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The Library Beastiary
Curator: Janice Hodson
October 9, 2014 - January 4, 2015
City Gallery
Reception October 9, 2014

Since prehistoric man created the first cave paintings, creatures of the land and sea have inspired artists.  This exhibit of prints garnered from the New Bedford Free Public Library’s collection features denizens of the animal, reptile and insect worlds.  From the scientific to the whimsical to the bizarre, these images showcase the varied ways in which our furry and feathered friends have been interpreted visually from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.  Prints from Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology, the first important study of North American birds produced in the nineteenth century; images from Eadweard Muybridge’s groundbreaking Animal Locomotion; and works by John James Audubon, Titian Peale, Alexander Lawson and Henry Marsh will be included in the exhibition.

Collectors lll: Discerning Eyes
Curators: Robert P. Stack & Vanphouthon Souvannasane
September 26 – November 16, 2014
Skylight Gallery & Heritage Gallery
Reception: September 26, 2014

“Curated by Robert P. Stack and Vanphouthon Souvannasane, “Discerning Eyes” at New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks presents early works from contemporary art collectors based in Providence (RI), New York (NY) and Miami (FL) who are ahead of the curve at distinguishing the good from the bad and sifting out the gems from the junk.

With this exhibit, we aim to open up the conversation with regard to Whom and What. One doesn’t have to wait for that winning lottery ticket to begin including art their life. Collecting can and could be commensurate with your lifestyle. Likewise, collecting should not be limited to wall-hung visual art. Video, street art, light art, installation art, and performance art are all collectible in today’s market.

Whether the artwork was pried off the wall from a dilapidated building, purchased directly from the artist, performed in front of an intimate audience of 10 people or taken from the trunk of a fledging art dealer in the streets of SoHo, many of the works presented in “Discerning Eyes” have never been seen by the general public. The collectors invited to share their collection are from ordinary backgrounds with extraordinary tastes, including a museum guard, advertising executive, architect, artist, teacher, writer and human rights lawyer.”

Selections from the curators statement for Discerning Eyes
Written by Robert P. Stack & Vanphouthon Souvannasane

Robert P. Stack & Vanphouthon Souvannasane run a contemporary art gallery in Providence, RI called, Yellow Peril Gallery. One of their many contributions to the field of art is their quarterly publication, Collect, with “the mission to promote art and design for the curated lifestyle.” The two curators encourage the everyday man to collect not only objects of art, but also the intangible. New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is very excited about the endeavor to collaborate with Yellow Peril Gallery.

An Artist Under Glass
Organized By: NBOS, New Bedford Open Studios
September 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015
The Vault Gallery

South End Reception: Friday, September 26, Featuring artist Brad Eadie
North End Reception: Thursday, November 13, Featuring artist Jodi Stevens
Tribute Reception: Thursday, December 11, Featuring all NBOS artists
“Studio life is a necessary aspect of art rarely seen by the public. The innumerable hours an artist spends in the studio is precious time in solace and meditation. The rhythmic banging of metal, the hum of the printing press, or the beat of one's heart, is the mantra in which an artist relies to transfer one's soul to any given medium.”
– Tracy Silva Barbosa 
NBOS invites you to engage with our local artists at the museum and at their fantastic studios around New Bedford during this year's 10th anniversary events:
South End Open Studios: Oct. 4 & 5
North End Open Studios: Nov. 21, 22 & 23 

NBOS 10th Birthday Party @ Hatch Street Studios Nov. 21@ 6pm

The Rodney Paintings
Paintings by: Tim Doud
October 1 – November 1, 2015
Regions Gallery

The Rodney Paintings are a collaborative exploration between artist and model; these works examine the rich tensions between self-presentation, the portrait, and cultural norms that govern everyday life under commodity, where selfhood is as often purchased as achieved. Doud often works in a serial format, constructing multiple works around individuals or particularly defined groups of people. The show at the NBAM/AW! is comprised of four paintings from the sixteen painting series. 
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