One day last week I drove up to Provincetown, Massachusetts to visit the art galleries as I do at least one day every summer. I love this trip because the galleries there have something for everyone, from traditional paintings to contemporary sculpture and everything in between. The best part of this trip is that the prices of most of the artwork you will find in P’town are reasonable. I began this trip by looking for artwork for a client, but I ended up finding new favorites for myself. Let me share with you some of the stand-outs (although there is plenty of good work there that I can not detail here).
Rice Polak Gallery had incredible pieces on display by Vico Fabbris, an Italian artist who splits his time between Florence, Italy and Boston, MA. He paints what look, at first glance, like botanical prints, but are actually beautiful imaginary landscapes with fanciful flowers in the center of each composition. The skies and landscapes are finely done and the strong colors of the central flowers are sumptuous.
At Egeli Gallery there were a variety of works by three generations of the Egeli family as well as works by other gallery artist. One piece in particular stuck with me — John Ebersberger’s “Bottled Light” — it is a still life of vibrantly-colored glass bottles in the glimmering sun. I understand it sold shortly after my visit this week.
The William Scott Gallery has a painting by John Dowd entitled “At Night” that captures that which I have always loved about two of my favorite painters: he captures the fun of peeking in an open window, that natural and innocent voyeurism, that we learned from Edward Hopper’s paintings of homes and offices as well as the fabulous contrast of a house in the dark with brightly lit windows that Rene Magritte mastered. The house is just visible through the dark night but its brightly-lit, open windows suggest just a hint of what is happening inside, leaving the details to the imagination.
I was thrilled to see Ann Hartley’s “Pansies” — my mother’s favorite of her subjects — at Kiley Court. Her elegant still lifes are timeless.
A trip to the Packard Gallery never fails to impress me. Cynthia and Anne Packard’s works, though very different from one another in style, co-exist beautifully in this light filled church-turned-gallery space.
I picked up a pair of gorgeous drawings by Ilona Royce Smithkin, nude studies, for my own collection at Wohlfarth Galleries. I am looking forward to unwrapping and hanging them.
For those who like intensely warm, colorful, sun-drenched impressionistic paintings Hilda Neily is the answer. She runs her own gallery on Commercial Street where she shows her vivid landscapes, seascapes and still lifes.
I was disappointed not to have the time to run into the Provincetown Art Association’s current exhibition on Edwin Dickinson but it is on view through September 23rd, so I hope to make it back.
If you are in the area be sure to stop in at these and other nearby galleries to see for yourself.