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Your Guide to Merrimack Valley

There are so many great ArtWeek events to choose from if you’re in the Merrimack Valley during ArtWeek! Here are a few highlights:

During the first weekend of ArtWeek, get a behind-the-scenes look at artist’s processes by visiting Lexington Open Studios. Pick up a map at the Cary Library and find artists in home studios all over town, as well as at Lex Art and Munroe Center for the Arts. Gallery Twist will also be offering a Printmaking Demo on the first Saturday of ArtWeek, and in nearby Concord you can submit poems to a community poetry project in honor of Earth Month. The poems will be displayed at the Umbrella visual Arts Gallery.

If you’re feeling inspired to work with your hands, Oliver’s Wands and Wizarding Wares in Maynard will be hosting a special Broom Crafting Workshop. Or up in Lowell, you can learn the art of Duku, the African head wrap, at a hands-on workshop and demo.

Of course there are also plenty of great hands-on activities for families with children. Check out Solar Powered Art in the Garden and enjoy the beauty of spring in the garden while creating solar-powered art. Or for or another art-meets-science event, take your kids to create their very own robotic artist at the Discovery Museum’s Scribble Bots! At the DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, people of all ages can contribute to a community installation by building 3D portraits representing their inner super-power.

Kids and adults alike can create an alcohol ink masterpiece on yupo at the Western Ave studios in Lowell. There will also be DIY projects in a variety of mediums, including card making and coaster decorating, as well as demos in carving, stone cutting, and Chasing and Repousse, an ancient metalworking technique.

If you’re interested in checking out some performances throughout the week, there are a variety to choose from. You can attend an unusual multi-disciplinary performance, FREE FLOW Image and Vibration, where the audience members help the artists create the piece. Midweek, local musicians Keith Jacques and Jackie Damsky will be playing an acoustic set at the Maynard Public Library and taking questions after the performance. To wrap ArtWeek up, contribute to another community art project and take in some bluegrass music at the Bluegrass Band Scrambe & Art Scramble in Concord.

Regardless of your interests, there’s plenty to do in the Merrimack Valley during ArtWeek! Don’t forget to visit the ArtWeek calendar for a full listing of events North of Boston!

Written by Hillary Okun. Read more blog posts here.