NBAM set to open
C.H. Gifford exhibit
Featuring more than 80 works from private collections, most of which have never before been publicly exhibited, "Charles Henry Gifford 1839-1904: An Artist's Journey" is the New Bedford Art Museum's summer offering. Guest Curator Diane Gilbert has assembled this show of works by the Fairhaven native, including large-scale commissions alongside several of his "little gems," oils, watercolors, India ink drawings, studies and sketches. The exhibit creatively combines local history and aesthetics in ways that illuminate both personal and universal artistic experience. Gifford's own words, excerpted from his journals, will guide the viewer through the artist's personal voyage of artistic discovery. Visitors will join sketching travels with Gifford and his fellow artists, Lemuel Eldred and Edmund Rodman, and with a young man who had accompanied the renowned William Bradford to the Arctic.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and students, free for youths under 17 accompanied by an adult. (508) 961-3072 or www.newbedfordartmuseum.org
sites to open Sunday
Both the Long Plain Museum and the Long Plain Friends Meetinghouse will be open for visitors Sunday afternoon. The oldest Quaker meetinghouse in the area, dating to 1759, is Acushnet's only building on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can see an antique lighting display there, and, at the museum, there will be classic cars, music and food.
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Meetinghouse, 1341 Main St., Acushnet. Long Plain Museum, 1203 Main St., Acushnet. Free admission.
opens at BCC
The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College closes its season with the Greater Fall River Art Association's Annual Regional Exhibition. The association was incorporated in 1956 and moved to its permanent location in 1967. In the late 1960s, the association initiated a very successful National Exhibition that continued until the early 1980s when the exhibition was scaled back to become what is known today as the Annual Regional Exhibition. The exhibition includes works in all media, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, watercolor, works on paper, pastel, drawing, photography, collage and mixed media. While the look of the exhibition changes from year to year, it has remained a consistent reflection of the nearby art scene. Approximately 100 works of art were submitted for the current exhibition. Prizes are awarded at the opening reception in the categories of painting, graphics, jewelry, sculpture and photography, and this year's judge is Cora Lee Gibbs, director emeritus, Newport Art Museum, and former curator of education at the RISD Museum. The exhibition continues through June 29.
Opening reception, 6 to 8 tonight, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Jackson Arts Center, BCC, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River. The gallery is open 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Admission is free. www.bristolcommunitycollege.edu/gallery/
to give talk tonight
Installed at the Lakeville Public Library is "Four Seasons of Lakeville Color," an exhibition of paintings by artist Daniel Cooney. A reception will take place tonight, and Mr. Cooney will be on hand to talk about his work and to answer questions about this series of Lakeville-inspired landscape paintings, which were created specifically for this event. Mr. Cooney has been a painter for most of his life, and earned degrees from Swain School of Design and UC Berkeley. He currently teaches in the art departments of two local colleges, and occasionally offers painting workshops in the summer. The exhibition is sponsored in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Lakeville Arts Council.
6:30 to 8 tonight, 4 Precinct St., Lakeville. www.lakevillelibrary.org or (508) 947-9028.
with a nature walk
The Trustees of Reservations will celebrate Biodiversity Days 2007 with a nature walk that highlights the diversity of life in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. Participants will help to create a species list of all the different living things found during the walk. "Over the past seven years, Biodiversity Days has become a tradition across Massachusetts," Bioreserve Education Coordinator Linton Harrington stated. "During our celebration this year, residents of Southeastern Massachusetts can take time to appreciate the natural world and its incredible diversity — right outside their door," Mr. Harrington added. "And Biodiversity Days is fun. It is an opportunity for the curious of all ages to discover, or rediscover, the amazing creatures that live nearby — birds, plants, mosses and ferns, furry animals, insects, mushrooms, and even some reptiles and amphibians." Coordinated statewide by the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), Biodiversity Days 2007 is produced in collaboration with the state's Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
1 p.m. Saturday at Copicut Woods, Indian Town Road, Fall River. To register and for more information call (508) 679-2115 x11, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or see "Events" at www.thetrustees.org.
Bits & Pieces
SEBA gets a jump
on the summer season
The South End Business Association this weekend sponsors its annual Hazelwood Park Summer Fair. The event includes a flea market, arts and crafts vendors, food, entertainment, and a carnival and midway provided by Cushing Amusements.
Tonight through Sunday, Hazelwood Park, New Bedford. Carnival only, 5 to 9 tonight. Carnival and some vendors, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Bracelets sold for rides, $15, tonight and Friday. Festival in full operation 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Fireworks are set for 9 p.m. Saturday (rain date Sunday).