CURRENT and UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
December 27, 2022 - April 1, 2023
Backyard Birds and Blooms – The Sequel
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Artist and Art Instructor Vania Noverça had to adapt; brilliantly, Vania continued to teach via “live” video painting demonstrations that were free to the public and took place in her studio at the Narrows Art Community at the Narrows Center for the Arts. The demonstrations were made available to the public on Facebook Live and through other social media platforms. The classes were expressive, educational and uplifting! They featured the brightness of blooms and brilliance of birds within their natural habitat. The viewers learned color theory and the fundamentals of painting through Vania’s style and techniques. Viewers were encouraged to go outdoors to study nature and enjoy all of its beauty and breathe! At no time did folks need this respite more from the chaotic world around them, and the opportunity to learn new skills within a calming environment; it was perfect timing of circumstance. Vania also used this unique “classroom” to remind people...
January 27, 2023 - April 1, 2023
Grateful Dead: The Vintage Posters, 1966-1995
GALLERY EVENT: Join us on Saturday, March 25th when Grateful Dead poster curator Ted Bahr will be at the Narrows to meet with visitors. At 1:30 pm Ted will conduct a slide presentation and discussion about the incredible artwork. Ted is the owner of the Bahr Gallery in Oyster Bay, New York which is renowned for its psychedelic poster collection. Admission to the March 25th gallery event is free as is admission to the Narrows Gallery during regular gallery hours Thurs – Sat, Noon – 5:00 pm. This is the largest exhibition of Grateful Dead posters ever exhibited. The Narrows Center is excited to share a walk back through time, displaying an array of original vintage posters used to advertise Grateful Dead concerts from back in the 1960’s until the band’s final year in 1995. “The spirit, vibe and music of the Grateful Dead have a special place in the hearts and minds of Narrows’ patrons, volunteers and staff,” states Patrick Norton, Executive Director of the Narrows. “It is an...
April 13, 2023 - May 26, 2023
"Art Making Women" Fantasy & Realities
Joined together by Design, Imagination, Satire and Experience, eight women artists bring a collection of contemporary artworks to the Narrows Center. Working in and through a combination of materials including painting, drawing, mixed media and photography expect a peek into a diverse creative process. Artwork speaks for itself and this exhibit does. Something for everyone, this work brings it direct from the artist to the viewer …. there will be no servings of “sugar, spice and everything nice.” Several works by artist, Alison Horvitz are included with the permission of the Horvitz Family. – Sheila...
June 10, 2023 - July 14, 2023
Remedy: How We Heal
Remedy: How We Heal is a three-person group show of artists who are linked together by their interpretations of how art can be a healing force for the self as well as individual viewers, communities, and the planet. The idea for this show started with artists Kristen Palana and Stacey Piwinski, two close friends (now living thousands of miles apart) who first met at Massachusetts College of Art in 1994. Over the years because of their similar high-energy personalities, they’ve jokingly referred to themselves as two halves of the same brain or, “the digital artist” and “the fine artist.” In recent years however, these labels have started to blur and shift. Stacey Piwinski is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Boston area who speaks to painterly concerns using textiles and found materials to create intricate weavings that consider the passage of time, the tactility of the material, and interpersonal relationships. Through material and personal explorations of memory, she weaves...
July 21, 2023 - September 1, 2023
BRIDGES Selected Works from the Core Members of Fountain Street Gallery, Boston SOWA Curated by Joseph Fontinha and Lior Neiger Bridges connect people and expand communities, and for many artists (from poets like Hart Crane to filmmakers like Elia Kazan and musicians like Jimi Hendrix) are a source of inspiration. Creating links between personal and human stories and tightening the bond between people are integral parts of the artistic endeavor. This exhibit connects the cities of Boston and Fall River and bridges Fountain Street Gallery and The Narrows Center for the Arts, sharing individual interpretations of Bridges to ignite a conversation and build stronger community...
September 9, 2023 - October 20, 2023
Color Stories ROYGBV
Color encourages inspiration. It attracts attention, connects us to emotions or memory. It can unite a vision or be a symbol. Juxtaposed colors change our perception, speak together almost as a call and response. Weavings and textile works can use color to create patterns like those in nature or music. They can use color to twist or tickle our perception of space. Woven cloth may be embellished with stitches, customized lace work, or shaped applique. It may be folded to create multiple dimensions. It may cast a shadow. It may whisper a story, or yell one. About the Artists: Laurie Carlson Steger (Image 1) has a background of melting glass in high-fire enameling that influenced her understanding of color, light and depth. In her weavings, Steger uses color as a pixelation of hues to achieve illusions of dimensional space. Color field compositions and figurative images take inspiration from musical sources. She works on a Thread Controller Jacquard loom and other loom...
The BayCoast Bank Gallery at the Narrows Center
Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
The Narrows Center strives to expose our community to a wide range of performing and visual art. While our concerts showcase a variety of music genres, our galleries do the same with visual exhibitions. Shows range from student work to museum quality collections. We have exhibited photography, sculpture, illustration, paintings, prints, and mixed media pieces. We have even showcased a Lego exhibit by a nationally known Lego artist!
Many of the shows in the two galleries include artwork which may be purchased by the public, enhancing the lives of attendees well into the future.
Recognizing that arts related activities may be cost prohibitive to many, the Narrows Center provides free admission to the gallery during regular gallery hours. In doing so, the public has access to view spectacular artwork locally. Concertgoers also get to view the artwork on performance nights. Our goal is to expose as many visitors as possible to the beauty and diversity of art. There is something unique and special about viewing art up close. We have created a calm and well-lit space to allow visitors to absorb the depth of talent, skill, and creativity involved with each piece being shared.