ALL in Lowell

Recently I visited Van Gogh’s Gear in Lowell to purchase some art supplies for an upcoming show, (more on that later). Laura, who works there, was great in helping with practical tips for framing and displaying works on paper. Laura mainly works with oils, but has started to get back into printmaking. She encouraged us to visit the exhibit in the room adjoining the shop, The Fabrication of Imagination, by Arts League of Lowell – ALL, sponsored by Artscope Magazine.  The show just ended, but thought I would share some of the works by members of ALL. These photos are also posted on Paper Connection International’s Facebook, where I freelance. Paper Connection is a great resource for handmade paper for all sorts of art applications.

A Visit To West Acton: Wellness, Art, and a Revolution

On a quiet, snowy Saturday morning, we headed down to West Acton for a visit to Revolution Community Bodywork, nestled in the growing community at Wellness at Villageworks.

After heading up one flight from the parking lot on the lower level, we took a wrong turn, which turned into an unexpected visit into a great gallery space. After Apple Pruning Exhibit was showing by local artist Linda Hoffman.  Despite the weather a few visitors were admiring her work, and the artist herself was there.  The gallery is available for a variety of events, such as concerts, poetry readings, conferences, and other art exhibits.

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Taking a right out of the gallery, past Acton Coffee House and near Home, we entered the Wellness at Villageworks, where Revolution is located, besides like-minded practitioners with a focus on health for body and mind.

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Revolution’s staff is great, with a focus on helping you feel better. The approach they take to knowing what and how your body needs to function is a sensitive one, and your time is well spent.  While sitting in their comfortable waiting area, another artist was on display, Annelie Connolly. Her photographs show local scenes of New England, through her eyes as a native of Sweden who lives in the central Massachusetts area.

While waiting for my better half to get treated, I popped into the cafe as a shortcut to the gallery upstairs. Another local artist was showing her works at the cafe. Veronique Latimer works with encaustics, and had on display a series about her grandmother that was quite touching. Instead of unnecessarily burying one’s head in one’s mobile device while waiting for one’s coffee, it is definitely worth to take a few minutes and gaze upon her various pieces and read about what inspired her. 

I met the owner of Revolution, and discussed how Villageworks benefits individuals in search of a specialist.  It is convenient to direct a client to a neighboring business owner who may better help their condition.  Of course, the local businesses too benefit, and with local art on display, it makes visiting the center a pleasant experience.  She kindly explained how the building had been responsibly made with sustainability in mind; for example, floors in the building are made out of cork, with solar panels on the roof.

Overall the quick visit was a fun one, seeing what is new as far as local arts, and meeting friendly professionals who want to make a difference in their community. Next time, I will try the coffee!

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Origami cranes greet you as you enter Wellness at Villageworks.

Mixed Grains To Go

Sharing some quick images of getting the kitchen shelves stocked and organized:

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Eating healthy, whole grains can be more fun when you reach for them in these airtight jars.  Fill them up with brown rice, dried beans, Job’s tears, and other healthy grains, gluten free or not.  Be sure to purchase with removable labels so you can make sure you know your quinoa from your kamut.

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