ALL organizes an exhibition of sunflowers for the benefit of Ukrainian refugees

Sunflowers of all shapes and sizes transformed the Arts League of Lowell’s Greenwald Gallery into a riot of yellow and blue.

The pop-up exhibition, on view until April 24, benefits aid for refugees in Ukraine. Aided by donations from over 80 local artists, the sunflower-themed show features a wide variety of floral art (albeit all sunflowers) in many styles and sizes.

All are for sale, with all proceeds going to UNHCR-Ukraine, the refugee aid division of the United Nations.

Filled to the brim with colorful art, the exhibit comes at the end of a long, dismal winter. It revives the spirit and expresses the solidarity that the artists feel for the plight of the Ukrainian people.

“I am blown away by the talent and generosity of our artists, not only from Lowell but from many surrounding communities. We even have artwork from Lowell High School, Middle School and UMass Lowell art students,” said artist Mary Hart, ALL board member and show organizer.

And, she added, “they not only created beautiful works, but brought them to the gallery for us to hang on short notice.”

A reception and public sale, to which all are invited, takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery is located at 307 Market St., Lowell, and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. It operates within the safe collection restrictions imposed by the State of Massachusetts. Visit artsleagueoflowell.org.

Gallery Notes

NEW ENGLAND TRIENNIAL: Harvard’s Fruitlands Museum and Lincoln’s DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum are the sites of this year’s New England Triennial 2022 exhibition, on view at both venues from April 8 to September 11. The shows acknowledge the vitality of contemporary art in the Northeast amid recent years of upheaval and transformation. This year’s iteration features works by 25 artists from all five New England states. Altogether, their work unearths hidden energies and stories surfacing in a time defined by change and resilience. This year’s exhibition marks the first time that Fruitlands has been a venue, and its participation broadens the platform for this inquiry into artistic creation in New England. It is organized by The Trustees, which oversees many historic and natural sites in Massachusetts. Members can see the show first with special times and curator visits this Friday and Saturday. Entrance will be by timed tickets throughout the duration. For more information, times and guidelines, visit https://thetrustees.org/program/new-england-triennial-2022-exhibition/.

SAVE THIS DATE: Art in Bloom opens April 28 at the Fitchburg Art Museum. For more details on this “welcome spring” event, visit fitchburgartmuseum.org. And for another spring-colored shot, check out “YoAhn Han: In Search of Floral Bodies,” on view through June 5 at FAM. The lyrical compositions encompass themes and influences from the Boston-based artist’s childhood to the present day. Visit the website for more details.

TALK ABOUT JACK: Bring your favorite poem, prose, anecdote or original Jack Kerouac writing to share and discuss at Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! “Talk About Jack” from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Arts League of Lowell Gallery, 307 Market St. Artists are also invited to share ideas about their work in ALL’s current exhibition “A Frenzy and A Dream, Artists Interpreting Kerouac.” Free and open to all.

$5 FRIDAY: Enjoy MFA Boston and all it has to offer with reduced general admission of $5 on Fridays from 6-8 p.m. Momentum is an evening of musical performances dubbed Art in Tune to celebrate the MFA’s collection of musical instruments. Internationally renowned musicians will play collectible instruments or in galleries that resonate with their profession. The $5 admission offer begins at 5 p.m. at the MFA. Visit www.mfa.org for details.

Nancye Tuttle’s email is [email protected]

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