38 Bethel St
New Bedford, MA 02740
From the days of manila and hemp to the synthetic fibers in use on today’s boats, rope has been central to the workings of the commercial fishing industry. While nets and knots can be utilitarian, there is often a thin line (no pun intended) between occupational skill and maritime art. Some fishermen apply the skills they used in their work on the boats to create decorative pieces such as knot boards, lanyards, and even purses.
This exhibit will feature nets by Tor Bendiksen; marlinspike artistry by Barbara Merry, Erika Hamer and Gilman Hamer; Irish knitting by Ann Horkan and Norwegian knitting by Ingebjorg Hildur Bendiksen; and decorative ropework by Manny Vinagre and Ole Andersen. Poetry by fisherpoets Dave Densmore and Geno Leech as well as quotes from oral history interviews are part of the exhibit, showing the importance of rope in the life of a commercial fishermen.
An opening reception will take place on April 13th at 6:30 p.m. during AHA. The exhibit will run until May 2, 2017.
This exhibit is made possible by R & W Rope and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.