Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 1 – 4 pm
Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery is free and open to the public.
For anyone familiar with the SouthCoast landscape, especially New Bedford and Fall River, one look at a mill building easily evokes a range of emotions.
Some of a certain age remember lost jobs, or parents losing jobs. Some see missed opportunities, others a seedy undercurrent of poverty and crime. Others see hope, and rebirth, reuse and a flowering of opportunity.
Whatever the feelings, the mill buildings that still stand have power. And although "Under the Influence: New England Mill Paintings" – a joint exhibition of works from Stephen Remick and Randy Swann – strays far from that single subject matter and explores a number of visual topics, that power sweeps through all the works on view.
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May 26 – June 30, 2016
We close the academic year with an exhibition of works by Stephen Remick and Randy Swann. Under the Influence: Paintings of New England Mill Neighborhoods and their Rural Surroundings is comprised of mostly panoramic paintings that celebrate the living and working environment of Southeastern New England urban and rural life.
Land where people settle is influenced by the needs of the moment, shaped and reshaped as needed. Mills are built to make things. Industry dies and the mills deteriorate. Sometimes they get torn down. Sometimes they get re-used. Those that survive become embedded in the community, along with the Churches, tenements and corner stores. Outside the urban interior, land is cleared to plant crops or let livestock graze. Fieldstone, the byproduct of agricultural progress, ends up forming miles of stonewalls between properties and various uses of the land. People die off or move on and nature reclaims the land, trapping the stalwart walls along with the deteriorated foundations of long-gone homes within a forest. New foundations are laid on that old land allowing for a re-birth.
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