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Current Exhibitions

Cape Cod Plein Air Painters
September 18 - November 2
Reception: September 18, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talks at 2 pm:
   Oct. 9th: Maryalice Eizenberg, Steve Kenndy, Rosalie Nadeau
   Oct. 16th: Joyce Zavorskas, Jane Eccles, Philip Bergson 
   Oct. 23rd: William Maloney, JoAnn Ritter, Robina Carter

   The Cape Cod Plein Air Painters evolved in 2004 when several local professional artists decided to paint together on a regular basis, to observe directly from nature, and to share ideas and expertise. The group travels to different sites in all four seasons to document moments in time.
     This exhibition is a collection of work that holds to the principles of painting set forth by Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes so many years ago. In the case of the larger pieces, the painters returned to the location several times at the same time of day and in the same weather conditions to complete the piece. Artists featured in the CCMoA exhibition include Phillip Bergson, Robina Carter, Maryalice Eizenberg, Jane Eccles, Joyce Zavorskas, Steven Kennedy, Merylle-Lee Thompson, Rosalie Nadeau, William Maloney, and JoAnn Ritter.
     The term "plein air" emerged with the Impressionists during the 19th century. Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, a painter and academic, wrote an influential paper in 1800 in which he stressed the importance of completing outdoor studies quickly and directly, without developing the detail of an exhibition painting. Speed was essential to capturing a convincing effect, so de Valenciennes insisted that his students complete all studies from nature within two hours. This still holds true for contemporary impressionists.
Image: Rosalie Nadeau, "Poppies and Gazing Ball"
Click here for the Cape Cod Plein Air Painters website.


Amy Heller: Form: Still + Motion
September 11 - November 9
Reception: September 18, 5:30 - 7 pm

Gallery Talk: October 1, 2 pm
Amy Heller is an award-winning photographer/artist whose artwork has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. She received a B.F.A. in Studio Art/Design from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in Photography from The George Washington University. As a Photo Editor/Researcher & Curator, Amy has worked for Microsoft, The Newseum, The Discovery Channel, The Washington Post, National Geographic and U.S. News & World Report. Prior to her photographic work she was an Exhibit Specialist at The National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution and The Library of Congress. She has been coming to Cape Cod since she was a little girl, and moved here in 2003 from Washington, DC with her husband.
    Amy’s earlier black and white photographic work explored the techniques and history of human locomotion photography and she developed a special interest in the work of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey. She used an entirely different technique to create her personal imagery and examined the idea of motion, time and reality in her surreal, dreamlike photographs, suggesting extra dimensions to our waking and sleeping lives.
     Amy is currently making cyanotype photographs on fabric (a non-traditional surface for printing). The cyanotype was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842.  Amy has been photographing a variety of subjects and uses either negatives or makes photograms where objects are placed directly on the fabric. She loves the dichotomy between using 21st century technology of a digital camera and computer-generated negatives, while at the same time employing a 19th century method of sensitizing a surface. Many of the objects she photographs have historical origins. One series she calls ‘Baby Blues,’ because they are smaller than the other photos she has printed. Amy transforms everyday objects and reinterprets them into her own artistic vision. Her latest work is called, ‘Still Lives,’ which is a dual series of cyanotype photographs on fabric.  One group of photographs are of 2-dimensional figural sculptures and body parts, mainly nudes. The other group consists of 3-dimensional sculptures/mannequins.  They are ‘Still Lives’ but are in motion because they are mounted on manual or motorized turntables.


 Ellen LeBow: The Storm: Large-Scale Drawings
The  2014 Arthur J. McMurtry Memorial Exhibition
 September 20 - November 23
 Reception: September 18, 5:30 - 7 pm

   Ellen LeBow is a 2010 recipient of the Pollock Krasner award and this year’s Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for excellence in drawing.
     Ellen LeBow’s greatest distinction as an artist is her seemingly endless creativity and the broad diversity of her oeuvre, which embraces a wide range of media and styles often taking them in radical new directions with fearless inventiveness and verve.
     Her latest body of work is a series of black and white drawings executed in ink on clayboard. In this medium, the artist paints on special white board in ink and then scratches the drawing through the black inked areas as in dry point etching.
 LeBow’s new panels attempt to depict the ecstatic, indiscriminate onslaught of life on time. Each one features the descent of a tumbling, cosmic cloud packed with characters “cannibalized,” she says, from personal and artistic influences. The results are stunning in their power and beauty of line.
     A joint reception for Ellen LeBow, Cape Cod Plein Air Painters, and Amy Heller will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 pm Thursday, September 18, 2014. Refreshments will be served. The reception is open to the public free of charge.


Rosemary Simpkins: Seven Sacred Psalm Mantras
September 18 - November 23
Gallery Talk: September 18, 4 pm
Reception: September 18, 5:30 - 7 pm

    In her third exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Book Artist Rosemary Simpkins shares with us a four-year spiritual journey that immersed her in the beautiful and inspiring poems that make up the Bible’s Old Testament Psalms. Simpkins selected seven Psalms, rendering them in her own calligraphy on seven triptychs which display in their center panel, a mantra, a phrase or sentence from each chosen Psalm, that personally inspired her.
     Rosemary Simpkins received her degree in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design in New York, and her Master of Art/Book Arts from the London Institute’s Camberwell College of Arts. She is a member of the Center for Book Arts in New York City since 1993. Born in Mexico City, Simpkins and her husband, Bud, lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and London before retiring to Cape Cod in 1997.


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The Cape Cod Museum of Art is located in Dennis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. It is close to the following owns and villages:
Barnstable, Brewster,Centerville, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Harwich Port, Hyannis, Hyannisport, Marstons Mills,
Orleans, Osterville, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth, Yarmouthport
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