Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

BCC Art Gallery opens per/serverance, and this bright morning

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 5, 6-8 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public

The BCC Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery opens September 5 with an exhibition featuring the debut of new works by Mary Edwards and Charlotte Hamlin. Edwards presents per/severance and Hamlin, this bright morning.

Composer and sound artist Mary Edwards has created an interpretive soundscape of the Quequechan River. The river’s history is familiar to those who live and work in Fall River. For more than a century, it was the lifeblood of textile manufacturing. Its course runs through the city, shallow and sluggish along its southern end, and fast and furious as it heads down toward the bay. In service to industry, the river was modified so much that its original path is unknown.  More recently it was buried under the city to accommodate the expansion of Route 195.  Edwards came to Fall River several times to study the river, to understand its relationship to the city, and to find the remaining places where it can still be seen, and heard. Her sound installation is evocative of many things: the memories that the water still carries and the conversation it would have if someone were there to listen.

Charlotte Hamlin is a sculptor who often works with textiles and uses a Bojagi cloth making process for this piece. In her re-imagining of an Allée, or tree- lined walkway, the roots of each tree are suspended above us.  The term Allée typically describes avenues often found in parks and cultivated landscapes. The effect of the traditional form is one that emphasizes a “coming to” or arrival to a particular place or feature, such as a fountain or other place in a garden. Constructed with sewn and hand-dyed organza over delicately constructed armatures, Hamlin has transformed this idea into a musing about life, and death, about impermanence, about that which remains after everything else is gone.


Mary Edwards is a composer, musician, arranger, producer and sound artist whose projects range from recordings to ambient installations—sound as a spatial form—that create nature, architecture, and cinema for the ear. Edwards maintains an extended discography also holds an interdisciplinary MFA in Composition and Architecture. She has received commissions for theatrical sound design, virtual sound walks, and site-specific sound installations.

Edwards has recently exhibited related works, For The Time Being and I Could Live Forever (in a Day Like Today)at Gallery 114 (Portland, OR), and is currently designing the third corresponding soundscape, The Sweet Curve, a homage to the opulence and romance of 1960s-era air travel and inspired by the curvilinear architecture of Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center (now JetBlue Terminal 5) at JFK Airport. Edwards lives and works in New York City.

Charlotte Hamlin currently teaches in the Textile Design and Fiber Arts Program. She received a BA in Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania, a BSN in Nursing from Columbia, an MS in Nursing from Boston University and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1998.

Hamlin was a Finalist in Sculpture/Installation for the 2001 Massachusetts Cultural Council Awards and has received residencies at Ucross in Wyoming and at the Edward Albee Foundation in New York. Her work has appeared in national and regional shows including the Chautauqua International for Fiberart, Textiles: Contemplative Language in Edwardsville IL, and Contemporary Visions in Bridgeport, CT. Hamlin lives in South Dartmouth.

For more information, contact Kathleen Hancock at 508.678.2811, ext. 2631.