‘Altered States’ examines the ravages of climate change at the Loading Dock Gallery – Lowell Sun

Sultriness. Raging forest fires. Drought. Floods. Famine.

All of this is the result of ongoing climate change as the world is on the brink of disaster. And artists Gillian Frazier and Susan Jaworski Stranc share their concern for the planet in “Altered States,” on view through August 27 at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell.

With passionate brushwork and intense color, Frazier paints melting glaciers in the north and fires and floods on our continent. She hopes her paintings communicate the terrifying reality our planet is heading towards.

Stranc draws inspiration from the cycles of nature and outdoor activities in his works, sharing the anxieties of our changing climate. His work is a new multimedia offering of plein air paintings and 3D dioramas from scaled down linoleum prints.

A reception is held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, in conjunction with the monthly Open Art Studios at Western Avenue Studios, from 12-5 p.m.

Additionally, a panel discussion on climate change titled “Local Impacts & Actions” will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 12, in the teaching space at Western Avenue Studios, room 225. Participants include the Assistant Professor Christopher Skinner and Associate Professor Lori Weeden, both members of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative, and Jane Calvin, Director of Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust. FREE ENTRANCE.

The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.

Gallery Notes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRUSH: Lowell’s Brush Art Studio and Gallery celebrates 40 years this year. And to celebrate, there will be a 40th anniversary party, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at Gallagher and Cavanaugh Law Firms, 22 Shattuck St., Lowell. “It’s going to be a fun night,” Brush executive director Jim Dyment said. The evening will feature appetizers prepared and served by Community Teamwork’s YouthBuild Lowell Culinary, under the direction of Anna Jabar-Omoyeni. Singer-songwriter Greg Descoteaux will entertain. And of course there will be a birthday cake, as well as thanks to the people who have supported the Brush all these years. Tickets are $75 at www.thebrush.org/birthday.

I THINK I WILL NEVER SEE, A POEM BEAUTIFUL AS A TREE: In other Brush news, the new “Tree, Tree, Tree” quilt exhibit takes viewers back to nature with a range of art quilts that feature creative techniques highlighting the theme of trees. It is on view from August 6 to September 6. 17, with a reception, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at the Brush Art Gallery, 256 Market St., Lowell. Artists showcased their favorite trees in different seasons, and some quilts are inspired by tree parts like roots, branches, and leaves. The jurors are Mary Walter, a freelance curator and well-known quilter recognized for her quirky quilt style, and Jenny Gilbert, a longtime curator at the New England Quilt Museum and now a fundraiser for Boston-area cultural organizations. Quilting artists from across the country and the immediate area participated. The Brush is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Call 978-459-7819 or visit www.thebrush.org.

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Teresa H. Sadler