda Dunn will have small textile collages; images and colors revolving around text and mounted on a cradled board for easy display.

Original paintings in acrylic, oil, or watercolor will be hung in the gallery from artists including Jean Curley, Nita Leger Casey, Tracy Levesque, JJ Long, Denise Rainis and Paula Mingolelli. In addition, fiber artist Ann Lee offers two small embroidered and embellished art quilts created as part of a series in which she challenged herself to use the complementary color scheme of blue and orange in work that incorporates layers of very diverse fabrics and hand embroidery. And Jeanne Osborne, a milliner and fiber artist who designs and creates one-of-a-kind hats, handbags and wraps and restyles vintage and “found” pieces, will showcase her popular neck ruffles and organic jewelry in this exhibit.

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