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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts Fine Arts BFA Exhibition



Exhibit runs from April 5, through April 26, 2014.

The exhibition will run from April 5-26, 2014 in the gallery at 384 Acushnet Ave.  The art of the painters, printmakers and sculptors participating in this year’s show represents the culmination of four years or more of discovery, innovation, creativity and hard work. Each artist has developed a unique visual voice to communicate his or her vision through instruction, investigation and experimentation. The result is an eclectic mix of styles and materials that has created an interesting and stimulating show.

The BFA Senior Exhibition, opening reception April 5 from 1 – 3 PM, features six painters, six sculptors, and one printmaker. The exhibition showcases several of the artists’ pieces ranging from 8”x10” paintings to floor to ceiling sculptures and everything in between.

The painters include Ashley Rautenstrauch who works on small, intimate figurative studies focusing on precise line work in rendering the figure. Brad Clattenburg paints a combination of figurative stencil forms and graffiti reflecting his inner city background.  Matt Becker focuses on archetypal narratives using found art from different cultures that share a common theme.  Tiago Finato finds inspiration in self -portraiture. Michelle Piementel uses acrylic paint like watercolor in her figurative studies. Jill Kelly paints the emotional inner life of her figurative studies.

Sculptor Talitha Andrews uses natural elements of wood to create time lines of her Native American ancestors. Patrick Brunell skateboards serve as a metaphor for his life. Jessica Begoli’s sculpture brings awareness to the environment. Brianna Lyons uses costumes to project personal hardships.  Mark Phelan printmaking expresses his obsession with line, color, and form.

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! will be hosting a “meet and greet” with the artists on AHA! Night on April 10th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. On Wednesday, April 16th they will be in the gallery to host a “Gallery Talk” from 3:30 to 5:30 where they will discuss their work with the public.



 Community Gallery


“Skin Meets Oil, tattoo in translation”

Exhibition runs from April 1-30, 2014

In recent years, tattoos have become a more widely accepted form of body art, representing the internal persona of the wearer; however, only few would consider tattoos to be fine art. Viewers may not visualize each detailed stroke in a tattoo  as they would the brush strokes in a painting or appreciate it as evidence of time dedicated to creating a piece of fine art. Two individuals have made it their mission to push the taboo of tattoo in fine art through a hybrid of fine art pieces that conceptualize the underlying art of tattoos.

After years of experience within the tattoo community, Michelle Carter and Fredd Cheetham of 1001 Troubles Tattoo in Portsmouth, RI have created “Skin Meets Oil: Tattoo in Translation.” During AHA! night on April 10th join the artists and explore various avenues of tattoo in this contemporary exhibition, blurring the lines between tattoo and fine art.

Located at the New Bedford Art Museum / ArtWorks! gallery on Acushnet, “Skin Meets Oil; Tattoo in Translation” will run from April 1-30, 2014.  The opening reception will be on April 10th from 5-9pm with a reception and refreshments followed by a celebratory discussion with the artists. Carter and Cheetham will discuss their first-hand experience working within the tattoo community and the transition of tattoo to the fine art genre.





new beginnings

new beginnings When: April 25 from 6-9PM Where: 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford Hosted by Norman & Irene Buck and Allan & Priscilla Ditchfield Chaired by Joyce LeBlanc Opening remarks by Mayor Jon Mitchell Hors D’oeuvres, Live Jazz Music, and Silent Auction Complimentary champagne toast at 7pm All proceeds go to supporting NBAM/ArtWorks! efforts in creating innovative exhibitions, programming, and sparking community engagement. Please Select Your Ticket Levels $45 for members / $55 for non-members $250 Spring Angels (includes 2 tickets and web and print mention) $500 Silver Sponsor (includes 4 tickets and web and print mention) $1000 Gold Sponsors (includes 6 tickets and web and print mention)



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