March is Fiber Month

Now in its fifth year, Fiber Month has become a bright spot in the snowy New Bedford winter landscape. Begun in 2013 by ArtWorks! and continued following the merger with New Bedford Art Museum, the annual community celebration of fiber artists and their work draws together a month-long mix of exhibits, events and public art, all focused on art made in the many diverse mediums of fiber.


March 1 – 31   The community is invited to be part of a public art project with New Bedford Art Museum ArtWorks! Come and weave on hula hoops in front of the Museum to create colorful weavings to brighten downtown New Bedford.

March 1 -19 Excellence in Fibers, an exhibition of selected works from Fiber Art Now’s print exhibition at New Bedford Art Museum / ArtWorks!

March 1 – 19 In Touch: the Expressive Magic of Judith James on exhibit at New Bedford Art Museum/ ArtWorks!


March 1    Once there were mills… an exhibit of artifacts from the Wamsutta Mills. Acorn Management, Fiber Month sponsor,  has preserved a number of artifacts of the textile industry in New Bedford that are on display at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! Opens March 1st.

March 3    Communicating Through Art: Engaging People with Alzheimer’s and Those Caring For Them Friday March 3, 2017 9am to 12 noon. A free program for families and health professionals providing care for someone with dementia. All are welcome.

Join keynote speaker Michael James and panelists Dr. Anna Dempsey and Allison Cywin of UMass Dartmouth along with Dee Brenner of the I’m Still Here Foundation as they lead an exploration of the impact of the illness on the person with dementia and the people who care for them and the role art can play in their lives. Following the discussion, participants are invited to join us for a networking reception and to view an exhibition of Judith James’s work. Program begins at 9am at the New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street and continues at New Bedford Art Museum / ArtWorks! at 11am.

Advance registration required.  Call 508-961-3072 or Click here to register .

Sponsored by Community Nurse Home Care and Mass Humanities 



March 4   Lecture by Quilt Artist Michael James at 1pm. James reflects on his and his late wife Judith’s  side by side studio practice, how each informed the other’s , and on how he used his own work to come to terms with her illness and death.   Lecture at CVPA, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford; sponsored by New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!.

Seating is limited, advance ticket purchase suggested. Click here for tickets.


March 4    Public Reception at 2pm for In Touch: The Expressive Magic of Judith James. The exhibition showcases James’ prolific years leading up to her death. The exhibit not only houses seventeen of James’ masterful fiber works but also objects, materials and personal collections from Judith James’ studio. In Touch brings the work of the South Coast artist home and offers an intimate look into how well the artist applied her unique sensibility to everything she touched. New Bedford Art Museum / ArtWorks! 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford.

March 7   9:30 AM to 2:00 PM Southeastern Mass Fiber Roundtable: Please join us for a roundtable conversation designed to: gain a better understanding of the range of local fiber resources, explore the extent of local processing capabilities, examine opportunities to collaborate in expanding our local fiber market, identify barriers, needs, and key next steps. Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, 689 Belleville Ave, New Bedford, MA 02745. Register through  www.

March 8 Pop-Up Yoga at the New Bedford Art Museum with Yoga on Union.
Here’s a way to invite some color, some expression, and inspiration into the winter landscape. Let’s weave into the mid-week a vibrant and healthy experience open to all. Come practice yoga in the museum which is filled with an exhibit that is all about the integration of expression with fibers.
Juliet Loranger will lead a class that meshes the potency of the art with the vitality of the yoga class. Everyone is invited to WEAR YOUR BRIGHTEST YOGA GEAR!
6 – 7:30pm
$20 just show up!
Hosted at New Bedford Art Museum, 608 Pleasant Street New Bedford, MA 02740

March 8    CVPA reception   4 – 6 PM, Comments by the Artists 5 PM.   Women, Art and Fibers: Contemporary Responses to Abolition and the Journey North  Contemporary fiber arts influenced by or linked to the slave trade between New England and the South. The exhibition, guest curated by Laurie Carlson Steger and Dr. Memory Holloway is held in conjunction with International Women’s Month and Fiber Arts Month March 8 – April 4, 2017 CVPA Campus Gallery, main campus of UMass Dartmouth at 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth.

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March 9 is AHA!  a downtown gallery night program that involves events put on by museums, arts organizations, merchants, restaurants and the National Historical Park.


March 9  AHA! All Sewn Up – New Bedford’s free monthly art & culture celebration is all about fiber!

March 9 AHA!   Opening Reception, 5-8. Gallery 65 on William presents Hanging by a Thread: Needle Work of Salley Mavor. On exhibit February 28 – April 1.

March 9   AHA! Opening reception 5-8pm Judith Klein Gallery presents an installation made from yarns and webbings by Laurie Carlson Steger and Judith Klein. Also, hand painted jacket by Judith Klein and quilts by Sheila Oliveira. Judith Klein Art Gallery, 127 W. Rodney French Blvd., door 31, New Bedford


March 9  AHA! Spoonful of Sugar: Navigating Heartbreak with Humor. Artist panel discussion with Regions’ Gallery Artist Pat Falco and Vault Quilt Installation Artist Brooke Goldstein, moderated by NBAM/AW! Exhibition Manager Jamie Uretsky.  Artist reception following the panel.  The event begins at 6:30pm and is FREE to the public!  Click here for the Facebook event page.

March 9 AHA! In celebration of Fibers Month in New Bedford, Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery will be showcasing an exhibit featuring the works of three Fiber Artists, Pricilla Carrion, Carissa Frazier and Diane Savona March 1- 25. Also, macrame window installation by Amy Grace Oliveira. Opening reception on Thursday March 9 AHA Night, 5:00pm-9:00pm. Open hours Tues, Thurs & Friday 11-3  Wed & Sat 12-5

March 9 AHA! Opening reception at TL6 the Gallery featuring artist Jocelyn Souto. Jocelyn is a seamstress, she makes high-quality hand bags, pillows, clothes, and custom costumes. She also teaches basic sewing classes for adults. We will have her work on display through the month of March.

March 18    1 to 4pm Bring your knitting to the Main Library for a knit-in. Let’s set a record for most people knitting together in New Bedford! New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street.

March 23 and 30  6 to 9pm.  Weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Workshop with Lisa Elliott at New Bedford Art Museum/ ArtWorks!.  Visit to register.

March 25  1pm  Yarn the movie will be screened at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center. New Bedford Art Museum /ArtWorks! brings this trending contemporary film about yarn to New Bedford.


 March 4  Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Anna Kristina Goransson
Combining silk gauze or cotton cheesecloth with merino wool, the students will wet felt gorgeous scarves  that are lightweight and warm. You will design your own scarf (provided) and using soapy water and your arm muscles, felt your scarf. It’s easy, fun, and you’ll have a beautiful scarf to wear.
Star Store Fibers Studio, UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford
Limit: 8 people
Class Fee: $50



Learn how to weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom and make a scarf, table runner, placemat or hand towel. Looms and accessory equipment are provided. Participants will provide yarn, preferably worsted weight and not too stretchy or fuzzy. Acrylic is fine for a first project or Peaches & Cream for an absorbent hand towel. Class fee is discounted $10 if you bring your own rigid heddle loom. Please contact instructor Lisa Elliott to check on the appropriateness of your loom or with any questions. Registration and payment required before start of class. Call us at 508-961-3072 or email: [email protected]

Two Thursday evenings, March 23 and 30 from 6-9pm
Location: Main Gallery
$120 Members/ $130 Non-Members

Saturday, April 1, Weave like a Fool All Day!
9-12 and 1-4pm
Location: Level B Classroom
$120 Members/ $130 Non-Members