Watch some of New Bedford’s talented up-and-coming artists describe their process

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. Thousands of dollars in artwork has been sold through the Fine Arts Club.

Below are 16 incredible pieces, from eight local artists, that were selected for our Jan. 19 meeting. If you’re interested in purchasing a piece, please contact the artist directly.

Watch our January meeting:

Curious how it all works? Read our handy Explainer Guide. Are you an intrigued artist? Click here to submit your art for our next meeting on March 16 at PLAY Arcade in downtown New Bedford.

2023 schedule (all meetings 6-7:30 p.m.):

  • Thursday, March 16 (PLAY Arcade)
  • Thursday, May 18
  • Thursday, July 20
  • Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Thursday, Nov. 16

Artist: Marcus Wills

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Chapter 5

Size: 14″ x 24″

Description: As we travel through life, this painting has many different stories, many different layers. Lifting one another up, no one man is left behind. Extend a hand. Empower our youth. Let us talk about this more.

Price: $110

Email: basketballmoney34@gmail.com

Social Media: @galleryh20 on Instagram

Submitted bio: Abstract painter


Artist: Marcus Wills

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Forest of Illusions

Size: 14″ x 24″

Description: Only if you know the way, then you shall enter the forest.

Price: $110

Email: basketballmoney34@gmail.com

Social Media: @galleryh20 on Instagram

Submitted bio: Abstract painter


Artist: Kayla C. Conner

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Orpheum

Size: 9″ x 12″

Description: watercolor and ink on paper – Orpheum is derived from the view of the abandoned Orpheum Theater on Route 18 in New Bedford. I drive by almost daily and daydream of its heyday.

Price: $444

Email: Kconchin@gmail.com

Website: littleseershell.com

Social media: @littleseershell on Instagram

Submitted bio: I am a tarot reader and watercolor artist, born and raised in New Bedford. In 2012, I obtained my Bachelor’s in Philosophy from UMass Dartmouth, had my first child, and received my first deck of tarot cards! Little Seer Shell was created in September of 2020. After my hip replacement, which helped fix a longstanding disability from my childhood, I began creating, writing, painting, and tarot reading for others. It was a way for me to spread my joy of life and message of hope to those around me. I chose to become a tarot reader and an artist to connect with others on a soul level. It helped to take me away from my own pain and brought me back into the physical world again. I paint to heal my soul as well as the souls of others. I create and teach because I love life in its totality, the dark and light, the good and bad, and I live to express and enjoy every moment of it. My struggles and my past have helped form me into the artist I am today.


Artist: Kayla C. Conner

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: March Hare

Size: 9″ x 12″

Description: watercolor and ink on paper – March Hare is inspired by the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. Where is he leading you? Mad as a March Hare.

Price: $360

Email: Kconchin@gmail.com

Website: littleseershell.com

Social media: @littleseershell on Instagram

Submitted bio: I am a tarot reader and watercolor artist, born and raised in New Bedford. In 2012, I obtained my Bachelor’s in Philosophy from UMass Dartmouth, had my first child, and received my first deck of tarot cards! Little Seer Shell was created in September of 2020. After my hip replacement, which helped fix a longstanding disability from my childhood, I began creating, writing, painting, and tarot reading for others. It was a way for me to spread my joy of life and message of hope to those around me. I chose to become a tarot reader and an artist to connect with others on a soul level. It helped to take me away from my own pain and brought me back into the physical world again. I paint to heal my soul as well as the souls of others. I create and teach because I love life in its totality, the dark and light, the good and bad, and I live to express and enjoy every moment of it. My struggles and my past have helped form me into the artist I am today.


Artist: Kate Frazer Rego

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: A microscopic view of the Grassman

Size: 4″ x 6″

Description: This is a small multimedia painting I created back in 2020 to capture the textures and surface of the Grassman from my series, the Void Grows.

Price: $150

Email: katefrazerrego@gmail.com

Website: katefrazerrego.com

Social Media: @katefrazerrego on Instagram

Submitted bio: Kate Frazer Rego is an artist and educator living in the South Coast of Massachusetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Art, where she earned a BFA in Sculpture. She went on to earn her MFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Art. Kate has shown her work nationally and is currently in several private collections. She participated and performed in Art in Odd Places: BODY, an international performance art festival in NYC 2018. And was included in the Cambridge Art Association’s 2019 Emerging Artist Exhibition. Kate has been an art educator in public charter schools and art organizations across the Southcoast for the past ten years. Her pedagogy focuses on process, building strong studio habits within her scholars, and art history through a lens of inclusion and social justice. When she’s not teaching middle school, she’s holed up in her studio with a cup of coffee.


Artist: Kate Frazer Rego

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Big Blue Vein

Size: 6″ x 8″

Description: This piece was created in 2019 as part of my Ugly Bits series. This series explored ideas of age, the body, time, and it’s relationship with us and each other.

Price: $125

Email: katefrazerrego@gmail.com

Website: katefrazerrego.com

Social Media: @katefrazerrego on Instagram

Submitted bio: Kate Frazer Rego is an artist and educator living in the South Coast of Massachusetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Art, where she earned a BFA in Sculpture. She went on to earn her MFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Art. Kate has shown her work nationally and is currently in several private collections. She participated and performed in Art in Odd Places: BODY, an international performance art festival in NYC 2018. And was included in the Cambridge Art Association’s 2019 Emerging Artist Exhibition. Kate has been an art educator in public charter schools and art organizations across the Southcoast for the past ten years. Her pedagogy focuses on process, building strong studio habits within her scholars, and art history through a lens of inclusion and social justice. When she’s not teaching middle school, she’s holed up in her studio with a cup of coffee.


Artist: Manuel Estrela

City/Town: Fairhaven

Title: Butterfly of peace and love

Size: 17″ x 14″ gold frame

Description: Butterfly on flowers water colors mix medium with pencil ink

Price: $450

Email: manuelestrela@aol.com

Submitted bio: Manuel was a leading salesperson in the Premium Retail Industry for over 20 years, including stores such as Giorgio Armani and Gucci. Although extremely successful, he felt a personal spiritual calling that could not be contained. Turning to Yoga, Manuel found answers through meditation and gained a greater self- awareness. Ultimately, he realized that he needed to dedicate his life to art, teaching and helping others answer their spiritual calling. He left his retail career and decided to become a certified Yoga teacher and artist, focusing completely on that calling. Manuel has displayed his art in Miami, New York and Lisbon. “My mission is to share my experiences of awakening with others through my art.”


Artist: Manuel Estrela

City/Town: Fairhaven

Title: Transition

Size: 20″ x 16″ black frame

Description: A meditation of power in life, a mix medium of watercolors, ink, pencil, chalk

Price: $350

Email: manuelestrela@aol.com

Submitted bio: Manuel was a leading salesperson in the Premium Retail Industry for over 20 years, including stores such as Giorgio Armani and Gucci. Although extremely successful, he felt a personal spiritual calling that could not be contained. Turning to Yoga, Manuel found answers through meditation and gained a greater self- awareness. Ultimately, he realized that he needed to dedicate his life to art, teaching and helping others answer their spiritual calling. He left his retail career and decided to become a certified Yoga teacher and artist, focusing completely on that calling. Manuel has displayed his art in Miami, New York and Lisbon. “My mission is to share my experiences of awakening with others through my art.”


Name: Hannah Rose Schlieder

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Totem of Higher Self

Size: 18″ x 24″

Description: Totem of Higher Self (2022) is an oil painting the explores the place we can go within to seek knowledge from our guides and connect to universal consciousness. It features symbols such as the Net of the Universe, and has channeled language which illuminates the painting and brings you within.

Price: $2,222

Website: hanpaintsonthings.com

Email: Hannahroseschliederart@gmail.com

Social Media: @hanpaintsonthings on Instagram

Submitted bio: Hannah Rose Schlieder is a New England multimedia artist exploring themes of biology, history, make-believe and consciousness. Her textured, vibrant pieces are unmistakable, bringing thought provoking conversation to every room.


Name: Hannah Rose Schlieder

City/Town: New Bedford

Title: Meet Me Here

Size: 24″ x 24″

Description: Meet Me Here is a highly textured oil painting on canvas. Two dragons take a break from inter-dimensional travel to snack on some apples.

Price: $1,111

Website: hanpaintsonthings.com

Email: Hannahroseschliederart@gmail.com

Social Media: @hanpaintsonthings on Instagram

Submitted bio: Hannah Rose Schlieder is a New England multimedia artist exploring themes of biology, history, make-believe and consciousness. Her textured, vibrant pieces are unmistakable, bringing thought provoking conversation to every room.


Artist: Felicia Quiterio

City/Town: Fall River

Title: Silent Wolf Howling Moon

Size: 24″ x 18″

Description: Mixed Media painting on gallery wrapped canvas. Realistic abstract painting of woman and wolf in nature.

Price: $555

Email: felicemarieart@gmail.com

Website: felicemarieart.com

Social Media: @felicemarieart on Instagram

Submitted bio: I’m a 28 year old Professional Artist and Figurative model based in New England. I’ve studied Fine Art at Bristol Community College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I paint representational and abstract art.


Artist: Felicia Quiterio

City/Town: Fall River

Title: The Howl

Size: 24″ x 18″

Description: Mixed Media painting on gallery wrapped canvas. Realistic abstract painting of psychedelic nature with woman.

Price: $555

Email: felicemarieart@gmail.com

Website: felicemarieart.com

Social Media: @felicemarieart on Instagram

Submitted bio: I’m a 28 year old Professional Artist and Figurative model based in New England. I’ve studied Fine Art at Bristol Community College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I paint representational and abstract art.


Artist: Chloe Costa

City/Town: North Dartmouth

Title: The Alien of the Stars Above

Size: 10.75″ x 6.5″

Description: Leroy (or the alien of the stars above) is an original character made by Costa 2 years ago. He is an alien who fell from the stars and must learn how to adapt. Leroy is made to inspire those who feel out of place in a community. This piece of art depicts Leroy in a tarot card style.

Price: $50

Email: dcosta@stocschool.org

Social Media: @cmc_illustrations on Instagram

Submitted bio: Chloe M. Costa (also known as @cmc_illustrations on Instagram) is an artist who resides in North Dartmouth. At the young age of 13, she is pursuing her dream as an artist and is even illustrating an upcoming children’s book “Butterfly Adventure.” Although she is usually a Cartoonist and fanartist, she has learned through her years to branch out into more intriguing designs. In the future, she hopes to sell more art to the general public and inspire up and coming artists like herself.


Artist: Chloe Costa

City/Town: North Dartmouth

Title: City in my Eyes

Size: 5″ x 5.75″

Description: The “City in my Eyes” was Costa’s first real realism drawing, and yet one of her favorites. It depicts an eye with a beautiful city reflecting. It is made to show the beauty of cities and how awe-inspiring they are to someone who lives in the suburbs.

Price: $40

Email: dcosta@stocschool.org

Social Media: @cmc_illustrations on Instagram

Submitted bio: Chloe M. Costa (also known as cmc_illustrations on Instagram) is an artist who resides in North Dartmouth. At the young age of 13, she is pursuing her dream as an artist and is even illustrating an upcoming children’s book “Butterfly Adventure.” Although she is usually a Cartoonist and fanartist, she has learned through her years to branch out into more intriguing designs. In the future, she hopes to sell more art to the general public and inspire up and coming artists like herself.


Artist: Ewa Liput

City/Town: Dartmouth

Title: At the Table

Size: 4 feet by 4 feet

Price: $6,000

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, Boston MA.


Artist: Ewa Liput

City/Town: Dartmouth

Title: At the Table

Size: 5 feet by 5 feet

Price: $6,000

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, Boston MA.


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

A guide to New Bedford’s newest art marketplace

Next Meeting: 6 p.m. March 16, 2023

Deadline for Artists to submit: March 8, 2023

Where: PLAY Arcade, 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. Disciplines include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and textiles.

Moderators: Local artists Taylor Hickey and Scott Bishop

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!
  • 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 meeting up to seven 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. 
  • The meetings are recorded and posted online for those who can’t attend in person.

View art from previous sessions of the Fine Arts Club


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