cultivating arts

Cape Cod Art Association

The Cape Cod Art Association, located in Barnstable Village, has been providing the community with art appreciation and education since 1948.  The association operates two galleries that feature monthly exhibitions and two studios for classes and workshops. Classes are provided year-round. Join CCAA for their annual “Art in the Village” on June 27 and 28, an outdoor festival celebrating the arts, where vendors from around New England come to sell their arts and crafts.  Festival goers can also take in live music, a silent auction, and activities for children. The Inspiration Performing Troupe will present an exciting musical performance for viewers of all ages in the afternoons. For more information, visit capecodartassoc.org.

Truro Center for the Arts

The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill features a beautiful locale for all ages to experience hands-on learning about the arts. Castle Hill is currently in the process of a capital campaign to purchase the Edgewood Farms property, about a mile from the center for studio space and to host an artist in residency program. The center offers workshops throughout the year from printmaking, to writing, to jewelry making. In addition to the workshops, the center also puts on exhibitions and hosts special events. Some highlights of the 2015 season include the “Pamet River Float and Family Cookout,” August 1, an opportunity to float down the Pamet River and enjoy a cookout at Castle Hill, and the Full Moon Gala, August 29.  For information, visit castlehill.org.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth serves the entire Cape community and visitors by offering instruction, entertainment, and exhibition in the visual, literary, and performing arts. The Cultural Center’s performance and exhibition schedules feature a balance of emerging and established artists—literary, performing, and visual—of many media, genres, and styles. Teachers lead classes appropriate for a range of ages and all levels of ability. Ticket prices and tuitions are reasonable, and scholarships are available for those without the means to pay. Admission to exhibits, art receptions, and many other events is free. For 2015, the Cultural Center has a full schedule of events and workshops including a “Rapid Painting and Drawing Class with Roberta Silbret” on four Mondays, June 8 to 29, from 10 a.m. to noon and “Wild about Wilde!” on Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., an eight-week study through film and text into the fascinating life of playwright Oscar Wilde. For information, visit cultural-center.org.

Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen

The Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen is one of the oldest craft organizations in New England. The members work in a variety of mediums from wood and metal, to fiber and jewelry, and everything in between. The society is a volunteer-based organization. Members are juried in, assuring that the quality of the artists and artisans is top notch. The society’s biggest event is its 63rd annual “Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen Festival,” taking place August 11-13 at Drummer Boy Park in Brewster. The fair allows visitors to watch demonstrations of artists and artisans making their crafts; original, handmade works can be bought directly from the makers. For more information, visit societyofcapecodcraftsmen.com.

Cape School of Art

cultivating arts

Charles Webster Hawthorne founded the Cape School of Art in 1899. Today, the Provincetown school describes its mission as “to educate the artist in the perception and use of color and light in representational painting.” The school seeks to achieve this through workshops, classes and lectures, seeking to encourage and nurture new and longtime artists who attend. There will be a number of en plein air classes offered this summer, including ‘Portrait and Figure Painting on the Beach,” taught by Cedric Egeli, giving participants the chance to work in the classic Cape School style with natural light and the “living” subject of the ocean and the beachscape before the artists. For more information, visit capeschoolofart.com.