Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens. 

Centre Street Gallery
Exhibition Opening Date: September 3, 2020

three images of Perry jewelry

Elizabeth James-Perry – This exhibition is a look back, a look at the present, and a look at the future. Through local, indigenous, contemporary art, this exhibition will conceptualize the significance of the 2020 quadricentennial from a native perspective, it will highlight native community connections to the living environment and ocean especially around the New Bedford and Martha’s Vineyard areas and it will emphasize changes that indigenous and non-indigenous New Englanders adapted to and are adapting to. The exhibition will feature a rich, festive looking combination of natural Indigenous materials which are local, sustainable, and non-toxic. Additionally, the artist utilizes organic colors, fine textures, and shapes one can achieve in woven wampum, woven quill jewelry and scrimshaw pieces (designed by the artist’s brother and mother, who are also artists), and more in her exhibition titled, Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens


Below is an excerpt from “At New Bedford Whaling Museum, a Wampanoag Lens on Land and Sea,” by Murray Whyte, Boston Globe, September 20, 2020

(H)er work is masterful, intricate, complex, beautiful… But in the dizzying patterns of tiny white-and-lilac-shaded quahog beads that make up much of her work, there is history, culture, tragedy — and defiance, too. There is beauty through ugliness, and because of it, hope.


Past Events

Virtual Curator Talk: Art, Culture, and Adaptation with Elizabeth James-Perry
Including Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes
October 15, 2020
View conversation on YouTube. (link will be provided soon)

Virtual Program: Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens 
with Elizabeth James-Perry & Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes
August 27, 2020 
View conversation on YouTube.


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Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Common Ground Project is made possible, in part, by the William M. Wood Foundation.