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ArtWeek 2019 is going to be a hit!

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Art, culture, history, literature and the culinary arts are just some of the areas that spawn creative and engaging events throughout the week. For example, the Cape Cod Symphony is hosting an open rehearsal at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center. People are invited to go and experience a very casual environment where you can see the musicians and conductor Jung-Ho Pak work out the nuances of an upcoming performance, including enlightening exchanges of ideas, questions and suggestions. Approachable events like these provide the “peek behind the curtain” aspect Sullivan references.

Past events have included a local coffeehouse that hosts workshops to learn how to make personalized artistic designs in the foam of a cappuccino. Last year 65 percent of all events were free, made up of 525 events in 130 towns and neighborhoods across Massachusetts. And 90 percent were free or under $25. “It’s a great way to make ArtWeek a very affordable but unique vacation,” says Sullivan.

Demos and hands-on workshops are always some of the most popular and accessible events available across the Cape. For example, artist Carl Lopes will be providing a demo hosted by Creative Hands Gallery in Osterville, where he will be paying tribute to ancestral heritages and cultures. Addison Art Gallery in Orleans will be presenting Art for the Earth in celebration of Earth Day. Paul Philips will be demonstrating his impressive bird carving abilities at the Harwich Cultural Center. The Eastham Painters Guild will be hosting a plein air event as they paint Nauset Light. 

And those are just a taste of the full feast of what is offered across the Cape.

So no excuses. For 10 days at the end of April and rounding into May, you can choose to experience a little or perhaps a lot—the choice is yours—but it really couldn’t be easier. Have an artful week!

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