Scrapbook: The Outer Cape experience

. I enjoyed participating in a panel discussion that they had organized, and also managed to check out some galleries in Provincetown and visit a couple studios. I put together a scrapbook from the trip.

[Image at top: Life-sized figurative sculptures overlook the tall grass and shrubbery surrounding the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.]

otherwise known as a Moon Cactus? I’m not sure.

plans to raise enough money to renovate all the buildings and develop an artist residency program.

IMG_2363 A previous resident had left some paintings inside one of the houses at Edgewood.

,” in the Center’s art gallery. Two of my paintings are on the left, has one in the middle, and ‘s hand-dyed book projects are on the right.

IMG_2349 A diagram about color mixing for a beginning painting class. I love color diagrams.

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Down the dead-end street across the road from the Center for the Arts, there was a lovely landing and small beach on the Pamet River.

, an artist and owner of in Provincetown, moderated the panel discussion. Abstract painters , , and I talked about our art practices, studios, material culture, and the influences that the internet and social media have had on art making. The discussion took place the same night we were beginning to get the terrible news that a man in a truck had mowed down Bastille Day celebrants in Nice. Someone asked if abstraction could still be political, and we all answered emphatically in the affirmative.

IMG_2322 The Center for the Arts has lots of outdoor workspaces. My shih-tzus, Ernie and Fiona, checked out the open-air sheds in the back, but made no paintings this time around.

IMG_2327Mosaics from a workshop in 1983 had me yearning to pour some shaped cement pieces and stick brightly colored things in them. Or maybe I could use foam and paint it look like cement…?

IMG_2317I visited Associate Director ‘s studio in Provincetown. Like many of the artists who live on the Cape year-round, she has a keen interest in the blues and greys, perhaps due to the shifting colors of the winter sea and sky.

and was pleasantly surprised to find that , an artist I know from NYC, was their artist in residence for the week. She was working on a new series of paintings based on the things we carry. was also in residence but she wasn’t there during my visit.

, The Forest with Micro-aggressions, monotype at The Schoolhouse Gallery.

made a series of wall pieces with steel, plywood, silicone and rubber that were on display at The Schoolhouse Gallery.

, Arrangement, oil on panel, at .

‘s quiet interiors, lit by cool natural light, channel Vermeer at Rice Polak Gallery.

‘s show at the . Known for her hyper-realistic close-up paintings of skin, Nadelhaft presented a series of water paintings that forcefully reminded me to beware of undertow.

, however, had a compelling solo in his spacious front gallery. The paintings reminded me of totem designs from the Pacific Northwest with their playful round shapes-within-shapes and curved crosshatching. André van der Wende wrote in a that Lipton’s paintings have a “dynamic ease as she unfurls her dancing, rhythmic contours with the dervish of a haywire slinky.” Great concept: a haywire slinky.

in Provincetown.

Related posts:
Video: Studying with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown (2011)
Sharon Horvath: Condensed visionary fictions (2009)
Provincetown pigment (2007)

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2 thoughts on “Scrapbook: The Outer Cape experience”

  1. Great article about Castle Hill. I have had the pleasure to visit numerous times in the last several years, attend the International Encaustic Conference, participate in workshops, and enjoy watching the growth, development and acquisitions during this time. Cherie and Dana are tremendously dedicated and talented people whose warmth, enthusiasm and creativity continue to draw artists from around the globe.

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