April Open Studios at WA – cancelled

Inspiring Through Language

As part of this month’s Loading Dock Arts’ Western Avenue Inspires Lecture Series, our guest speaker is Gary Gissler. A New York City artist and practicing psychoanalyst. Gary explores both the authority and fragility of language. His work involves cutting, transcribing, altering, blurring and re-assembling texts to create ”remarkably subtle, yet potent” paintings and works on paper. Gissler explains his work as “an inquiry in the nature of the sublime…thought, feeling, story, instinct, fear, wonder, desire, shame… all are embodied as language.” His talk offers an inspiring overview of his work and his working process. The lecture starts at 11 am.

Spring, Poetry, & Mother Nature

Join us for the first Open Studios of the spring season, April Open Studios. We will be celebrating Earth Day and National Poetry Month at The Creative Soul of Lowell from noon until 5pm. We have all sorts of things in the works that reflect on Mother Nature and Language, so stay tuned as we announce this month’s special activities and pop-ups. Grab a friend and explore our historic mill building, where art is made.

Loading Dock Gallery kicks off their April art show titled “Write Me a Letter: The Alphabet” with a reception from 4-6pm. This show celebrates work that is inspired by letters we routinely use to communicate.. As part of the reception, you get the unique experience of speaking firsthand to some of the artists who created artwork featured in this show.


Local Flavors Your Taste Buds Will Love

Our resident brewers at Navigation Brewing Co. will be open at 2pm, serving up their craft beers. Come down to see what rotational crafted brews they have to offer this week, as they release their signature spring beers. Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus will be on hand with a coffee shop pop-up. This month’s food truck is Empanada Dada, serving up their delicious assortment of empanadas. It’s all about the dada, as they say.

Green Is The Way To Go

This month’s special popup is OffBeet Compost. OffBeet Compost diverts restaurant, household, and commercial food scraps from going to traditional waste facilities (landfills & incinerators) in the Merrimack Valley Region.  They collect food scraps and bring them to our local composting site, local farms and waste to energy facilities where scraps are broken down into nutrient rich material.  Finished compost is redistributed to participants and also sold to local farmers, gardeners and landscapers. OffBeet Compost is committed to creating a resilient green economy in Greater Lowell that generates local green jobs, empowers community members to be land stewards and contributes to an environmentally sustainable and JUST landscape. You can find their popup in our second floor loading dock area.

Don’t Just See Art, Experience Art

Open Studios isn’t just for seeing, but experiencing. Open Studios is an opportunity to get a glimpse behind the scenes of art being made. Strike a conversation, make a friend, get lost in a world of art.

Some of our artists will be have demonstrations in their studios during this month’s Open studios. Stay tuned for details on our featured demos.


122 & 160 Western Ave. Lowell, MA (Intersection: School St. & Western Ave.)