Cape Cod Museum of Art
Karol Wyckoff: passion from my heART
Retrospective- 68 Years of Painting
August 7 - September 14
Reception: Thursday, August 7, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talk: August 14, 2 pm
Bass River artist Karol B. Wyckoff is nationally recognized for her paintings – especially her crisp watercolors, which exploit the medium’s transparent properties to the fullest. The Cape Cod Museum of Art will pay tribute to her long and successful career with the retrospective “passion from my heART: 68 years of paintings by Karol B. Wyckoff.”
Wyckoff worked on her show all winter (from her Florida residence), arranging to borrow back many paintings from collectors in order to assemble a true retrospective. The earliest piece dates from 1946, when she was 10. It was an entry in an art contest for Girl Scouts – and won her a week at camp. “Dirty Laundry,” a 1988 painting of a southern live oak dripping with Spanish moss, will be on loan from the collection of sportscaster Brent Musburger.
With her mastery of technique and draftsmanship, Wyckoff brings a magic touch to virtually any subject – be it sailboats in a quiet harbor; a full moon over Sandy Neck; a snowy street in Boston; an impromptu bouquet, stuck in a boot; or children playing in the sand at the seashore. Virtually no scene is too complex or beyond the scope of her versatility and interest, so long as it can lay claim to some charm or beauty. No matter what the subject, her paintings typically convey a strong sense of season and weather conditions. Wyckoff made sure spring, summer, fall and winter are all represented in her show.
Wyckoff never considered being anything other than an artist. She majored in Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and enjoyed a short career as the art director for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. before getting married in 1960. She never stopped painting and – when widowed with two children ages 13 and 16 – managed to support her family through the sale of her paintings. Later she owned and operated her own gallery – the Karol B. Wyckoff Gallery – in Wellfleet for a number of years.
A Signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and New England Watercolor Society, Wyckoff is particularly proud of having been invited to decorate an egg for the annual Easter egg hunt at the White House. Her work has also been on view at the Copley Society of Boston; the New Bedford Whaling Museum; the Salmagundi Art Club and World Trade Center in New York; and Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn., among many other venues. She’s also twice had a painting selected for inclusion in an Art for the Parks exhibition in Jackson, Wyo.
The artist provides an annual art scholarship to a Barnstable High School student by donating a painting – to be raffled off – to Hyannis Rotary Club. She has also endowed an annual scholarship at her alma mater, RISD.
Contemporary Cape Cod Artists
Amy Heller: Cyanotypes
Plein Air Painters of Cape Cod
Rosemary Simpkins: Psalms Installation
Printmakers of Cape Cod, a juried show