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  • Maxine Farkas collage “Running from one falling star to another”...

    Maxine Farkas collage “Running from one falling star to another” in “A Geography of Change” at Western Avenue Studios. (Courtesy Maxine Farkas)

  • On view now at The Brush Art Gallery and Studios....

    On view now at The Brush Art Gallery and Studios. (Courtesy The Brush)

  • The Worcester Art Museum is ready for the holidays with...

    The Worcester Art Museum is ready for the holidays with “Deck the Halls” Nov. 25-Jan. 8 (Courtesy Worcester Art Museum)

  • “Seven Easy Steps” on view now at the University Gallery...

    “Seven Easy Steps” on view now at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell. (Courtesy University Gallery)

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As always, there’s lots to like and see and think about in Lowell’s galleries and studios these days.

A reception for the participating artists involved with “A Geography of Change” takes place 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 in the First Floor Showcase at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 15 and showcases Maxine Farkas’ and other artists’ views of Lowell and Lowellians, both older and younger generations.

Farkas, who also curated the show, wants to encourage a dialogue about the city between its artists and residents.

Her collages, made from photos she has found in publications on their way to being recycled, show the fluid, changing urban landscape.

Another element of the exhibit is the Lowell Photo Archive, conceived by Farkas and funded by a Lowell Cultural Council grant. The grant gave Farkas the funds to bring together seven photographers to begin a multi-year project to create an online archive of Lowell’s 21st-century landscape. They will talk on and launch the archive at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 in the WAS teaching space.

The Annual Members Exhibit opened last week at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market St., and runs through Dec. 23. Members of the New England Sculptors Association were eligible to exhibit, as they were in the past.

This year’s show featured an open call with no required theme, and small works were encouraged, since they make great gifts.

Participating artists include Louise Abbott, Elisa Adams, Freedom Baird, Susan Barahal, Donna Berger, Linda Cargiuolo, Rose Carney, Martha Chason-Sokol, Jody Cross-Hansen, Michael delaVega, Dave Drinon, Jane Estella, Claire Gagnon, Kevin Harkins, Chrissy Theo Hungate, David Jones, Janice Jones, Kriev, Madeleine Lord, Barbara Ludinsky, Maria Luongo, Monica McDermott, Lisa Nelson, Julie Nussbaum, Ivan Orlinsky, Matthew Reed, Paul Richardson, Daniel Rocha, Laurie Simko, Raksha Soni, Bob Stegmaier, Gay Tracy, Elisa Vanelli, Norma von Fricken, Kellie Weeks, Alan Weinstein, Tom Whiting, Sherry Winkelman, Jean Winslow, Rebecca Harriet Wisniewski and Melanie Zibit.

Jurors are Michael Lally, former president and current vice president of the Brush board and former executive director of the Whistler House Museum of Art, and Erin Noonan Descoteaux, retired art instructor in the Lowell Public Schools, current Brush board member and former board and collections committee member at the Whistler House.

A reception is 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and purchases may be taken home for holiday gifts on Dec. 23. Members receive a 10% discount on purchases from the main gallery. Visit thebrush.org for details.

Gallery notes

DECK THE HALLS: Worcester Art Museum gets merry and bright for the holiday season. Running Nov. 25-Jan. 8, you’ll find artfully decorated trees inspired by current exhibitions “Jewels of the Nile” and “The Floating World.” And as you stroll through the galleries, take in the decorations created by Sally Jablonski of Herbert E. Berg Florist, Inc. Concerts, performances, art making and more fill this festive time at the WAM. Acoustic Java at WAM will serve espresso and baked treats every Friday-Sunday in the Lancaster Lobby throughout Deck the Halls. The Museum Shop will be open every day, Dec. 1-24, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and members receive a 20% holiday shopping discount all month. Check worcesterart.org/events/deck-the-halls/#events for special events during Deck the Halls. Visit worcesterart.org for hours, exhibits and membership info.

EASY STEPS: “Seven Easy Steps,” an exhibit featuring virtual and other realities by Andy Fedak, is on view through Dec. 21 in the University Gallery, Mahoney Hall, Broadway Street on South Campus at UMass Lowell.

Fedak, an associate professor of art at California State University, Fullerton, is an animator and experimental filmmaker working with image, sound and computer graphics on projects that blur the line between contemporary art and the Hollywood blockbuster.

His cutting edge exhibition includes a stereoscopic film and an interactive virtual reality installation.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Appointments to see the exhibit are recommended by calling 978-934-3494.

Nancye Tuttle’s email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

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