AHA NIGHT April 14
5:00pm - 9:00pm
This coming AHA Night Thursday April 14th we will be having a Night of Poetry & Art. Hosted by Nick Le Blanc and the creator of "A Little Magazine" Joselyn Feliciano in celebration of International poetry month. Hear some of the young literary minds in New Bedford and view some of the visual artists who illustrate their words. Poetry readings start 6:30pm
AHA NIGHT April 14
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Check out article by Art Critic Don Wilkinson on WARP/WEFT Fibers show at the gallery.
By Don Wilkinson
Posted Mar. 9, 2016 at 10:34 AM
Updated Mar 9, 2016 at 11:42 AM
"You know that we are living in a material world. And I am a material girl." — Madonna
In 2013, prior to its merger with the New Bedford Art Museum, Fibers Month was instituted at Artworks!, and it has become a tradition each March ever since, growing to include new exhibition venues, including the streets. (Take note of the yarn bombs about town.) This year is no exception. Among the places to see fiber art this month are at the Regions Gallery at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks, which is showing "Depending on the Weather," featuring work by Nancy Crasco, and Gallery 65 on William, displaying "Stitch by Stitch: Stitched Paintings by Elaine McBride."
"WARP/WEFT," hosted by Alison Wells at her namesake William Street gallery and curated by Kate Frazer Rego, is a group show of five women fiber artists, including Frazer Rego herself. Her "Labia Series" utilizes the colors and textures of fabrics, formed into three-dimension wall reliefs and complimented by the addition of found objects (doll parts, saint medallions, artificial flowers) to make funny, yet pointed, commentary about female sexuality and experience. One work, which has a title probably best not printed in a family newspaper, turns comical and exaggerated depictions of both the female and male genitalia into an oddly beautiful hermaphroditic hybrid. "A-Okay!" has a tiny pink doll hand giving the thumbs-up signal as it emerges from a clearly feminine place.
Emma Welty's "Solstice/Equinox," made of wool and cotton, consists of four small, speckled woven panels with a subdued earth tone pallet of ecru and dirt brown. There are some simple shapes, such as triangular wedges, half circles and Pac Man-like forms that don't quite hover over the backgrounds as they are fully immersed within them.
"Winter in the Gobi Desert" by Gabrielle Ferriera makes clear reference to the Mongolian ger (also known as a yurt), a round tent made of canvas or animal hides. Ferriera's version is small, like a child's play tent or for a couple's attempt at elegance on a camping weekend. Made from soft, cream-colored canvas attached to hidden PVC pipe, screen printed with decorative white patterns and illuminated from within by a single light bulb, visitors are encouraged to enter. There is something both sensual and spiritual about it, and one can imagine it being used for either of those pursuits. Or both.
Brooke Mullins-Doherty's fabric sculptures have tremendous presence within the space. Dangling from the ceiling are "Yellow Billow 1," Yellow Billow 2,"and "Orange Billow," constructed from fabric, wire, thread and "light," they glow with an animated warmth, like great hot-color clouds. Her "Wild Fate" features great tendrils of red, maroon and orange that reach off the wall like living things looking to caress or be caressed.
Kate Cope displays three abaca paper prints (yes, paper is fiber too) and all three works resonate with a childhood nostalgia of little girl dresses, jumpers and kindergarten outfits. Her "Mother May I?" is a pale sweet pink printing of silhouettes of clothing that Cope might've worn as a child. The prints land on a collage of faint background imagery that could be derived from the once-ubiquitous Spiegel sewing patterns that were in every five-and-dime a generation ago, or from paper doll cut-out books. They are charmingly effective.
"WARP/WEFT: An Exhibition of Fiber Arts" is on display at the Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery, 106 William Street until March 19.
Don Wilkinson is a painter and art critic living in New Bedford. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Saturday afternoon was the opening for our Fiber arts exhibit entitled WARP/WEFT at the gallery. Friends, family, patrons of the arts, art collectors and well wishers all came out to support the 5 women artists who showcased their amazing work.
Meet the Artists tonight March 10th during AHA Night and take in the beautiful work that will make you oooh, ahhh, chuckle and think. Warp/Weft runs till March 19th at Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery
WARP/WEFT Features 5 Women Fiber Artists in Celebration of Fiber Arts Month in New Bedford & International Womens' Month.
Brooke Mullins Doherty
Kate Frazer Rego
Curated by: Kate Frazer Rego
Exhibition runs till March19.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the "Youth Speak Out" event at the gallery during the "Icons of the Civil Rights Movement " art exhibit. Lots of talent in our city. Thank You to artists Eva Britto, Ryana Grace and Christian Garris from third Eye Unlimited.
This was the first time our gallery hosted a sit down event and it really transformed the space and was able to bring the community inside the gallery walls in a different way. Thank you to The new bedford Historical Society for sponsoring this event.
As part of our programming for "Icons of the Civil Rights Movement" by Artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy we present...
"Youth Speak Out" on Civil Rights, Human Rights and Black Lives Matter.
Reception: Saturday 20th February, 3pm-5pm
- Poets: Iva Britto and Rayana Grace
- 3rd EyE Unlimited
At: Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery 106 William St. New Bedford
In honor of Black History Month, The New Bedford Historical Society, in collaboration with The New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! and Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibit of 32 mixed media paintings by Artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, entitled..."Icons of the Civil Rights Movement" The exhibit will be on display at both The New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! and Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery accompanied by a variety of programming.
- Thursday 11th February, 6pm-8pm (Aha Night)
Soft Opening and Reception
- Saturday 20th February, 3pm-5pm
Youth Speak out on Civil Rights, Human Rights and Black Lives Matter
May you all have a Bright and Prosperous 2016 filled with
Color, Energy and Grace from
Alison Wells Fine art Studio & Gallery
Alison Wells Fine Art Studio and Gallery is happy to be taking part in "Deck the Windows" for the second year.
Deck the Windows is a community-wide public art contest that begins November 30th through New Years Eve. Businesses in Downtown New Bedford and north on Acushnet Avenue (from Coggeshall to Nash Rd.) will be participating. Over 50 storefronts will be decked out for the holidays with a spectacular exhibit of talent done by local artists, schools, non-profits, museums and municipal offices! Voting for your favorites can be done by picking up a ballot (locations TBD). Explore the treasures that New Bedford offers and stop into our many shops and restaurants!
Here is our window all decked out with its "Tropical Christmas Theme"
As time goes by I will be posting some of the other amazing storefront windows around New Bedford as they keep going up. So much fun- so stay tuned.
.This year give one of our new Holiday Themed cards.
I must say I thoroughly enjoyed making these by hand before having them printed. I used paper collage techniques with a variety of papers and hand made acrylic skins.
Handmade cards was something I always did every year since I was a child - it made me happy and always put me in the holiday mood, then and now
...It's the little things in life :-)
I am a Contemporary Trinidadian Fine Arts Painter. My work discusses ideas of culture, identity and the role we play within our communities.