The 21st Annual Public Hanging!


Gallery X

Presents The 21st Annual

Public Hanging

Aug. 4-Sept. 11th, 2010

Reception: Sat. Aug. 7, 2010   7—10 PM

169 William ST.   New Bedford, MA

Gallery X The Beginning…

Twenty years ago, Chuck Hauck and a formidable group of like-minded artist friends, in conjunction the  1990 New Bedford Heritage Days Downtown Festival, organized an exhibit- that they though would be a one-time occurrence- entitled A Public Hanging. That show, featuring a variety of works by thirty local artists, instead, started a tradition.

Displayed at 58 Spring Street, the exhibition was a rousing success. The enthusiasm that grew out of that “one-time” event led to the creation of the cooperative arts group that would be named due to the geographical proximity to the Y(WCA) and the Zeiterion) Theatre. The X remained on Spring Street until 1995, and then moved to the present location, at 169 William Street, in the former First Universalist Church.

Over the past two decades, Gallery X has mounted hundreds of exhibitions and shown the work of thousands of visual artists and artisans, as well as providing a dynamic venue for countless poets, musicians, dancers, and actors. Gallery X is a cornerstone of the greater New Bedford art community, always in flux yet always a constant.

Come to the gallery to help us celebrate the 21st Public Hanging exhibition and the Gallery X itself. It promises to be -perhaps- the largest display of contemporary art in New Bedford since…well, since the beginning of time. Join us at the opening party on Saturday, August 7th, from 7:00 -10:00 p.m.  All artists are invited to submit work up through August 1st, coincidentally the Alumni Reunion of the Swain School of Design, and many of that sorely missed institution’s alumni will have work in the Public Hanging.


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