Whaling Museum Members’ Holiday Party

Members’ Holiday Party

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Sunday, December 12, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Whaling Museum Members only
Advance registration required. Space is limited.

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Museum Members - enjoy a private afternoon of seasonal hors d’oeuvres and libations as you preview our newest exhibitions, and enjoy 20% off* at the Museum’s gift shop, The White Whale.

Members will get an early look at three new exhibitions opening in November and December.

Artworks by Courtney Mattison and Christopher Volpe, in two new exhibitions, fuse aesthetically stunning fine art with environmental messages. In a third exhibition, you'll get a close-up look at seven panels of Charles Sidney Raleigh's monumental Panorama of a Whaling Voyage.

Courtney Mattison

Courtney Mattison’s Turn the Tide, opening on November 15, features massive, finely detailed ceramic sculptures “inspired by the fragile beauty of the coral reefs and the human-caused threats they face.”

Image Caption: (Detail) Courtney Mattison, Malum Geminos, 2019. Glazed stoneware and porcelain, 84 x 250 x 22 inches. Florence Griswold Museum.

Christopher Volpe

Christopher Volpe’s Loomings, opening on December 11, is named after the first Chapter of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Volpe combines tar, oil and gold leaf as his medium.

Image Caption: (Detail) Christopher Volpe, Westward, 2018. Tar, oil and gold leaf on wood, 16 x 24 inches.

(Detail) Christopher Volpe, Westward, 2018. Tar, oil and gold leaf on wood, 16 x 24 inches.

Charles Sidney Raleigh

UNVARNISHED: Conservation of Charles Sidney Raleigh’s Panorama of a Whaling Voyage features seven of the seventeen Raleigh panels owned by the Museum. Learn about the history, meaning, and conservation of these important artworks. Opening December 12.

Image Caption: Charles Sidney Raleigh (1830-1925), The Gam: Barks ‘Sea Fox,’ ‘James Allen,’ and ‘Commodore Morris,’ 1878-1880. Oil on canvas, c. 79 x 141 inches, New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Charles Sidney Raleigh (1830-1925), The Gam: Barks ‘Sea Fox,’ ‘James Allen,’ and ‘Commodore Morris,’ 1878-1880. Oil on canvas, c. 79 x 141 inches, New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Due to capacity restrictions, an RSVP is required for the Members’ Holiday Party.

Can’t join us or prefer to shop from home?

Museum Members can shop online and still receive 20% off from the Gift Shop during the event. Enter code Member20 at checkout.
*Offer good only during event hours. Discount cannot be combined with other offers and may not be used on consignment items.

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