Carnivale and One Day, by Jodi Colella
Carnivale and One Day, by Jodi Colella

To some, smashed soda cans and broken screens are trash to take to the dump. But for mixed media sculptor Jodi Colella these so-called "found objects" are treasures to turn into works of art.

Her creations are on view in The Nobility of Things, a show at the Fruitlands Museum, Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, where Colella is artist-in-residence through Nov. 3. The show opens Saturday, June 29, with a reception at 1 p.m. and runs through Nov. 3.

"I've been making art with found materials and traditional handwork techniques for as long as I can remember," said Colella.

Her family always valued handwork, she recalled.

"Birthdays and holidays were an excuse for my parents to shower us with art supplies," she said. "One of my earliest bodies of work in middle school included a collection of flattened soda cans I found in the debris of an abandoned building behind my house. I painted them to illustrate the figures I saw in the rusty shapes -- everything from people to fire engines."

Colella's goal during her residency is to engage the community in her artwork, both indoors and out. She will be working on a project called HIVE, a community assembly project that will evolve throughout the season. Visitors are invited to drop in and take part in creating this work of art on special workshop days. No experience is necessary. For a schedule, visit


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  • JAZZY SUNDAYS: Lowell's Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St., hosts High Noon Jazz on Sundays this summer. A variety of bands, plus spoken word performers and other special guests will participate. The line-up includes Cam Wharram Trio, June 30; Gumbo in Congress, July 7; Jon Bousquet Group, July 14; Evidence, July 21; Cam Wharram Trio, July 28 and Gumbo in Congress, Aug. 9. $10 admission, refreshments served.
  • 'FACES' IN GROTON: The Owen Smith Shuman Gallery at Groton Public Library, Main St., Groton, hosts Faces, an exhibit of portraits executed by artists in many different media and styles. It is on view through Aug. 30 during library hours Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • SUMMER VIEWS: Colleen Sgroi has curated a summer-themed show in the MillWORKS Gallery at Appleton Mills, 219 Jackson St., Lowell. Featuring her work, plus that of other Appleton Mills resident artists, it runs through Aug. 31. Open Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment.
  • PASTORAL VIEWS: Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell hosts an opening reception for its show Recent Works by Sharon Yates on Saturday, June 29, 2-4 p.m.

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