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COVID-19 WARNING: While we continue to list New Bedford's array of cultural offerings, readers are advised to heed the latest public health recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission, including Bristol County.

 

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Comfort and Displacement Exhibit at NBAM

New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA

Thursday, Dec. 8, is the opening reception for the exhibition Comfort and Displacement: The Art of Richard Neal. The exhibition will feature recent abstract paintings and wall-hanging sculptures by Richard Neal organized by independent guest curator Don Wilkinson.⁠ The exhibit will run from Dec. 8–Feb. 26.

Fiber Art Exhibit at NBAM

New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA

The upcoming fiber arts exhibition: Yarn/Rope/String! The Fiber Art Now Yarn/Rope/String was designed to encourage the innovative use of fibers⁠ that artists incorporate into new and exciting works of art. The opening reception is on Thursday, Dec. 8, and the exhibit will run from Dec.8–March 12.

Polar Bears (Ursus Maritimus) and the Arctic Imaginary

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds a deep collection of hundreds of original artworks, photographs, carvings, and material culture depicting or made from polar bears. In this exhibition, British, German, Dutch, and American prints join Iñupiat carvings, baleen baskets, historical photographs; decorated dinner plates; paintings, and more. POLAR BEARS (Ursus Maritimus) and the Arctic Imaginary […]

City Hall Exhibit Showcases Women’s Role in Commercial Fishing

New Bedford City Hall 133 William St., New Bedford, MA

“The Women’s Work: At Sea, On Shore, At Home, In the Community,” an exhibit by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, is now on display at New Bedford City Hall. The exhibit shines a light on the many roles that women play in commercial fishing communities. It features the photography of Markham Starr, and Phil Mello, and […]

Moby Dick in Days of Pestilence and Chaos Exhibit

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

Moby Dick in Days of Pestilence and Chaos will be on view from Dec. 22, 2022–Feb. 26, 2023, in the Whaling Museum’s Observation Deck Gallery. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and working through the 2020 lockdown, Boston-based artist Aileen Callahan (b. 1941) created seventy watercolors that explore themes of contagion and the fear of […]

Call for Art: Gallery X Remembers

Gallery X 169 William St., New Bedford, MA

Over the past few years, several Gallery X friends and former members have passed away. The gallery has decided to organize a sizeable memorial exhibit to remember them. Gallery X is asking friends, members, and families to submit work from their collections to honor artists that are no longer living. This exhibition will be hung […]

Call for Art: A Roomful of Blue

Gallery X 169 William St., New Bedford, MA

A Roomful of Blue is the first Gallery X exhibition of 2023. What does blue mean to you? The color? The music? The emotion? Something else? Gallery X has left that up to the artist to decide, This exhibition is open to all artists working in any medium. Art may be submitted during Gallery hours […]

Make Your Own Drink Caddy

New Bedford Arts & Cultural Emporium 127 West Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA

In this workshop, learn the process of making a useful beer caddy.  To save time, energy and mess, the wood and dowels will be precut. Students will measure, sand, assemble, glue, hammer, and stain the finished piece. The $75 fee includes all materials.

$75

Scrimshaw for Beginners

New Bedford Arts & Cultural Emporium 127 West Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA

In this workshop, students will learn the primary application of scrimshaw on bone. The process is not complicated. However, confidence in the drawing is helpful. The class will do a traditional piece using designs provided to copy. Student can also bring their designs and bone. The $65 fee includes all materials.

$65

Mixed Media Abstract Florals

Alison Wells Gallery 106 William St., New Bedford, MA

Register before January 9 and receive $20 off. In this workshop, students can allow their art to flourish. Flowers are such a wonderful subject matter to explore mixed media techniques. […]

$140

Grateful Dead: “The Vintage Posters” Opening Reception

Narrows Center for the Arts 16 Anawan St., Fall River, MA

Celebrate the Grateful Dead and enjoy an evening of art, music, and beer inspired by the legendary band. The free event will have samples of the Narrows Center & Troy City Brewery collaboration of “Skeleton & Roses” West Coast IPA and some Fall River favorite food offerings. Grateful Dead poster curator Ted Bahr will be on […]

Recurring Event Mosaic Trivets Workshop

Mosaic Trivets Workshop

New Bedford Arts & Cultural Emporium 127 West Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA

In this workshop, students will learn the tenets of mosaic making, clipping shards, sanding, grouting, and burnishing. Each trivet will be unique from another. The $65 fee covers most of the materials. View additional materials here.

$65

AHA! Night: Let’s Draw a Lighthouse Tonight

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 38 Bethel St., New Bedford, MA

Bob Bowers, featured artist in “Fishboats: Art of the Industry,” will teach how to draw a lighthouse in just a few easy steps. Supplies provided. Appropriate for ages 10 and older. RSVP by contacting programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.

Recurring Event Quilled Valentine Cards

Quilled Valentine Cards

New Bedford Arts & Cultural Emporium 127 West Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA

Quilling is a lovely filigreed art done by curling paper with a little split-ended tool (originally a feather quill) and creating filigreed designs.  Students can craft a pre-designed Valentine or […]

$45

Valentine’s Day Art Fest

New Bedford Arts & Cultural Emporium 127 West Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA

In this workshop students will create a one of a kind Valentine’s Day art piece.  Utilizing a multitude of mixed media art processes under the helpful hands of mixed media art wiz David Meyers, they will be guided in working with multiple materials in a wide variety of experimental ways. The fee is $35 for […]

$35 – $60

Mixed Media Abstract Landscapes

Alison Wells Gallery 106 William St., New Bedford, MA

Register before January 9 and receive $20 off. Delve into abstract landscapes by layering paper collage, acrylic, and mark-making. Learn how to work in a series on paper from beginning to end, incorporating many techniques and styles. Explore abstract mixed media landscapes' creative, exciting, and playful nature.

$140
Recurring Event February Artists Share

February Artists Share

Co-Creative Center Gallery 137 Union Street, New Bedford, MA

Midori Creativity hosts the South Coast-based artist critique and discussion group at the Co-Creative Center. All artists and artist friends are welcome to be part of the discussion. The group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30–8:00 p.m. to help each other progress and grow by sharing and exploring art together. ArtNet participants […]

WRWA’s 10th Annual Winter Art Show and Auction

Dedee Shattuck Gallery 1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA

WRWA’s 10th Winter Art Show will be held at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery from February 15–25. Artist works can be viewed daily from 12–4 p.m. Over 40 local and regional artists contribute to this well-respected art show. New artists are welcome to join. Contact WRWA at outreach@wrwa.com.  

Mixed Media Art Journals for the Soul

Alison Wells Gallery 106 William St., New Bedford, MA

Register before January 9 and receive $20 off. Learn to create and complete a handmade art journal. Allison Wells will take students through choosing papers, preparing backgrounds, binding a book, […]

$140

School Vacation Week Art Classes

Hatch Street Studios 88 Hatch Street, New Bedford, MA

Students receive instruction in traditional drawing and painting techniques to depict still life, landscapes, and portraits. All materials are provided with tuition. Children aged 9-12 meet from 10 a.m.–noon, and […]

$145

Listening Session on Climate Change for Youth

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

All 12 to 21-year-olds are welcome to join a free, 90-minute workshop consisting of a nature-focused art project followed by a youth-led discussion centered around youth ideas, perspectives, and experiences […]