South Coast Art Week begins May 7 in New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD – Art will overwhelm the SouthCoast from May 7th. A ten-day art adventure, connecting communities from Fall River to Wareham, will serve as a reminder that art is still booming amid the pandemic – and perhaps ignite future artists.
“I hope we can inspire people to experiment with their creativity,” said Jodi Stevens, CEO of the Marion Art Center. Stevens teamed up with Anthi Frangiadi, owner of The Drawing Room and Lee Heald, director of AHA! New Bedford, to create this inspiring art tour.
“I hope people realize that there are still ways to appreciate art, even during what we are in today,” Stevens said.
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From May 7-16, SouthCoast Spring ArtsWeek will feature participating organizations and invite guests to experience the art virtually or in person. There will be outdoor activities for all ages, virtual tours and workshops like painting and drawing.
“Outdoor events are a great way to get out and do things safely,” Stevens said. “But also, especially for some of our workshops, for people who think they are not very creative… would be more open to trying new things and realizing that they are better than they think. “
There will be approximately eight events available each day.
Stevens lives in New Bedford and received his Masters of Fine Arts from UMass Dartmouth in the arts of fiber, textile and weaving. She was with the New Bedford Port Society for a short time and has worked at the Marion Art Center since 2018. “I’ve always been involved as an artist or arts administrator,” she said.
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Steven’s overall goal for SouthCoast Spring Arts Week is to give the community an affordable opportunity to learn, be creative, and recognize local artists. “The SouthCoast is full of really talented people and really wonderful organizations with a lot of great programs,” Stevens said. “There are so many good things going on everywhere.”
Here’s a list of all the events you can do during SouthCoast’s Spring Art Week and a few New Bedford area events to consider:
Friday May 7
Dartmouth Cultural Center – 5:00 p.m., 404 Elm Street, Dartmouth: Dirty Pour Acrylic Workshop
Using the color of the waters surrounding the south coast, participants will create a dirty acrylic paint for four cups on a 12 “x 12” stretched canvas. All equipment will be provided for this fun hands-on event. Participants don’t need to be an experienced artist, just an enthusiastic person who loves to create. The workshop takes place in two parts. The first part, 2.5 hours, involves creation while the second part, 45 minutes, is devoted to cleaning and preserving your creation. Suitable for ages 13 and up. Online registration is required. The workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Click here to register for this event.
Saturday May 8
South Coast Artists – 11:00 a.m., 1 Partners Lane, Westport: Works from the South Coast Artist Community
South Coast artists invite you to join us on the lawn of the Dedee Shattuck Gallery to create a canvas mural depicting the things you love from the four towns of Dartmouth, Westport, Little Compton and Tiverton. The paint, brushes and you will need them will be provided as you add them to one or all four large canvases. The completed works of art will visit all four cities in the coming months to pay homage to the South Coast we all love.
Judith Klein Art Gallery – 1 p.m., 127 W Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford: Spring Exhibition
Featured Artists, Paintings by Kim Barry, Sculptures by Valorie Sheehan, Print by Judith Klein
Sunday May 9
New Bedford Whaling Museum – May 9-15, South Coast MA: Strike a Pose !: The Yoga Challenge
Yoga is the art of practicing movements and poses to help discover balance between mind and body. The experience that both create can open the heart to connect you with your surroundings and your home. Deepen your connection by bringing your yoga practice to your favorite SouthCoast location. Take a photo of yourself “striking” these five yoga poses and tag us! So join us and The Barre New Bedford on May 16 for some yoga in the park!
Thursday May 13
Westport Art Group – 9 AM, 2061 Main Road, Westport: Plein Air Painting with Westport Art Group
Join the Westport Art Group Thursday Morning Outdoor Painters at Westport Point. Artists will be inspired by the historic homes and fishing boats on the docks. Bring your paintings and join the group, or stop to watch. No formal instructions but questions are welcome. Artists will set themselves up by maintaining social distancing. Plein air painting immerses the artist’s senses in nature. We will have a friendly group review at noon.
The Drawing Room – 11 AM, 36 N Water Street, New Bedford: Made-to-order tiles with Wanderlust ceramic
Learn how to design a custom backsplash. Join us online on Thursday May 13 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Craig Crawford of Wanderlust Ceramics will present visual materials and a demonstration of the tile making process from original concept to installation. Bring your ideas and questions so Craig can discuss how to turn them into a mosaic. RSVP by May 10th, this is a free online event, but pre-registration is required.
Click here to register for the class.
AHA! New Bedford– 5:00 p.m. online / Downtown New Bedford: We Art NB
AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) is the FREE downtown New Bedford cultural night and collaborative cultural organization that features virtual and real-life programming on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
Thursday May 15
Hatch Street Artist Association – 11:00 a.m., 88-90 Hatch Street, New Bedford: Hatch Street Open Studios
88-90 Hatch Street in New Bedford, MA has been home to many artists for over 20 years! We invite you to take a self-guided walk through our amazing old factory building housing over 80 artists. This event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. The events take place on Saturday May 15 and Sunday May 16.
Westport Art Group – 11:00 a.m., 1740 Main Road, Westport: watercolor demonstration by artist Jacklyn William
Artist Jacklyn William will demonstrate how to paint realistic water drops in watercolors. The demonstration will take place outside at the Westport Art Group at 1740 Main Road in Westport Point, MA. Watch how this award-winning artist creates her work and ask questions. FREE
Saturday May 15th
Lori Bradley – 12:00 p.m., 88 Hatch Street, New Bedford: Painting trees with acrylic and nature’s tools
An easy and fun art project for all ages! Take your finished painting with you at the end of the session. Celebrate spring by learning to paint expressive trees with acrylic paints and non-traditional tools from nature such as sea sponges, sticks and twigs. All materials provided by the studio. Sessions take place on Saturday May 15 and Sunday May 16.
Sunday May 16
Almanac of the South Coast – 1:00 p.m. New Bedford Town Center: South Coast Almanac Walking Book Club is back!
The daughter of slaves, Mrs. CJ Walker began her professional life as a washerwoman and ended it as the first self-made female millionaire in America, overseeing the Madam CJ Walker Manufacturing Company which developed and marketed a range of cosmetics and hair care products for black women. We will feature the New York Times hit biography On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madame CJ Walker, which in 2020 was adapted into a Netflix miniseries. We will be walking through downtown New Bedford on May 16th. What does Mrs. Walker have to do with New Bedford? She celebrated black entrepreneurship and so did we, stopping at local black-owned businesses (including stopping in for a delicious treat at The Baker). We can also stop at the site of Elizabeth Carter Brooks’ house, where Mrs Walker stayed during her visit to New Bedford.
Click here to register for the event.