Several years back, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum hosted an exhibit of black-and-white photographs of jazz musicians. In a similar vein, the Essex Art Association announces a new show featuring images of the R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. Oh, hold on! That's not correct; the exhibition is just thematically titled "Earth, Wind & Fire" and has nothing to do with the group that did "Let's Groove." Rather, this final event of the Essex season features work from any artist age 18 and older who wished to submit. Simultaneously, an exhibition in the adjunct Exit Gallery boasts art from Dan Nichols. There will be an opening reception for both shows from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Essex Art Association, 10 North Main St., Essex. They run through Sept. 13. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Wed.-Mon.; (860) 767-8996, essexartassociation.com.