(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.
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.
A nailhead figure greeted us on the way in.
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.
Photographs were allowed in these galleries. A few views for you to get a sense of the place.
Provincetown Pier, Paul Resika
The Gothic VII, Judith Rothschild
Nocturnal, Michael Mazur
Lynching, New Orleans, Edward Giobbi
Ah, Winter!, Tony Vevers (I was immediately drawn to this work ... until I saw the title. I'd change it to, Ew, Winter!)
Man and Woman #1, Nora Speyer (The detail on this snake was incredible and the paint was so thick, it was practically three-dimensional.)
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).
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!
This Month ...
- celebrate the opening of The Red Inn for the season
- wear my new facinator to Harbor Lounge's annual Derby Party
- hike with a Massachusetts Audubon guide through the backwoods of Truro and Wellfleet
- listen to Monica Lewinsky and Ari Melber discuss stuff in the Hawthorne Barn
- experience several artist open houses at Twenty Summers
- get our annual townie passes for Tea Dance
- have our first meal of the season at Moby Dick's and Terra Luna and the Nor'East Beer Garden and Front Street and Mistralino and The Mayflower and ...
- take the moms out to brunch at a new to us place up Cape
- plant everything in our garden and on the deck (HOORAY!)
- figure out how to watch Eurovision this year (since Logo is not airing it!)
- enjoy all the free food at the annual JD's/Saki opening party (our favorite!)
- check out some of the events during Ptown Fashion Week
- pray for a cancellation for JURY DUTY
- explore Falmouth and finally try that lobster ice cream
- collect boxes of stuff to donate for the town's Monumental Yard Sale
- start buying fresh produce at the Wellfleet Farmers Market and filling my glass bottles at the Green Road Refill bus
- see some films in the Jamaican Film Festival
- enjoy our annual Lunch with Ezra at The Canteen (and the start of Boston friends visiting Ptown)
- buy some tubers at the Dahlia Sale
- do a night climb at Highland Light
- get up in the middle of the night to buy all the things in Target's Vineyard Vines collection
- bite my nails while watching the Game of Thones finale
- go to the Rhododendron Festival in Sandwich
- shiver through our first day at the POOL
- view the LASER RAINBOW that will be back again for Pride Weekend