Dora Atwater Millikin Working Waterfront: A Portrait of New Bedford Harbor Today

Exhibition Dates: May 18th – October 14th, 2012

The Museum brought a fresh perspective on the city’s harbor and working waterfront with the first public showing of a series of paintings by Westport-based artist Dora Atwater Millikin.

"Wharfage", oil on line, 2011

Millikin brings the New Bedford waterfront to the canvas in works inspired by the busy harbor, its boats and its fishing industry.  She set her sights on the colors and textures of this rich scene, the interplay of sky, water, and machinery – the interface of nature and man,  harbor and fisherman, water and vessels.

Exploring volume, shape, light, color, and texture, the paintings reflect Millikin’s interest in the everyday and the ordinary, the gritty and the ‘real’.  For her, a mundane moment captured, brought to the fore, is made profound.

Dora Atwater Millikin maintains a studio in Westport Point, Massachusetts and is represented exclusively by Walker-Cunningham Fine Art, Boston.


Last modified: December 6, 2011