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Friday, July 27, 2012


352 commercial Street, Provincetown
August 3- 16, 2012

opening reception 7-9 pm


Thursday, August 2, 7pm 

Remembering Long Point: A Panel Discussion with Varujan Boghosian and Member-Artists

In conjunction with the exhibition, Long Point: An Artists' Place, curated by Mary E. Abell, Ph.D., four of the founding artist members will discuss their experiences over the 21 years that they were members of the prominent, cooperative gallery (1977- 1998)
Join Varujan Boghosian, Carmen Cicero, Edward Giobbi and Paul Resika for a panel discussion on the renowned gallery.

Long Point was founded by, run by and subsidized by the gallery's member-artists. They curated and hung their own shows, planned the openings, designed the announcements cards, organized parties, and hired a director to maintain gallery hours and handle organizational responsibilities. Regular meetings kept everyone abreast of gallery business. Historically, Long Point is important because of the reputation of its artists, its longevity, and its positive impact on the Provincetown art scene. It is particularly renowned for the harmony and camaraderie among its members.

August 18, 3 pm.....Lecture- Art Critic John Yau on Robert Motherwell

Saturday, August 18, 3pm 

Beside the Sea with John Yau
Provincetown Art Association and Museum

A lecture in conjunction with the exhibition 
Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea, on view
July 20-September 30, 2012 
Join the distinguished critic John Yau for a gallery 
discussion on Motherwell's work and life. John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, editor, and publisher of Black Square Editions, an award winning press, which has published poetry, fiction, criticism, and translations. His latest books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns
(Distributed Art Publishers 2008), Egyptian Sonnets
(Rain Taxi, 2012), and Further Adventures in Monochrome
(Copper Canyon Press, 2012). After being the longtime Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2007- 2011), he left to start the online journal Hyperallergic Weekend, where he frequently posts his essays. Recently, he contributed an essay to
Robert Motherwell: Open (21 Publishing, 2010). He teaches at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) and lives in New York.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Robert Motherwell's first visit to Provincetown and the 50th anniversary of the creation of his Beside the Sea series, based on his experiences living and working overlooking Provincetown's bay and tidal flats. 
In celebration of these milestones, PAAM will present the landmark exhibition, Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea, curated by Lise Motherwell and Daniel Ranalli; the exhibition features rare work created by the artist in his Provincetown studio during the summer of 1962 until his death in 1991. This is the first major exhibition of Motherwell's work on Cape Cod and provides a neverbefore-seen look at many pieces held in private collections.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DOCK VIEW GALLERY - Robert Callahan "Miniatures"

 Robert Callahan, "Small Reflections" 

Opening Fri. Aug. 10, 2012, 6-8 pm, on exhibit  until Oct. 31

Robert Callahan established himself as a leader in the world of  miniatures early on in his career. Fashioning one inch scale  reproductions of period furniture and accessories his work was  featured in numerous publications including LIFE magazine. Recognized  by collectors and museums for his precise detail, his work was added  to many collections around the world. Roberts recent work pays homage to those early years by painting  miniature landscapes of Cape Cod on antique ivory piano keys.  Using  scrimshaw, the traditional maritime art form, Robert creates fine  details in the work. He then painstakingly watercolors the sky, seas  and sands of the lower cape that he calls home.  Each work is unique  as the grain in the ivory reflects thru the paint. These miniature  works of art draw the observer in to them to take a closer look, just  as the Cape draws us to it.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


above:  Blue Study Laffer; Finding  Witkowski

When: July 27 – August 9, 2012
Gallery hours: Daily
Reception: Friday, July 27, 2012 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Contact: Mary Feeley, Director
Hutson Gallery, 508-487-0915

Hutson Gallery is pleased to announce the fourth exhibition in our fifth season featuring a duo show with recent paintings by Erik Laffer and Luanne E Witkowski.
Thirty-year-old Erik Laffer continues to amaze viewer with the colors and designs in oil on canvas. Erik Laffer, the seventh of eight children, was born in Smithtown, New York, in 1982. At the age of three, his family moved to a small town in upstate New York, where he lived until he was 14. The family moved again, to Delmar, a suburb of Albany, New York, and Erik has been moving ever since.
Given my nomadic background, it’s almost natural that I’ve come to express myself—rather look to shape my identity and better understand myself—in maps. While my early landscapes and figurative works were influenced by the rural environment I grew up in, as well as the feelings of isolation I felt as a child with a learning disability, the representational abstracts that make up my current Cartography Series are not so much a study of emotion, as my earliest works were, but more of a logical and experimental exploration of where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I hope to be tomorrow.”
My goal with the Cartography paintings is to, as J.B. Harley writes, “redescribe the world,” or at least the small world of Erik Laffer. And just as there is a language of map making, there is style and body of symbols in my paintings that define the landscape of each work and identify my struggle to understand self, family, home, and culture: boats, clocks, buildings, bridges, anatomy, arrows, and, among many others, lines, color, and texture.”

Luanne Witkowski’s art is strongly influenced by the shore and woodlands of outer Cape Cod, Maine, and Nova Scotia. Her ‘research sketchbook’ consists of documentary photography and video of environmental installations Luanne creates as references for her mixed and multi-media works in painting, photography, and video projection. Prismatic refraction, reflection, projection and mirroring/doubling are all used as strategies for creating a perceptual and spiritual relationship with Place as locus for recognition of and solace for the self. This traditional American approach to the identification of the individual with landscape is enlarged by a desire to discover and contact the particular indwelling essence or energy of a particular place. The energy of place is directly expressed in living ecosystems of plants and animals. Growth and interdependent activity are found in an infinite variety. The fragile systems of beauty and power that exist in the natural world are accessible through the creative process of perception and felt by us when we allow ourselves to relax and use our five senses.

Working intuitively to create abstract contemplative pieces that are rooted in and extracted from landscape and experience, Luanne’s work is process-driven, using traditional and nontraditional materials. Luanne incorporates the very elements that influence and inspire –clay, pigment, chemistry, technology– engaging her to embrace the impact, to understand, to mingle the place in the piece and piece in the place.

Luanne E Witkowski is a studio and environmental installation artist and consultant
(Boston, Wellfleet & Provincetown, MA) with works in collections throughout the United
States and abroad. She offers Basic Training Workshops for Artists and Creative People publicly and produced large scale environmental installations in Wellfleet & Provincetown MA; Deer Isle, ME; and Ingonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Luanne is the Communication Design Studio Manager at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a faculty member of the Critical & Creative Thinking (CCT) graduate program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an internet entrepreneur and business owner. The artist received a BFA from MassArt and an MA from the University ofMassachusetts. In 2010 she received a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Lifetime of Arts and Commercial Achievement Recognition.

P.A.A.M. Robert Motherwell: By the Sea /Long Point Artists July 20, 2012

Robert Motherwell, Beside the Sea #22. All art by Robert Motherwell
is © Dedalus Foundation, Inc. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea at Provincetown Art Association and Museum is first major exhibition of the artist's work on Cape Cod, and offers glimpse of rarely
seen work created in Motherwell's
Provincetown studio
 On view at PAAM July 20-September 30 with a free opening reception on Friday, July 20 from 8-10pm
Provincetown, MA: Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is thrilled to present an exhibition of work by Robert Motherwell this summer, July 20-September 30, 2012. Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea, curated by Lise Motherwell and Daniel Ranalli, will present rare work created by the artist in his Provincetown studio during the summer of 1942.

2012 is a milestone year as it marks the 70th anniversary of the artist's first visit to Provincetown, Massachusetts and the 50th anniversary of the creation of his Beside the Sea series, based on his experiences living in the small outer Cape Cod town. This is the first major exhibition of Motherwell's work on Cape Cod and provides a never before-seen look at many pieces held in private collections.

The art of Robert Motherwell has national and international significance and is included in the collections of numerous national and international institutions as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National d'art Moderne in Paris, France; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Tate Modern in London, England; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art;  and numerous private collections.

Distinguished critic John Yau writes in his essay Beside the Sea: Robert Motherwell in Provincetown how Motherwell drew direct inspiration for this series from what he observed from his sea-side studio on Commercial Street in Provincetown. To illustrate, he points to a conversation Motherwell had with art historian H. H. Arnason:

"For years my summer studio has been directly on the bay in Provincetown on Cape Cod. There is a 900-foot tidal flat, and, just as one can play
ball games at low tide, at high tide the sea in a high wind breaks against
 the bulkhead in violent spray. In the Beside the Sea Series, I made the painted spray with such physical force that the strong rag paper split,
and it was only when I found rag paper laminated with glue in five layers
that the surface could take the full force of my shoulder, arm, hand,
and brush without splitting. One might say that the true way to 'imitate'
nature is to employ its own processes."

PAAM will be offering several public programs to accompany this significant exhibition with lectures by Jack Flam, president of the Dedalus Foundation which was founded by Robert Motherwell to foster public understanding of modern art and Modernism; John Yau, art critic and author of the distinguished essay Beside the Sea: Robert Motherwell in Provincetown; and Catherine Mosley, artist and Motherwell's Master Printmaker from 1978-1991.

Exhibiting concurrently with the Motherwell show is Long Point: An Artists' Place, curated by Mary E. Abell and featuring the work of numerous artists from the legendary co-op gallery, including Motherwell himself who was one of the founders in 1977.

The opening reception for Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea is Friday, July 20 from 8-10pm and is free and open to the public. This exhibition is on display from July 20-September 30, 2012.