New shows at UML, MFA – Lowell Sun


The local and regional art scene is thriving this fall with shows opening soon or already open.

The UMass Lowell Department of Art and Design presents “Material Truths,” an exhibition of work by Noelle Garcia, through October 22 at the University Gallery, Mahoney Hall, 870 Broadway St.

Her works include beadwork, buckskin painting, and ribbon painting, all centered on exploring relationships with loved ones and Indigenous identity.

Her stories often revolve around the life of her father, Walter Garcia, who was incarcerated for murder. The annex gallery contains artifacts and reading material collected from posthumous research into his father’s life, as well as tragicomic coloring books dealing with generational trauma. Visitors are invited to explore the personal and social histories of Indigenous peoples and the impacts of settler colonialism through artworks and artifacts.

Accessible to all, the University Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; and will be closed on Sundays and during school holidays. Visit

Additionally, nearly 60 innovative photographs – all different from the traditional still life – are on display until February 27 in “The Stillness of Things: Photographs from the Lane Collection” at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Herb Ritts Gallery and the Clementine Brown Gallery in Boston. . Grouped thematically, the works on display span the history of photography, from its introduction to England in the 1840s by William Henry Fox Talbot to works by contemporary artists like Adam Fuss and Olivia Parker.

Works by American modernists feature prominently, with unexpected interpretations of still lifes by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Charles Sheeler and Edward Weston – photographers best known for capturing expansive landscapes and portraits of people.

One of the largest gifts in MFA history, the Lane Collection was pledged to the museum in 2012. This exhibit is the latest in a series that celebrated the largest gift to the museum’s photographic holdings.

For more information about this exhibit, other MFA exhibits, hours, and tickets, visit

Gallery Notes

AT GREENWALD GALLERY: Bright, colorful and lively are all appropriate words to use to describe the work of Dave Martsolf. An exhibition of his most recent works is on view through October 9 at the Arts League of Lowell’s Greenwald Gallery, 307 Market St., Lowell. A wine and cheese reception is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on October 1. The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Visit

RACE RETURNS: It was two years ago, but the Lowell Kinetic Sculpt Race returns in all its glory on Saturday, September 17. The day’s events include a ‘Meet the Machines’ special, from 9am to 11am, followed by an opening ceremonies and race start at 11am. It ends at 3:00 p.m. and an awards ceremony and after party at 5:00 p.m. at Warp and West close the day. Many organizations and individuals have created large, sculptural pieces for racing. Free and fun for everyone. Visit for more details.

ART SPACE MAYNARD: More than 30 artists will share and exhibit their works in tents set up on the lawn at ArtSpace Maynard, 63 Summer St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Enjoy art and music as artists and community come together. Visit for details.


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