New Bedford has a history of helping others and one of the most important parts of that history was its involvement in helping fugitive slaves seek refuge and freedom during slavery on The Underground Railroad. The labor seeking whaling industry, a large Quaker community and a growing free population of people of color made New Bedford very attractive to runaway slaves in the mid 1800's.
As a New Bedford resident for the past 8 years and a woman of color originally from the Caribbean I have been particularly intrigued and inspired by New Bedford's significant involvement in the Underground Railroad.
In my mixed media painting on canvas entitled "The Other Side of the Harbor" I have incorporated painting techniques along with paper collage, photo montage, and drawing techniques. My intention is to explore a contemporary approach to the Underground Railroad to raise awareness and encourage discussion about a history that is unknown to many but challenges and inspires our community today.
"New Bedford Harbor in a New Light" is a responsive exhibition of work by local contemporary artists. In an open call curators Kim Barry, Willoughby Elliott, and Lasse Antonsen invited artists to create work inspired by the New Bedford harbor, history and culture. This amazing exhibition is now on display concurrently at two venues:
The University Art Gallery at UMass Dartmouth Star Store May 21 - August 22
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Brooke Mullins Doherty
Peter Lipsitt, and Susan Israel
Stacy Latt Savage, Yasmin Flefleh-Vincent, and Elizabeth Dooher
The New Bedford Art Museum May 9 - August 8,
Martin, Peter Michael