Sue Carstensen, Cape Cod Art Annual 2016

Sue Carstensen

Sue Carstensen, the founder of Birdsey on the Cape, passed away April 4 at the age of 67. Birdsey—Carstensen’s art gallery—was a treasure in the village of Osterville for 35 years, featuring the works of many up-and-coming local artists. “She was a huge figure in the business community in Osterville,” says Susie McLean, an artist and a close friend. “She left a huge hole in the fabric of the town.”

Carstensen was a character, McLean says, and will be missed. “I will always picture her sitting on a bench in the sun reading a book outside the gallery—always on duty,” McLean says. “That’s how I picture her in heaven.”