Center Hosts Traditional Artist Jonathan Perry in April

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s Resident Artist Series continues in April featuring artist Jonathan Perry.  A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe, Jonathan is a traditional singer, dancer, speaker, and carver who is grounded in the traditions of his ocean-going ancestors.   He will demonstrate the art of traditional quahog jewelry-making from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday April 8th and Sunday April 15th.

Jonathan considers designs by examining the raw materials closely, and draws his images from the grain, hues, and patina from the materials. He enjoys using the materials and knowledge handed down from his ancestors to express his understanding of the natural world as well as the changes over time since Creation. His three dimensional artwork ranges in size from large, hand-carved dugout ocean vessels to stone effigy pipes and high-end copper jewelry.   An articulate and thoughtful speaker, he has lectured on the topics of Eastern Woodland art and traditions for over 15 years at both regional and national venues.  His performing art career spans over 25 years.

The Resident Artist series is funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council.

Daily admission to the Center is free. The Center is handicap accessible through the parking lot entrance with free off-street parking available. The Center is located at 38 Bethel Street in New Bedford’s historic downtown.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.