February AHA! 2022

Save The Dates AHA! 2022 Events List

AHA! Happens Rain Or Shine
Be sure to check the AHA! event page, Facebook page and Instagram Stories as well as website and social for participating event partners for info about location changes, program rescheduling and cancellations.

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Planning  To AHA! IRL?
All of the AHA! partners have their own masking requirements. We recommend you carry a mask with you at all times so you don’t miss out on any of the AHA! festivities.

Each month, AHA! showcases the incredible talent of local artists on the SouthCoast. 

Each month, AHA! programs are produced by a community of over 60 partners.

Start Your AHA! Adventure At The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center 
The AHA! website will be available for you to look at along with Park staff and volunteers ready to answer any questions you may have. The Visitor Center (33 William St) is open
10am-8pm on AHA! 

AHA! Happens Rain Or Shine
Be sure to check the AHA! event page, Facebook page and Instagram Stories as well as website and social for participating event partners for info about location changes, program rescheduling and cancellations.

/ahanewbedford   @ahanewbedford

Planning  To AHA! IRL?
All of the AHA! partners have their own masking requirements. We recommend you carry a mask with you at all times so you don’t miss out on any of the AHA! festivities.

Pick up an AHA! Night map at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center
Thursday 12/2 – Sunday 12/5, 10am-4pm & Thursday 12/9, 10am-8pm

AHA! Schedule 

Virtual Talk 


noon on Zoom 

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents
Can She Bait a Line?: An Illustrated Talk
The unsung heroes of Northeast England’s fishing communities – an illustrated talk by Katrina Porteous, an historian and poet who has documented the lives of fishermen and women on the Northumberland coast. Click to Zoom
Part of a new occasional series called Mid-Day Mug Up


Celebrate Black History Month 


3pm at the New Bedford Public Library
(613 Pleasant Street)


“I have a Dream like Dr. King” Craft
Celebrate Black History Month and create your own “I have a Dream like Dr. King” craft. Available while supplies last.


Celebrate Black History Month 


4-7pm on Facebook Live 


3rd EyE & The Communal Space Host Black Presently 
Tune in for a virtual panel discussion and community conversation featuring BIPOC leaders conversing about being Black presently and our community’s collective future. Plus spoken word performances, live art and more. Click To Watch 

Chosen – Spoken Word 
Lacar Rogers – Music Performance 
Maize – Spoken Word & Live Visual Art 

Samia Walker – EforAll 
Von Marie Moniz – EforAll
Sidney Murray – Red Cross
Justina Perry – Buy Black NB
Jamilyn Gordon – MassHire
Carolyn Burke – Community Bridges  
Rayana Grace – Island Foundation 

4-6pm at the Communal Space
(246 Union Street)


Kids Open Art Class: Basics of Drawing with artist David A.
For kids 4 years old and up. Parents encouraged to participate.
Masks required. 

New Show

4-7pm at the New Bedford Art Museum 
(608 Pleasant Street)

TAIP Exhibition: Artful Identities
Celebrating the 18th year of the Teen Artist Internship Program.
TAIP’s goal is to inspire and educate high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts. The artist mentors introduce their students to other artists and help connect them with the art community they aspire to join. 

Mentors: Judith Klein, Diana Arvanites, Devin McLaughlin, Roy Rossow, Olivia Baldwin and Sheila Oliveira

Students: Kaylee Tillson, Tiara Hatchett, Kaili Stys, David Thompson Jr, Kerin Lacroix, Emma Almeida, Ari Driscoll, Adryana Cimbron and Avary Amaral


2 New Shows & Live Music 

5-9pm at Gallery X (169 William Street)

Fresh Art: New Worx
A community art exhibition of newly created works by artists
working in any medium.

The Art of 2 Mad Women – No. 2
The art of Susan Hauck and Cherilynn Pimental in the Frederick Douglas Gallery.

Gallery X Unplugged
7-9pm in the Main Gallery
Molly O’Leary and her band will be performing music from her new album Holding Spaces. This will be the first performance of the newly announced Gallery X Unplugged series. The series is being funded in part by the New Bedford Local Cultural Council and will occur throughout the year. 


Swing By The South End

5-8pm at Judith Klein Art Gallery  

Judith Klein: Prints, Painting and Drawings
Celebrate Judith Klein’s own work as well as ceramics, jewelry and woodwork from featured artists.

The Judith Klein Art Gallery is located inside the Kilburn Mill
127 W. Rodney French Blvd
Use main entrance
2nd floor Suite 2-87

Celebrate Black History Month 


5-7pm at the Alison Wells Gallery
(106 Williams Street) 

Tribute Exhibition Featuring Sculptor Lawrence Faust 
In honor of Black History month the Alison Wells Gallery will be hosting a small Tribute Exhibition featuring carved wooden sculptures from late NY sculptor Lawrence Faust (May 13, 1943 – May 8, 2014) 

“Originally from Little Neck, Long Island, NY Faust graduated from the Fashion Industries High School in New York and continued his studies at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Faust’s early pieces showed his interest in African art and Nigerian deities and his later work transcended race and ethnic backgrounds.”

African American Heroes & Sheroes Art Activity
Get your coloring skills on while learning about history/herstory at the Art Table featuring several coloring pages featuring African American Heroes and Sheros. Coloring pages provided by the New Bedford Historical Society.

Art For Your Soul 
View and shop original artwork, giclee prints and note cards from Trinidadian Artist, gallery owner and AHA! Artist of the Month, Alison Wells. Plus featured, artwork from select guest artists in stained glass, woodwork, ceramics and more.

*masks required in the gallery

Virtual Talk 


5:30pm on Zoom
Registration Required 

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum presents
The Makers Series: Drawing With Scissors & Machine 
The Makers Series: Drawing With Scissors & Machine
Needlework is a handcraft dating back thousands of years. Deidre Scherer worked in oils, charcoal and pencil before turning to fabric. Her thread-on-fabric work has been shown in over 200 exhibitions worldwide. Click To Register

Celebrate Black History Month 


6-7:30pm on Zoom 


New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park presents
Unsung African American Sheroes of New Bedford
Join a park ranger and the park’s Cultural Resource Manager,
Janine Da Silva, for a discussion on the Unsung African American
Sheroes of New Bedford. Click To Zoom 


AHA! Mini-Concert  


6pm at Hewn (760 Purchase Street)

AHA! Mini-Concert with Myles Goulart

Myles Goulart is a Fairhaven-based musician who creates unique and widely varied music using multiple instruments such as harp, piano, cello, and guitar. Myles is also the owner of Hewn, a non-binary boutique that will be the concert venue.


New Show 

6-8pm at the CVPA Star Store 
(715 Purchase St) 


Large Scale Photographs of Paint by Abelardo Morell in Conversation with Paintings by Anthony Fisher
This exhibition presents two creative approaches that focus on the abstract image – Abelardo Morell’s incredibly lush and sensual photographs of fresh paint frozen in time with the help of light, fast exposure and flash, and Anthony Fisher’s ingeniously captured lines and shapes featured on layered, monochromatic abstract paintings. Both Morell and Fisher share a restless urgency to invent novel ways to play with traditional media, subjects, and methods.
Artist Talk at 6:30pm 
Click For More Info About The Show 


Virtual Lecture 


6pm on Zoom

Registration Required 

A Few of My Favorite Things: A Virtual Local History Guild Lecture
presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum
Join the conversation with the Whaling Museum’s Curator of Maritime of Maritime History, Michael P. Dyer, as he moderates an insightful and traditional “show and tell” style conversation. A cross-section of collectors, curators, and enthusiasts from Duxbury to Tiverton will share their favorite historical objects in a lively and engaging discussion. Click To Register 

Celebrate Black History Month 

6:30pm on Zoom 
Celebrating bell hooks

Join the Bristol County Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) in honoring the life and legacy of bell hooks. All are welcome to join the virtual event, and share how they have been impacted by hooks by sharing a poem, your favorite book of hers or how she shaped your world. Click To Zoom 


Live Music  


7pm at First Unitarian Church NB 
(71 8th Street) 


New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents Highs ’N Lows
Featuring NBSO Principal Flutist Timothy Macri and Joe Bentley on bass. Duets by:
Antonio Capuzzi (1755-1818)
W.A.Mozart (1756-1791)
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Ian Anderson (b. 1947)


Virtual Art Convo

7pm on Zoom 


Charity Ann: Gone! Painting Series with Artist  Ron Fortier
Artist Interview and Q&A
Ron Fortier discusses his painting series depicting the sale of his wife’s enslaved third great-grandmother’s two daughters. Charity Ann is the only one of the three who were held on the breeding plantation in Virginia that there is a documented name for. She was sold to a Reverend Isaiah Parker who held twenty-five slaves. He gave Charity Ann to his son. The youngest of the children was Thomas Jefferson Parker, Fortier’s wife’s great-grandfather and her grandmother Beatrice Parker’s father.
Click To Zoom 

Celebrate Black History Month  

7:30pm on Zoom 


The New Bedford Historical Society hosts
Hand-In-Hand for Liberty and Equality

A virtual lecture about the abolitionist family of Rev. and
Mrs. William Jackson. Click To Zoom 



History & Architecture
with the NB Preservation Society

Any Time

 Arnold Place Walking Tour 
This tour highlights some of the beautiful residences of the Textile Era in New Bedford (1890-1926). Most of the properties are located on the site of the former James Arnold Estate and are outstanding examples of the Colonial Revival style.
Click To Watch  New Bedford Victorian Homes Tour The Victorian era ran during the reign of the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria, from 1837 until 1901. New Bedford boasts many wonderful Victorian era homes. Victorian houses are marked by their prodigious ornamentation, with virtually no area of the house left unadorned.
Click To Watch 
Downtown New Bedford – The Definitive Tour 
Take a walking tour of historic downtown New Bedford with your guide Bruce Barnes. Visit some of the definitive downtown landmarks including the New Bedford Free Public Library, City Hall and many of the most important and beautiful commercial buildings including banks and department stores.Click To Watch  

Artist Profile:

Tracy Silva Barbosa Of Duende Glass

Each month, AHA! showcases the incredible talent of local artists on the SouthCoast. 

As an artist, Tracy Silva Barbosa isn’t easy to define. Her talent shifts like light across the glass paintings she creates; as complex, colorful, and nuanced. Yet, when executing complex, city-sized art installations or large murals, Tracy is all business with grace and ease. Her commissions from corporate, municipal, and nonprofit clients often involve multiple artists and the novel use of materials in challenging settings. Tracy brings an artistic vision, a technical understanding of material, keen logistical skills, and her unique ability to translate between artistic vision and functional purpose. It’s a rare skill set. At her Duende Glass Studio, she transforms a common substance, glass, into ethereal multi-layered paintings depicting delicate urban or natural landscapes. Tracy’s work is currently on exhibit at the Mattapoisett Public Library and available to purchase at tsilvabarbosa.com.

Partner Profile: 

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

Each month, AHA! programs are produced by a community of over 60 partners.

“Most museums are filled with objects. Here, the building and the garden are the objects, and they tell us personal stories about these New Bedford residents that add another dimension to the local picture,” says Dawn Salerno, Executive Director of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum. The grounds encompass an entire city block, and visitors are encouraged to wander in and enjoy the award-winning garden. This downtown New Bedford greenspace belongs to picnickers, peace-seekers, and botanical enthusiasts alike. Dawn says, “It’s a place meant to be shared, enjoyed, and stewarded by all.” Their events calendar is filled with fun and interesting activities, especially over the holidays, including a winter greens market, ugly sweater family-friendly Friday nights, a Children’s Tea for kids served in the exquisitely decorated twin
parlors, and more. Tour the mansion’s holiday splendor any time throughout the month. See a complete schedule of events online at rjdmuseum.org/calendar.

AHA! In The Afternoon 

Our downtown New Bedford museums, galleries and institutions are open for visitors. 
Visit their websites for more info about current hours, programs, exhibits and COVID19 safety protocols.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 4-8pm (see listing above)
Click For More Info 

New Bedford Port Society
including Seamen’s Bethel & Mariner’s Home 

Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm 
Click For More Info 

New Bedford Whaling Museum 
Open on AHA! 9am – 5pm with reserved timed admission
Plus virtual programming at 6pm (see listing above)
Click For More Info

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm 
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 4-8pm (see listing above)
Click For More Info  

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus IRL programming from 4-6pm (see listing above)
Click For More Info 

New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks! 
Open on AHA! 10am-4pm with reserved timed admission
Plus IRL programming from 5-8pm (see listing above)
Click For More Info 

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