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The Blubber Hunters: Clifford Ashley’s Sunbeam Series
Curator: Janice Hodson
June 12 - Sept. 14, 2014
Reception: June 12 AHA! Night

Clifford Ashley’s career-defining depictions of sperm whaling stripped the industry all romanticism with their brutal realism.  Commissioned by Harper’s Monthly Magazine in 1904 to accompany an article on whaling, Ashley produced a striking series of oil paintings and charcoal studies based on his six weeks aboard the New Bedford bark Sunbeam.  Several of these originals were acquired by the New Bedford Free Public Library in 1906 and make up the core of this exhibit


Synergy: Ocean Stories
Presented by: Kim Barry, Willoughby Elliott, and NBAM/ArtWorks!
June 27 – September 12, 2014
Skylight Gallery & Heritage Gallery

New Bedford Art Museum/ ArtWorks! presents, "Synergy: Ocean Stories", an innovative exhibition that catalyzes partnerships between artists and research scientists. With an emphasis on communication and collaboration, Synergy aims to provide creative and thought provoking experiences for both the general public and for the participating artists and scientists. Artists and scientists were carefully selected and matched to work together to formulate a shared voice to create a unique collision of art and science for the public to experience and enjoy. With intriguing and mesmerizing images, sculpture, video and text, the science of coastal marine environment comes alive through art. Originally created and curated by Dr. Whitney Bernstein and Lizzie Kripke, in affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and shown at the Museum of Science, Boston, the art museum invites Synergy's artists and scientists to revisit their collaborative artwork here in a historical coastal community that has for centuries relied on the sustaining ehealth of our ocean.

Featured Synergy Artists & Scientists include:
Anastasia Azure & Larry Pratt
Janine Wong & Liz Halliday & Sophie Clayton
Joseph Ingoldsby & Shanberger, Barkley, Alpert
Karen Ristuben & Sophie Chu
Laurie Kaplowitz & Ellie Bors
Bryan McFarlane & Jill McDermott
Shawn Town & Tristan Kading
Nathalie Miebach & Jon Fincke

Click HERE to learn about the collaborators of Synergy: Ocean Stories

Featured Synergy programming will be held at the museum from now until September 12th. Preview the lectures, weaving class, and family poetry day in our calendar.

Without the support of our sponsors, Synergy: Ocean Stories would not have been shown at the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!. Thank you to everyone who generously donated. A special thanks to the College of Visual & Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Vault Series: Jam II
Curator: Joan Backes
The Vault
June 27 – September 12, 2014
Opening reception: June 27 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The “Vault Series” will present an exhibition of a group of New York painters. Their work explores abstract painting in new, fascinating and experimental ways. Some of this work shows exuberance of color, some is related to motifs of fabric work found in Africa. One of the artists, Andrea Bergart, worked in Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. Andrea Bergart and Matt Phillips both received their MFA’s in painting from Boston University. They now live and work in New York.

Participating artists:

Andrea Bergart
Matthew Deleget
Elise Freda
Kyle Jenkins
Todd Kelly
Matt Phillips
Elisabeth Sonneck

Jam lll will run concurrent to Jam ll at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NYC

Digital Art by: Ray Genereux
September 5 – September 28, 2014
Regions Gallery
Reception: September 11 AHA! Night

“Like the writer who starts with a thought, I start with an image. The final story of a writer is expressed in a display of words.  I express my thoughts in a display of images: often random, but rich with meaning. My stories or pictures reflect a flow of thoughts. I describe my art as elegantly haphazard, whimsical, indiscriminate and thought provoking.” – Ray Genereux
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