6 ideas to add art to your January
Seeing art can be a balm for the soul, a source of inspiration, a thought-provoking experience and much more. Cape Cod is a creative magnet, so there are many ways to find art here and appreciate the work of artists connected to our communities.
While some galleries and museums are closed for the winter or part of it, art can be found in many types of places. Many public buildings hang work by local artists, some galleries are open this month (often at reduced hours or by appointment), and dozens of artists have work to view online.
A place for virtual visualization is through https://www.provincetownartgalleryassociation.org, a collaboration between dozens of artists from Provincetown that began in the early months of the pandemic. There is information and links to galleries on the website, but there is also art.
To see the art up close in real life, here are five ideas for places in Cape Town to stop by to see new shows to brighten up your mid-January, plus a preview of a show that will open later in the month. which could be worth the detour.
Where to see art exhibitions
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► The Cape Cod Cultural Center (307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth) will begin 2022 with its “13th annual members’ exhibition”, which includes works representing several levels of experience and produced in a variety of media. The exhibition in the four galleries of the center also represents “a group that comes together to support each other,” according to center officials. The work of Edith Tonelli-Sumi will also be exhibited in the educational wing of the center.
The members’ exhibition is open from January 11 to February. 5; Tonelli-Sumi’s work can be seen from January 12 to February 12. 19. An opening reception for both exhibitions will take place from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday January 14th. Information: https://www.cultural-center.org/.
► For its first show of 2022, the Wellfleet Adult Community Center (formerly the Wellfleet Council on Aging, 715 Old King’s Highway) showcases 20 works of art created over the past year by Cherie Mittenthal, Executive Artistic Director of the Truro Center for the Arts in Castle Hill. The exhibition is called “New Year / New work: work of encaustic and mixed media”, and Mittenthal, who has a studio in Provincetown, has worked for 17 years primarily in wax or encaustic paint while incorporating pigment sticks, oil, tar, marble dust, ash, dry matter, graphite, rubber, glue, clay and various mediums. She is also a photographer.
The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. A reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 16. Information: 508 349-0313.
► The Cape Cod Museum of Art (60 Hope Lane, Dennis) has three exhibits which opened last month and will be on view from early to mid-March, and a fourth new exhibit this week. The exhibits represent various ways in which the museum shares art: focusing on an artist’s vision; presenting a collection of artists; and pieces from the permanent collection of the Cape Town Artists’ Museum.
“Transparent | Translucent | Opaque: superimposed meanings,” From Jan. 12 to April 10, is the annual exhibit of members who this year asked artists to submit work that fits those terms, literally and metaphorically.
“Terra Form: an exhibition with a jury of Cape Cod potters” presents 55 ceramic objects, functional and non-functional, to mark the 50th anniversary of this organization and the 40th anniversary of the museum. The two nonprofits owe their existence, the museum reports, in part to the same man – the late sculptor / potter Harry Holl, who co-founded the two organizations. A conference at 4 p.m. and a reception at 5 p.m. in connection with the exhibition will take place on Thursday, January 20.
Works from the collection that has grown over the 40 years of the museum’s existence can be seen in the exhibition titled “The collection of Ann F. Bengtson, patron of the arts” featuring 63 pieces of modern art – paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media assemblages – donated by the late resident of East Falmouth.
According to information from former artistic director Suzanne Packer which is on display with the artwork, Bengtson got acquainted with Cape Town after moving here in the early 1980s by attending property sales, vernissages and to workshop visits. At one point, her local art collection filled her home and garage, Packer said, and she created exhibits in various local buildings, including one of William H. Littlefield’s paintings at CCMOA.
Bengtson donated 75 works of art by 17 artists over 21 years to the museum, according to Packer.
“Jane Eccles: The Art of Wet Paste Painting” is an exhibition that showcases the art of handmade paper made by the resident of Cape Town all year round. Eccles, an internationally renowned papermaker, works primarily in outdoor oils, according to museum information, and is also an award-winning pastelist. His work is part of several museum collections, including the CCMOA and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
► The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (460 Commercial St.) has current exhibitions which can be viewed through January 23 (one through January 30) which all focus on works in its permanent collection, which contains nearly of 4,000 works of art by more than 700 20th century and contemporary artists.
Some exhibitions feature recent gifts (PAAM receives around 100 news papers each year) while “The same four walls: Intimate interiors of the permanent collection” was inspired by the restrictions of the pandemic. With people staying at home among more familiar objects than usual, the exhibit “seeks to explore the interior as subject and muse,” according to PAAM material. “Artists capture their environment in different ways – how does the space we inhabit inspire us? The works involve artists’ spaces, activities and the idea of solitude.
Can’t make it to Provincetown? Through donations, PAAM has been able to purchase software that can be used to create 3D renderings of its galleries to view shows in progress. So those who are far can come in “PAAM in 3D: the virtual experience” in line. More information on all: https://paam.org/exhibitions/.
► Retired scientist Bob Gould came up with the idea of a student exhibition of photographs, “Witness to climate change”, which brings together 57 photos of students from Falmouth High School, Falmouth Academy and Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School at Falmouth Art Center (137 Gifford St.). Each representation of nature, society or community includes a short statement. The show runs until January; The centre’s opening hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Information: https://falmouthart.org/, 508-540-3304.
► The winter exhibition at the Cotuit Arts Center (4404, route 28) is entitled “In a mood,” give artists the license to represent all types of moods, from dreaming or brooding to being creative or lazy. The show is scheduled to run from January 22 to March 5. Information: artsonthecape.org.