Premiering this Saturday!

Dear Friends,

It’s been a wild ride the past few months trying to recalibrate and learn how to present art from a distance. It was clear from the start of the shut-down, that our Light: 2020 artists were committed to finding a path forward. Thankfully in just a few days from now, we’ll be able to share all we’ve prepared. Light: 2020 premiers this Saturday, June 20th. Since we cannot yet gather together in celebration, this year’s artwork will launch quietly. We ask you to see these projects on your own time and know that we are beyond excited to provide you with the opportunity to experience original works of art in the urban gallery setting of downtown New Bedford.

Light: 2020 exhibition locations & details:

Soo Sunny Park
Photo Kinetic Grid, 2018

Day & evening viewing hours: all day until 1:00am

Location: This reflective light installation can be seen at the corner of Union Street & Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus. This project is very visible from the street and sidewalks through the building’s floor to ceiling glass gallery windows. A special thanks to Umass Dartmouth CVPA for hosting this exhibition in their new Swain Studio corner space.

MASARY Studios
Vessels, 2020

Evening only viewing hours from June 20 – August 1: Nightly from 8pm – midnight on three exterior building facades located along Union Street.

Location 1: June 20-July 2
NB Whaling Museum’s Captain Paul Cuffe Park (along Union Street between Johnny Cake Hill & North Water Street)
Location 2: July 3 – July 16
On the walls of the empty lot between Subtext Bookshop & Shimmer beauty shop (along Union Street between 187 and 209 Union Street)
Location 3: July 17 – August 1
To be announced in coming weeks!

Three downtown New Bedford building facades will come alive thanks to renowned MASARY Studios who have created large-scale digital projections with unique musical accompaniment that spotlight our maritime industry —still the heart of our region’s economy. This project was supported by partnerships that were paramount to the success of this project. A special thanks to the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and to LuminArtz for your instrumental collaboration on the Vessels project.

To provide a wide range of programs this summer season in a health conscious way, we have collaborated with many organizations to prepare a line-up of free virtual programs, such as artist talks, musical performances, and poetry readings. Our Light: 2020 program partners include;

3rd Eye Unlimited, AHA! (Art, History, Architecture), The Drawing Room, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School, Horacios Inc., New Bedford Ballet, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Science Cafe, Rotch Jones Duff House Museum & Gardens, Superflat NB, Studio 3six0, UMass Dartmouth College for Visual & Performing Arts, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Y.O.U.

Together, we will continue to build upon the city’s legacy of artistic excellence.

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