Jun
1
to Jul 11

Connie Saems: Memories Push My Pencil

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ARTIST RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 5-7PM

This body of work, Memories Push My Pencil, came out of an earlier project of crafting boxes from basswood based on childhood memories.  The creation of these boxes led me to further explore my relations with animals and with drawing itself.

During the process of drawing I learned that the quality of the line revealed and intensified a sense of intimacy with the creature.  Some of the animal’s qualities are conveyed through the type of line drawn:  long flowing marks, short dark marks, curving lines or deep color.  

I have chosen the portrait format for these large-scale images to elevate the importance of the creature to that of a family member.  These portraits honor the significance of my relationship with animals from my life on the farm and my current life by the ocean.

Memories push my pencil. Each line, each mark of the graphite connects me to a time and place from my life on a farm in Indiana where isolation surrounded me.  In search of a relationship I could trust, the farm animals provided me with ears to hear what was in my heart.

 

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Catherine Hess:       A Singular Vision of the Outer Cape
Apr
7
to May 26

Catherine Hess: A Singular Vision of the Outer Cape


Reception: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 5-7 PM

8x11 Surf**


April 7- May 26, 2018
Hess will exhibit over 20 monotypes at the Hall. Also known as the “painterly print”, and favored by such masters as Edgar Degas, a monotype is a single, unique print.  Hess’s monotypes in this exhibit were all inspired by the Outer Cape, a place she has known and loved for over forty years, first as a summer visitor, and now as a part year Wellfleet resident.


Hess is inspired by the Outer Cape’s often dramatic and constantly changing light, clouds, wind, and tides. As a plein air watercolor and oil painter as well as a creator of monotypes, she sees and aims to capture the effects of these changing conditions on colors, shapes and shadows in the marshes, dunes and shorelines of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. 

Hess was first introduced to monotypes in the 1980s, but only recently turned to this medium as another way to translate her perceptions of the Outer Cape into art.  Now, in addition to seeking out views that inspire her to paint on location, she has her eye out and her camera ready to shoot scenes that may later inspire monotypes. These she tends to create in the winter months that are less conducive to outdoor painting, and which require a printing press.

Using a photo as reference, and recalling the feeling of the scene, Hess paints on plexiglass with small brayers, or rollers. She often layers colors of the oil-based inks, which tends to create some translucency in the final works.  She also makes shapes and marks with the rollers and their edges. Given the difference in her tools and methods, her monotypes tend to be looser and more abstract in style than her watercolors and oils.

From the painting on plexiglass, and using a printing press, Hess makes one image on paper. What emerges is to some extent a surprise, as some colors blend and some marks are reshaped. The layers of ink and the sweeping as well as choppy marks of the rollers evoke shifting clouds and sands, and hint at the depths and constant movement in the skies and seas. These works on paper are evocative of the scenes that inspired them – fleeting views of the Outer Cape’s distinct and beautiful landscape.


Catherine Hess (b. 1954) has lived in upstate New York, the Boston area, and now in Alexandria, Virginia in the winter months, and Wellfleet the rest of the year.  She studied art in college and in community courses and workshops. She is a longtime member of the Art League in Alexandria and since 2014, has regularly been juried into monthly shows, and as a result is a member of its Gallery 75, showing her work there year round. She also has exhibited in both open and juried shows throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area, and last year participated in a group exhibition in Maryland of figure paintings.

On Cape Cod Hess has been a member and exhibited at the Creative Arts Center of Cape Cod, the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. She has participated in After Hopper and Outermost Inspirations exhibits of the Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA. In March-April 2018 she is included in Artists and Muses, an exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall of figure painters working together at the studio of Paul Schulenburg, a well-known Cape artist. More of her work can be seen at www.CatherineHessArt.com.

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Feb
28
to Mar 16

Carol Fitzsimons: Fiber Images

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 03, 5-7pm

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The predominant subject of my work is the natural world: fish, birds, reptiles and flowers most of which can be found in the ponds, woods, marshes, coastal waters or along the roadsides of Cape Cod.   The inspiration for the medium that I work in came from pictures that my grandmother used to make in embroidery and needlepoint.  While using the same materials that she used (embroidery thread and yarn), my particular technique developed as a result of my inability to sew.  The technique was self-imagined and self-taught and continues to evolve with an increasing level of detail and intricacy.

I first sketch the image(s) on canvas board and then “rough color” them and the background with paint in the predominate colors of the fibers that I plan to use.  Then, I cut the various fibers individually and affix them to the canvas with glue, using a tooth-pick to push the threads as close together as possible.   A good deal of consideration is made in selecting the particular fibers to be used in each picture in order to give each image the similar variations of texture, color and luster that can be found in the real-life subject.

The larger pictures (2’ X 3’) take 100 to 150 hours to complete. Most of the smaller pictures (16” x 20”) take 30 to 45 hours to complete. Some of the more detailed smaller works take much longer.

 About

My work has been accepted at juried exhibits at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Center and Provincetown Art Association and Museum and has been exhibited and sold at Curiouser and Curiouser in Wellfleet, MA.   In 2016, I was accepted a member of the Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen - one of the oldest professional fine craft organizations in New England.

I have been vacationing with my family in Wellfleet since the mid 50’s and was fortunate enough to be able to move here permanently in 2013 after retiring from a career as an insurance underwriter in New York City.  Retirement has afforded me the time to pursue my artwork on a serious basis.

 

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Peter Lenrow _Wonder
Jan
20
to Feb 27

Peter Lenrow _Wonder

Peter Lenrow took up painting when he retired in 2011.  He chose watercolor,    and has been guided by workshops and demonstrations primarily on   landscapes, figure drawings, and portraits. At the same time he began painting, he began writing poems, some of which were about the settings he was painting. He received guidance in the Poetry Writing Group at the Westport Senior Center.  After several years, he discovered that most of his pairs of paintings and poems were about shelter –- coves, harbors, unnoticed nooks. In 2015, he produced a large exhibition of these pairs of paintings and poems at the Westport Public Library. It was designed to celebrate “nooks” as reminders of how precious and vulnerable natural shelters are in our environment.

Lenrow has gone on to create many paintings and poems that are not linked and include a wide variety of subjects such as seascapes and historic landmarks. He typically explores everyday settings and moments that evoke a sense of wonder.                

His work has been exhibited at the Westport Art Group galleries, South Shore Open Studio, Westport Library, and Bristol.  

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Oct
26
to Jan 3

Ellen LeBow: WELLFLEETIANS 1970’s – 2017

 

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 27, 6-8pm

 WELLFLEETIANS 1970’s – 2017

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An Ongoing Portrait Project Recording the Faces of Our Wellfleet Generation.

These recent portraits are the beginning of a project conceived a decade ago. When wandering the Wellfleet graveyards it occurred to me that although there are plenty of archived photos of the town there are very few intimate images of our “Ancestral” Wellfleetians* for us to honor and contemplate.

We forget that a town is nothing less than an accumulation of layers. Each over-lapping generation, in love with their Wellfleet, perceives it in their own image until the next generation comes along. We are rarely aware of those now gone who relinquished Wellfleet to us, or of those who’ll next claim it for their own.

Wellfleet Preservation Hall’s goal to embody and preserve the community’s spirit for now and future generations inspired me to attempt the same by presenting our “layer” individual by individual. 

I’ve been drawing us since I arrived in the early 70’s and chose drawings rather than paintings this time as well, hoping to more closely capture the immediacy of the living person. I asked those who I drew not so much for their role in town as for the challenge of their face, and this is far from a complete collection.  

Thanks to Wellfleet Preservation Hall, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and above all my patient sitters, this has been one of the more tender experiences of my life. Art can do nothing more than catch an approximation, a fleeting likeness of a living, moving person. If I’m able to pass on even that much of a Wellfleetian’s spirit I’m satisfied.

There are many more people I want to add to the project and I hope they’ll let me because my list is long. 

Meanwhile I offer these images to us as much as to the future and it’s my sincerest hope that our community finds honor, humor and joy in the exhibit.

Love,  Ellen L

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The Woodfleet Project
Aug
20
5:00 PM17:00

The Woodfleet Project

One day pop-up art event, exhibition & Outer Cape BBQ by Terra Luna & Friends! 

After 10 years of hibernation, we’re pleased to announce the return of The Woodfleet Project. The Woodfleet Project 2.0 is a pop-up art event, exhibition, and experience designed for guests of every age.

Inside, this one-day only exhibition will feature two-set priced small works by working artists based locally and nationally.  Outside guests will find a backyard BBQ and art-related fun. 

Featuring:

Outer Cape BBQ* by Terra Luna & Friends

Works for sale by 50+ artists

Specialty Dry Line Gin cocktails

Craft beer by the wellfleet Beachcomber

Lewis Brother’s ice cream truck

Foxglove, AN INSTALLATION by Jon Verney

T-shirts { Woodfleet t’s are back! }

            

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Jon Verney
Jun
13
to Jul 24

Jon Verney

Jon Verney is an emerging artist who works in painting, photography, and video to describe notions of transformation and transcendence through landscape and materiality.  

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Agnes Collis
May
11
to Jun 7

Agnes Collis

In my approach to painting I strive to capture the simple beauty of life on Cape Cod.
My compositions capture the changing energy of the ocean, which can transform from destructive turbulence one day to a sea that lures tranquility the next. The brilliant colors of the Cape, the reflected light and the simplicity of nature’s forms move me to explore and create altering rich visual experiences. Agnes Collis

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