By Steven Froias
Winston Gallery is a sweet space nestled into Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove in New Bedford’s south end. It’s the brainchild of artist and poet Vic Jonez.
Like a sort of speakeasy, you actually enter the gallery from his studio on the second floor of the building. Stepping into it is like walking into a comfortable cocoon of art in a former mill that altogether boasts a half million square feet of space.
The little gallery packs a big punch – especially when Mark “Maki” Carvalho is on the walls. Or more accurately, all over the walls.
The homegrown New Bedford artist is defined by bigness – large canvases culled from his street art that create legends via stencils and spray paint. There’s nothing small about Maki. He’s a big talent and his work reflects large ambitions.
So the question when the show “All Sorts“ was hung in Winston Gallery was…how could the snug gallery contain all of Maki?
Miraculously, it did and does. Resulting in wall-to-wall Maki and total immersion in his world.
”All Sorts” got off to a raucous start that saw about a hundred people walk through the studio and gallery doors – and also visit the very studio of the artist nearby down the hall. On that recent Saturday evening, Jonez handled the curatorial hosting duties while the artist welcomed guests with custom-made prints and t-shirts.
In between, Maki took some time to speak to Umberto Crenca, the founder of Providence’s AS220. That legend walked in the door and exclaimed, “This guy’s work is amazing!”
Many agreed that night – and have agreed for some time throughout the City of New Bedford.
The big show in the small gallery has been extended through Tuesday, May 7. That means visitors to Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove, 127 W. Rodney French Blvd., have two more weekends to take it it all in. The gallery is typically open anytime after 3:00 p.m. Look for the Winston Gallery sign.
Give a knock at the door on the second floor; the speakeasy password is “Buy Fresh. Buy Local. Buy Maki.”