For those who may not know, AHA! Night is a FREE arts & culture event which
takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford MA from 5:00pm-9:00pm. AHA stands for: Art - History & Architecture.
Aha involves over 60 downtown partners consisting of museums, galleries, artists art organizations, merchants, restaurants, churches and schools etc. Each month's event is themed to keep every month fresh and creative and exciting- for example: "Summer Sounds", "Kids Rule", "Carnival", "Please be Seated" along with many more creative themes consistently draw upwards of 3,000 visitors to the city, from surrounding towns like Providence and Cape Cod. On AHA! Nights, Art and Culture is very alive with several art exhibits open, multiple live performances, theater skits and lectures. Aha night is known as one of the best times to experience New Bedford's cultural renaissance in its historic cobblestoned downtown.
So with that said it was crunch time for me to get my final pieces ready for my show at travessia Winery for April Aha Night. With hardly any breathing room between me finishing my Harbor piece and me getting my Travessia show together... I get a cold urgggg :-(( always something to keep you back ... if you let it)
BUT.... the show MUST go on - and so I work through the odds and put all the energy I can muster into finishing my works of art.
And without a doubt my finished exhibit goes up on THE WALL @ Travessia in time for April AHA night's festivities.
This mini show was very important to me as it was the first time in over a year that I actually painted. Since my collage show last year I have been focusing on the medium of paper collage and really enjoying it. Collage possesses such a free and versatile quality and its tactile nature relaxes me and takes me into a happy place where strangely enough don't take my self too seriously. ( very hard for a painter - in my opinion)
...However it was time for me to come back to my true love of painting and dust off the cobwebs from my paints and brushes...and Jubilee was thus born.
The title of my Show at Travessia is: "JUBILEE"
"This body of work discusses ideas of culture, identity and the role we play within our communities. It is an exploration into group relationships and cultural bonds which transcend historic and geographic differences, conveying a universal message.
I am interested in the who’s, what’s, how’s and why’s of human behavior especially in regards to culture and family. I translate these ideas in my Acrylic and mixed media paintings through juxtapositions of color, texture, figurative abstractions and visual movement.
In these works paint melts in and out of ambiguous space throughout the picture plane reminiscent to fragments of memories, constantly soaring between the conscious and subconscious mind."