Summer has arrived at the Fitchburg Art Museum, with the opening of two highly anticipated shows on Friday, June 24.

Until September 5, the “86th Regional Arts and Crafts Exhibition” will showcase the creative works of more than 70 talented artists and artisans from the region.

One of New England’s longest-running juried exhibits, the annual FAM Showcase celebrates local artists and artisans by providing a museum-like environment for artwork and connecting them with other other artists, patrons and enthusiasts.

It is open to those working in any medium who live or work within 30 miles of Fitchburg. Entrants were invited to submit up to two works of art created within the past two years.

Jameson Johnson, this year’s juror, is founder and editor of the Boston Art Review and head of communications and development at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Several modest cash prizes are awarded and the first prize winner wins a solo exhibition alongside the 87th Regional Arts and Crafts Exhibition next summer.

Lunenberg artist Bridie Wolejko, last year’s top prize winner, created works for the solo exhibition “Hypnagogia: Bridie Wolejko’s Mixed Media Fantasies.” It is also visible from June 24 to September 24. 4.

Hypnagogia, the transient state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep, gives many people involuntary and vividly imagined experiences. The artist has created collages and mixed media handicrafts that create dreamlike images based on his interests in myth, magic, horror, popular culture, surrealism, architecture and nature.

Located at 185 Elm Street, FAM is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also open from noon to 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Call 978-345-4207 or visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org for more information.

Gallery Notes

Water, water everywhere: two summer exhibitions present water in all its wet glory. “Undercurrents: Water and Human Impact,” on view until August 16 at Concord Art, 37 Lexington Road, Concord, focuses on the effects of climate change on bodies of water as interpreted by artists including the works are presented. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 978-369-2578 for more information. Additionally, “Space to Sea,” an exhibit of underwater photographs taken at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, is on view by November 1 at the New England Aquarium. It features 50 of famed underwater photographer Kevin Ellenbogen’s large-scale photos taken to mark the sanctuary’s 30th anniversary. Visit www.neaq.org for more information.

Hansds-on Armor: Knightly armor is beautiful and shiny, but what does it do? How much does it weigh? Is it comfortable? How and why did the knights who wore it decorate it? Find out the answers to these questions and more this weekend at the Worcester Art Museum‘s “Art Cart: Hands-on Armor” activity. The free program with admission to the museum takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26, in the Medieval Gallery. Visit www.worcesterart.org/events for more information.

At the Greenwald: Lowell multimedia artist Walter Wright is featured in the solo exhibition “Walter Wright Digital Media: Prints & Video,” on view through July 17 at the Greenwald Gallery at the Arts League of Lowell, 307 Market St. He’ll host a workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. A reception is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday July 16. The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.org for more information.

Nancye Tuttle’s email is [email protected]

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