Fall River Portraits – 2017

This is the third Fall River Portraits Photography show. The exhibit features photographs of the people and neighborhoods by UMass Dartmouth and Diman Vocational Regional students, and winners of the “Nature in the City” photography contest.

“Making Things” ~ College and high school students have been visiting and photographing the production areas and workers in over 20 locally-owned businesses. Their photographs depict the making of everything from shirts, hats, uniforms, bags and jackets to nuts and bolts, machinery, furniture, mattresses, musical instruments, jewelry, and dental implants.

“Nature in the City” ~ This portion of the show will feature the contest’s prize-winning photographs, showcasing Fall River’s incredible, but often unseen, natural resources. People of all ages who either live, work, or go to school in Fall River are eligible to submit their images of natural beauty in the city. This contest is organized by the Friends of the Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail and UMass Dartmouth.

Click here for contest submission information.    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017

The exhibit is made possible by grants from the University of Massachusetts President’s Office and UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Civic Engagement.

The public is invited to the opening reception on June 3rd from 1-3pm. Come and enjoy the photographs, refreshments, music, and to hear the announcement of contest winners.

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1st image: “Erika” photo by Cheyenne Tavares
2nd image: “Seth in Mills” photo by Nick Simbro
3rd image: “Nature in the city” photo by Kathy Duclos
4th image” “Korber Hats” photo by Erica Hammond


Performing songs of The Band, THE WEIGHT BAND is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era. Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy. The group features Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote for The Band and worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, Albert Rogers from the Jim Weider Band and frequent performer at The Barn’s Midnight Rambles. Michael Bram, the newest member of THE WEIGHT, played with Jason Mraz. Continue reading

Carving in: A menagerie on leather and clay

Animals are a source of sustenance and awe. They are domesticated and feared, symbolic and totemic. For leatherworker Casey Gunschel, animals are her medium and often her muse. For potter Ann Schunior, they are a connection to indigenous cultures around the world. Using traditional techniques unique to each medium, both artists carve richly decorative surfaces that reflect a shared reverence for the animals.

Casey Gunschel is a Massachusetts based artist. Her tooled leatherwork is a culmination of years spent as painter, wallpaper designer and theater prop maker, merging both illustrative and sculptural skills to create works of leather art. Straddling the boundary between fine and functional, Casey creates commissioned furniture and wall installations for her architectural clients as well as large, illustrative tapestries for the fine art world. Her work has been featured in many design publications to include Elle Décor, the New York Times and Luxe Interiors, and has been represented in both solo and group showings in New York, Chicago, LA and Paris.

Ann Schunior’s work is inspired by traditional crafts around the world. Her pottery forms come from the unfailing shapes of simple functional ware, but their surface designs come from animal imagery on petroglyphs, wood carvings and fabric paintings of traditional cultures. Ann has traveled widely, primarily in West Africa, to meet craftspeople that still work in the old ways. She’s as excited by indigenous architecture, weaving and fabric dyeing as by traditional pottery. She aims to incorporate the imagery from traditional media onto clay without losing their original vitality.

(Click on Images to Expand) Top Images left to right:
Saggar vessel with mountain goats
7.5” hi x 8×8
Ann Schunior

“Salad Days, When We Were Green in Judgement, Cold in Blood”
2012     Cow hide and beeswax     5’ x 7’
Casey Gunschel

Bottom images left to right:
Wading bird platter
14” diameter x 2”
Ann Schunior

2013   Cow hide, beeswax, 100% felted wool backing     5’ x 7”
Casey Gunschel

Artists’ reception will take place on Saturday, May 6th from 1:00 – 4:00. Admission is free. The public is cordially invited.

*SOLD OUT* Justin Townes Earle 5/12/17

Since launching his recording career a decade ago, Justin Townes Earle has established a reputation as a singular leading light in the Americana music community.  With fearless, personally charged lyrical insight and infectious melodic craftsmanship, the young veteran singer-songwriter has built a rich, personally charged body of work. Continue reading