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  • An Afternoon of Art by the Sea

    (originally published on August 30. 2012)

    On Sunday, N and I went to see the Motherwell exhibit, Beside the Sea  -- marking the 70th anniversary of his first visit to Ptown -- at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. I remember when the building was dark and cramped. It's now uber modern and light and airy with terrific large gallery space. For a small town, this museum is rather impressive.

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    This is all I can share of the exhibit, as no photographs were allowed. If you have an opportunity to go, please do. Robert Motherwell was longtime resident of Ptown and created large amounts of work here. It's always amazing to me how much creativity is inspired by this place. 

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    A nailhead figure greeted us on the way in.

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    The other major exhibit was a showing of art from the Long Point Gallery, the longest continuing cooperative gallery in Ptown (from 1977-1998.) It was completely self-run by member artists, and the spirit of which continued the art colony tradition of Ptown. Here's the sign that hung out front.

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    Photographs were allowed in these galleries. A few views for you to get a sense of the place.

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    Provincetown Pier, Paul Resika

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    The Gothic VII, Judith Rothschild

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    Nocturnal, Michael Mazur

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    Lynching, New Orleans, Edward Giobbi

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    Ah, Winter!, Tony Vevers (I was immediately drawn to this work ... until I saw the title. I'd change it to, Ew, Winter!)

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    Man and Woman #1, Nora Speyer (The detail on this snake was incredible and the paint was so thick, it was practically three-dimensional.)

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    After we absorbed as much art as we could, we drove down to the far West End to take a look at Robert Motherwell's house, Sea Barn (at 630 Commercial Street). 

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    Only one house separates it from Norman Mailor's house. Imagine, just imagine, what that must have been like. Especially if you were the one who lived in the house in between them!

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