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Before You Go
Artwork by: Kelly Jean Conroy
April 2 – April 30, 2014
Regions Gallery

I see my jewelry as layered paintings- collages with dimensional elements that allude to a story. The stories are of loss, something that touches us all eventually, but also about the beauty of life. If I can make death and the subsequent feeling of loss something beautiful, I can soothe my fear of future loss. We all carry these experiences of life and loss within the inner layers of our being, and I see my necklaces as a way to wear these moments on one’s outer layer.


The Nature of Art
Artwork by Ron Rudnicki
Curator: Sig Haines
April 4 – June, 12, 2014

Main Skylight Gallery

Reception April 4, 2014 New Bedford has been an international destination for decades. Its heritage exists beyond the sea and whaling: both are tied to the land least we forget Native American culture. Rudnicki’s sculpture attempts to create a visual bridge between nature and human nature, hopefully beyond cultural differences. The sculptures created for the exhibit, Nature of Art, were designed specifically for the interior of NBAM. Rudnicki is making an exception, just this once, to bring is scultures along with a bit of nature, to an interior space. This rare opportunity was a collaborative idea between curator and painter, Sig Haines and sculptor, Ron Rudnicki. Ron Rudnicki lives and maintains a studio with his wife Holly at his beautiful home in East Freetown, Massachusetts. Rudnicki surrounds himself with inspiration on his property of trees, lush bamboo, and a coy-filled stream, which flows throughout his gardens.

The museum is excited to offer two events that coincide with The Art of Nature. Purchase tickets by clicking HERE and join us for The Art of Yoga and also The Art of Gardening.


John Thornton: Artist Portraits
Curator: Janice Hodson
March 4-May 18, 2014

City Gallery at NBAM

Reception March 13th AHA! 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, recently donated to the New Bedford Free Public Library.

Navigation
Artwork by: Leah Woods
April 4 – June, 12, 2014

Heritage Gallery

Reception April 4, 2014 Navigation is a new body of work by woodworker and University of New Hampshire furniture professor, Leah Woods. The work explores the communication of experiences and emotions through the framework of maps. Using her own experiences as a starting point, each sculpture communicates a story and expresses how that story felt, whether painful, difficult, positive, or joyous. The viewer will not be able to pinpoint the location of each map as far as its setting in a particular country or city, but rather will be encouraged to connect and empathize with the emotions experienced during each journey. Leah Woods received her MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2000 and has completed residencies from Ghana to New Bedford. Woods has exhibited nationally in such establishments as, The New Hampshire Furniture Master’s Gallery, The Fuller Crafts Museum, The Windsor Art Center, and The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA. While on sabbatical from her teaching position at UNH, Woods has created a body of work to be seen first at The New Bedford Art Musem/ArtWorks!.
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