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New Bedford in a New Light: The Photography of Frank C. Grace

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By Adam DiOrio

Frank C. Grace is a local man.  Born and raised in Fall River, he currently lives in Acushnet with his high school sweetheart Bonnie, who he’s been married to for 18 years, and his six-year-old twin boys, Nathan and Nicholas.  He attended UMASS Dartmouth, and after he earned a BS in Textile Chemistry, he continued his education by earning an MS in Color and Polymer Chemistry.  He now works as the director of research and development for a textile company in Taunton.

In his spare time Frank enjoys photographing people and places in the South Coast area, but his is not the run-of-the-mill, cell phone photography many of us engage in.  While you will recognize the subjects of his photos, they will not be quite how you remember them.  His photographs manage to be both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.

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Frank C. Grace

It all started innocently enough with the purchase of a 35mm SLR film camera in 2002. After buying that camera, a Pentax ZX-7, Frank began devouring every book on photography he could get his hands on.  He began with books on the basics of photo composition before moving on to exposure and lighting and things of that nature.

As he grew in knowledge and experience, the technology involved grew along with him.  This enabled Frank to take what he had been learning about photography and enhance those skills by using a technique called, “high dynamic range imaging,” (HDR for short).  Although HDR is not new to the digital camera age (the idea goes back to 1850), the possibilities have expanded exponentially because of it.

Frank started using HDR in late 2009 after reading several tutorials on the subject, though he almost didn’t continue with it because of how software-intensive the process is. To him the learning curve seemed steep, and in the end, he was right:

“Previously, I would take photographs and download them straight to the computer with no ‘post-processing’ at all; it was simple and fast. What helped me overcome this simplistic approach to photography was the look of HDR photographs. They made me feel something, and I wanted to be able to convey those feelings in my photographs.”

HDR works like this: Every digital camera’s sensor captures a range of light, from the brightest source to the darkest. For example, if you have ever taken a photograph on a very bright day where there are just a few clouds in the sky, and the subject of your photos is standing in the shadow of a tree: You end up with a photo where the sky is ‘blown-out’ white, and you lose the detail in the clouds and in the shadows. With a camera, you can never quite capture what your eye can see while you’re there taking the picture because your eye, unlike the camera, can scan a scene and adjust when looking from the sky to the shadows.

This is where HDR can help. In HDR, you take several different exposures of the same scene.  An exposure that is overexposed will show the details in the shadows and an exposure that is underexposed will show the details in the brightest areas of a scene. You also take normal, metered exposures, and some others in between.

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On the left is the normal image of the Assonet ledge; the HDR version is on the right.

You then load these exposures onto your computer and into special HDR software (Frank uses HDRSoft Photomatix Pro ) that blends the exposures together to give you detail throughout the image. You can make adjustments to get a photo-realistic effect, or go wild and try for something surreal, or you can land anywhere in between. It all depends how you make the adjustments in the HDR software.

From there, Adobe Photoshop is used to make final adjustments, because according to Frank, the HDR software, “…tends to get you what you want, but also tends to leave an image feeling flat.” Keep in mind that if you are trying to replicate the technique at home, you don’t need to use expensive software like Photoshop; Adobe also has scaled versions like Lightroom or Photoshop Express that will do the job just fine.

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An Asian elephant at the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

Not surprisingly, the surreal, hyper-realistic results of HDR photographs can be very polarizing. Frank has heard it all, from people who admire the work and really enjoy it, to the other end of the spectrum where his work has been called, amongst other things, “clown puke.”  Many professional photographers disapprove of the over-the-top processing involved with HDR, and dismiss it as a gimmick.  They feel like it takes away from the true art of photography.

Frank, however, views HDR as being akin to effects pedals used by guitarists to create sounds from the guitar that could never be achieved otherwise.  It’s a good analogy, though I’m sure nobody referred to “Voodoo Child” as clown puke because Jimi Hendrix used a wah pedal to play it.

So what is it about New Bedford that interests Frank so much?  The architecture in the city is what first captured Frank’s attention.  New Bedford is still, at its core, an old city; it’s just been updated over time.  “You don’t have to know much about the history of the New Bedford to get a feel for it when you walk around downtown,” says Frank.  “It is such a New England city. Take a photograph of any structure downtown, be it a city building, shop or art gallery, and include some of the cobblestone street in the shot, and you have yourself a classic New Bedford photograph.”

Frank not only visits New Bedford to take photographs; he is also involved with several organizations in the city.  Although he in no way considers himself an artist, Frank is a proud member of New Bedford’s Gallery X.  Gallery X is an artist owned and operated, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization  community art center that is open to the public free of charge.

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Inside the Orpheum Theatre in New Bedford.

He is also the vice president of O.R.P.H. Inc, whose mission is to preserve, restore, protect and adapt the building known as the French Sharpshooters Hall and Orpheum Theatre, located at 1005 Water Street in New Bedford.  Frank first got involved in when he was allowed into the Orpheum to photograph the interior of the theatre and saw its haunting beauty and immense potential for the city.

No matter your opinion of his photographs, Frank’s work is unmistakably local.  The style of his photography is complemented beautifully by the HDR aspect of the photos, which combine to allow us to view what we know and recognize about New Bedford in a totally new way.  Through our own eyes we view New Bedford as a city with a rich history in the midst of  a renaissance.  Through Frank’s lens we are able to see the past and present together at once, a surreal vision of what is, and what once was.

You can view more of Frank’s work at his website, Trig Photography.  You can also visit him and view his work on his Facebook page.

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South Coast Weekend Guide

It’s Friday, and after long week, it’s time to enjoy the weekend.  Here’s a quick look at some things going on in and around New Bedford between now and Sunday:

Friday: March 25

Special Events

2nd Annual Men Who Cook Party at Catwalk Bar & Grille.  From 5:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M.

Live Music

Rosemary Romos & Friends at the Pour Farm Tavern, starting at 9 P.M.

Craig DeMelo at Rose Alley Ale House.  Begins at 9:30 P.M.

One Bad Ant at  Inner Bay.  Starts at 9:30 P.M.

Vintage Soul at The Candleworks Restaurant. Starts at 10 P.M. (Same place, same time on Saturday)

Under Surveillance at Knuckleheads.  Begins at 11 P.M.

A Wilhelm Scream plays at No Problemo Taqueria.  Show begins at 11 P.M.

Saturday: March 26

The Arts

Silk Painting Basics at Artworks.  Noon-3:30 P.M.  (Same time, same place on Sunday, 3/27)

Winter Exhibition at the New Bedford Art Museum.  Noon-5 P.M  (Same time, same place on Sunday, 3/27)

One Passion, Many Voices at Artworks.  Noon-5 P.M.

Live Music

Chris Richards at Fay’s Restaurant.  Starts at 8 P.M.

Jeff & Thom at The Pour Farm Tavern.  Starts at 9 P.M.

Mr. Zero will be at Ice Chest Bar and Grille in Fairhaven.  Begins at 9 P.M.

Phoenix River at Rose Alley Ale House. Starts at 9:30 P.M.

Wild Nites at Knuckleheads.  Begins at 10 P.M.

Hamin Reed at No Problemo. Starts at 10 P.M.

Sunday: March 27

Special Events

Toy & Comic Show at the Seaport Inn.  From 10 A.M.-4 P.M.

Live Music

Tom Lanigan Irish Session at Hibernia Irish Pub.  Starts at 4 P.M.-7:30 P.M.

Jeff & Thom at Ice Chest Bar and Grille.  From 4 P.M.-8 P.M.

Sunday Night Jam Sessions at Pour Farm.  Starts at 7 P.M.




New Bedford is Not Just Anywhere: Architecture

This article was written by Lisa Bergson, executive director of WHALE (Waterfront Historical Area LeaguE).  This is the second in a series of articles about New Bedford being ‘Not Just Anywhere.’  You can read the first article here.

“Nowhere in all America will you find more patrician-like houses; parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford… all these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.” – From Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

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Herman Mellville hit the proverbial nail right on the head when he immortalized New Bedford in his classic novel, Moby Dick. Whaling brought the first period of great wealth to New Bedford, and with it some of the most magnificent and diverse architecture in the Northeast.  This rich, preserved architecture (and the ensuing character it creates) makes New Bedford a special place to live, to work, and to visit.  It makes New Bedford ‘Not Just Anywhere.’

New Bedford has several significant buildings built by architectural masters, such as Russell Warren, Richard Upjohn, and Alexander Jackson Davis. We also have buildings built by noted local architects like Nat C. Smith, Samuel Hunt, and Caleb and Edgar Hammond. Indeed, throughout New Bedford, you can see the grand examples of various architectural styles, as well as smaller, more modest ones as well. No matter where you are in the city, you are likely to see magnificent examples of architecture styles such as Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne.

Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford.

In New Bedford, preservation efforts have been led by the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE).  In the historic core of New Bedford alone, more than 20 buildings were saved by WHALE from demolition, fire, or neglect.  WHALE’s preservation work has changed the way New Bedford looks forever, and has ensured that New Bedford remains a special place, rich in history and architecture – a place that is Not Just Anywhere.

Below you will find a list of different types of architecture that can be seen in New Bedford, as well as some examples of each.  Luckily, you don’t have to be a architect to appreciate a beautiful building.  They are all around us in the city, and with this mini-guide to architecture in New Bedford, you’ll be able to recognize the details that make each special.

Federal (1780-1820)

Federal-style houses are well balanced with small-paned windows, and have a low-pitched roof and a smooth facade. They often have a fanlight window and a triangular pediment over the front door. Other character-defining features include a rectangular portico supported by Doric columns, corner boards, and sidelights.

Henry Beetle House c.1804

Threatened by demolition because it was in the path of the Route 18 extension, this former spar maker’s Federal period home was moved by WHALE to a once-vacant lot in 1972 and sold to owners who restored it.

Andrew Robeson House c.1821

This 550-ton brick and stone mansion was rescued by WHALE to prevent its demolition and moved down William Street to its present site. It became stuck in the middle of the street during the blizzard of 1978 and remained there for one month, until it was moved to its current location.  This brick mansion residence is an outstanding example of New Bedford’s prosperity during the golden age of whaling.

Greek Revival (1820-1860)

Double Bank Building c. 1831

double bank new bedfordThis Greek Revival building is located at the junction of Water and William Street, and is perhaps the most impressive building in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.  Designed by Russell Warren and located in what was once the financial center of New Bedford during the heyday of whaling, the Double Bank building was built to house two prominent banking institutions: Merchants Bank and Mechanics Bank. In fact, the rival banks hired two different builders to construct the building and due to a disagreement between the builders.  There is a slight difference between the vertical slope of the four columns on the left and the four on the right, further distinguishing the two banks.

This historic building is one of our grand examples of Greek Revival architecture, with its character defining features including pediment, frieze, cornice details (uppermost section of moldings along the top of a wall or just below a roof), full-height Ionic columns, and polished granite steps and facade.  Greek Revival houses are modeled after the architecture of Ancient Greece, and over time became symbols of America’s strength and democracy.

Grinnell Mansion and Congregate Home for the Elderly c.1831

Designed by Architect Russell Warren for U.S. Congressman Joseph Grinnell, this Greek Revival-style granite mansion, located on County Street, had been abandoned and deteriorating for 30 years when WHALE rescued it in 1987. It epitomizes the fortunes that were made in the golden age of whaling. Today it serves as congregate housing for low income, elderly residents. Character defining features are its Doric columns along the front entry porch, the tall 3rd story frieze, and rough-hewn granite facade.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum c.1834

Designed by Richard Upjohn for William Rotch Jr., the house is the last whaling merchant’s home in New Bedford with its original, intact gardens, dating back to the whaling era.  The historic property is a National Historic Landmark, recognized for its significance to all Americans, due to its ties to whaling and its magnificent architecture. WHALE rescued the building from inappropriate development, which called for the house to become a boarding house and restaurant and the gardens paved over for a parking lot in 1981. After an exterior restoration, WHALE helped establish the nonprofit that has since managed the Rotch-Jones- Duff House & Garden Museum, which is a cultural icon in New Bedford.

Gothic Revival (1830-1860)

Here in New Bedford we have what may be the finest example of Gothic Revival architecture in the United States – the William J. Rotch Gothic Cottage. Gothic Revival houses have very steep gable roofs and fancy verge boards (called ‘gingerbread’), which trim the roof.  Some were even built to resemble churches.

William J. Rotch Gothic Cottage c.1845

Designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, the William J. Rotch Gothic Cottage is one of the finest Gothic cottages in the United States. The house received immediate national attention as a masterwork of architecture through its inclusion in A. J. Downing’s seminal The Architecture of Country Houses (1850). The home is a masterwork of A. J. Davis and is one of the best documented, intact Gothic Revival cottages in America. The Rotch Gothic Cottage is a National Historic Landmark – one of six in New Bedford – recognizing its significance and importance to all Americans.

Other architectural styles are also prevalent in our neighborhoods in New Bedford. If you look, you will find Octagon, Italianate, Four Square, Queen Anne, Stick Style,two and three-decker houses, and so much more. So the next time you take a walk or go for a drive, take a look around and see firsthand why New Bedford’s architecture makes us a special place.  See why New Bedford is Not Just Anywhere.

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New Age Gawain and the Green Knight at Artworks!

New Age Gawain and the Green Knight
~ A Mischievous Medieval Romp ~

Story Cafe

Featuring Storyteller Diane Edgecomb
Accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp
January 22, 2011

Loosely based on the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Diane Edgecomb’s comedic adaptation has New Age Arthurian knights running for their therapists faster than you can say “Litigation!” Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain provides an evocative background of original and traditional tunes as we take this fun-loving journey along the ‘road less traveled by.’

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Margot Chamberlain (seated) and Diane Edgecomb.

Diane Edgecomb is one of the most versatile voices in the storytelling movement today, known for the seamless way her performances weave together story and music.  Diane has received three Storytelling World Honors Awards as well as a Year’s Best Performance Award from the Boston Herald.

Margot Chamberlain studied piano at the Oberlin Conservatory and early music with Marleen Montgomery.  She enjoys the wide range of expression, from earthy to ethereal, from mysterious to comedic, that the harp makes possible.

As a duo, Diane and Margot combine rich story material with carefully orchestrated underscoring of original and traditional music.  They have been featured on National Public Radio as well as at theaters, coffeehouses, colleges, museums, and nature centers throughout the United States.

“A storyteller in the grand tradition, Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word…. an entire cast rolled into one.”  Publisher’s Weekly

“National Public regulars Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain have elevated storytelling to mythic heights.”  The Worcester Phoenix

ArtworksADULT OPEN MIC: Sign up for your eight minute (maximum) turn at the mic beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Share your own story, song, music, essay or poem.
DATE & TIME: January 22, 2011. 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Feature begins at 8:00 P.M.)
LOCATION: Artworks, 384 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA
ADMISSION: FREE (pass the hat for the featured performers)
AUDIENCE: 14 and older
INFORMATION: Email Karen Chace at storybug@aol.com or call Artworks at (508) 984-1588.
DIRECTIONS: http://www.artworksforyou.org/hours.html

Sponsored by Artworks! Partners for the Arts & Community
ArtWorks! is supported in part by the MCC ,along with individual members and businesses.

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Typography in the Seamen’s Bethel

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by Jennifer Violette

I would strongly suggest that those interested in typography and arts spend some time viewing the interior of the Seamen’s Bethel.  Inside, the extraordinary cenotaphs are suspended on the walls far above the pews that line the central portion of the floor.  A balcony around the perimeter allows for access and close viewing of these cenotaphs.  In my experience,and with a collegiate background in Graphic Design/Letterform, I immediately noticed a cenotaph which exhibited striking resemblance to the classical typeface Bodoni.

Bodoni is an elegant typeface which evolved from handwritten text.  It is considered a modern font with anatomically thick stems and skinny serifs.  If you’re interested in the trade, pictured below below and to the left is a macro image I took of the beautiful numbers carved into the aforementioned cenotaph.  I have labeled a few key elements of typographic characters that artists use to describe the anatomy of letters and numbers.

Typography is a diminishing art form. Listed below are some of the most important structural terms used to define letterforms and how they relate to each other. These elements are what make hand-produced type so elegant, raw and stunning:

A. serif :: foot at the end of a stroke

B. baseline :: letterform base

C. stress :: orientation of the letter form

D. finial :: rounded non-serif terminal to a stroke

E. counterform :: negative space within letterform

I do believe that the chiseled appearance of the cenotaphs express the rawness and magnitude of the tragedy they recall.  Typographers must deal with issues such as readability, style, space, size, hierarchy, and individuality, as well as the effectiveness of conveyed message.  It is the manner in which a typographer utilizes his canvas that directly influences the feelings evoked in the viewer.

Here the written word is communicated in a tactile manner, as close observance reveals an imperfect yet beautiful arrangement of letters and numbers.  Every character has an individual quality, and no two are alike. You can feel the history cascading off the surface with it’s chiseled design, porous stone, and faded undertones.  Contrasts between the smooth surface of the stone and the jagged, asymmetric symbols facilitate the characters to truly express their similarities and differences; they almost assume a personality of their own.  Serene balance, aesthetic satisfaction, and comfortable eye movement throughout the piece creates a pleasant encounter for the spectator.

Johannes Gutenberg invented printed letters in the fifteenth century by casting individual blocks of lead.  Each block had a relief of a singular letterform.  Gutenberg’s classification consisted of literally thousands of metal pieces bearing letterforms that were organized into wooden boxes containing a grid framework.  In newspaper printing, one would arrange the blocks into desired text, ink the protruding surface of the letters and finally send the ink-covered text and paper through a press.

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An an example of a cenotaph, this one dedicated to Daniel Burns.

Gutenberg’s system was based solely upon the literature of ancient, natural handwritten scripts.  Subsequent forms of printing deviate away from the elegance and sacredness of the classical ink and hand style of writing.  Written text indeed functions as a means to represent ideas, but how it is conveyed (substance wise, mechanically and aesthetically) depends upon the emotional and physical response of the reader.  We understand the meaning of written characters only through association and language, but notice how written words and type style can influence the way you perceive a letter or document.

In the case of the Bethel cenotaphs, each is elegantly carved with sinuous lines and ornamentation that further solidify in our minds that these are memorial plaques to honor the soul of a deceased person and represent the idea of their eternity as an honorary societal member.  Can you feel a natural connection between the words and their meaning?

Picture the same human accounts typed on paper, for instance in a typical Times New Roman font.  Would the words have as much of an impact on your emotional chords?  Would you maybe view it as more hollow, unable to evoke the tragic nature of the situation?  In my opinion, definitively and unequivocally, yes.  Idiosyncrasies spotted in the stone and carved type captivate,liven, and season the allure of these characters; anthropomorphic in personality and indelible in nature.  I suppose you would have to experience the cenotaphs in the flesh to genuinely appreciate the impact their design has on the observer.  It is truly amazing how our human minds relate words with pictorial images, smells, tastes and memories.

Typography is an art, but it is a dying craft.  If you would like to learn more about how typography is implemented into the gravestone carving process, please visit here or here.

Jennifer Violette recently graduated from Umass Dartmouth with a degree in graphic design.  She is available for questions, comments, and freelance design work.  She can be reached at: javisions@gmail.com.

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Whale’s Tooth Station Design Contest

The City of New Bedford and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced details of an informal design competition for a new station off Route 18 to be known as Whale’s Tooth.  The multi-modal station will be built as part of the South Coast Rail project and may host a new local and intercity bus terminal.  The announcement was made in New Bedford City Hall by Mayor Scott W. Lang and Kristina Egan, Director of South Coast Rail, MassDOT.

south coast rail“As one of the largest stations on the planned South Coast Rail line, Whale’s Tooth station is expected to generate millions of dollars in new economic development,” said Transportation Secretary Jeffrey B. Mullan, “The Patrick-Murray Administration is happy to work with the city and its residents to create a great place for people and for transportation.”

“The City is looking for inspirational designs that are consistent with the history, character, and feel of New Bedford,” said Mayor Lang.  “We want the station to incorporate green building features and reflect the character of nearby neighborhoods, as well as the city’s plans for the future. We have vibrant art and education communities in the region and want to gather ideas from these talented groups of people.”

“In anticipation of the South Coast Rail project, the MBTA is pleased to be working with the community in seeking innovative ideas for the Whale’s Tooth Station,” said Rich Davey, General Manager of the MBTA and Transit and Rail Administrator for MassDOT. “We hope residents of the South Coast – students, residents, designers and artists – will bring their visions and ideas to the contest.”

mass dotIn addition to holding a design contest, MassDOT and the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority have launched an initiative to identify ways to improve local bus service and provide service to the Whale’s Tooth station.  Customer surveys are underway to gather information from riders and the larger public.  Recommendations will be released next year in the first comprehensive report ever developed for the bus authority.

The contest poster and background information about the station site are posted on the project website, www.mass.gov/southcoastrail. Submissions are due on December 20, 2010, and must include one or two drawings or renderings and a description and rationale for the design.

South Coast Rail will restore passenger rail service from South Station in Boston to the South Coast cities of Fall River and New Bedford.  It will address long-standing transportation inequity, encourage economic development, foster job creation and connect people with affordable housing options, while protecting the natural environment. The project is guided by Sustainable Development principles and includes a regional smart growth corridor plan.  Whale’s Tooth would be one of the new stations providing service to Downtown New Bedford.

For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT at:

www.mass.gov/massdot,

www.mass.gov/blog/transportation

www.twitter.com/massdot




A Week for the Arts in New Bedford

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by Michael Silvia

If you haven’t figured it out yet, downtown New Bedford has become an “Art Mecca” of sorts. Historically, New Bedford has always had numerous art galleries, and has always been a great place for artists to showcase their work, take part in art-centric activities and network with other artists. Walk into The Green Bean Cafe, The Pour Farm Tavern or dozens of other businesses downtown and you will find art for sale from local artists.

Earlier this month (2-3 Oct), New Bedford artists opened their hideouts to the public with “Open Studios“, which gave the public a chance to immerse fully into local art scene. This week offers two opportunities for artists to showcase their talent and for the public to get exposed yet again to some fun art activities.

Artist Trading Card Night
21 Oct, 7-9 PM
Trading Card Night New BedfordNew Bedford Art Museum
608 Pleasant St
New Bedford, MA

Details: Calling all artists: painters, calligraphers, poets, photographers, weavers, printers, carvers, sculptors, metal smiths, ceramicists, type setters, and many others to join together for an artist trading card night. Bring twenty pieces or more of original or limited edition work measuring 2.5” x 3.5” with your signature to: The New Bedford Art Museum, 608 Pleasant St, New Bedford!

The Art Battle
22 Oct, 7-10 PM
ArtWorks!
384 Acushnet Ave
New Bedford, MA

Details: Art Works is inviting artist to come and partake in a night of creativity, music and fun. Artists Art Battle New Bedfordwho are registered (needs to be done in advance) will be paired with another artist and will each create a piece of original work in two hours in front of a live audience. They will be given a topic that night in which their artwork has to relate to. All artist should bring their own supplies and there is a $15 entry fee for artist. The audience will be able to vote on which piece of artwork they feel fulfilled the requirements the best and the winning artist will receive $100 cash. There will be a $3 cover at the door for anyone who would like to attend. The band Riff Parade will also be providing music and entertainment throughout the evening. The artwork that is completed that night will be hung in the gallery until the first week of November. If you have any questions please call 508-984-1588 or email Ryan at ryandraws2@yahoo.com.

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Zeiterion Theater’s Death of a Salesman Review

Butch McCarthy
by Butch McCarthy

I rarely save a ticket stub. Let’s see: Yaz Day at Fenway (Carl’s retirement celebration in 1983), Paul McCartney at Schaefer Stadium (2nd row), Bruce Springsteen Boston Garden (1978 Badlands Tour)- that’s about it.

But I’m saving my Z ticket from last night’s performance of “Death of a Salesman”.  Christopher Lloyd was magnificent as Willy Loman supported by an incredible cast, notably Markus Potter as his son, Biff, and Amy Von Nostrand as his wife, Linda Loman.

Death of a Saleman Christopher LloydA sell-out crowded witnessed this beautiful rendition of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece.  You could hear a pin drop- nary a cough or any movement as we sat mesmerized by this tragic tale.  I teared up a little in the final act when Willy and Biff finally reconcile- Lloyd was incredible with his tentative hug.  I was stunned at the end of the play when I realized that three and half hours had elapsed.

Please, Zeiterion decision-makers: More of this brand of entertainment!

Personal note: We had an awesome pizza at a packed Brick Pizzeria on Union St. before the show- The Funghi: wood fired mushrooms, roasted garlic, asiago.

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New Bedford Mayors’ Arts Challenge Entry

If you’ve lived in New Bedford or have visited the city over the past 10 years, you know that New Bedford has improved significantly. New Bedford’s historic downtown-district has become a Mecca for art and tourism. Our Whaling Museum/history is known throughout the world, we have the busiest fishing port in the world and our art galleries and events are popular attraction for people throughout New England.

YouTube LikeRecently, Mayor Lang and the city of New Bedford put together a video showcasing how arts and culture make New Bedford a better places to live, work and visit. In my opinion, no other city on the list comes close to New Bedford. There are 16 other cities that have submitted short videos describing how the arts improve life in their communities, enhance their local economies, and contribute to the education of local youth. Mayor Lang and the city of New Bedford need YOUR YouTube vote to ensure we finish in the top three. Vote by Oct. 29, 2010 by “liking” New Bedford’s video! Share this article or the video on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else you can!

Once voting closes, the three videos with the most “likes” on the Mayors’ Arts Challenge YouTube channel will be reviewed by an in-house panel at MCC. The video that speaks most effectively to the impact of arts and culture on a particular city will be determined the winner. MCC will announce the winner of the Mayors’ Arts Challenge in that mayor’s town soon thereafter. The winning video will also be showcased at the State House in February 2011 as part of the Commonwealth Awards, the state’s highest honors in arts and culture. It will also be shown by the national advocacy group Americans for the Arts at its annual presentation at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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ArtWorks! Art Battle

“Art Battle” will be an event like no other which has ever been seen in the city.

ArtWorks! Partners for the Arts and Community Inc., invites artists to participate and enjoy a night of creativity, live music and fun in the main gallery.  The Art Battle offers a rare opportunity to witness artists at work.

On the night of the event, artists will be randomly paired and each will be given a topic to creatively battle on canvas/wood surfaces for two hours.  The winning artwork will be decided by the audience. The winning artist will receive $100 cash. A referee will be in attendance.

We ask that all artists bring any medium of their choice. ArtWorks! will provide the surface on which to create the art. There is a $15 entry fee for brave artists willing to participate with the chance to win the grand prize, (a championship belt may also be involved). The artwork that is completed that night will be hung in the gallery until the first week of November to be on exhibit for the community.

Artworks! Art Battle New Bedford, MA

Back by popular demand, music for the night will be provided by Riff Parade. “They are a collection of musicians from New England who grew tired of playing in bands who only wanted to get signed. So Riff Parade founders decided to forget the bands they played in and to form a spontaneous, experimental jam project that boycotts everything that being in an aspiring band is about.”  They have decided to create music for the sake of music, meaning that it must be made right on the spot live with whatever means available and then never be played again. Furthermore, it is important to invite those in the audience to join in, because they could have something more to offer to the mix.

The Art Battle will be on October 22nd at 7pm. There will be a $3 cover at the door for anyone who would like to attend.

If you have any questions please call 508-984-1588 or email Ryan at ryandraws2@yahoo.com

http://www.myspace.com/riffparade

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