Part of the Community Threads & Fiber Month Celebration in New Bedford
Look for yarn bombing throughout Downtown!
Students in the UMASS Dartmouth fiber department will once again be holding a yarn bombing event, inviting everyone in the community to contribute knitting and crochet work to help create installations throughout New Bedford’s historic downtown.
3 New Shows at NBAM & Artworks!
- Fiber in the Present Tense: A contemporary juried show featuring fiber work by MA-RI Surface Design Association members at the Artworks! Gallery (384 Acushnet Avenue).
- Shapes & Shadows: Artwork made by Adirenne Sloane of Lexington, Massachusetts.
In the Regions Gallery of NBAM (608 Pleasant Street).
Sloane will be present during AHA! to answer questions about her work and fiber arts.
- Opening Reception for John Thornton Portrait Show: Around 1990, artist John Thornton began a series of photographic portraits of prominent members of the greater New Bedford cultural community. This exhibit explores Thornton’s self-described preoccupation with “the character of artists” by showcasing selections from his traditional black and white representations of painters, sculptors, ceramists and craftspeople. Curated by Janice Hodson, in the City Gallery of NBAM (608 Pleasant Street).
Pocketful of Posies: Hand Embroidered Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor www.weefolkstudio.com.
This exhibit is an opportunity to see the detail, texture and sculptural quality of Salley Mavor’s hand embroidered artwork. The original illustrations from her award-winning picture book, Pocketful of Posies have been touring the country since the book’s publication in 2010. Ms. Mavor’s fabric relief scenes are appreciated by and accessible to all ages.
At Gallery 65 (65 William Street)
All Sewn Up: a Talk by Tony Sapienza of Joseph Abboud
Joseph Abboud Apparel produces a world renowned line of clothing manufactured right here in New Bedford. President /CEO of Joseph Abboud Apparel Tony Sapienza will speak about how lean manufacturing techniques and exceptional quality have both kept the factory competitive with overseas labor and facilitated the quick turnaround of fine tailored men’s jackets and trousers. Tony notes, “I’m proud of the way our unionized workforce in New Bedford has stepped up to answer the challenges posed by cheap overseas labor and is helping to rebuild the apparel industry in its historic home in New England.” The New Bedford factory will now be producing men’s clothing exclusively for Men’s Warehouse, which has more than 1,100 stores.
At Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (396 County Street),
The House will be open for limited visitation from 6-7:30pm.
Calling All Kids!
- Story Time & Craft Activity at the Artworks! Gallery (384 Acushnet Avenue). Story time for younger ones about a girl who covered her town with knitting. Readings at 5:30 & 6pm. Kids of all ages (even the grown up ones) can try hands-on weaving activities throughout the evening.
- “Sew” Much Fun: a Pincushion Craft with the 1850s Ladies at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street), 6-8pm.
- Sew your own Buzzards Bay fish friend at Buzzards Bay Coalition (114 Front Street), 4-8pm.
WHALE to show historic photography exhibit for one night only!
View WHALE's collection of Lewis Hine Photographs of the textile mill industry history in New Bedford. WHALE envisions New Bedford as a vibrant seaport community where the historic and architectural heritage of its diverse peoples is celebrated, preserved, and continually used to enhance the city's economic and civic vitality for the benefit of all residents of the South Coast. 5- 8pm at NBAM (608 Pleasant Street).
Fantastical Footstools: view over 100 footstools, throughout the pews, ALL SEWN UP by hand. 6-8pm at the First Unitarian Church NB (corner of Union, County and 8th Street)
South End Event! Opening Reception for Spring Fabrications at the Judith Klein Art Studio.
Artist Demos: Sheila Oliveira and Elizabeth Wilkinson, quilt making; Laurie Carlson Steger, fabric wall art; Carol Vincent and Judith Klein, hand painted jackets and bags; Valorie Sheehan, sculpture with fabric. 5-9pm at Judith Klein Art Studio (127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31)
Passion for Fashion!
- Rewind: Technology As Fashion at Crowell’s Fine Art.
Keriann Corriea and Dana Tarr present the evolution of technology seen through high fashion. View garments that have been constructed out of dead technology. Editorial fashion photography forms a story showing how technology has progressed from tube TV's, VHS tapes & floppy disks to modern technology as seen in these trendy, wearable garments.
5-9pm at Crowell’s Fine Art (382 Acushent Ave)
- Project Xway: Fashion in Art at Gallery X.
An art show celebrating fashion through paintings, photos, and clothing design.
5-9pm at Gallery X (169 William Street)
MORE AHA!MAZING PROGRAMMING
Give yourself a winter makeover: no sewing required! Join the Lloyd Center for the Environment to fashion your very own woodland creature mask.
4-7pm at the New Bedford Free Public Library (613 Pleasant Street)
Tabula Rassa at UGLYgallery (246 Union Street)
The walls are blank and it's time to get your draw on!
Celebrate the 120th Birthday of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. Hosted by the Schooner Ernestina Commission at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street), 6:30pm. There will be "All Sewn Up"
demos including sewing & ropework (skills essential to life at sea), a hands-on rope bracelet craft & birthday cake.
I Have A Dream Exhibit at the New Bedford Free Public Library
The Downtown Public Library is hosting a display in commemoration of the 50 year anniversary of the I Have A Dream Speech and the civil rights movement. The display contains a gift to the Downtown Library of a commemorative Martin Luther King porcelain doll as well as the essays by students from New Bedford Public Schools who participated in the 2014 MLK Essay contest.
Visit the 3rd Floor of the Library (613 Pleasant Street)
New Bedford and the Underground Railroad: A lecture and presentation by Lee Blake, president of the New Bedford Historical Society.
New Bedford’s seaport was advantageous to many freedom seekers escaping on the Underground Railroad. They found support from sympathetic captains, crewmen, and city residents willing to lend a hand or turn a blind eye to help a freedom seeker escape the tyranny of slavery. New Bedford was a hub of the Underground Railroad and had a great reputation as a city that stood on the right side of the debates on freedom and democracy at a time when abolitionists were a small vilified, yet vocal minority. Join us as we share the stories of freedom seekers who overcame great odds to make it to New Bedford and to freedom. 6:30-8pm at Gallery X (169 William Street)
Make Women’s History Now – Coffee with the New Women’s Fund Director
This Women’s History Month, share your thoughts on the history of women in New Bedford, discuss current priorities for women in this community, offer ideas for possible collaboration, and anything else you want to talk about with the new executive director of the Women’s Fund (TWF), Valerie Bassett. Meet other people who care about women’s issues, learn about the Women’s Fund’s work and enjoy coffee and pastries provided by TWF. 6-8pm at Tia Maria’s European Café (42 North Water Street, back sitting room).
Perspectives on PLURALISM: Politics, Prophecy, People, & Prejudice.
Part one of the series PLURALISM in Culture, Politics, & Science in America.
Guest Lecturer: Rajiv Malhotra, Infinity Foundation
Discussant: Prof. Avery Plaw, UMass Dartmouth
6:30-8pm at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store(715 Purchase Street)
WE ART NB: EXHIBITIONS & GALLERIES
The Wall at Travessia Urban Winery (760 Purchase Street) presents “In a Grain of Sand,” featuring marbled cloth by Elin Noble Textiles. The work on view will feature an experimental approach to the age-old Turkish tradition of floating paint on water, called Ebru. Elin's homemade scones will also be available to taste during the opening reception. Using her popular recipe featured in the Standard Times, the scones will incorporate Shy Brothers Farm cheeses and Taza Chocolate to pair along with Travessia's local wines. More info about the artist & the event HERE.
Gatlin's Framing & Art Supplies / Subtext Bookshop (209 Union Street) presents The Kellaway Collection of textiles for show and sale.
- Obsessive Compulsive Order at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store (715 Purchase Street) Artist Talks at 7pm Group exhibition exploring systematic, deliberate work patiently created in various media by outstanding female artists from New England and beyond.
Artists: Huguette Despault May, Masako Kamiya, Jane Masters, Barbara Owen, Jessica Rosner, Diane Samuels Curated by: Viera Levitt
- Line Drawings: Artwork by Ellen Wieske at NBAM http//www.newbedfordartmuseum.org (608 Pleasant Street) Maine artist, Wieske, draws not with a pencil, but with steel wire. Wieske finds her source of inspiration in cloth, quilting and repetitive work implemented for the creation of textiles.
Live Music with Susan Sylvia 6-9pm at Slainte Irish Pub (34 Union Street)
Café Arpeggio presents Open Mic Featured Performer Back Porch. Featured Performer from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro at Cafe Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street). All are welcome, either as performers or audience members. It's a great way to spend an evening, & the quality of the music is top notch.
More about Back Porch: The duo of Walter Whitehead and Dave Osborne describe themselves as "...an acoustic duo who plays songs from many traditions – blues, country, folk, rockabilly, western swing, rock and roll. We cover a few familiar tunes from the likes of Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and Hank Williams.” They've been gaining in notoriety & popularity around the Southeastern Mass area.
All activities are FREE and open to the public.Year-round programming is funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council's
John and Abigail Adams Arts Program, The Island Foundation, The City
of New Bedford, the AHA! partners, individual supporters and in-kind
marketing support from the Standard-Times and WBSM. For more
information call 508-996-8253 x205
First time visitors may want to
start AHA! Night at the National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street).
Complete program flyers with maps are also available at all AHA! venues
starting the Tuesday prior to each event.
Directions: From I-195
E or W. Take Exit 15 (Rte. 18). Follow Rte 18 to 2nd traffic signal;
take a right onto Union St. At the first traffic signal take a right
onto Second Street and take your first left for parking in Custom House
Square or continue on two blocks to the Elm Street garage. On-street
parking also available for free after 6 pm.
Our 2013-2014 Calendar of dates and themes!
|September 12, 2013
||It Came From A Book
|October 10, 2013
|November 14, 2013
||The Art of the Plate
|December 12, 2013
||Made in NB
|January 9, 2014
||Tempest in a Teapot
|February 13, 2014
||Stark Raven Mad
|March 13, 2014
||All Sewn Up
|April 10, 2014
|May 8, 2014
|June 12, 2014
||Portraits of a Port
|July 10, 2014
|August 14, 2014
||A Midsummers Night Eve
|September 11, 2014
||Festa, Fiesta, Fete: Celebrate NB Cultures
|October 9, 2014
||Reap What You Sow
|November 13, 2014
|December 11, 2014
||Made in NB