Doug Johnson: Abstract Expressions
March 13 - April 20
Reception: March 14, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talk: April 3, 2 pm
Over the past decade, Cape Cod artist Doug Johnson has worked in a style inspired by the New York School – the post-World War II avant-garde art movement that held sway through the 1950s.
Van Gogh and Picasso were Johnson’s very earliest sources of inspiration and, over time, he’s experimented with many styles and directions. However, he cites a longstanding and recurring debt to the New York School, or Abstract Expressionists, typified by such painters as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline dribbling, splashing and smearing paint onto their canvases. “Their sense of adventure and freedom to create a new profound visual language excited and motivated me,” Johnson says. “I feel the artists should be explorers in the realm of visual experience.”
The museum’s exhibition comprises about 20 acrylics on canvas, ranging in size from 2 to 6 feet. Although they have such evocative titles as “Then Came Pink,” “Kooky Love,” “Circus” and “Cool Breeze,” the works are totally nonrepresentational, often with many small shapes – frequently more or less round or rectangular – playing across the surface. The painting “Fifth Dimension” features a bright array of “circles,” many caught up in a swirl of movement, others seemingly aglow with light. In “Strata,” two loosely massed horizontal bands of blue, red, black and white shapes stretch across a predominantly gold background, creating, indeed, a suggestion of strata. The piece is somehow reminiscent of the gilded robes enveloping the lovers in Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.” While Johnson’s works contain no recognizable objects, his approach certainly encourages viewers to devise their own interpretations.
As an asthmatic child, Johnson spent many solitary hours drawing, and he fell in love with the creative process. He earned a degree in Fine and Applied Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., then continued his art studies at San Jose State University and Sonoma State University in California. He’s been active in Cape Cod’s art community for more than 35 years, opening his first art gallery in 1990. He currently owns and operates the Doug Johnson Gallery on Route 6A in Orleans. In addition to painting, Johnson has worked with clay, photography, printmaking and collage. He is also an avid collector of African tribal arts.
Image: Fifth Dimension
ALL ABOUT sEVEn: A Multi-media Exhibit by 49 Cape Women Artists
Curated by Shawn Nelson Dahlstrom
February 14 - March 30
Visit the All About sEVEn website at www.allaboutseven.org
Gallery Talks: Thursday, March 13, 2 pm (Kate Sidwell, Joyce Zavorskas, Cis Rossey)
Thursday, March 20, 2 pm
Thursday, March 27, 2 pm
Special Gallery Talk by Marie Canaves; Friday, March 28, 10:15 am in the auditorium
Artist Marie Canaves will give a PowerPoint presentation on the process of creating her piece, "Interchangeable Parts of a Perfect Fit," using the format of a puzzle for showing the complex character of human relations.
Reception: March 1, 2014, 3 - 5 pm
March 8: Music to celebrate International Women's Day, 3 - 5 pm
March 15: Poetry, 3 - 5 pm
March 22: Theater, 3 - 5 pm
March 29: Dancing & Drumming, 3 - 5 pm
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Many people consider seven a lucky – or even magical – number. There are seven days in the week, seven continents, seven notes in the musical scale and seven colors in the rainbow. Now, the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s exhibition “All About sEVEn” will explore seven themes related to the number seven, each as interpreted by seven female artists – for a grand total of 49 participants. The show will go on view Friday, Feb. 14, and continue through Sunday, March 30, with a variety of special programming along the way.
“All About sEVEn” is the brainchild of East Dennis artist Shawn Dahlstrom, who also organized and curated the exhibition and arranged for related programming. Participants include such well-known Cape artists as Teresa Baksa, Jane Lincoln, Mary Moquin, Kate Nelson, Carol Odell, Suzanne Packer, Joyce Utting Schutter, Jan Collins Selman, Kathleen Sidwell, Gretchen Romey-Tanzer, Vicky Tomayko and Joyce Zavorskas (though many of the lesser known talents will prove a revelation). A variety of mediums are represented throughout the exhibition as well as within each theme. These include painting, encaustic, fiber, glass, printmaking, photography, sculpture and assemblage.
Each group of seven artists chose its own theme, with most eschewing the more obvious options. The themes they elected to pursue are as follows:
1. Spectrum. The women who chose the seven colors of the visible spectrum as their theme reported that it was “effortless” for each of them to select one color for emphasis in her work. Weaver Gretchen Tanzer simply went with her favorite color in “Yellow Goddess.” The strongly vertical piece incorporates seven evenly spaced blocks of red, seemingly floating and ascending – or, possibly, descending – against a field of intensely sunny yellow. Glassblower Yukimi Matsumoto actually created seven remarkably lustrous vases, always using blue in combination with other colors. Given the “EVE” in “sEVEn,” it’s probably not coincidence that most of her vessels resemble softly curving female forms.
2. Elements. The number of elements can vary widely – from the classic four up to 118 on the most recent version of the Periodic Table. But for the purposes of this exhibition, this group reflected on the properties of water, air, fire, earth, wood, metal and electricity. In each artwork, one of the elements dominates while others often play a supporting role. Carole Ann Danner’s encaustic painting “Provincetown Cloud” gives a strong sense of the sky towering over strips of dunes and sea. Bright blue air and frosting-like clouds alternate like the layers of some atmospheric cake.
3. Pleiades. Also known as “The Seven Sisters” in myth and astronomy, this luminous blue star cluster is visible in the constellation Taurus. Perhaps influenced by Pleiades being a showpiece of the winter sky, painter Teresa Baksa envisioned a star as a twirling skater in “Becoming a Star.” The figure shimmers in frosty white light against a sapphire sky. Printmaker Kathleen Sidwell’s idea for the joyful abstraction “Night Dancers” came to her in a dream. Sayuri Kingsbury made seven discs of swirling blue glass that – suspended in the air – do a slow-moving dance of their own.
4. Seven Deadly Sins …? This group’s especially thoughtful statement reads, in part: “We commit them regularly and recklessly. Committing them is part of who we are. We know that here lies guilty pleasure and instant gratification. We convince ourselves it’s merely a matter of degree.” The interpretation of lust fell to Dale Michaels Wade. Her trompe l’oeil painting shows a guitar with a body that is, simultaneously, the torso of a woman – and of her arms and hands, trying to cover her nakedness. A heart hangs in the instrument’s sound hole. The work is an affecting statement of such conflicting states as desire, pleasure, vulnerability and guilt.
5. Intentions. More fully, this category is “The Seven Faces of Intentions,” as enumerated by self-help author and motivational speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer. One of them is “Beauty.” For this, photographer Mary Doering created a mixed-media work centering on the image of a woman, her hands coming together in the respectful Namaste salutation used by Hindus and Buddhists. “When we celebrate the joy, grace and truth in every human being we will see only beauty,” she wrote. Suzanne Packer interpreted “Receptivity” with an abstract oil painting, its flower-bright colors seemingly migrating from one area of the canvas to another in an easy, fluid manner.
6. Seven Generations. In accordance with Native American philosophy, ecological decisions are to be made in light of their impact on the seventh generation yet to come. Landscape designer Shannon Goheen – who also weaves tapestries from plant materials – used eelgrass to mimic a strand of DNA. “All life on earth shares some identical DNA,” she wrote. “Remove one strand and the pattern is irreparably altered.” With “Animystic,” a mixed-media totem more than seven feet tall, Deb Mell found a new way to tell the story of her own family’s past generations.
7. Formal 7. In a united show of artistic liberty, these seven women chose to focus on the formal elements of their artworks (such as line, shape, form, tone, texture, color and composition). “In choosing a formal emphasis – whereby we include seven elements in each one of our pieces – we could also choose our own subject, each speaking with our truest voice without impediment,” they offer in a joint statement. Nathalie Ferrier calls her conceptual piece, “Inspect the forest for hands and needles,” a self-portrait. A row of seven gargantuan needles formed from self-hardening clay symbolize her heights from birth through varying stages of life. “Needles have always been my main tool,” she says. For her mobile “Dalle de Verre (Spectrum in Balance),” Iren Handschuh used glass fragments representing the seven colors of the spectrum.
Above image: Carol Odell, Pleiades
Sunday, March 16, 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Falmouth printmaker Alice Nicholson Galick will teach the workshop “Styrofoam Reduction Three-Color Block Printing” from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. All materials will be provided.
Galick, who began making prints in the late 1960s, specializes in monotypes but is skilled at many types of printmaking. She has taught art for some 30 years and exhibited in galleries, museums and juried shows throughout New England. She is represented in the group exhibition “All About sEVEn,” running from Feb. 14 through March 30 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
The block printing workshop is free with the price of admission to the museum. However, the instructor will collect a $5 materials fee on the day of the class. Space is limited to 15 participants. Reservations are recommended and made be made by calling 508-385-4477, ext. 16.
The ALL ABOUT sEVEn topics, artists, media and towns are:
Seven Generations (from Native American lore):
Deb Mell SCULPTURE, MIXED, CONCEPT Truro
Sarah Holl PAINTING Hyannis
Zehra Khan SCULPTURE MIXED, CONCEPT, PAINTING Provincetown
Shannon Goheen FIBER Dennis
Marilyn J. Rowland VIDEO Falmouth
Andrea Moore MIXED, PRINTMAKING Falmouth
Jeanmarie O’Clair CLAY Yarmouth
Lauren Wolk MIXED MEDIA Centerville
Jan Collins Selman PAINTING Falmouth
Cecelia Rossey PRINTMAKING Wellfleet
Sue Pellow FIBER Eastham
Chris Andresen GLASS Provincetown
Carole Ann Danner ENCAUSTIC Hyannis
Lois Grebe ENAMEL Yarmouth
Formal 7 :
Marie Canaves PAINTING Brewster
Joyce Utting Schutter SCULPTURE Sandwich
Vicky Tomayko PRINTMAKING Truro
Iren Handschuh GLASS Wellfleet
Elena Tobin FIBER Centerville
Nathalie Ferrier CONCEPTUAL Truro
Claudia Smith-Jacobs PAINTING/COLLAGE Falmouth
Seven Deadly Sins . . .?
Dale Wade TROMPE L’OILE Eastham
Anne Garton PAINTING Eastham
Beth Minear FIBER Orleans
Donna Mahan GLASS Truro
Kate Nelson PAINTING Brewster
Alice Nicholson Galick PRINTMAKING Falmouth
Maryalice Johnston MIXED MEDIA Provincetown
Carol Odell ENCAUSTIC Chatham
Susan A. Clark FIBER Eastham
Robin Grebe SCULPTURE Chatham
Teresa Baksa PAINTING Dennis
Kate Sidwell PRINTMAKING Brewster
Sayuri Kingsbury GLASS Barnstable
Tessa D’Agostino FOUND MATERIALS ASSEMBLAGE Pocasset
Mary Moquin ENCAUSTIC Sandwich
Katie Hickey FIBER Wellfleet
Joyce Zavorskas PRINTMAKING Orleans
Rosa Pimenta CISELAGE Yarmouth
Suzanne Packer PAINTING Yarmouth
Mary Doering MIXED MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHY Orleans
Isabel Green GLASS Falmouth
Jane Lincoln PAINTING Falmouth
Gretchen Romey-Tanzer FIBER Orleans
Ellen Lebow DRAWING Wellfleet
Sara Ringler MIXED Sandwich
Tina Holl SCULPTURE Dennis
Mike Wright, SCULPTURE Provincetown
Yukimi Matsumoto GLASS Sandwich
The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
Bourne Cultural Council
Mashpee Cultural Council
Sandwich Cultural Council
Harwich Cultural Council
Brewster Cultural Council
Chatham Cultural Council
Dennis Cultural Council
Mid-Cape Cultural Council
Mikhail Zakin: An Exploration of Form
Curated by Joyce Halpert
January 23 - March 5, 2014
New Jersey potter Mikhail Zakin taught ceramics at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill from its inception in the early 1970s until 12 days before she died on Sept. 9, 2012. Ninety-two years old at the time, she was anticipating the prospect having a retrospective of her salt-glazed pottery at the Cape Cod Museum of Art this winter. While she didn’t live to see it, the show – on view from Thursday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, March 9 – will go on as scheduled, serving as a testament to the creativity of an exceptionally vibrant woman.
“Mikhail Zakin: Salt-Glazed Pottery” has been guest-curated by Joyce Halpert of East Dennis, who knew Zakin for just shy of 40 years, both as a student and associate. Halpert has gathered more than 30 pieces from four or five private collections, including her own. These will range from the late 1960s through vey recent years.
For most of her years as a potter, Zakin generally worked with stoneware and explored salt glazing – a process that actually doesn’t involve glazes. The clay is fired in a very hot kiln until it passes the stage where it glows cherry red and becomes white-hot. At that point, the potter shuts down all of the burners, closes all the ports and flows common, or rock, salt into the kiln. The salt vaporizes under the intense heat and pressure, but not before producing a satiny, translucent and slightly orange-peel-like texture on the stoneware. It’s a difficult process and – because of the amount of fuel required – very expensive. The results are also unpredictable. But Zakin loved salt glazing. “Her work is very sculptural and architectural; it’s very organic,” Halpert says. “She wanted the glaze to enhance the body of the clay, not to cover it. She wanted the pot to reveal itself to the viewer."
Originally named Miriam Attkins, Zakin was born into a prominent Russian Jewish immigrant family in Massachusetts. Her mother died while she was still quite young, so she went to live with an uncle who encouraged her to explore stone sculpting and silversmithing. After leaving home at age 17, she tried to sell her sculpture and jewelry. Having little success, she changed her first name to Mikhail (pronounced Michael), hoping to attract more serious interest with a man’s name. Her last name changed when she married Gabriel Zakin, who worked in medical advertising. They had three children.
Zakin studied sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Students League in New York. At the time, she liked working with stone and metals. But she turned her attention to clay after meeting master potter Karen Karnes in 1954. Zakin worked with her for three years at Stony Point, N.Y., initially concentrating on throwing functional forms on the wheel. With her husband’s help, Zakin built her first kiln in the mid 1950s. Then, in 1969, she and Karnes built one of the first private salt kilns in the country at Stony Point, and she joined the vanguard of a revival of interest in salt glazing in this country. Initially she created hand-built tied box forms inspired by photos of her parents immigrating with tied bundles. Later, these evolved into larval, biomorphic and anthropomorphic forms.
Teaching was a huge part of Zakin’s life. As one of its original teachers, Zakin had considerable input into the development of Truro Center for the Arts. She took her students on expeditions seeking natural clays at Cape beaches and, one summer, guided them in constructing a primitive wood-fired kiln behind the school. Castle Hill’s founder, Joyce Johnson, has called her the center’s “Pied Piper of clay."
In 1974, Zakin co-founded the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, N.J. With the help of many others in the community, she restored a historic 19th-century building – a former Baptist church fallen into disrepair – turning it into a nonprofit art school and gallery that continues to thrive. Zakin served as president and taught there every single semester until she died, according to Halpert. For 37 years she also ran an annual art show to raise funds for the school.
From 1976 to 1990, Zakin was on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, where she chaired the Visual Arts Department for a number of years and taught ceramics as a studio course with a historical component. She also organized and participated in many workshops and seminars throughout the world, including Canada, Scotland, England, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Turkey, Japan, Korea and China. Through her “Travel with a Focus” program – sponsored jointly by the Art School at Old Church and Sarah Lawrence College – she made multiple trips abroad with her students, introducing them to the cultures of various countries. The first such trip – “The History of English Pottery from Pre-Roman Times to the Space Age” – was to Cornwall, England.
“I loved the teaching, and came to feel it was easily as important, challenging and fulfilling as working in clay,” Zakin once wrote. “The students who came into my life enriched and renewed me with their growth and blossoming, as they found their own infinitely unique voices in the material we each loved.”
Halpert counts herself among the many students whose lives Zakin touched. “Every time you turned a corner, you saw another facet of this woman,” she says.
Salvatore Del Deo: Faces & Figures 1969 - 2012
February 6 - March 9
Reception: February 6, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talk by the artist: Thursday, February 27, 2 pm
This spring marks the completion of artist Salvatore Del Deo’s sixth decade as a year-round Provincetown resident. For all this time he’s masterfully painted virtually every aspect of his environs at the Cape’s end, including dunes, wharves, fish and lighthouses. But his portraits and figurative works are especially compelling.
The strength of Provincetown’s people certainly shines through in “Salvatore Del Deo: Faces and Figures 1967-2012.” The show features some 20 works – most of them oils on canvas – selected by the museum’s curator, Michael A. Giaquinto.
Early in his career, Del Deo assimilated the teachings of Charles W. Hawthorne (as passed down through Hawthorne protégé Henry Hensche). Del Deo’s 1989 “Self-Portrait” is a wonderful manifestation of Hawthorne’s admonition to build a painting by placing one carefully observed “color spot” next to another. Featuring the artist wearing a big hat and a jacket with an upturned collar, the painting shows an intensity of sunlight illuminating just one half of his intelligent, rugged, self-assured face. The same casual mien is evident in the 2012 seated portrait “John Browne.” The subject, a Provincetown fisherman wearing a green jacket and cap, looks like he might have just happened by Del Deo’s studio (though he may well have been invited to sit). He’s painted with great dignity, with a powerful effect achieved through broad color planes and strong shadows. Del Deo’s portraits inevitably demonstrate his ability to be utterly true to life while offering penetrating insights concerning his subjects’ personalities and delighting us with his facility for handling paint.
One of the highlights of the museum’s exhibition is “The Shuckers,” a six-foot-wide painting done in homage to the Patricia Marie, a 50-foot fishing vessel that went down off Provincetown in 1976. Captain Billy King and all six members of his crew were lost. Del Deo began the painting in 1976, working on it off and on until its completion in 2001, the 25th anniversary of the sinking. His models were all local fishermen, including King’s son and grandson. Their faces reflect a profound sense of loss as they read a newspaper account of the disaster.
Born in Providence, R.I., in 1928, Del Deo received scholarships to attend Saturday and summer classes at Rhode Island School of Design while he was still in high school. He began his formal training at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston in 1945, enrolling in a three-year program. When Hensche gave a portrait painting demonstration at the school, Del Deo was impressed, so much so that he went to study at Hensche’s Cape School of Art in Provincetown the following summer. He also continued his training at the Art Students League of New York, where he studied with Edwin Dickinson and John McPherson.
Following military service, Del Deo spent a winter painting in the Southwest and Mexico. On his travels, he met – and received considerable encouragement from – prominent Mexican artist Diego Rivera. In fall 1953, he met and married the poet Josephine Breen. Then, in spring 1954, following an extensive tour of Italy and France, the newlyweds made their home in Provincetown, where they put down deep and abiding roots. Del Deo formed close friendships with such distinguished artists as Ross Moffett, Karl Knaths and Dickinson. Sal’s Place – the Italian restaurant he started in 1963 – is still in business (though in other hands).
In addition, Del Deo has repeatedly played a major leadership role in the town’s art community. He’s served on the boards of the Fine Arts Work Center and Provincetown Heritage Museum and was a founding member of both institutions. He chaired the Provincetown Art Commission from 1974 to 1983; was a member of the jury for the national design competition for the Provincetown Playhouse in 1978; and taught painting and drawing at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill from 1986 to 1993. He’s had an especially long involvement with Provincetown Art Association and Museum, serving in the capacities of trustee and vice president; conducting children’s art classes for six years, beginning in 1965; and teaching adult classes in the early 1990s.
Del Deo has had regular opportunities to exhibit his work, including New York City shows at the Roko Gallery, the Landmark Gallery, the 47 Bond Street Gallery and Helio Gallery (which gave him a comprehensive one-person show in 1990). Provincetown Art Association and Museum honored him with a 40-year retrospective in 1993. Since 1992, he’s been represented by Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown. Del Deo is also represented in the collections of a number of noteworthy institutions, including the Houghton Libraryat Harvard University; Smith College of Art in Northampton; Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown; and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Image: "The Shuckers"
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Salley Mavor Nursery Rhymes as Fabric Art
November 9 – February 16, 2014
Gallery Talk: Saturday, January 4, 2 pm
A Woods Hole artist and owner of Wee Folk Studio and author of a dozen books, Mavor studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Salley creates 3-dimensional mixed-media scenes or fabric relief collages. Salley’s “Fabric Relief” pictures are decorative embroideries, full of patterns from nature. She tells stories in miniature with figured and found objects, all sewed together by hand with a needle and thread. Salley has been developing this art form for the past thirty years and illustrating children’s books for twenty years. Her work is accessible to all ages, not just children.
The artwork for “Pocketful of Posies” was made from a variety of materials, all sewn together with different stitching techniques on naturally dyed wool felt. I used materials such as acorn caps, stones, driftwood and objects that I found outside. Other things I found inside, such as buttons, beads and wire. Everything was stitched together by hand, with an occasional drop of glue to hold down something that couldn’t be sewn. I made all of the parts, including people, animals, trees, and houses, separately and then sewed them to the wool felt backgrounds, to build a new scene for every illustration. Each piece was then photographed and printed onto the pages of the book. The collection was made over a three year period, but every individual illustration is dated 2010, the date of the book’s publication.
Salley Mavor learned to sew as a child and has been playing with a needle and thread ever since. Her artist mother believed that learning to make things by hand was an important life skill. At home, there were always art supplies close at hand and a sense that time was available for creative expression. Drawing with crayons was never enough for Salley. She remembers feeling that her work was not finished until something was glued, stapled, or sewn to it. At the Rhode Island School of Design, she rediscovered her childhood passion for sewing and was encouraged to communicate in her own unique way. “Pocketful of Posies” won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Society of Children’s Book Writers andIllustrator’s Golden Kite Award. Ms. Mavor lives with her family in a house full of treasures in her hometown of Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Robert Burkert: Paintings, Prints & Drawings
November 9, 2013 – January 19, 2014
Robert was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1930. He graduated from UW-Madison with senior honors and later went on to receive his Master’s degree. He taught at UW-Milwaukee, where he became professor and head of the Graphics department. Traveling extensively, these trips became inspirational ventures and let Robert to experimentation with new media, technique, and of executing monoprints by placing multiple images from different plates on a single piece of paper. This exhibition will show his extensive range of media. Screen prints, drawings and paintings, Robert demonstrates his ability of all media and expressing his interest in observing and capturing accurately the movement of water as a theme in some of his work.
Image: Nauset Inlet
Sol Hartman/Carol Hartman: Faces and Forms
September 28 - December 15
Reception: September 27, 5:30 - 7 pm
Sol and Carol Hartman are husband and wife artists who live in Boston and East Dennis. Carol has a Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications from Harvard Extension; Sol has a B.A. from Colby College and MBA from Columbia University.
Carol states: “Making sculpture, which started out as a distraction and respite from teaching, has evolved over time to become a full time vocation and passion. After first experimenting with other sculptural media-direct metal sculpture, was modeling, bronze casting, and fiber -- I was introduced to and captivated by the art of stone carving”.
Sol states: “I take photographs of people that I find interesting and whose faces are an expression of emotion. I then crop the faces to extenuate that emotion. Unlike a photograph where each part of the face has equal weight, my paintings emphasize those parts that I find most interesting. Light and color are part of my tool kit to solicit an emotional response. Light and shadow unite all the area. At times, my faces appear more of an abstraction than figurative when looked up close”.
Image: Boston Marathon Policeman by Sol Hartman
Celebrating Color: Signature Pastel Painters of Cape Cod
November 1 – December 15
Reception: November 1, 5:30 – 7pm
Demonstration: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 pm by Michelle Poirier-Mozzone
Demonstration: Sunday, Dec 8, 2 pm by Betsy Payne Cook
Gallery Talk: Thursday, Nov 14, 2 pm by Michael Giaquinto, Exhibitions Curator
A juried exhibition by the Signature Pastel Painter of Cape Cod’s Art Committee. There will also be a “Curator’s Choice” award; selected from the exhibition.
The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod is a nonprofit corporation sustained by membership contributions, gifts and grants. Founded by Cape Cod pastel artist Sarah Fielding-Gunn and a handful of other local pastelists in 1995, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod's goal was to establish viable exhibition venues for the medium while fostering the public education and appreciation of pastels.
In just over a decade, PPSCC has grown to more than 200 members in 30 states and U.S. territories.
Their mission continues today: to create a community of pastel artists, to set standards of excellence through education and to encourage and nurture artists in their professional growth. Further, they strive to educate the public and gallery owners of the permanence, versatility and value of the medium and to offer opportunities for our members to participate in juried shows and exhibitions devoted to pastels, and hope to establish pastel as a separate category in art exhibitions.
Pastel artists of all levels are welcomed and encouraged to become members. All members are encouraged to participate fully whether attending demonstrations and workshops or volunteering to help in any capacity.
PPSCC is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).
Image: Susan Hollis , Evening Jewel #3
The Process of the Print: George Lockwood (1929-1969)
August 29 - November 3
Reception: Sunday, September 8, 2 - 4 pm
The recent emergence of George Lockwood’s work is valued not only for the aesthetics and technical skill exhibited in his prints but for the documentary insight of a master printer his writings provide. During his short life, Lockwood made a lasting impression as an innovative printmaker, illustrator, and education. The impressive relief blocks exemplify his skilled hand while his teaching folders notated a unique process.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, and educated a Cooper Union and Yale, he assisted Josef Albers as a student and was influenced by Albers’ genius for teaching. Lockwood taught at Smith and Amherst Colleges, Massachusetts College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. During his last decade, he opened “Impressions Workshop” on Stanhope Street in Boston, collaborating with contemporary poets and printmakers, Ferlinghetti, Calvin Burnett, and Barbara Swan, to name a few. Michael Mazur, a friend from Northampton and Leonard Baskin’s circle and whom Lockwood assisted, commented after producing a portfolio of lithographs at his studio:
“George spent endless amounts of time producing a print, he was superb, an enormously inventive printmaker doing things no one else could do…To every project he brought some small stupendous thinking.”
This exhibition highlights the stages involved in developing a hand-pulled print from concept to completion. On display, through the generous loan of his wife, Margaret N. Lockwood, are the original wood blocks; painted sketches; printed proofs; relief, etching and lithographic prints and various matrixes.
- Guest Curator: Cecilia Rossey
Image: Untitled wood engraving
Peter Coes: Peter Coes’ Studio
September 14 - November 3, 2013
Reception: September 27, 5:30 - 7 pm
Almost every day in his studio/gallery on Route 6A in Cummaquid, artist Peter Coes succeeds in making the ordinary extraordinary in his paintings and sculptures of Cape Cod architecture, girls on the cusp of womanhood, cats, boats and ocean waves. Peter Coes is a Copley Society of Boston Master Artist. With the opening of “Peter Coes’ Studio” on Sept. 12, the same magic will come to the intimate Polhemus Savery DaSilva Gallery at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. This one-person show – this year’s Arthur J. McMurtry Memorial Exhibition – will continue through Nov. 3.
Image: She Wandered Through Her Memories
John Dowd: From Every Angle
September 28 - October 27
Reception: September 27, 5:30 - 7 pm
Since he has a degree in architecture, perhaps it’s not surprising that Provincetown artist John Dowd is best-known for landscapes featuring structural elements. But the depth of moods he achieves is something quite exceptional. This is very evident in “From Every Angle: The Paintings of John Dowd,” a major exhibition of his work running from Sept. 26 through Oct. 27 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Guest curator Stephen Borkowski, Chair of the Provincetown Art Commission, has selected some two dozen paintings representative of Dowd’s production over the years. In general, the show will divide into four themes – landscapes, nocturnes, industrial scenes and tonalist works. Strong diagonals, a keen sense of time of day and atmosphere, and a Hopperesque sense of isolation are the common denominators in his work. Dowd virtually never includes people in his scenes.
Image: House on a Bluff
The Influence of Color: Abstract Paintings by Edward Skoler
August 29 - September 22
Reception: Sunday, September 8, 2 - 4 pm
After studying chemistry in college, Edward Skoler became a manufacturer specializing in poster paints and sign enamels. Wanting to learn more about the creative properties of these art materials, he enrolled in a painting class, discovering he had a natural affinity for color and form. So, following his long business career, Ed rekindled his earlier interest in painting by attending workshops and classes at various Cape art organizations. He was especially influenced by abstract expressionist Sam Feinstein, with whom he studied in Dennis for 15 years. Skoler, now in his eighties, continues painting in his studio at the Old Schoolhouse in Barnstable Village. “It is always color that leads me through the creative process,” he says.
Image: Head of the Sea Caves
Stillness of Remembering: Paintings by Sarah Hinckley
July 17 - September 8
“Stillness of Remembering: Paintings by Sarah Hinckley,” is an exhibition of 17 abstract oil paintings inspired by the beauty of the Cape.
Sarah Hinckley is a 13th generation Cape Codder who grew up experiencing the land, sea and sky of the Cape – all of it awash in the region’s rarefied light. Although she now lives in New York, elements of the beaches and landscapes of her childhood find their way onto her minimalist canvases. Most of her works are broken into three or four horizontal bands, each muted and essentially monochromatic in nature. One band might suggest waves breaking on the sand, another band a puffy cumulus cloud. The mood is peaceful, even meditative.
It’s also relevant that Hinckley listens to music while she works and often titles her pieces after phrases from rock and pop tunes by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Melissa Etheridge and Jimi Hendrix.
She received her BFA at Tufts University, completed her diploma at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received her MFA at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in solo, two-person and group exhibitions at DM Contemporary, Tria Gallery and Sears Peyton Gallery in New York; Two Graces Gallery in Taos, N.M.; Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta; and Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles. Hinckley is represented in numerous corporate and private collections, including the Bellagio in Las Vegas; Charles Schwab in New York; and Gallery Koyanagi in Tokyo, Japan.
Standing Tall: Lighthouses in Cape and Islands Art
July 25 - September 8
Reception: Friday, July 26. 5:30 - 7 pm
With more than 30 lighthouses rimming Cape Cod. Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard like sentinels, it's small wonder they've made appearances in many artworks. Some would say far too many - and the phrase "paintings of lighthouses" is sometimes used to dismiss cliched paintings of Cape Cod in general.
But the time has come to reconsider these fascinating structures as a valid artistic motif - to recognize that, like any other subject, a lighthouse can carry authority and genuine emotional impact in the hands of the right artist. That's the mission - in part - of this exhibition. The show will also give a sense of the importance of lighthouses from a historical point of view.
Guest curated by Cindy Nickerson, recent Interim Executive Director at the museum, the show will feature 40 works by artists of the past and, especially, the present. Seven works come directly from the museum's own collection, which - in and of itself - says something about the popularity of the lighthouse motif in these parts. One of the them is a toungue-in-cheek aquatint etching by Red Grooms. This cartoonish scene imagines Grooms watching Edward Hopper painting a lighthouse on sit. Clearly, Grooms was poking fun at how Hopper's masterful lighthouse paintings sparked proliferation of more routine images. Yet, his title, "To the Lighthouse" (think "Ode to the West Wind" or "Ode to a Nightingale"), isn't without respect.
Before Hopper, most artists weren't all that interested in what they viewed as utilitarian structures. Calvin Hammond, a 19th-century house painter with a fair degree of artistic talent, and early 20th-century illustrator Harold Brett both painted straightforward interpretations of the Twin Lighthouses in Chatham - though the former gave us a close-up and the latter's perspective is from the beach below the cliff.
While some contemporary artists approach the subject with trepidation, others freely admit to being fascinated by lighthouses and paint them without apology – though the best try to find some fresh treatment that ensures their originality. A painting of Stage Harbor Light by Jim Holland gives a broad view of the scene under a big sky, helping to convey the structure’s isolation in the landscape. When Martha’s Vineyard artist Jeanne Staples decided to paint Nobska Light in Woods Hole, she chose a canvas 50 inches wide. “It requires that level of size to begin to give a sense of its presence and persona,” she says.
“Everyone loves lighthouses, and I do too,” says Cummaquid artist Peter Coes. “I was a boatman for a long time, and lighthouses have a very comforting feel to them when you’re coming into the harbor at night.” His painting “Back from the Edge” is about 20 percent history to 80 percent fantasy. In 1996, when Truro’s Highland Light was only a hundred feet away from the edge of an eroded cliff, it was moved about 450 feet “back from the edge” on rollers. Coes, who watched much of the process, relocated the scene to a tabletop, as if the lighthouse were a toy.
Centerville artist Sam Barber says his sun-drenched canvas “Nantucket Treasure” is his favorite painting – perhaps indicating somewhat equal appreciation for Brant Point Light and the three bathing beauties standing in front of it. A William R. Davis painting of the same lighthouse shows a solitary figure rowing past Brant Point in the stillness of early morning. A timeless piece, painted in the Harwich artist’s typical luminist style, it could be set in the 19th century just as well as today.
Amy Sanders’ love affair with Truro’s Highland Light goes back to her childhood. “When I was young, I used to lie in bed and watch the flash of light pass across my ceiling,” she says, “and now my father is president of the Highland Lighthouse Association.” One morning when they went there a glorious sunrise greeted them. Sanders’s pastel “Highland Light Sunrise” captures the streaming rays of light in a way no photograph could.
Being such an iconic part of Cape and Island coastal scenes, the lighthouse has also been effectively abstracted by a number of the region’s artist, such as Provincetown’s Paul Resika. In his “Tower, Moon and Buoy,” the simplest cylindrical form conveys the lighthouse with almost mystical power. In Joan Cobb Marsh’s “Sky and Lighthouse,” a tumultuous sky fills almost the entire picture plane, while the lighthouse exists as only a small upright form on the distant horizon. Even so, it exerts an undeniable presence.
Other artists represented in “Standing Tall” include Vernon Coleman, a Barnstable art teacher in the 1940s and ’50s; primitive painter Ralph Cahoon, renowned for his mermaids; and such contemporary talents as Karol B. Wyckoff, David Kooharian, Thomas A. D. Watson, Barbara Wylan and folk artist Janet Munro.
Image: Brandt Point Light by Kimberly duCharme
The Art of Anthony Quinn
June 13 - August 25
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Although he appeared in more than 70 films over the course of his long career, Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn (1915-2001) is linked most indelibly with the exuberant title character in 1964’s “Zorba the Greek.” But the two Academy Awards he won were for his supporting parts in “Viva Zapata!” (1952) and “Lust for Life” (1956). In the latter he played Paul Gauguin, the passionate, audacious French post-Impressionist.
That role was a natural for Quinn (who claimed Gauguin’s ghost spoke to him during the filming), for he himself was an accomplished artist who boldly expressed his own zest for life in his prolific creation of sculptures and paintings. He responded most fervently to early twentieth-century modernism, particularly Picasso’s paintings of the 1920s and ’30s, sculptor Henry Moore’s reclining figures and the flowing lines of Henri Matisse. He was also a collector, perpetually seeking out works by major artists; native art of faraway lands; decorative eggs; African masks; and books. As an artist he was something of a chameleon, absorbing virtually everything, yet expressing it with a vitality all his own.
He studied briefly with Frank Lloyd Wright, but was mostly self-taught. He assimilated the visual vocabulary of modernism from books; at museums in New York, Mexico City, Paris and London; and – whenever he was filming on location – at contemporary galleries all over the world. His lengthy stays in Africa and the Middle East and his Mexican ancestry also influenced his work. Such was his curiosity that he frequently made several versions of the same sculpture in different materials – marble, onyx, travertine, bronze and steel, among others – just to see the varying effects. He carved many bas-relief abstractions from wood, painting them for a playful look.
A number of Quinn’s pieces reveal some preoccupation with the female form. “Aphrodite,” a graceful reclining nude sculpture, channels Henry Moore. “Queen of Hearts,” a painted wood assemblage, seems a tongue-in-cheek nod to synthetic cubism and playing cards. The expressionistic painting “Soldadera” pays tribute to the women soldiers who fought alongside men in the Mexican Revolution.
Over time, Quinn also enjoyed recording the changes in his own compelling face. A 1984 oil self-portrait projects his legendary intensity. Quinn titled it “Zorba” – so closely did he identify with his most famous screen persona.
Exhibitions Curator Michael Giaquinto had the enviable task of selecting some 40 works for this show from the vast collection at the artist’s Bristol, R.I., estate, where Quinn spent the last seven years of his life – and where Katherine Quinn, his wife and studio assistant, still lives. We’re very grateful to Mrs. Quinn and the Anthony Quinn Foundation for their generosity in making this exhibition possible.
Image: "Zorba-Self Portrait"
Works from the Vortex: Glass Sculpture by Fritz Lauenstein
May 25-July 14
Reception: Sunday, June 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 6, 2 pm
Glassblower Fritz Lauenstein owns and operates Fritz Glass on Upper Country Road in Dennisport. There he makes and sells platters, bowls, vases, paperweights, marbles and other functional objects using brilliant, often swirling colors. When time allows, however, he relishes using glass – sometimes in combination with other materials – to fashion one-of-a-kind sculptures that are more personal in nature.
Lauenstein began learning the fundamentals of glass blowing as a student at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. He continued his studies at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. After moving to the Cape in 1984, he spent several years working at various fishing jobs and as an assistant at Chatham Glass. He and his wife, June Raymond, opened Fritz Glass in 1991. In addition to Lauenstein’s glassblowing studio they run a retail shop and also wholesale their products to more than 120 galleries and gift shops across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, which has featured Lauenstein’s “rainbow heart pendant” in its catalog the last five years. Lauenstein enjoys his work, but doesn’t view his decorative piece as outlets for creative expression. “This has allowed me to stay on the Cape and make a living,” he says matter-of-factly.
For him there’s no mental connection between the production work he makes for Fritz Glass and his conceptual sculptures, which relate to things he thinks a lot about in his daily life. “I go through my life and have experiences in my life … and objects come into my head,” he says. A piece titled “Twenty Years of No” comprises three sealed shadow boxes containing shelves displaying nonfunctional crack pipes. (This relates to Lauenstein receiving requests he can’t or won’t fill. Some people have even assumed he can make scientific laboratory equipment or fix broken windows.) “Nothing Special” features a piece of taxidermy – a coyote – surrounded by glass hoops. While the conceptual pieces are evocative – suggestive of stories – Lauenstein refrains from elaborating, hoping viewers will arrive at their own conclusions.
Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence,Transcendence, in Contemporary Encaustic
May 18 - June 23
Artists Reception: Sunday, June 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Discussion featuring five exhibiting artists: Wednesday, May 29, 2 pm. Artists: Joanne Mattera, Cherie Mittenthal, Mitisa Galazzi, Laura Moriarity, Jane Allen Modine
Gallery Talk by Curator Michael Giaquinto: Wednesday, June 19
This exhibition is being held in conjunction with the annual International Encaustic Conference, co-produced by founder/director Joanne Mattera and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and its director, Cherie Mittenthal, and held in Provincetown May 31 - June 2. The show will feature works in encaustic by 31 artists from around the country.
The amazing luminosity possible in encaustic painting is the unifying theme of the exhibition “Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic" on view from May 16 through June 23 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Juried by Exhibitions Curator Michael Giaquinto, the show will feature approximately 50 paintings, sculptures and prints by 31 of the foremost artists working in encaustic from around the country. Encaustic painting – the use of finely ground pigments suspended in heated beeswax – dates back to ancient times, notably to the Fayum mummy portraits created during the Coptic period in Egypt (100-300 AD). It fell into disuse as less technically demanding paints – such as tempera, oil and acrylics – were invented. However, a revival of interest in the medium began when American artist Jasper Johns adopted it for use in his iconic paintings of flags, targets and maps in the mid-twentieth century. The popularity of encaustic has grown tremendously over the past two decades, with artists attracted to the medium’s texture; malleability; quick drying time; brilliant, durable colors; and even its aroma. Its adhesive qualities make it an excellent collage medium. It can also be carved, sculpted and molded. But probably its most compelling quality is the luminous effect of light penetrating the translucent layers of wax, illuminating the artwork as if from within.
“Swept Away” is one of only a small number of museum exhibitions anywhere that has focused specifically on encaustics, according to Mattera, the author of “The Art of Encaustic Painting” (Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001). As far as she’s been able to determine, it’s likely the very first devoted to any noteworthy aspect of the medium – the selected theme being its “extravagant quality of light,” in her words. Illuminated primarily by a large skylight, the museum’s conjoined Bank of America and Robert Douglas Hunter galleries promise to make a most favorable setting for this exhibition.
While encaustic can be used to paint representationally, artists are more apt to turn to it for less conventional effects. With “Pansy Riot,” Chicago artist Lynn Basa used a heat gun to form blossom-like bursts of sapphire and amethyst, which appear to float upward and forward, as if winning their liberation from conformity. Sara Mast of Montana has turned to encaustic in hopes of discovering “a visual language and image-worthy mapping process that explores humanity’s connection to the cosmos.” There’s a striking similarity between her “Signal Cell” and “Between Stars,” though the former loosely suggests molecular diagrams and the latter, constellations. The subtle markings on Santa Fe artist Paula Roland’s golden-toned monotypes “Palm” and “Field” seem to evoke dappled memories of fronds and grain. Here there’s no mistaking the potential glow of encaustics, because the semi-translucent pieces are lit from behind with fluorescent illumination.
Karen Freedman of Philadelphia uses complex geometric elements to create symmetrical patterns resembling views through a kaleidoscope. By interspersing segments of opaque and translucent encaustic paint throughout her composition, she intensifies the impression of holding a kaleidoscope up towards the light. Her “Ruche 0352.55” visually pops with color. There are elements of kaleidoscope patterns in “Peltae” by Anne Cavanaugh as well – though, in overall impression, the piece more closely resembles a quilt (perhaps a quilt viewed through a sheet of ice).Cavanaugh, who has a studio in Orange, Mass., uses actual plant materials (in this case dried gingko leaves, inkberry leaves and berries, pine needles, and flower petals) to create patterns reminiscent of botanical motifs in textiles, wallpaper and tiles.
A number of other works also demonstrate the wealth of effects that may be achieved by sealing collage elements under – or even embedding them between – layers of wax. With works like “Eugene,” New Jersey artist Marybeth Rothman works with digitally altered “orphaned photo booth photographs” of strangers, using layers of encaustic paint to create visual depth and inventing biographies for these “lost and forgotten souls,” as she deems them. “Rouge” is from Nancy Natale’s recent “Running Stitch Series.” The Massachusetts artist cuts up old books, records, metal and her own gestural drawings, fastening these bits and pieces to a panel with rows and rows of tacks (in semblance of a “running stitch”). An encaustic overlay unifies her target-like composition of concentric circle and adds a somewhat sculptural dimension.
Encaustic’s sculptural possibilities emerge more fully in the wall construction “Pulse (4)” by San Francisco artist Howard Hersh. There, sunny chunks of encaustic on panel resemble a distorted plus sign. “Waggle Dance,” a lacy pattern of freestyle loops, is a playful installation of thread, paper and wax by Milisa Galazzi, a Providence, R.I., artist who summers on Cape Cod.
Meanwhile, “Color Up,” an installation of 16 monoprints by Palm Springs artist David A. Clark, highlights the potential for achieving fascinating effects with wax in printmaking. Each print features a different treatment of Clark’s pet motif – an upward pointing arrow. And that’s just the direction encaustic is likely to go from here.
Images: top: Nancy Natale, "Rouge"; bottom: Marybeth Rothman, "Eugene"
Adventures Into Color and Space: Mixed Media Works by Deborah Forman
March 21-May 19
Reception: April 5, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, May 2, 2 pm
While Deborah Forman’s reputation rests primarily on her achievements as a journalist and author, she is also a talented artist. Forman’s collages and mixed-media works are vibrant explorations of color and form. The artist says she is “struck deeply by the passion of reds, the calming sensations of shades of blue, the buoyancy of yellows.” Adding found objects – scraps from printed media, theater tickets, labels, old maps, textured papers and anything else that strikes her fancy – gives her work a diversity of moods and, often, enigmatic meanings.
While studying at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum School of Art during her first few years of marriage, Forman took numerous life classes and became totally absorbed by the body’s lines and shapes, which led to her interest in abstraction. From reading art history books and looking at works in museums and galleries, she found influences in the works of Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Kurt Schwitters as well as Matisse, Picasso and Braque. In the 1970s, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition “The Cubist Epoch” sparked her desire to create mixed media work, which is where she has found the freedom to be most expressive, even venturing into representational images.
“I am always interested in keeping my compositions alive, as Hans Hofmann taught, with a rhythmic play of form and color, which activates the work and incites new ideas and sensations,” she says.
Forman, who holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia, is well-known on Cape Cod from her years as features editor for the Cape Cod Times and editor in chief of Cape Cod VIEW magazine. She wrote the script, did the interviews and worked on the filming for “Art in Its Soul,” a documentary on the history of the Provincetown art colony (co-produced by the Cape Cod Museum of Art and WGBH Channel 2 in Boston). Her book “Perspectives on the Provincetown Art Colony” was published by Schiffer Publishing in 2011. She is presently working on a series of books on Cape Cod artists, with “Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea” due to be published this spring.
Throughout her career Forman has interviewed a great many painters, sculptors and photographers – encounters she credits with enriching her work as an artist.
She has shown in galleries on the Cape and in New York and Philadelphia and was represented in a group show at the Sakai City Museum in Osaka, Japan, in 1998. She is presently exhibiting at Harvest Gallery in Dennis.
Image: War and Peace
Paintings by Lance Walker
March 21-May 19
Reception: March 22, 5:30 - 7 pm
Lance Walker painting demonstration: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5
Although primarily self-taught, Cape artist Lance Walker paints landscapes, marine scenes and other subjects with a polished realism that is truly impressive. “Paintings by Lance Walker” will feature more than 30 pieces – many of them the landscapes and marine scenes for which the artist is best known. Walker often meets with small groups of artists to paint the scenery of Cape Cod and other parts of New England. In January 2012, he traveled to Arizona to paint Tucson, Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Most recently he took an expedition to the Hudson River to paint scenes associated with 19th-century artists of the Hudson River School.
Walker started painting in the late 1980s after years of developing his drawing skills and working in architectural and technical drafting, which helped develop his eye for detail. He began to seriously pursue a career as an artist after moving to Cape Cod in 2000. Today he is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists; has his own gallery, Lance Walker Fine Art in Dennis; has participated in group shows at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cahoon Museum of American Art; and has snared his share of interesting commissions. He produced a commemorative painting for the 2008 Figawi race. In 2010, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s father-in-law, Judge Edmund Reggie, hired him paint a portrait of the senator’s boat, the Mya, as a gift for the senator and Vicki Reggie Kennedy. In late 2011, Walker won a commission to paint a mural for the new Osterville Village Library.
Priceless: Works That Artists Wouldn't Sell
March 28 - May 12
Reception: April 5, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talk by Cindy Nickerson: Thursday, April 11, 2 pm
The “starving” artist is a picturesque stereotype, but most artists would just as soon make money by selling their work – and lots of it. So, the question arises: Why do many artists keep a piece or two (or more) of quite saleable art for themselves? “Priceless: Works That Artists Wouldn’t Sell" is a group exhibition shedding light on that question.
Forty Cape artists are participating in the exhibition, with each of them having written something explaining why they consider the piece they’re showing “priceless.”
Some of the works are, indeed, among the artists’ best – pieces that probably make them say – along with Katherine Ann Hartley: “Wow! Did I paint that?” Hartley, who recently relocated from Orleans to New Mexico, is showing “Plums with Winter Berries,” a horizontal still life arrangement with crockery, plums, grapes and foliage, all painted with a high degree of verisimilitude. Her use of browns, burgundies and greens creates a striking color harmony.
However, a number of the works date from early in the artists’ careers – or even their student days – before they were really selling much of anything. Often these pieces have a place in the artists’ hearts and homes because they represent a breakthrough in proficiency. Harwich Port sculptor Heather Blume has kept “At the Market” since graduate school. Adapted from a painting by Renaissance artist Andrea Del Sarto, it was her first serious attempt at creating a multi-figure bas relief with perspective. Every spring she still hangs it outside by the front entrance to her studio.
Some artworks are precious to their creators because the subject is a beloved person, place, thing or special memory. Anne Boucher of Cotuit never had any intention of selling “Erin and Bird,” where a small brown bird perches at the base of her daughter’s throat like some soft, feathery brooch. Her beautifully rendered watercolor recalls the time when the artist and her daughter successfully nurtured a newly hatched bird – deposited at the back door by their cat – until it was ready to fend for itself.
Similarly, over a two-year period, Aleta Steward of Brewster painted “Jungle Dream” in her spare time, strictly for herself. Incorporating jewellike colors and a liberal use of gold and silver leaf, this splendid painting of a peacock was inspired by her love for the art deco style, her interest in the works of Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, a perfume ad and the blooms of her own passionflower.
William Muller, a Cotuit artist specializing in historical maritime subjects, has held onto his painting of the Hudson River steamboat Alexander Hamilton because, at age 19, he served as quartermaster-pilot on the classic sidewheeler. Also, in 1971, he watched its final, highly publicized trip. His canvas “The Last Landing” was originally destined for a New York gallery show. But “I realized, at the last moment, that this painting really belonged on our own home wall,” Muller says.
In the case of other works, the artists would have been pleased enough to sell them – once upon a time. But somehow the pieces didn’t sell – as fine as they were – and ended up on the artists’ walls, eventually becoming an integral part of their homes. At Jo Ann Ritter’s house in Brewster, “First Snow,” a scene of a brook zigzagging across a glistening field of snow, is the first thing visitors see when they enter the foyer. It reminds Ritter of many pleasant stays at her daughter’s former ranch in Colorado – and often makes guests eager to see more of her work.
Hillary Osborn of Falmouth is also showing a snow painting – “Snow on the Pamet River.” “I hardly ever hold onto a painting I have done,” she says. “The joy is in sharing your work with the world.” In this case, though, the work recalls a chilly, windy day some 10 years ago when she sat in her warm car painting in Truro. The movement of the clouds created abrupt shifts in light and dark across the white landscape, and she struggled with how to capture the ever-changing scene. “This is a painting I haven’t been able to let go of,” she say, “perhaps because it reminds me of why I paint.”
Frank Chike Anigbo: Skid Row: Paintings of Life on the Streets
February 7 - April 7, 2013
Reception: Friday, February 15, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 14, 2 pm
Frank Chike Anigbo chooses to paint – and paint beautifully – people mostly forgotten and ignored by the rest of society, people whose circumstances hold little beauty at all.
Currently a resident of Barnstable village, Anigbo was born in Nigeria, the fourth of six children of refugees from Biafra. He began to draw as soon as he could hold a pencil, but didn’t discover painting until he came to America to study computer science at age 17. He found the illustrations in a book on Impressionist painting “magical.” At night, after attending classes and working a job, he taught himself to paint by looking at books about such artists as Monet, Degas, Pissarro and van Gogh. “Painting was me, nothing else would do,” he says. Still, he began to feel that spending his life painting pretty landscapes and floral arrangements would be rather pointless.
A trip to Spain in 1999 transformed Anigbo’s artistic vision. Upon seeing paintings by Velázquez at the Prado in Madrid, he was awed by the depth of expression in the faces. Velázquez, Goya and Rembrandt became his new heroes. He also pondered an indelible memory from the time when he’d been a boarding school student in Nigeria: A homeless man had died after living in a concrete gatehouse for two weeks, and it was four days before someone finally removed his gaunt body. When Anigbo returned to America, he destroyed all of his unsold impressionistic canvases. “I began teaching myself how to paint abandonment, loneliness – images and emotions that have haunted me all my life,” he says.
Most of the paintings in the museum’s exhibition represent individuals the artist met while spending time in Skid Row, a small section of downtown Los Angeles with one of the country’s largest stable populations of homeless persons. Stories accompany many of the canvases, sensitively written by Anigbo with respect for his subjects’ humanity, but also full of perceptive, unflinchingly truthful details about their lives. Viewers will meet James, the young Jamaican who came to America because he wanted to own a car; Stephanie, the heroin addict yearning to see her children in Chicago; and “Shaky,” the man who shook every morning until he got his first drink. They’ll also encounter the “home” of Sherri, who took pride in sweeping her portion of the sidewalk every day.
“My work explores the value of life, especially the life of isolated individuals on the margins of society – often the chronically homeless and mentally ill, people whose social contribution and impact is negligible by our accepted definitions of value,” Anigbo writes in his artist’s statement. “With writing and paintings that speak of the universal parallels of life, I aim to challenge the way we perceive worth and allocate value – at the same time staying true to the conditions of the subjects whose lives I document.”
Patrick Blackwell and Friends: 12 Years of Drawing Together
Jan 19 - March 17, 2013
Reception: Friday, February 15, 5:30 - 7 pm
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2-3 pm: Barbara Adams and Leonard Sussman
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2-3 pm: Patrick Blackwell, Richard Perry and Phil Airoldi
Thursday, Feb 21, 2-3 pm: Ken Fishman and Richard Perry/Patrick Blackwell
The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in art – and one of the most difficult to master. Approaching the study of the figure as a lifelong endeavor, one group of Cape artists have met together for years to draw from life.
The drawing group grew out of open figure drawing sessions held at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum: One artist there asked a few others to join him for life drawing sessions at the studio he was renting in Wellfleet. Many friendships developed from this small, intimate group. After Patrick Blackwell built a new home in Eastham that included a large studio, he invited his artist friends to join him there to continue their pursuit of figure drawing on a weekly basis. Each of them contributes toward the cost of hiring models, and they also have an anonymous patron who helps fund the sessions.
For many years the group met on Tuesday afternoons, but recently changed to Mondays to accommodate the schedules of more artists and models. During each three-hour session, the model strikes a variety of poses, beginning with about five that last two minutes each. This allows the artists to loosen up with gesture drawings. The additional time is used for fifteen-, thirty- or sixty-minute poses. “The models are very important to our work and are exceptional collaborators in this challenging and mysterious art,” Blackwell says.
The group is always changing, with artists coming and going. About five artists show up each week on the average, but there have been as many as 14. Sometimes they are joined by a few art students from Nauset Regional High School. This exhibition represents nine artists who have been attending the sessions for a long time and are currently regular participants. In addition to Blackwell, they are: Barbara Bemis Adams, Phil Airoldi, Kenneth Fishman, Robert Oberding, Richard O. Perry, Andrea Petitto, Len Sussman and Richard Swanson.
Petitto joined the group after moving to Harwich. “Having newly moved to the area in 2008, I was happy to find Pat Blackwell’s group of artists who meet weekly to draw the human figure from life,” she says. “It is not only an essential part of an artist’s practice, but an important opportunity to engage with others in the art community and share the experience of creating.”
All of the more than 50 drawings in “Patrick Blackwell and Friends” were executed from life in the studio at Blackwell’s home. Generally working in such typical drawing mediums as pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and Conté crayon, the artists have rendered the female nude in an endless variety of poses. This alone suggests why the figure so enthralls artists: Even the same model can create endless poses in standing, seated and reclining positions – and there are endless body types.
Each artist has his or her own approach. Using a clean, crisp line, Blackwell emphasizes the models’ sinuous contours, from lithe limbs to flowing hair. In one drawing, he also suggests the tattoos decorating the young woman’s arms. At the other end of the stylistic spectrum, Oberding creates a strong sense of volume in his figures through the use of confident shading. Swanson’s pen and ink drawings – enlivened with color – have a kind of quirky humor about them.
In all of these drawings – much more so than in a finished painting – we see the artists in the process of confronting such challenges as working out proportions or conquering some tricky foreshortening. Some of Fishman’s drawings feature multiple linear images, as if he made several attempts to capture the essence of the same pose. There’s a vitality here that more than compensates for the occasional awkwardness. We sense the immediacy of the interaction between the artist, medium and model, all accomplished within fairly brief time constraints.
Image: Jen by Patrick Blackwell
Edward Smith: Avian Dreams
January 10 - March 10, 2013
Reception: Friday, February 15, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talk by Michael Giaquinto: Wednesday, February 20, 2 pm
Birds of a feather stick together, as everybody knows. But swans, herons, kingfishers, spoonbills, egrets and other Louisiana shorebirds twine together in the most astonishing manner in “Avian Dreams: Paintings by Ed Smith.”
Although born in Naples, Italy, Ed Smith grew up in Yarmouth on Cape Cod. He took a workshop with Provincetown impressionist Henry Hensche while still a student at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and has also studied with Wellfleet artists Robert Henry and John Grillo. After receiving a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MFA from Brooklyn College (City University of New York), Smith taught at Queens College (CUNY) for 12 years. Then, in 1999, he relocated to Baton Rouge to take a position as an associate professor of painting at Louisiana State University.
There in his adopted state he discovered an exotic new world as he explored Louisiana swamps in his kayak. He became enthralled with the lush landscape, inspired by the work of 19th-century ornithologist and artist John James Audubon (who spent time there as well), and keenly aware of the impact industry is having on the region’s abundant bird population. He studied field guides. He studied bird specimens in the ornithology department at LSU. He visited the Audubon State Historic Site in nearby St. Francisville, where Audubon had painted 32 illustrations for his ambitious “Birds of America” project.
Despite Smith’s concern with naturalism, his vision also owes an artistic debt to surrealism and magic realism. His imposingly sized canvases suggest an apocalyptic world, conjuring up such environmental evils as shrinking habitats, oil spills, acid rain and global warming. They’re not without a disquieting beauty. His tangled conglomerations of birds dazzle with detail and have a scintillating sense of decorative design even while presenting darkly humorous avian predicaments. In “Weight of the World,” for instance, an ibis struggles – like some feathered Atlas – under the burden of an enormous ovoid of intertwined birds, piled up against a sky seemingly aglow with smoke and fire.
“I paint large-scale oil paintings and use irony and metaphor in my depiction of birds and wildlife to address my political concerns, and also address the inherent difficulties that occur at the boundaries of the wild and developed world,” Smith has said. “My hope for my paintings is that they are visually appealing, intellectually stimulating and tell a good story.”
Smith is represented by Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans and has had several one-person shows there. He has also had solo shows at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and Appleton Museum of Art at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Fla., among other venues. “Avian Dreams” is his first exhibition on Cape Cod.
Image: "Heavy Load"
See more of Smith's work at www.sorengallery.com
Three distinctive visions of the unfathomable
December 1 – February 3, 2013
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, Dec 12, 2 pm with the 3 artists and Michael Giaquinto, curator
Artists Reception: Friday, Dec 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
“We do not associate the ideas of antiquity with the ocean, nor wonder how it looked a thousand years ago, as we do of the land, for it was equally wild and unfathomable always.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod
Benton Jones, Kiln-formed glass artist
Kathleen Sidwell, Print Maker
Thomas A.D. Watson, Painter
In Greek mythology, the god Oceanus personified the outer sea encircling the world. “Ocean:Us,” presents three distinct visions of the sea – still mythic in its fearsome power, unfathomable depths and wild beauty. The exhibition showcases the talents of three award-winning contemporary Cape artists who’ve been inspired by the ocean: glass sculptor Benton Jones, printmaker Kathleen Sidwell and oil painter Thomas A.D. Watson. While the artists embrace different mediums, they share a passion for the sea that blends scientific curiosity with a sense of wonder.
Of the three, Truro artist Thomas Watson takes the most straightforward look at the ocean. The son of noted illustrator Aldren Watson and grandson of Ernest Watson (co-founder of Watson-Guptill Publications, the leading publisher of how-to art books), he is known for his representational landscapes of Cape Cod and the Adirondacks. With his ocean paintings, he explores the boundaries between myth and science in works ranging from near miniature watercolors to oversized canvases. Some of his paintings – like the 8-foot wide “Oceanus” – give an expansive view of water and sky that pays tribute to the vastness of the sea itself. Often, however, Watson peers beneath the surface to depict real and fictional denizens of the dim blue depths. His painting “Architeuthis” pictures a giant squid, a creature so elusive it was never photographed alive until 2004 – so that it is, in a sense, almost as mythical as real.
Brewster artist Kathleen Sidwell’s inventive monotypes and mixed media paintings have been informed by a fascination with tides, currents and coastal erosion; her first-hand experience with Hurricane Katrina; and a love for tales concerning the sea. She takes her expressive cues from the ocean’s colors, textures, fluidity and motion. Rather than depicting the sea representationally, her works evoke the visceral experience of being near the water or shore. But Sidwell also expresses environmental concerns in her work. In particular, she is alarmed by the ill effects that trash from modern life is having upon sea life. Her mixed media piece “An Island the Size of Texas” references the floating plastic debris field at the center of the North Pacific Gyre, roughly the size of Texas.
Benton Jones, also of Brewster, often uses his art to comment on environmental issues. A number of the kiln-formed pieces he’s showing – including a four-foot fountain – are made from flotation spheres of clear glass used in climate-change research by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, sometimes for 30 years or more, before being decommissioned. WHOI donated a number of them to Jones; each is 17 inches in diameter and weighs 40 pounds. Jones divides the buoys in half, then slowly heats each hemisphere until fluid, allowing it to drape over, slump through or sag into a stainless-steel or ceramic mold. He carefully monitors its developing shape, aiming to halt the progression at just the right stage for maximum artistic impact. He equates the process to the melting of the polar icecaps, and the flowing vessels do resemble ice that’s melted and refrozen. “Melting Hemispheres” he calls them.
Jones has also fashioned glass sculptures from remnants of the blue glass walls of the old Provincetown Aquarium. With other works, he has achieved glittering results by encapsulating pieces (often strips) of bronze and/or copper sheeting between layers of glass. In conjunction with the exhibition, Jones has installed a gigantic jellyfish that towers over the small fishpond in front of the art museum. Its body is fashioned from two of the glass hemispheres. Its long copper “tentacles” sway and tinkle pleasantly with every breeze.
Enamel Guild (Northeast USA) A Juried Exhibition
November 15 - January 27, 2013
Artists' Reception: Saturday, November 17, 2 - 4 pm
Gallery Talk by Lois Grebe: Thursday, January 10, 2013, 2 pm
The Enamel Guild (Northeast USA) was founded in 1992 for the purposes of promoting “the art of vitreous enamel to both the public at large and to the Guild members and to educate through activities such as exhibitions, workshops, publications, demonstrations, educational programs and symposia through the northeastern regions of the USA.” It is the largest enamel guild in the country with over seventy-five members.
Their 20th anniversary exhibit will be held at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. The exhibition was juried by noted metalworker and enamelist Linda Darty. Currently living and teaching in Certaldo, Italy, Darty is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Enamelist Society, an international organization. Those selected by juror Linda Darty are: Ruth Altman, Michael and Maureen Banner, Sheila Beatty, Susan Billy, Len Brondum, Joanne Conant,
Isabella Corwin, Erica Druin, Leni Fuhrman, Susana Garten, Orietta Geha, Kim Geiser, Lois Grebe, Anne Havel, Dorothea Hosom, June Jasen, Sandra Kravitz, Heidi Kreuziger, Tanya Migdal, Cynthia Miller, Averill Schepps, Toni Strassler, Marilyn Seitlin Tendrich, Elizabeth White-Pultz, Katharine Wood, Sally Wright, Cindy Wright.
There will be 48 objects in the show, an assortment of jewelry, sculptures and wall pieces, both large and small.
Enameling is an ancient art dating back to the third century B.C. With its bright, jewel-like colors, enameling has sometimes served as a substitute for precious stones. Decorative objects are made by fusing powdered glass to a metal surface, most commonly copper or silver. Using smaller kilns than potters, enamelists fire objects repeatedly – up to 40 times – building up surfaces one thin layer at a time.
The most common traditional techniques are represented in the exhibition, though generally with a fresh and contemporary interpretation. With cloisonné, segments of color are separated by slender strips of metal. Former Enamel Guild/North East president Sandra Kravitz used a cloisonné technique on the brooch “Autumn Pond.” Within a flowing, vine-like silver setting, orange and yellow leaves float on a limpid pool while a small fish “swims” beneath the surface. Cloisonné wires define the fish and leaves in this evocative miniature scene. With basse-taille, the artist applies translucent enamel over a low-relief pattern in metal. Isabella Corwin used a basse-taille technique for “Cheirothrix,” a foot-wide enamel wall piece featuring a prehistoric fish, apparently trapped in stone in a fossilized state.
Many pieces in the exhibition are small – fashioned as pendants, pins or earrings of unusual distinction. With its twisting anticlastic curves – and bits of cloisonné wires tracing silver curlicues against a velvety black background – Erica Druin’s “Evolving Through Darkness” pendant merits its romantic title. Earrings by Heidi Kreuziger feature arcs of wire and granules of glass against glowing fields of orange-red enamel. Ruth Altman’s “Chrysalis” and Sheila Beatty’s “Scarab Necklace” are pendants, both deriving their beauty and inspiration from the realm of insects. Abstract enamel designs float in sleek curvilinear settings in two silver brooches by noted Massachusetts silversmiths Michael and Maureen Banner.
Larger pieces can be a challenge in this art form, but the show does boast several wall pieces. Measuring 20 by 16 inches, Altman’s “High Flying Birds” is a seeming mosaic of pieces forming a picture of two birds, large in the sky over a small house. It has a charming stained-glass look. Cynthia Miller took her cue from nature in creating the two sextet of tiles, “Rose Nebula” and “Rain,” both measuring 25 by 32 inches overall. Lois Grebe crafted a 10-inch circle from four segments of metal – two corrugated, one with folds and one made from overlapping disks – then variously enameled them for a unifying pearly, peachy glow.
Image: Autumn Pond by Sandra Kravitz
Cape Cod Potters Juried Show
October 27 - January 6, 2013
Cape Cod Potters, Inc. is a non-profit organization of artists with a common aim: to better understand the medium of clay by the sharing of knowledge. It operates as a charitable organization that educates through the dissemination of knowledge and experience. It seeks to maintain high standards and professional growth within its membership and to generally stimulate the education and appreciation of the making of pottery and its allied arts.
This juried show made up of 56 pieces by twenty-four potters demonstrates the development and fulfillment of an idea in clay from each exhibitor. The artist’s photographs and accompanying written explanation for the body of work show the conception, evolution, and resolution of a single concept in a glaze, form, or technique. During the exhibition there will be films shown in the screening room as well as gallery talks by the artists. Each talk will be an interchange and explanation of their work by two potters.
Artists in the exhibition: Linda Bender, Craig C. Brodt, Sarah R. Caruso, Louis C. Cormier, Nathaniel E. Doane, Hollis Engley, Joe E. Fattori, Shelley M. Fenily, Laurie A. Goldman, Diane B. Heart, Holly J. Heaslip, Lois Hirshberg, Frances K. Johnson, Amy Kandall, Toni Levin, Kimberly Medeiros, Tessa Morgan, Kevin M. Nolan, Traci M. Noone, Linda Riehl, Gail A. Turner, Sue Wadoski, Nate Williams, Paul Wisotzky
In setting up the parameters for the exhibition, members of the Cape Cod Potters wanted to go beyond merely showing their best work: They agreed to challenge themselves to try something new. So when Ellen Shankin, a noted potter living in Floyd, Va., juried the show, she looked first at the strength of their pieces, but also took their written concept statements into consideration. Those same textural comments are incorporated into the exhibition, with each artist explaining the origin, evolution and resolution of a single concept in a glaze, form or technique.
Although she generally works at a potter’s wheel, Holly Heaslip turned to making hand-built pieces in white earthenware in homage to the all-white embossed Wedgewood pieces her family has long used at holiday dinners. Linda Riehl looked to an even earlier form of pottery – the colorful Oribe pieces used for tea ceremonies in 16th-century Japan – in decorating a jar and bowl of contemporary shape.
For Linda Bender, the inspiration for a series of abstract figures sprung from frustrating sessions at the wheel. While pushing the limits in fashioning a traditional vessel, “pot after pot slumped beyond repair,” she wrote. “It was as if the pieces didn’t want to be pots.” She redeemed the distorted forms by carving them to reveal “inner figures” when they were bone dry.
Some of the artists describe the source of their decorative motifs. Diane Heart only had to look out her studio window to see the daisies she then incised on a round porcelain vase. Cape Cod native and fishing enthusiast Nathaniel Doane used sgraffito cutting to depict predator fish converging on a “bait ball” of schooling fish in a feeding frenzy. His “canvas” is a ceramic tile mural made from local clay.
Gallery Talks for Concepts in Clay: All talks begin at 2 pm
November 10: Traci Noone and Gail Turner
November 17: Holly Heaslip and Linda Riehl
November 24: Hollis Engley and Sue Wadoski
December 1: Kim Medeiros and Lois Hirshberg
December 8: Linda Bender and Paul Wisotzky
December 15: Amy Kandall and Nat Doane
Featured Films for this exhibition: (films are free for members of Cape Cod Potters)
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2:
“Gifts From the Fire: The Ceramic Art of Brother Thomas”
“The Sleeping Pot” (about a two-week firing at the McKeachie-Johnston Anagama Kiln in River Falls, Wisc.)
“Classic Maria Martinez: Native American Pottery Maker of San Ildefonso.”
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29:
“MC Richards: The Fire Within”
“Phil Rogers: A Passion for Pots.”
Artists in Their Own Right: Works by the CCMA Docents
November 15 – January 13, 2013
Artists Reception: Nov 17, 2-4 pm
Of the museum’s 25 docents, at least a dozen are actively producing some form of art, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; pastels; collages; and works in fabric. Most have some outlet for showing their work on at least an occasional basis, whether through a commercial or community art gallery or at a local guild or art association. Joyce Aaron – considered to be the museum’s first and longest-serving docent – is also one of the best known as an artist. Former docent Richard McGarr – who has had shows of his paintings at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth – is also participating in the exhibition.
Cape Cod Museum of Art docents receive quite extensive training about the collection, with each of them becoming an “expert” on at least one particular artist. They also take frequent field trips and attend gallery talks in a constant effort to increase the range and depth of their understanding of Cape Cod art.
One docent, Gail Burke, commented: “Artists are the best people to talk about what’s going on in the artwork. Rather than just talking about art history, they can help people see like an artist.” It also works the other way: Carefully studying the works of other artists helps them improve their own.
Docents are generally on duty at the museum from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 2 p.m. Sundays. While happy to give tours of the museum upon request, they generally assume the more relaxed role of “museum guide.” After briefly introducing visitors to the museum and acquainting them with what’s on view in the galleries, they simply make themselves available to answer questions or call attention to points of interest. Some docents also make offsite presentations to interested community groups.
Image: Noon a Purple Glow by Dick McGarr
Milton Wright: A Retrospective
September 15 - November 18
Gallery Talk: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2 pm by Susan Kurtzman
Reception: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2 - 4 pm
A painter of seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, and still lifes, as well as a lithographer, Milton Wright’s life work spans more that seven decades. Grandnephew of the famous Wright Brothers, a teacher of more than 20 years, and a contemporary of Picasso and Matisse, Wright was born in Ohio in 1920. While studying for a degree in Fine Arts, his mentor and life-long friend Marston “Bud” Hodgin introduced him to the artistic community in Provincetown, where Wright would become actively involved in the local community. During World War II, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps Training Film Unit in Colorado. While in training, he spent his weekends sketching the abandoned silver mining towns of the area. In 1948 he and his wife, Breene Loughridge, sailed to Paris, France where he studied at the prestigious Academie Julian for two years under the G.I. Bill. He admired the works of Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso, and many of his earlier paintings reflect their influence. Upon his return to the United States, he would teach art for more than twenty years in New York. It was during this time he would often return to his summer cottage in North Truro to paint.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1920, Wright began taking classes at Dayton Art Institute when he was just 7 years old. In 1942, he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he began a lifelong friendship with Marston Hodgin, the dean of fine arts. Hodgin, who painted on the Cape every summer, introduced Wright to the Provincetown art community in 1938.
Wright continued to summer on Cape Cod off and on before becoming a regular summer resident in 1955. Following his retirement from teaching in 1977, he and his family moved permanently to their cottage at Great Hollow Beach in North Truro. He was active in the community as a long-standing member of Truro Historical Society and Truro Historical Commission and served on the Save the Highland Lighthouse Committee, which raised money to move the endangered lighthouse back from eroding cliffs.
The artist was also a frequent guest speaker at Truro Central School, where he told students about his famous relatives, pioneering aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright. He always brought along several artifacts, including letters from his Uncle Orville.
Wright exhibited widely over the course of his career. He was honored with many one-person shows and had works included in national exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum; Dayton Art Institute; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Butler Art Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, among other institutions. He died in 2005.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition
Sponsored by The Hess & Helyn Kline Foundation
September 22 - November 25, 2012
Opening Reception: September 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Gallery Talk by Michael Giaquinto: Wednesday, October 10, 2 pm
Gallery Talk: November 25, 2 pm, with artists Wendy Brusick, Debra Hope Colligan, Jon Goldman, Lisa Hesselgrave, Judith Barbour Osborne, Sarah Son-Theroux and Jeanne Staples. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free with museum admission.
Twelve regional alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest art school in the United States, are represented in this exhibition featuring works from the prestigious academy’s notable alumni who currently live in the New England area.
Incorporating one of the country’s oldest museums, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was founded in 1805. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied or exhibited there, with graduates including such notables as Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Edwin Austin Abbey and William Harnett. PAFA (pá-fa) – as faculty, alumni and students affectionately call it – boasts an international reputation as one of the finest schools of figurative art in the world. Students there still undergo the time-honored disciplines of drawing from plaster casts and life drawing from nude models.
The Cape Cod Museum of Art’s “Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition” was curated by Jeffrey Carr, the school’s dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Michael Giaquinto, the exhibitions curator CCMA. The participants include seven artists who live on the Cape or Martha’s Vineyard. The other five reside elsewhere in New England.
The earliest graduate among them is East Falmouth artist Debra Hope Colligan, who graduated in 1979. Her plein-air landscapes and portraits of people and animals have been collected by a number of famous musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Van Zandt, James Taylor and Jackson Browne. The most recent alum is Cape native Dena Haden, who earned her MFA from PAFA in 2008 and now lives in Cambridge. In her mixed-media constructions, she explores the “rhythmic energies” inside the human body, using such materials as wax, pigment, fabric and wood.
In a statement concerning the show, Carr wrote: “This exhibition of alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts demonstrates many of the qualities the Academy is known for: an awareness of fine arts traditions, a respect for craft and a deep sensitivity to the natural world.” But he also noted, “The dozen artists in this exhibition display an extraordinary range of sensitivities, talents and expressive intents.”
Almost all of the Cape and Islands artists are represented by paintings reflecting their responses to the natural beauty around them. A native of Shanghai, Deena Gu Laties of West Falmouth spent four years copying masterpieces of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in China before coming to the United States to study at PAFA. Her watercolors on silk and rice paper incorporate a blend of Eastern and Western influences, as in her luminous “Sunset.” Seeing “a distinct spirituality in nature,” Sarah Son-Theroux of West Barnstable interprets landscapes – be it clouds floating over The Knob or a flowering dogwood tree – with a poetic simplicity infused with a sense of vibrant motion. At the other end of the spectrum, paintings by Woods Hole artist Jon Goldman have a heightened sense of concrete reality, with trees, rocks and water that seem to shine from within. An intense contrast of light and shadow helps evoke of strong sense of place and time of day in “Crick Hill – Menemsha,” a glowing oil painting by Jeanne Staples of Edgartown. Elizabeth Lockhart Taft of Vineyard Haven always paints on location, favoring expansive scenes of peace and serenity, building up her landscapes one carefully observed color note at a time.
Landscapes are also the domain of Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, a pastel painter from Branford, Conn. Her “Twilight,” “Dusk” and “Foggy Snow” all offer times of day and/or weather conditions where tonal contrasts are soft and muted. Interestingly, all three works are of essentially the same scene under different conditions.
Three of the alumni remain deeply interested in depicting the human figure – though in very different ways. While reflecting her academic training in figurative work, the canvases of Saskia Eubanks of Boston always go a step beyond, exploring moments of transformation in nature or psychological states. The recumbent nude in her “Laocoon” suggests the forms of rocks and hills. Wendy Brusick of Cranston, R.I., uses her command of the paintbrush and pencil to lend crisp reality to a highly personal surrealism – as in “Lady in Waiting,” where a woman’s head appears as a giant sea anemone. In paintings of a human head, a deer skull and a raven, Dianne Corbeau of Dennisport takes a more elemental point of view, seemingly reducing each subject to its essence.
Besides Dena Haden, Judith Barbour Osborne of Old Lyme, Conn., is the only PAFA alum represented by abstract works in the Cape Cod Museum of Art show. With two pieces from her “Closer Alignments” series, she took unfinished monotypes from the past and added gestural markings in graphite and color pencil to bring them to striking completion.
Featured Artists: Dena Haden (2008), Lisa Hess Hesselgrave (1981), Sarah Son-Theroux (1993), Jon Goldman (1982), Jeanne Staples (1982), Wendy Brusick (1989), Debra Hope Colligan (1979), Judith Barbour Osborne (1997), Saskia Eubanks (2003), Diane Corbeau (2002), Deena Gu Laties, Elizabeth Lockhart Taft (1997)
Image: Jon Goldman, "The Knob Rock "
200 YEARS OF CAPE COD ART
May 19 - August 26, 2012
Curator's Statement by Elizabeth Ives Hunter
This exhibition is a sampling of art of the region with the artists chosen to illustrate the level of artistic excellence achieved in the region.
John Audubon came to the Cape in 1835 – before impressionism challenged the academic point of view in France and when travel to Europe meant a dangerous journey under sail. William Mathew Prior came here to paint the portraits of our distinguished citizens but Cape Cod could not support a full time, resident portrait painter. By 1870, a number of inventions, such as the screw propeller and the triple expansion engine made trans-oceanic shipping economically viable. Thus began the era of cheap and safe travel and trade around the world which enabled American painters to travel to Europe to study their craft and to become familiar with the great treasures of European museums, palaces and churches.
By the middle of the 19th century, impressionism was gaining ground in France which was the center of the art world at the time. Practitioners focused their attention on the use of color and value to give the illusion or impression of light falling across three dimensional forms and held that if the color and value notes were correctly observed and recorded the end result would be visually correct and would obviate the need for careful preliminary value drawing. The academicians of the time were correct in viewing impressionism as a threat to their position and training methods but the new movement gained ground and support until it was fully accepted. In 1872, John Enneking went to study in Europe and over the next four years he traveled to Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France. He became friends with Claude Monet and painted with him in his garden at Giverny.
Similarly, although about fifty years later, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Duchamp began the grand experiment of abstraction which leads to the expressionist movement of which Hans Hofmann was perhaps our first and best known local proponent and practitioner.
There are certain threads which connect the various artists represented. Charles W. Hawthorne’s teaching tradition was continued by Henry Hensche and later by Lois Griffel. Ives Gammell came to Provincetown to study with Hawthorne in 1911 but by 1915 he had chosen William Paxton as his principal teacher. Nearly 40 years later Robert Hunter came to Provincetown to study with Hensche but by 1951 he had become Gammell’s full time student. Lucy L’Engle, Howard Gibbs, Arnold Geissbuhler, and William Littlefield all brought strong European influences to the region and integrated them in to that unique aesthetic which makes the art of our region unique.
Some of the artists represented in the exhibition have national, if not international reputations while others are not as well known. Their work, however, is characterized by both excellence and imagination which is the mark of distinguished aesthetic work.
Cape Cod and the Islands have a long tradition of being one of the richest and most prolific artistic centers in the US. The Cape Cod Museum of Art is the only art museum which represents the entire Cape Cod and island region past and present. We define our region as it existed historically before the Canal – running from the North River in Duxbury on a more or less straight line down to New Bedford and including the offshore islands.
Image: Han Hofmann, "Untitled"
Etta: Jewelry as Art
March 31 - April 22, 2012
Reception: April 1, 2 - 4 pm
Gallery Talk: April 12, 2 pm
Jewelry Designer, Etta, designs and produces an extraordinary range of one-of-a-kind works of art using amazing gemstones and precious metals. This exhibition is a retrospective of her unique jewelry designs from 1968 through the present. Etta works with a variety of gemstones set in karat gold and sterling silver. Especially well know for her work with Australian opals, she also includes champagne diamonds, pink tourmalines and color changing sapphires in her wearable art.
Etta has been designing and creating hand-crafted jewelry since 1968. In 1970, she opened her shop, Jewelry by Etta, in West Dennis in an antique full-Cape studio/shop, where she creates only unique pieces of jewelry. Her work has been displayed worldwide in juried exhibitions.
Born in Chicago, she moved to Worcester, MA at age 6 and attended high school there. She explored many forms of artistic media until she attended her first silversmith class in high school. Once she had the experience of one small piece of work, she knew she had found her creative center, and never looked back. Excited by the potential, she also took a night class at The Craft Center in Worcester. After high school, she moved to Cambridge with $10 in her pocket. Working on Charles Street in Boston in 1970 was a wonderful experience and helped shape her future in her chosen field. Six short weeks later she started her own wholesale company.
In 1972, she decided to try retail once again. This time it achieved the momentum she needed to start her journey that has taken her around the world, and provided a quality of life she could not have possibly imagined. Challenged intensely by a cancer diagnosis in 2010, she continues to follow her dream to wherever it leads her. She’s humbled, honored, and grateful when she sees her work on a person who has come to cherish the heirloom-quality pieces she feels fortunate enough to have created over the years.
Image: Opal pendant
The 15th annual ArtWork exhibition, featuring work created by students and mentors from the Cape Cod and the Islands School-to-Careers Art Internship Program, is on display April 27 - May 13. This exhibition includes a mix of painting, sculpture, textile design and a variety of other media produced by students during the course of their partnerships with renowned local artists. Their mentors will also have work exhibited. An artists’ reception, open to the public, will be Thursday, May 10, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
The School-to-Careers Art Internship Program pairs junior and senior high school students with successful working artists twice a year. For eight weeks, students work with artists in their studios in a collaborative environment that promotes creative growth and offers insight into the lives and routines of professional artists.
Image: Katelyn Bess stands next to her pottery at the 2011 Art Internship Reception.
Richard Copello: A Gathering of Birds
Curated by Michael Giaquinto
April 28 – May 13, 2012
Gallery Talk by Richard Copello, Thursday, May 3, 1 pm
followed by Artist's Reception with light refreshments
Richard Copello graduated from Brockton High School (MA) in 1962 and spent the next three years as U.S. Marine serving in Okinawa, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippine Islands. Upon honorable discharge, he attended Bridgewater State College (MA), where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History with an Education minor. In 1970, he began a teaching career at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, MA, where he taught English, Civics, and World History for 31 years.
In 1971, he made the acquaintance of Richard Michael Gibney of Rockport, MA, a well-known former Marine Corps combat artist. Having shared mutual Marine corps experience, the acquaintance soon blossomed into a wonderful friendship of father/son mentoring proportions, which lasted until Gibney’s passing 25 years later. Copello says, “As a mentor, Dick Gibney was without peer.”
Copello’s development as a painter has been enhanced by his additional passions for fine woodworking, wood carving, stone carvinf, stained glass, poetry, music, and gardening. Philosophically, he feels that an artist’s life is enriched by the pursuance of the creation of beauty in any medium or form.
It is because of this philosophy that, as an artist, Copello works in as many media as possible: oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, pastel, egg emulsion, and egg tempera. This philosophy can be applied to subject matter as well: wildlife and birds, still-life, landscapes, seascapes, nudes, portraits, architectural renderings are all part of his artistic arsenal.
In 1999, Copello received a gift of a Robert Douglas Hunter still-life painting. He soon developed a friendship with renowned artist who has been referred to as “the Dean of the Boston school of art”. Hunter, with his gracious manner and extensive knowledge of art, has offered encouraging critiques of Copello’s work, enabling Copello to futher refine his talents as an artist.
In 2008, Copello had a still-life as well as a landscape painting juried into the All New England Exhibition at the Cape Cod Art Association. He also exhibits at the Front Street Gallery in Scituate, MA, as well as a number of businesses in MA. He was recently the featured artist in the Into the Wild show at The Morini Gallery at MMAS in Mansfield, MA. Copello lives in East Bridgewater, MA, where he pursues his many and varied interests.
Philosophically, he feels that an artist's life is enriched by the pursuance of the creation of beauty in any medium or form. His current exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art reinforces his belief that “Capturing the intrinsic beauty of nature is a spiritual thing – one’s chance to honor God’s creations.”
Image: The Alarm, Crows
Retrospective: Donald Stoltenberg
April 7 – May 13, 2012
Donald Stoltenberg is a painter, printmaker, teacher and author. He has exhibited in many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Athenaeum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and is included in many collections public and private. He has many awards praising his contribution to art. The exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art will include a variety of his work from paintings, and prints which will include collagraphs, and constructions.
Stoltenberg constructs his art. He creates his art by combining parts, by adding to the whole. He likes to build things up. He has a strong interest in architectural and objects made by man. His interests range from bridges, trains, airplanes and boats. He responds to all the angles and space of each object.
Born in 1927 in Wisconsin, Donald Stoltenberg received his Bachelor of Science from the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Visual Design Art in 1953. He then worked as a graphic designer under famed industrial designer and illustrator Raymond Loewy. In 1954 he relocated to Boston where he worked as a graphic designer at the Container Corporation of America. In 1960 he set up his own art studio on Commercial Wharf in Boston and began devoting himself full time to painting. Working on Commercial Wharf inspired Stoltenberg to paint marine art, concentrating on sailboats and steamships, particularly focusing on the study the classic ocean liners of the 20th century. The next decade would find him perfecting his craft and painting many different subjects in an abstract expressionist style.
In 1957 Stoltenberg began to teach art at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts where he taught oil painting, watercolor and printmaking. In 1962 he was the Visiting Critic as the Rhode Island School of Design. At the same time Stoltenberg was teaching across Cape Cod. He taught printmaking at the Castle Hill Center in Truro, and at the Falmouth Artist Guild, as well as printmaking and drawing at the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Art. He has also authored two books on printmaking and the environment of the artist. In 1980 he began to teach privately at his studio attached to his Cape Cod summer home where he relocated permanently in 1967. Over the years he has exhibited across New England as well as in a number of other states, also having won a number of honors for his unique style of painting. Today Stoltenberg continues to produce art as a member of the American Watercolor Society and the New England Watercolor Society. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists. His marine works of Cape Cod illustrate many images of the ocean in a style that is distinctly his own.
Thomas Eaton: Fantastic Dream World
March 31 - May 13, 2012
Reception: Thursday, April 19, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
"The structure of a painting rather than formalities, sequence and limitations is usually the format I follow. Creating somewhat of a paradox of past and present events in everyday life. Taking an ordinary item, and reshaping the physical aspects, then placing them in an unusual setting, seems to be a good precedent for a surreal painting. I believe it is essential for the painting to arouse curiosity." -Thomas Eaton
Born in Schenectady, New York in 1948, Thomas Eaton became interested in painting at an early age. While exploring the different styles of art, Eaton was introduced to the Boston Schools as well as the “isms”, but upon reflecting on the different styles, he created one that was distinctly his own. Spending anywhere from four to seven hours a day in his studio, Eaton works in surrealist, contemporary and traditional styles on canvas and board. When painting, Eaton begins with an ochre under-wash which he develops into a predominant theme with many layers of paint. He has named his style of painting, “contemporary surrealist impressionism”. In this style, “A unique focused, personally symbolic take on the realities that lie beneath the surface of our minds” is created. Eaton reflects on our daily lives in his own personal way. Eaton is a member of the Provincetown Art Association, the Cape Cod Art Association and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. He has won many awards, and has had multiple one-man shows across Cape Cod where he now lives. His paintings can be found both in museums and in homes across the country.
Image: Tea Time
John Joseph Enneking & Joseph Eliot Enneking
from the Morris Cohen Collection of the CCMA permanent collection
January 28 - April 1, 2012
This winter, visitors will again have the opportunity to view the work of John Joseph Enneking and his son, Joseph Eliot Enneking. These paintings were given to the museum from the estate of the late Professor Morris Cohen.
John Joseph Enneking (1841-1916), American landscape painter, was born of German ancestry, in Minster, Ohio in 1841. Enneking was a plein-air painter and his favorite subject was the twilight of New England. During his lifetime, his work was known and admired all over the country. He enjoyed a distinguished career as an artist and served as president of the Boston Art club.
His love for landscapes point to the role he played in American art history as an important link in the chain connecting the early French Impressionists to the American Impressionist movement. His first European trip, from 1872 to 1876, gave him the opportunity to study the established academic methods and the flowering of French Impressionism – almost a full generation before his work influenced the men and women who comprised the Boston School.
Enneking cared passionately about unspoiled landscape. He became an active conservationist, and was elected to the position of Park Commissioner in Boston. The quality of his work and his personal humility are demonstrated by the fact that he declined Childe Hassam’s invitation to join the group of Ten American Painters. In 1915, a dinner was given in his honor at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Over 1,000 people attended, and Enneking was crowned with the victor’s laurel wreath by Cyrus Dallin, the sculptor whose Appeal to the Great Spirit stands in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Joseph Eliot Enneking (1881-1942), studied with his father and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with Joseph DeCamp, Frank Benson and Edmond C. Tarbell. He was an impressionist painter who recorded the New England landscape and was known for his sun-splashed landscapes.
The scientific world knows the late Professor Morris Cohen as the father of modern materials science, the winner of the Kyoto Prize and the National Science Medal. He was also an art collector, and this collection of work that he left to the Cape Cod Museum of Art attests to the fact that he was able to bring to his collection the same characteristics of discernment and enterprise that define his scientific career.
Dr. Cohen was drawn to Enneking’s work because he found it visually compelling. The ability of an artist to attract and hold the viewer’s attention across generational frontiers is one key element in defining the success of the artist’s efforts. During his lifetime, Enneking was an extraordinarily successful painter whose work was known and admired all over the country. However there is another factor of importance and that is the contacts made by the artist during his lifetime, his influence on other practitioners, and their influence on him.
Images: Left "Forest Pool"; Right: "Obersee"
Wellfleet Women: Del Filardi and Selina Trieff
February 25 - March 26, 2012
Since its founding, the Cape Cod Museum of Art has been collecting the work of important artists associated with Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts. The initial impetus for the collection was to acquire and preserve at least one example of the work of each artist of importance to the region. Over time the museum has had the opportunity to collect the work of selected artists in depth. This exhibition focuses on two important women artists who reside on the Outer Cape and whose work is immediately identifiable: sculptor Del Filardi and painter Selina Trieff.
Del Filardi received her B.S. in Health and Physical Education from State Teachers College at Cortland (NY), and a Master’s in dance from Columbia University. She went on to use her ability to analyze motion to create and choreograph metal steel into magnificent birds. From her home overlooking the Pamet River in Truro, she spends much of her time bird-watching. Observing the birds’ fluid movements, she captures this sense of movement by creating realistic sculptures.
Filardi came to metal sculpture in her intense search for self expression and self fulfillment. She burst forth with her greatest productivity when she found herself mastering the challenge of steel with the welding torch. Early on, many of her works were abstract pieces, large and small. Later, sculpting large species birds proved to be a very exciting career.
Former owner of the Blue Heron Gallery in Wellfleet, Filardi, the recipient of numerous awards including a gold medal from the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (NY), has exhibited at many galleries and museums, including the Smithsonian’s National Academy of Science and the Boston Museum of Science. Many of the prizes and honors she has received were for her Birds of Endangered Species. Her work is in both private and corporate collections. She is an elected member of the Society of Animal Artists and the Salmagundi Club.
Selina Trieff grew up in New York City and graduated from Brooklyn College (studying with Mark Rothko) before attending the Art Students League (studying with Morris Kantor) and the Hans Hofmann School both in New York and Provincetown. An abstract artist until the mid-1960s, she then began painting archetypal portraits, and, in the mid-1970s, turned her attention to a series of large charcoal drawings. By the 1980s, she developed her style to depict pastel-clothed clowns and black-robed pilgrims in the Commedia Dell’arte tradition. She also frequently paints farm animals.
Trieff, who resides in Wellfleet with her husband, artist Robert Henry, has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US as well as overseas, including Paris; Oslo; and Goteborg, Sweden. She has taught extensively at various institutions including: New York Institute of Technology; National Academy of Design; Vermont Studio Center; Pratt Institute; Kalamazoo Art Institute; New York Studio School; Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown; Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill; Provincetown Art Association and Museum; Indianapolis Art League; New York Figurative Academy; Women's Artists Seminar; and Notre Dame University.
Recent Gifts and Acquisitions from 2011
January 21 - February 12, 2012
The works of art in this exhibition are a sampling of gifts and acquisitions accepted during 2011. Included are paintings, sculpture and works on paper. Some of the artists represented are John Babineau, photography; William F. Boogar Jr., bronze sculpture; Craig Brodt, ceramic sculture; Peter Busa, silkscreen print; Robert Cormier, pastel; Emily Farnham, watercolor; Arnold Geissbuhler, ceramic; Xavier Gonzalez, oil; Lena Gurr, linotype; Megan Hinton, oil; Harry Holl, ceramic; Gerrit Hondius, ink with watercolor; Irving Kriesberg, pastel; Arthur McMurtry, oil; Elliot Orr, watercolor; Aiden Lassell Ripley, oil; Umberto Romano, oil; and Rose Ann Samuelson, acrylic.
Image: Robert Cormier, "Man with a Fur Collar"
Bill Armstrong: Photography
December 17, 2011 - February 12, 2012
The photographs by Bill Armstrong in this exhibition are works commissioned by Christopher Hyland. The commissions came about for various reasons: the three figurative abstract Jeffersons because Hyland was interested in having the multiple aspects of personality manifest in photographic art; the three figurative abstract athletes to celebrate the Olympics and sport in general and the degree to which excelling in sport transforms the athlete and the viewer. Hyland commissioned the abstraction of Copley's painting, because of the seminal position of the African, poised at the center of the painting ready to rescue Watson, a white boy of English ancestry and because Hyland's friends, Julia and Alice Meyer, brought him to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to see the painting which their mother had donated to the museum in honor of her husband, Ambassador George Von L Meyer. Most importantly, Hyland commissioned the triptych of The Last Supper in response to Pope Benedict XVI's request for contemporary art and because of Hyland's particular interest in Transubstantiation, transformation.
Three of Armstrong's Mandalas, for Hyland, were included because they represent three universal forces often found in major belief systems throughout the world. The fourth Mandala was selected because it was chosen by Hyland who felt it represented the quintessential abstract photograph, and subsequently by Aperture for the front page of its seminal book on abstract photography. The final one was selected because, to Hyland, it was the first figurative abstract he had seen that merited attention and recognition.
Bill Armstrong is a New York-based artist who received a BA in Art History, and an MBA from Boston University. His works have been shown across the country as well as abroad. His photography has a very unique quality to it; Armstrong plays with his photography, often manipulating the image through a number of different processes including photocopying, blurring or even changing and re-photographing a picture to create images that are very different from their original state. His photographs include both abstractions and images of figures.
Elizabeth Chater, Printmaker
December 17, 2011 - February 19, 2012
Elizabeth Chater was born on August 10, 1914 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother had studied art with Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown and the family summered on Cape Cod. In 1995, until the end of her life, Elizabeth lived and worked on Cape Cod, studying at the Cotuit Art Center and she had many local exhibitions of her work.
In my artwork I try to maintain a vision that is both alive to the world around & aware of a visual aesthetic that is strong & vibrant. The integration of these two elements is what interests me most. I find that working in a variety of media keeps my thinking alive. One type of work helps the other & keeps me aware of form as well as content. By constant re-evaluation, I try to bring each work to a good resolution. I love the contrast of character in a variety of face – the drama of everyday life is what motivates me.
My purely abstract paintings are expressions of the joy of color movement & a kinetic sense of music & dance. I like to make us aware of the aesthetic qualities in the life all around us. My prints & collages are done in a variety of media – some in silkscreen alone & some with silkscreen & acrylic or pastels. I sometimes add color to the hand printed woodcuts. The mono-prints are of two kinds – some done on a zinc plate with oil based inks and stencils; other made on ½” plastic sheets painted with luma paints or crayons. They are printed in a press on wet Arches paper – the strong pigment creates a glowing mono print and may be enhanced later with more color. The colloges are of variety of things – old canvases – torn prints on Japanese paper-hand paper with silkscreen prints on top – nylon mesh screening or found objects.
Mary Moquin & Marc Kundmann: Timeless: Explorations in Wax-Based Media
November 19, 2011 - January 29, 2012
Gallery Talk: Sunday, December 11, 2 - 3: 30 pm
Marc Kundmann’s recent work is an exploration of painting with encaustic wax, one of the oldest forms of painting. The technique allows him to build and remove textured layers of color, transparency, and pigments. He tries to focus on the joy of creating, and painting with honesty. His hope is that the resulting layers create not only intriguing and beautiful surfaces, but also give emotional life to the subjects, and hint at the mystery inside.
Kundmann studied with fine artists connected to the long tradition of painting and art-making on the Cape including Robert Henry, a student of Hans Hofmann, and Fine Arts Work Center Fellows Jim Peters, Bert Yarborough and Richard Baker. Through them he learned to explore materials, freeing himself from the constraints of representing the real world and work in a more expressive way, responding to color and composition and creating work from both understanding and emotion.
Mary Moquin explores a sense of the prevailing unity found in the eternal rhythms of nature. She is drawn to the regenerative solitude of the timeless spaces she depicts. Moquin has had a connection with the landscape since she was a small child. She was raised on the remnants of a 50-plus-acre-farm and explored miles of old work paths that led to secluded “special” places. She reveled in the sense of peace found in the silence and solitude they afforded. Mary Moquin currently lives on Cape Cod with her husband and spends the summer in a remote dune cottage on Sandy Neck, with no modern conveniences and only accessible by four-wheel drive or boat. It is here that she continues her intimate connection with the landscape. Most of her work is inspired from the contemplative time spent there.
Moquin uses a mixed media approach often incorporating the use of hot or cold wax. She holds a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in painting and teaches painting at the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable.
Mary Moquin and Marc Kundmann will also give a Gallery Talk, a conversation about their work and the timely and timeless technique of encaustic and wax-based painting, on Sunday, December 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Wax medium has historical roots dating back to ancient Greece and is one of the hottest topics in the contemporary art market. Marc and Mary will discuss their individual attraction to the medium and their use of its unique properties to explore memory and place in the Cape Cod landscape and beyond.
Above: Marc Kundmann, Early July Morning
Below: Mary Moquin, Presence
MATRYOSHKA DOLLS: A Collection of Malcolm Shriber
November 23 - January 30, 2011
Matryoshka dolls, more commonly known as Russian nesting dolls, the most popular Russian national souvenir, are distinctive. The dolls are hand-carved, brightly painted wooden figures which separate at the middle to reveal another, smaller doll inside. The last doll of the decreasing sizes does not separate.
Traditionally, the largest doll is a woman dressed in a sarafan, a Russian folk costume, and the smallest doll is a baby. The dolls in the middle are generally children. However, the possibilities available when painting these dolls are endless. Beyond those in traditional folk costumes, categories include animals, movie stars, athletes, musicians, and even political leaders. The collection on exhibition at the CCMA in memory of Shriber’s wife Roberta features a variety of categories providing a wonderful selection of the craftsmanship and artistry of matryoshka dolls.
Nancy Ellen Craig: Of Face and Body
Sponsored by the Hess and Helyn Kline Foundation
December 3, 2011 - January 22, 2012
Although Nancy Ellen Craig is well known for her portraits, she is also drawn to painting scenes from the Bible and Greek mythology. Her large paintings featuring such subjects are reminiscent of the works of the great Italian Renaissance painters. Her works are larger than life and seem to capture images of both pain and glory. Craig’s paintings are action filled and seem to burst out of dream-like backgrounds. Her works are impressive both for their great size, and the immense talent that Craig has for the art of painting.
“She paints from imagination, often beginning with poses recorded in her sketchbooks over the years. Many of her subjects are taken from Greek myth or Renaissance iconography of such painters as Titian or Raphael. She is attracted to these epic themes, she says, because “the Greek myths embody extreme universal truths –” - Berta Walker
Born in New York, Nancy Craig attended a progressive school that allowed her to express herself freely, and it was there she discovered her skill at drawing and painting; often of forms that were larger than life. Later, Nancy attended Sweetbriar College in Virginia, as well as Bennington in Vermont. She then went on to study at the Art Students League in New York, and the Académie Julian in Paris where she learned the techniques of painting that she needed to transfer her drawings into paintings. Her teachers include many impressive painters such as Hans Hoffman, Edwin Dickinson and Frederic Taubes. Nancy obtained international notoriety early on as a portrait painter which led her to travel the world painting royalty, celebrities and the common people she saw in her travels. In the 1970’s Nancy moved to Truro, Massachusetts and secluded herself from the world because she felt that the praise she was obtaining came too easily, and she wanted to have a chance to be forgotten and then become known again for her new work.
Image: Standing Before Custer
The Great Silence by Lorrie Fredette
June 11 - January 8, 2012
Gallery Talk by Lorrie Fredette: Sunday, July 31, 2 pm
The Great Silence, a sculpture created by Lorrie Fredette specifically for the Bank of America/Hunter Gallery, is made of beeswax, tree resin, muslin, brass, steel and nylon line and will be suspended from the beams in the gallery.
Fredette’s work is inspired by medical sciences. She is particularly interested in the way that information is collected and passed on. Fredette says of her work:
Like tales of big fish, it is often distorted and misrepresented in the telling. My installation, The Great Silence began with the study of the smallpox virus, an epidemic of which is presumed to have killed 75 percent of the original residents of Cape Cod between 1614 and 1617. With smallpox as my host, I set out to uncover the story around this epidemic, and the altered memories associated with it through years of re-telling the story. Thus, The Great Silence is the most current factual version of a grossly eroded memory and its progression.
Lorrie Fredette creates site-specific installations that comment on the distortion of memory and experience. She employs beauty, dimension and place as part of a process of alteration. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at Mass MoCA (Williamstown, MA), Gallery Ehva (Provincetown, MA) and the University of Virginia (Charlottesville). Awards include MARK 09 and a Strategic Opportunity Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2010 and 2007 respectively). Recently, she was awarded and attended a residency at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. Fredette earned a BFA in sculpture from the Herron School of Art/Indiana University. Born and raised in Burlington, MA, a very frequent visitor to Cape Cod, she now lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley.
America the Beautiful: Artwork inspired by Katherine Lee Bates’ Song
September 17 – December 11
Artists’ Reception, Sunday, September 25, 2 - 4 pm
Gallery Talks by the artists are scheduled throughout the exhibition; see below
“Americans all see the country from their own point of view. ‘From different vantage points, we look out at this beautiful land… It takes our breath away- and invites us to breath together, side by side, our cultures diverse yet interwoven.”
- From Cape Experience article by Debi Boucher, quoting weaver Katie Hickey
“America the Beautiful”, written by Falmouth-born Katherine Lee Bates in 1885 as a poem, and then put to music by Samuel A. Ward in 1910, has been a favorite patriotic song of Americans for over a century. In this exhibit painters and weavers from Cape Cod have created works that artistically reflect their interpretation of different lines of the poem. Collaborating together are eleven painters and eleven weavers. Some painters are creating their work as an interpretation of a weaving, while some weavers are interpreting the painting of their partner. This exhibition began at the State House in Boston before continuing to the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, and then to CCMA.
In creating this exhibit the artists hoped to interpret and honor the song as well as celebrate the beauty and diversity of America. Proposed by Shawn Nelson Dahlstrom, an artist from Dennis, the exhibit is meant to celebrate the beauty that is America, and even though the country has flaws, there is still much to be proud of and rejoice. For the twenty-two women from Cape Cod who worked together on this exhibit it was a unique and enjoyable experience. The artists, worked together to draw on different lines