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Fabric of a Community

A collection of antique quilts at the Atwood House Museum chronicles life in Chatham through the 19th century and beyond.

The historic quilt collection at the Atwood House Museum in Chatham holds a treasure-trove of stories in its folds. Study the quilts’ intricate patterns, deep colors, rich textures—and sometimes even handwritten messages—and a swirl of history passes by.

Consider Marjory Smith, who…

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Wondrous Wee World

Falmouth fabric artist Salley Mavor creates fabulous tiny tapestries for her award-winning children’s books.

Salley Mavor’s studio is an alternate universe in miniature: seedpods become sleek Tom Thumb-sized boats, acorns morph into tiny hats, and wooden coat toggles serve as bedposts. Inhabiting these magical wee worlds are elfin figures who play, work, and romp through nature, all crafted by Mavor, ultimately…

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Slipping Life’s Bounds

Woods Hole potter Tessa Morgan’s designs reflect a uniquely Cape Cod artistic spirit flying free.

Tessa Morgan first worked with clay to sooth her teenage angst and nurse the creativity her parents instilled in her when she was a little girl. In the 35 years since, that early work—tiny pots she made at a neighbor’s house in the Maryland countryside outside…

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Art Without End

Lorraine Trenholm’s paintings transcend time and place.

Lorraine W. Trenholm is as restless as her two horses loping outside, on her 75-acre property perched on a Colorado mesa. Awake since 4:30 a.m., Trenholm’s morning has been chock-a-block with activity: feeding her Saluki hounds, teaching a pastels class in a nearby town, and, not least, talking about her prolific work. Her nature-inspired…

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A Master in the Making

A young Brazilian artist flourishes in the Cape’s art world—and far beyond.

Artist Cleber Stecei is perched on the deck of his Mashpee home, reveling in the wonders of the past 18 months: At age 35, he is represented by one of the Cape’s most prestigious galleries, Addison Art in Orleans. He paints weekly with the highly regarded Cape artist Paul…

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A Life Revealed

The artwork of the late Hella Bailin reveals both the tragedies that haunted her youth and the grace she found later in life.

Through her art, Hella Bailin revealed some of the best and worst moments of her life. From the worst—her parents were killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust—to joyful world travels, Bailin created her art as a…

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His Heaven on Earth

Award-winning Cape Cod landscape designer Paul Miskovsky’s own garden is mystical and magical any time of the day—or night.

Paul Miskovsky has planted a garden on a cliff, set another on an island in a pond, and created several under the vast roof of the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. But of his many horticultural designs, there may be none…

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