Presenting the artists for the Sept. 22 meeting of the New Bedford Light Fine Arts Club

Welcome to the New Bedford Light Fine Arts Club. It’s a place to celebrate talented local artists; a marketplace where buyers, enthusiasts and artists meet. And if something strikes you, it’s also a place where everything is for sale. Below are 19 incredible pieces, from 10 local artists, that have been selected for the fourth meeting, which will be our second in-person gathering.

Excited to watch it all unfold? Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Hatch Street Studios. Light refreshments will be served.

Curious how it all works? Read our handy Explainer Guide or watch our June meeting.

Are you an intrigued artist? Click here to submit your art for our next meeting on Nov. 10 as part of AHA Night in downtown New Bedford.

Artist: Duvall Skerritt

City/Town: Taunton

Title: Locs

Size: 20″ x 16″

Description: Study of a strong light and shadow. Oil on canvas.

Price: $500

Email: duvall.skerritt@gmail.com

Website: idi-graphix.com

Social Media: @idigraphix on Facebook

Submitted bio: I am a graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist of West Indian descent. My love of art began when I was introduced to comic books at young age. I enjoy creating stylized characters with exaggerated features.


Artist: Duvall Skerritt

City/Town: Taunton

Title: Passing of the Torch

Size: 24″ x 18″

Description: Caricatures of Jordan and Kobe during one of their iconic meetings on the court. Oil on canvas.

Price: $400

Email: duvall.skerritt@gmail.com

Website: idi-graphix.com

Social Media: @idigraphix on Facebook

Submitted bio: I am a graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist of West Indian descent. My love of art began when I was introduced to comic books at young age. I enjoy creating stylized characters with exaggerated features.


Artist: David Walega

City/Town: Mattapoisett

Title: Batman Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

Size: 20″ x 24″ framed

Description: In this series, I employed ultra-wide 4”x5” wooden pinhole cameras. From Hollywood Boulevard to the countryside of Nova Scotia, David has transported his wooden pinhole cameras to create fine art portraits and landscapes with this age-old technology. “I captured Batman outside Mann’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard while documenting Los Angeles and the folks that live on the fringes of the studio system.”

Price: $525

Email: dwalega@gmail.com

Website: DavidWalegaPhotography.com

Social Media: @DavidWalega on Instagram

Submitted bio: David Walega is a designer, educator and established photojournalist. Born and raised on the south coast, he has lived in Seattle, Los Angeles and most recently returned to Mattapoisett. David has contributed images to publications around the world and worked with both private and non-profit organizations.


Artist: David Walega

City/Town: Mattapoisett

Title: Abandoned Lincoln Park Roller Coaster, Dartmouth, MA

Size: 40″ x 30″

Description: In this series, I employed ultra-wide 4”x5” wooden pinhole cameras. From Hollywood Boulevard to the countryside of Nova Scotia, David has transported his wooden pinhole cameras to create fine art portraits and landscapes with this age-old technology. “Before it was demolished, I’d break into the abandoned amusement park where I spent so many childhood summer days. The rollercoaster was scary for many reasons as a kid. Urban myths told of people being killed while riding it and the noises that it elicited while riding the wooden tracks sent justified all my fears. How sad to see it demolished for housing so many years later.”

Price: $675

Email: dwalega@gmail.com

Website: DavidWalegaPhotography.com

Social Media: @DavidWalega on Instagram

Submitted bio: David Walega is a designer, educator and established photojournalist. Born and raised on the south coast, he has lived in Seattle, Los Angeles and most recently returned to Mattapoisett. David has contributed images to publications around the world and worked with both private and non-profit organizations.


Artist: Paulina Fuenzalida-Guzman

City/Town: Acushnet

Title: Fragments

Size: 15″ x 15″

Description: Handmade felt tapestry on cotton gauze using the reserve technique.

Price: $300

Email: paulifuenza@gmail.com

Website: paulinarte.wixsite.com/paulina-fuenzalida-g

Social Media: @paulina_arte on Instagram

Submitted bio: Paulina Fuenzalida-Guzman was born in Santiago, Chile. Her background is in interior design and journalism. In 2018, Paulina decided to move with her family to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to pursue an MFA-Fiber program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Earlier work addressed human rights violations during the collapse of democracy in Chile; her current body of work reflects the concept of identity as the result of oneself plus one’s circumstances. In 2019, Paulina received the Outstanding Student Award by the Surface Design Association, which recognizes excellence in Fiber graduate and undergraduate students. Currently, she is part of The Creative Process Exhibition, a project traveling to leading universities worldwide.


Artist: Paulina Fuenzalida-Guzman

City/Town: Acushnet

Title: Mother Earth

Size: 57″ x 38″

Description: Handmade felt tapestry by using the reserve technique.

Price: $2,500

Email: paulifuenza@gmail.com

Website: paulinarte.wixsite.com/paulina-fuenzalida-g

Social Media: @paulina_arte on Instagram

Submitted bio: Paulina Fuenzalida-Guzman was born in Santiago, Chile. Her background is in interior design and journalism. In 2018, Paulina decided to move with her family to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to pursue an MFA-Fiber program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Earlier work addressed human rights violations during the collapse of democracy in Chile; her current body of work reflects the concept of identity as the result of oneself plus one’s circumstances. In 2019, Paulina received the Outstanding Student Award by the Surface Design Association, which recognizes excellence in Fiber graduate and undergraduate students. Currently, she is part of The Creative Process Exhibition, a project traveling to leading universities worldwide.


Artist: Eileen A Riley

City/Town: Fall River

Title: The Heart Shakra

Size: 20″ x 30″

Description: This piece is created with scraps of specialty papers as well as papers belonging to the artist and glued to an acrylic painted canvas. It was created at a time when the USA was divided in many ways and also at a time when the artist found out that she had to have open heart surgery. The panda represents the heart chakra. The panda also means peace which is what the world needs.

Price: $2,000

Email: eriley3700@gmail.com

Social Media: @EileenRileyFineArt on Facebook

Submitted bio: Eileen Riley grew up in, Westport, Massachusetts where her backyard became her inspiration. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a concentration in sculpture. After college she spent time as a potter and artist mentor. She then settled into a five-year position as an art teacher at Bishop Stang High School. Ms. Riley continues to develop her craft and shows her work regularly at Gallery X and at Westport Art Group. She also does commissioned work of various kinds.


Artist: Eileen A Riley

City/Town: Fall River

Title: She Wolf

Size: 20″ x 30″

Description: She Wolf was constructed of personal and specialty papers belonging to the artist. In the lower right corner are flowers made out of foam an crepe paper. They are all glued to an acrylic painted canvas. This piece was created at a time when the artist was going through a difficult time with her child. Wanting only to nurture her young the wolf created a perfect symbol for what the artist was experiencing. There are milk maidens and a crown made of angels and ducks. To the right of the canvas are ballet dancers who tell the story of how the she wolf is the mother of all dogs and it is said that when she howls at night the flowers bloom.

Price: $2,300

Email: eriley3700@gmail.com

Social Media: @EileenRileyFineArt on Facebook

Submitted bio: Eileen Riley grew up in, Westport, Massachusetts where her backyard became her inspiration. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a concentration in sculpture. After college she spent time as a potter and artist mentor. She then settled into a five-year position as an art teacher at Bishop Stang High School. Ms. Riley continues to develop her craft and shows her work regularly at Gallery X and at Westport Art Group. She also does commissioned work of various kinds.


Name: Donald Fruci

City/Town: Dartmouth

Title: Untitled

Size: Various

Description: Photograph on Canvas

Price: $300

Email: dartmouth.consulting@comcast.net

Submitted bio: Art should startle us awake so that our reality is redefined if only for a moment in time. Sometimes that awakening is to the sublime and sometimes it is to the uncomfortable or sordid. When we walk away we should want to take one more look over our shoulder and we should be forever changed even if we cannot say how or why. And the world will never be quite the same to us ever again

Name: Donald Fruci

City/Town: Dartmouth

Title: Dove

Size: 10″ x 12″

Description: Acrylic on paper

Price: $250

Email: dartmouth.consulting@comcast.net

Submitted bio: Art should startle us awake so that our reality is redefined if only for a moment in time. Sometimes that awakening is to the sublime and sometimes it is to the uncomfortable or sordid. When we walk away we should want to take one more look over our shoulder and we should be forever changed even if we cannot say how or why. And the world will never be quite the same to us ever again



Artist: Donna Gagnon

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Centre Street

Size: 16″ x 20″

Description: Historic Centre St, New Bedford. Acrylic on canvas.

Price: $800

Email: tttootsie@comcast.net

Website: DonnaGagnonArt.com

Social Media: Donna Gagnon Art on Facebook

Submitted bio: Local artist capturing light and shadows. Concentrated on People, Places and Pets.


Artist: Donna Gagnon

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Forest Friends

Size: 16″ x 20″

Description: Forest clearing in the snow

Price: $800

Email: tttootsie@comcast.net

Website: DonnaGagnonArt.com

Social Media: Donna Gagnon Art on Facebook

Submitted bio: Local artist capturing light and shadows. Concentrated on People, Places and Pets.


Artist: Kaylin Pacheco

City/Town: Fall River

Title: Golden

Size: 24″ x 36″

Description: Signed framed photograph

Price: $300

Email: Hello@maevefirephotography.com 

Website: Maevefirephotography.com 

Social Media: @maevefirephotography

Submitted bio: Kaylin is a digital photographer based out of Fall River. She creates portraits using inspiration from her subject and the surrounding environment.


Artist: Kaylin Pacheco

City/Town: Fall River

Title: Jodi

Size: 24″ x 36″

Description: Signed framed photograph

Price: $300

Email: Hello@maevefirephotography.com 

Website: Maevefirephotography.com 

Social Media: @maevefirephotography

Submitted bio: Kaylin is a digital photographer based out of Fall River. She creates portraits using inspiration from her subject and the surrounding environment.


Artist: Tammi J Meehan

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Cell Song

Size: 30.5″ x 22″

Description: Acrylic paint and oil pastel on Fabriano paper. Abstract impression of an idea related to the scientific truth that everything is energy. There are energetic vibrational signatures or frequencies of cells. Basically, it’s about communication through vibration.

Price: $1,200

Email: tamjmeehan@gmail.com

Website: tammijmeehan.com

Social Media: @tamjmee on Instagram

Submitted bio: I am an intuitive painter with work spanning more than three decades. My visual dialogue stems from inner visions that can be described as both primordial and futuristic. The work denotes a clear love affair with the visceral experience of painting interwoven with philosophical questions, commentaries and cosmic ideas. A clear passion for color and texture, the I use acrylic and oil paint, oil stick, dry pigment, charcoal and graphite to create magnificent surfaces that flirt with the viewer and the impulse to touch.


Artist: Tammi J Meehan

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Carbon Prison

Size: 30″ x 30″

Description: Oil on linen. This piece is fresh, almost accidental. It speaks to the fact we all originate from carbon however our bodies hold stories of trauma, discrimination and bias based on societal constructs. This painting is about the weightiness of existence, illustrative of the journey of a spiritual being on a human path. This piece was included in a 3-artist show in Boston’s South End (@gallery_very) in Dec. 2021.

Price: $2,100

Email: tamjmeehan@gmail.com

Website: tammijmeehan.com

Social Media: @tamjmee on Instagram

Submitted bio: I am an intuitive painter with work spanning more than three decades. My visual dialogue stems from inner visions that can be described as both primordial and futuristic. The work denotes a clear love affair with the visceral experience of painting interwoven with philosophical questions, commentaries and cosmic ideas. A clear passion for color and texture, the I use acrylic and oil paint, oil stick, dry pigment, charcoal and graphite to create magnificent surfaces that flirt with the viewer and the impulse to touch.


Artist: Ewa Liput

City/Town: Dartmouth

Title: Digital images printed on paper

Size: 3″ x 20″ x 30″

Description: Actual tows of the fishing vessel recorded digital print

Price: $2,600

Email: e.liput@yahoo.com

Submitted bio: Born in Szczecin Poland in 1957. From 1986 live in Dartmouth. Education: Academia Sztuk Pieknych, Poznan, Poland, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Boston University.


Artist: Kim M. Barry

City/Town: Mattapoisett

Title: Summer Shadows

Size: 11″ x 14″

Description: Oil on canvas.

Price: $300

Email: claytroutpottery@gmail.com

Social Media: @Kimbarry55 on Instagram

Submitted bio: My oil paintings and 2D works are inspired by observation and experience of the natural world. Fruit, flowers, shells, clouds or sea scapes are subjects that excite me and in painting them I hope to infuse them with emotional energy and I invite the viewer to participate.

Artist: Kim M. Barry

City/Town: Mattapoisett

Title: Quahog Companions

Size: 12″ x 12″

Description: Oil on canvas.

Price: $300

Email: claytroutpottery@gmail.com

Social Media: @Kimbarry55 on Instagram

Submitted bio: My oil paintings and 2D works are inspired by observation and experience of the natural world. Fruit, flowers, shells, clouds or seascapes are subjects that excite me and in painting them I hope to infuse them with emotional energy and I invite the viewer to participate.


What you need to know about the New Bedford Light Fine Arts Club

A guide to New Bedford’s newest art marketplace

Next Meeting: Nov. 10

Deadline for Artists to submit: TBD

Where: AHA Night in downtown New Bedford

What: An opportunity for local New Bedford area artists to share and sell their work to an engaged group of collectors and art enthusiasts. Read about how we were inspired by the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.

Who: Any local artist who practices in one of the fine arts and all prospective art buyers

Moderators: TBD

Format: A short introduction from New Bedford Light and the moderators, followed by 50 minutes of artist presentations, followed by a 30-minute “Afterglow,” a loosely structured open discussion among the artists, buyers and other attendees about art-related topics.

Buyer Guide

  • Buyers will have a chance to ask questions of each artist during the meeting.
  • After an artist finishes presenting, buyers will use the contact info provided during the meeting and on New Bedford Light’s website to set up a private transaction to purchase art.
  • Buyers are encouraged to stay and take part in the “Afterglow,” a 30-minute open-ended art discussion afterwards. 

Art Enthusiasts Guide

  • If you’re interested in attending but don’t consider yourself a buyer, you’re more than welcome! Just walk into a meeting.
  • Even if you don’t buy or sell, you’re encouraged to stay on and take part in the “Afterglow,” a 30-minute open-ended art discussion afterwards. 

Artist Guide

  • Each week up to 10 artists can present. We will also select two backup artists in case of any last-minute cancellations. Interested artists must fill out this online form, including a short bio and description of the work they’re looking to sell. Artists will upload an image(s) of their work to be displayed on our website. Artists who fit the fine art criteria will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • During the meeting, artists will be introduced by the moderators and will then have five minutes to present themselves and their two pieces of work. It is suggested to leave one or two minutes for the audience to ask questions. 
  • Artist contact information, submitted through the form, will be presented during the meeting and on New Bedford Light’s website. Buyers will contact artists on their own to set up private transactions to purchase art.
  • If an artist makes a sale from the NBFAC, they must report it on this form. Individual sales information will remain confidential. 

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