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millWORKS at Appleton Mills

219 Jackson St.

Mills No. 1, 1A and 4 (1902-1914) were among the last built in the Appleton millyard. Rehabilitated by Trinity Financial for use as artist live-work residences, including a soaring interior atrium, that has been recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission with a 2013 state preservation award.  We have a  diverse collection of talented artists, musicians, poets, performers, and a gallery area on the 1st floor.   The Appleton Mills have become yet another jewel in Lowell's Crown

Arts League of Lowell (ALL) & ALL Gallery

307 Market St.

"It is the mission of the Arts League of Lowell to be a community of artists of all expressions, to encourage mutual support, facilitate the sharing of knowledge, and provide a unified voice for the arts." In a city whose motto is "Art is the handmaid of human good," the Arts League of Lowell has become the catalyst for the creation of a community of all artists. Through ALL, longtime residents and Lowell's new cultural immigrants can come together to share ideas and resources and to promote each others' work.

Ayer Lofts Gallery

172 Middle St.

The mission of this gallery is to encourage and support creativity among its members, work collaboratively with other artists and organizations in the community, promote the arts in Lowell and provide outreach to youth.

Brush Art Gallery & Studios

256 Market St.

The Brush Art Gallery & Studios is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1982 by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior. Modeled after the Torpedo Factory art complex in Alexandria, Virginia, The Brush is a dynamic and inviting place with a gallery hosting eight professional exhibitions a year and up to 14 resident artists who are juried for quality and variety. For over 30 years, The Brush's mission has remained the same: to nurture the working artist; to keep the visual arts alive and healthy in the heart of Lowell's historic district; to use art to focus attention on important social and environmental issues; to demonstrate through exhibitions and cultural programming the diverse and rich heritage that exists in Lowell; and to make Lowell a destination for viewing some of the finest art being produced in New England and beyond. The gallery and studios are open to the public six days a week.

Galeria Café

366 Merrimack Street

Here at Galeria Cafe we believe a great cup of coffee and a tasty pastry are to be a work of art. Located in the Heart of Lowell, across from the City Hall, we are your go-to place for pastries, cakes, breakfast, paninis and most importantly:  Coffee. Whether you are on the go or want to enjoy a relaxing time with friends and family stop by Galeria Cafe & enjoy treat of your choice that will warm up your heart and lift your spirit. Come visit us, sit, enjoy the art displays by local artists and come back again!

Gallery Z & Artist Cooperative

167 Market St.

Gallery Z is an Artist Cooperative and Exhibit Gallery, and Coffee House Cafe'. We welcome local artists to join our cooperative.

Loading Dock Gallery
at Western Avenue Studios

122 Western Ave., 2nd Floor of the A-mill

The Loading Dock Gallery is a cooperative gallery that represents 35+ area artists. Open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., the gallery allows visitors to experience a sample of what local artists have to offer. The Gallery also offers a lecture series the second Sunday of each month.

Lowell Gallery

219 Central Street, #1C

Custom framing, art and prints with a focus on Lowell, Massachusetts subjects, artists and maps.

UMass Lowell Galleries

University Gallery
Mahoney Hall, 1st Floor
870 Broadway St.

The University Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that serves the Art & Design Department, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as well as the city of Lowell and the greater Merrimack Valley Region. The gallery hosts 4-6 major exhibitions each year, including the biannual B.F.A. show featuring the senior projects from the Art & Design studios. From emerging artists to seasoned practitioners with national and international reputations, the University Gallery’s exhibition program showcases a broad variety of artistic approaches, media and content reflecting the curricula of the Art & Design program and enhancing the cultural environment of the community and surrounding area.

UnchARTed Gallery & Performance Space

99 Market St. (gallery), 103 Market St. (studios)
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UnchARTed is a multimedia art space that offers the public a fresh and innovative approach to art. In recognizing the positive power of artists, the Gallery heeds the call for change in the mundane and overdone by inciting a creative revolution in an environment that begs for inspiration and an open forum for inventing it. The Gallery serves as an exhibition and performance space to its 24 resident artists as well as guest curators, ambitious musicians and creative minds alike. The Gallery also serves food and drink.

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