New Bedford Whaling Museum to feature SouthCoast Artist in exhibition
“Into Infinity: Art by Milton Brightman” opens July 17, Explores Life, Nature, Landscape
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Massachusetts artist Milton Brightman is featured in an exhibition opening on July 17 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “Into Infinity: Art by Milton Brightman” includes work in oil paint, pen and ink, and watercolor that is often autobiographical in nature. The work reflects Brightman’s interests in landscape painting, figure composition, and his eternal search for the meaning of life. The Whaling Museum will host an opening reception for the exhibition on July 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Admission to the reception is free and open to the public. For details visit www.whalingmuseum.org or call 508-997-0046.
Brightman’s sensuous images evoke the sounds, sights, and even the fragrances of the scenes he observes. His pictures are often full of activity and motion: teens jumping from a pier; clouds surging across the sky; or work in progress at a busy port. Brightman reveals transformations: between seasons; between life and death; from derelict to symbol of prosperity. He returns again and again to paint Horseneck Beach in Westport, Massachusetts. We see how the vista changes with the seasons, the weather, and time of day.
Brightman believes that art is one of the highest possible forms of communication, but he is not strident in his presentation. Whether his focus is the meaning of life, transformation, or more directly, an exploration of light, paint, and form, Brightman leaves viewers to judge and interpret the work for themselves.
Born in Acushnet, in 1949. Brightman attended New Bedford High School and graduated in 1967. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, he attended the Swain School of Design, graduating in 1976. He worked for the New Bedford School Department as an Artist in Residence from 1976 to 1978. Brightman began working with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Forests and Parks in 1979. His 30-plus-year career there gave Brightman access to endless landscapes and allowed him to pursue his passion in landscape painting. Throughout those years he produced a large body of work, many of which will appear in “Into Infinity.”
About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.
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Milton H. Brightman 1949 -
Horseneck Facing East
Oil on oak
The best view of Horseneck Beach is from the King’s Perch on the Western Boundary, a large sand dune between Horeseneck and Baker’s Beach. From there you can see the entire stretch of Horseneck and Gooseberry Island. Beyond in the offing sits the Elizabeth Islands and most prominently, Cuttyhunk.
Collection of the artist