Artwork done by public safety officials on display at UMass downtown

The men and women who work in public safety see it all in their day to day work, from the great rewards of helping people to the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy.
An ongoing exhibit at the UMass College of Visual and Performing Arts (the former Star Store building), 715 Purchase St., features the powerful work of public safety employees throughout the area as they express their emotions through art.
Works by New Bedford Police Lt. Scott Carola, Sgt. Alan Farland and Officer Christian Gomes ; Chief John Garcia and Captain Anthony Days of the Marion police department, Adam Katz of the Fairhaven Fire department; and Terence Lopes, retired, Massachusetts Department of Corrections will be among those featured at the exhibit.
The exhibit was showcased Thursday, Oct. 11, with a program that featured the presentation of the colors by the New Bedford Police honor guard, the singing of the national anthem by Hadley King of Rochester, the daughter of Mattapoisett Police Officer Justin King; words of inspiration from NBPD chaplain Rev. David Lima and a talk by Det. Claudia Sampson about her work as a crime scene photographer.
Food was provided by Destination Soups through the generosity of the New Bedford Police Union.
The inspiring exhibit is on display through Oct. 24. We encourage you to check it out and experience the hidden talents of the public safety community.