Artoberfest at Western Avenue Studios and Lofts

Letting go of summer can be difficult especially in New England.  But, there is an incredible silver lining that comes with this annual change: the Fall.  For most of us, Fall brings forth an array of exciting stimuli such as: the crisp autumn air, aromas of all things apple, spectacular leaf displays, the soaring cheers of football fans, and all kinds of pumpkin flavored treats.  For Western Avenue artists, fall is also a very special time because we hold our annual Artoberfest!

Here’s what’s happening during Artoberfest this year…

  • Artists open up their studios and lofts to the public for two days ─ October 6th and 7th from 12-5 p.m.
  • Our historic mill buildings are the home of over 300 artists and have many corridors you can weave your way through – embark on your own art maze adventure.
  • Artist demonstrations will be held in a range of mediums so you can see how art is made.
  • Our artist designed pumpkin contest will once again delight visitors with the unusual and unexpected.  In addition, you can vote for your favorite pumpkin and be entered in for a chance to win a gift certificate.
  • The Loading Dock Gallery will be hosting a New England Regional Juried Show with Annual Poetry Convergence ─ not to be missed.
  • Navigation Brewery and Food Trucks (Phoenix Rising Pizza – October 6th; Chicks and Dogs – October 7th) will be onsite ─ enjoy a tasty snack and a handcrafted cold one.
  • The Onyx Room will be open for viewing if you are looking to rent a venue for an upcoming event.

Bring your family and friends ─ there is something for everyone to love!

Because our artists use a variety of mediums, there is bound to be something in our complex that will speak to every member of your family.  Both admission and parking for this event are free.  So, save the date for this awesome autumn celebration and join us for an artful experience your senses will surely not forget!

Check out our Facebook Event Page for further details!

Reception – Size Matters (Lowell, MA)

Size matters, in some things more than others!  When it comes to making art, working small can be as challenging and exciting as working big. This August, artists of the Loading Dock Gallery will have a chance to strut their small stuff in the exhibit Size Matters: Small Works by Loading Dock Artists.

All work in the show — both two-dimensional and three-dimensional — will be no larger than 12” in any direction. Artists working in photography, collage, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, fiber art, acrylic, watercolor and oil painting will all be included. The work will be priced according to its size.

“Small is beautiful,” says Loading Dock Gallery curator Laurie Simko. “This is a show for art lovers who may want to add to their collection, and for those just purchasing their first piece of original art.”

Many great thinkers and creative minds have addressed the issue of small. “Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional,” said actress Liz Vassey. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together,” according to artist Vincent Van Gogh.  And Sister Theresa said, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Size Matters, Small Works by Loading Dock Gallery Artists runs from August 3 to August 28 at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, Lowell MA, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 6 from 5 to 7 pm, immediately following First Saturday Open Studios (from noon to 5pm). The Loading Dock Gallery, a part of Loading Dock Arts, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5:30 pm, Thursday evenings until 8:30 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 978-656-1687 or visit theloadingdockgallery.com.

Reception – State of Unions (Denver, CO)

Garry D. Harley has had a digital painting accepted into the juried “State of Unions” exhibit by the WCA Colorado Gallery to be displayed at the Core: Annex located at 900 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, CO. Harley’s piece, “THEY CAME for MY BROTHER and I TURNED AWAY – THEN THEY CAME FOR ME on a SUNNY DAY IN OCTOBER,” will be on display at the gallery from May 26th to June 12th with an artists reception to be held on May 27th from 5 to 9.

WAS this Weekend- February 6th edition

February Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios not only comes at a great time to pick up a few things for your Valentine but also features our Gifts from the HeART event. Visit participating studios, collect stickers, and enter for a chance to win a Western Ave Studios gift card. Open Studios is Feb 6th from 12:00 to 5:00 and is free to park and attend.


The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios is pleased to announce it’s latest exhibit- “The Painted Lady & The Glass Man: A Modern Fairytale.” The reception for this exhibit of works by Tracy Levesque and Peter Zimmerman will take place this Saturday immediately following Open Studios.

Art Ferrier, of studio #503, will be hanging his latest color photography at Bishop’s Legacy Restaurant in downtown Lowell this Sunday.

“Love & Murder: Art to Die For!” an exhibit featuring work from more than two dozen Western Avenue artists, curated by Liz Stewart and Regina McGearty, with an interactive storyline created by Renee Mallett continues at the Ayers Loft Gallery. There will be a special Valentine’s Gift Shopping event held at the gallery on February 11th, starting at 5:00.


Renee Mallett of Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps (available in studio #A411 and the Loading Dock Gallery) and Liz Stewart of Lush Beads (studio #A205) will be sharing a space at the 10th annual Great Burlesque Expo in Cambridge, MA this weekend.

Walk on the Moon jewelry, in studio #A206, has two great specials this weekend for Valentines. All heart jewelry will be 15% off. And limited edition Creme Brulee candles will be debuting this weekend in the studio.


On March 5th Pop Culture Place (studio #108) will be hosting the 2nd Annual Doll Show and Meet-Up in the Onyx Room. They currently have vendor tables available for people who make or sell doll specific items. You can find more info about being a vendor at the Doll Show at  www.BJDnerds.org

Jack Attack Clothing will be having a prom dress sample sale this weekend in studio #223. Long and short prom style dresses will be on sale with prices starting as low as $85! The sale will run for 12 to 4.


Diana Zipeto, of studio #A505, is currently showing her collage paintings at Brew’d Awakening on Market Street in Lowell. The show continues through Feb. 19th.

The COPPER MINE COLLECTION has moved across the hall into studio A315, combining space with WREN & ROSE STUDIO.  Please stop by and see our newly arranged accommodations for our JEWELRY and PHOTOGRAPHY. Mention that you saw the WAS this Weekend blog and take 10% off any purchase greater than $50.