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  • Co-Creative Center 137 Union Street New Bedford, MA, 02740 United States (map)

Ornate - Throughout history, an appreciation for intricate decoration has ebbed and flowed in and out of style. During many different cultural movements across the globe, a high level of adornment has been considered at times beautiful, sacred, skillfully made and high class and at other times overt, showy, overworked and low class.

Ornateness is currently at a lull in our culture. Although in recent times many people have been taking up a more DIY lifestyle and learning craft skills - perhaps seeking to return to a more natural and sustainable way of living - there are still steps we can take to improve awareness of the worth of things made by hand.

It is with this notion that we present Ornate, a celebration of artists who put profound emphasis on detail. Regardless, and even in opposition of the current norm, they produce expertly-crafted and highly-intricate pieces that highlight their process - their mark-making, application and stitching. Through the exhibition of their work, we seek to honor the importance and elevate the worth of process and intricacy in art and our greater culture.

Earlier Event: May 6
Somerville Open Studios
Later Event: May 4
Somerville Open Studios 2019