Art & Nature Archives - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

Cape Cod art gallery events—August 1 to October 30

Here’s a list of 90 days of Cape & Islands art gallery exhibits, receptions, and more!

August 1
BRIX Nantucket unveils “Palates and Palettes”
Visiting painter Deidre Tao’s new collection of Nantucket paintings, “Palates and Palettes”, will be displayed for the first time at a special wine tasting Saturday, August 1, from 4-6 p.m. at BRIX Nantucket Wine Shop, at 1 Windy…

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Into the Great Wide Open

The Eastham Painters Guild heads outdoors to capture nature on the canvas

Of all the members of the Eastham Painters Guild, Robin Wessman might look the most like “a painter”—or at least a bohemian version thereof. He wears old jeans and a paint-flecked fleece; he even has some paint specks on his neck. A resident of Eastham, Wessman, 62, enjoys working…

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Edgartown, Chappaquiddick and the break—and restoration—of Norton Point Beach

The Changing Shape of the Cape & Islands
(Editor’s note: this is the fourth in a series of articles covering the region’s dramatically changing coastline).

  In April of 2007, a powerful storm on Patriots’ Day caused a break near the center of Norton Point Beach, a barrier beach that runs along the southeastern tip of Martha’s Vineyard dividing Katama Bay from…

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Rare, wild, and ephemeral — Orchids

An Orleans resident shares his passion for wild local orchids

Cloaked in an aura of mystery and sculptural beauty, orchids tug at more hearts than perhaps any other flower. And how could they not? Behind their lush looks is a shocking story; no other flower has inspired such vivid stories of obsession and drama. Orchid hunters have been eaten by tigers,…

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Break at Barrier Beach, Chatham

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles covering the region’s dramatically changing coastline. To a first-time visitor, Chatham’s North Beach Island, South Beach, and the well-known break in the barrier beach (a.k.a. the Chatham inlet) may appear to be unique geological features that have been part of the town’s coastline forever. In reality, these areas are…

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Cape Cod Past and Present

A Series of 17 photos – one for each Cape town & the Islands – showcasing scenes from yesterday and today
In planning this Past & Present photography project, Dan Cutrona, one of our ace freelancers, suggested we ask Charles Sternaimolo to take on the assignment. Charles, after all, had completed similar work for his hometown of Fitchburg and has photographed…

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Changing Shape of the Cape – Sandwich

It will be a long time before the winter of 2014-2015 is forgotten in these parts. In November, snowstorms began to dump record amounts of the white stuff on communities across Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands. For some areas, particularly those with existing erosion concerns like Sandwich, the severe weather could not have come at a worse time.…

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Putting a New Twist on an old Tradition

Cape Cod artist weaves tapestries from seaweed, grass, and other natural materials.
Shannon Goheen is a landscape designer, and for more than a quarter century, her work has involved transforming the grounds of hundreds of Cape Cod homes and businesses into special, one-of-a-kind spaces. Since growing up in Maine, Goheen has felt a kinship with nature, and she takes a thoughtful…

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Springtime on Chappaquiddick

Peaceful gardens, colorful wildlife and a dynamic coastline are just an island away

When considering the places you might go to relax, to enjoy nature or just to get away from it all, what scenes come to mind, and what are the details you envision? Do you see a quiet, sunny spot offering a warm, Atlantic breeze? Are you near the…

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Drawing on a Large Talent Pool

We were not sure this would work. When Cape Cod LIFE art director, Jen Dow, proposed we host a contest, in which we would ask students at every Cape and Islands high school to submit original artwork to help us illustrate six local history articles for this issue—including three from the 1800s—success was far from assured.
Six articles, Nine schools, 138…

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