Maps & Legends returns to Haskell Public Gardens

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Maps & Legends Two: If By Sea…is the second in an annual series of art events at historic Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford, MA. This year, the month-long exhibition will be housed in the greenhouses on the property and feature the sculpture of Kelly Zélen and the maps and print work of Zachary M. White – with some added surprises throughout the summer from curator Steven Froias.

Maps & Legends will have a special opening reception on Friday, July 14  from 5:00-8:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. community members will share their own New Bedford Legends as part of a storytelling hour (or more) emceed by Shelley Cardoos, owner of the downtown business, Hippo and director of E for All Southcoast.

Maps & Legends refers both to the history of New Bedford and its sense of itself in the larger world. Viewers are invited to embark on a voyage of discovery that includes the artwork, the stories and this very special place, Haskell Public Gardens, a Trustees of Reservations property.

The late Allen C. Haskell, a lifelong New Bedford resident and an internationally renowned horticulturalist, assembled the property over more than 30 years, creating a truly unique and successful nursery. In 2013, The Trustees acquired the property and it is now a public space, open from dawn to dusk each day.

On Friday, July 14, guests are invited to come to Haskell Public Gardens for a leisurely evening of exploration. The event is free and open to the public, who are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks and join us under the open skies. Seating is available for the storytelling portion of the evening.

A closing reception for Maps & Legends Two: If By Sea… on Thursday, August 17 coincides with a Community Picnic Fun-Raiser at Haskell co-hosted by AHA! New Bedford and The Trustees from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

This year’s participating artists are:

KELLY ZÉLEN (www.kellyzelen.com)

Kelly Zélen received a BFA from New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work has been published In Her Mark by Women Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois and recently interviewed By Woven Tale Press.

She has exhibited in Boston, New Bedford, Chicago, and New York. Zélen lives and works in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

ZACHARY M. WHITE

Zachary M. White was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He earned his BFA in Visual Design-Photography with a minor in Fine Arts-Printmaking in May 2015 and later a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in May 2017 from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Zachary’s work has been published in A Picture History of New Bedford: Volume One 1602-1925 (Spinner Publications, 2013), Reconstructing History: The Redevelopment of New Bedford in the 20th Century (Self-published, 2015), and A Picture History of New Bedford: Volume Two 1925-1980 (Spinner Publications, 2015).

His work, which is heavily influenced by New Bedford and its history as well as cartography, has also been included in various exhibitions throughout Massachusetts.

STEVEN FROIAS

The curator of the summer Maps & Legends series at Haskell Public Gardens, Steven Froias was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. HIs formal art training has been mostly his own as he pursued a career in writing for newspapers in the NYC/NJ metro area. Accordingly, words and typography are central to his aesthetic and he describes his work as “Typographic Iconography.” He now lives in New Bedford once again and is determined to burnish the city’s legends and create some new ones along the way. He writes for the co-working facility, Groundwork! on newbedfordcoworking.com and is co-founder of the New Bedford Bookfest.

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