Rive Gauche

Cape Cod Art  /  ART Annual 2022 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner

Carol Aust • Back Porch 3 • oil on canvas • 24" x 12" Wellfleet’s Left Bank Gallery, located on the left bank of Duck Creek, celebrates a half century of presenting art to a discerning and appreciative audience. Mise en scène: The year is 1972, a Saturday evening in August, commonly known as the “Gallery Night” of the week. Soft briny breezes from Duck Creek blow into the former American Legion building on Commercial Street in Wellfleet where a tony crowd of literary, artistic and otherwise successful summer residents gather to catch-up, quietly gossip, and impress with their erudite observations of meaning, technique and purpose found in the art that surrounds them at the newly opened Left Bank Gallery. The entrepreneurial muse behind the creative collective of fine art and crafts that certainly raised the bar on what was available in the quiet little beach town, was a twenty-one-year-old Audrey Sherwin. At that young age, Audrey a free-spirited, young woman who was smart and savvy beyond her years, only knew that she loved her hometown of Wellfleet, loved the spirit and landscape interpreted by the creative individuals she had encountered while working at what was previously the Wellfleet Art Gallery, in a town that has become known as “Wellfleet the Gallery Town,” and knew she had to find a way to make a living.  “When the American Legion building came up for sale, my father suggested I buy it,” Audrey remembers. “I thought he was crazy. I was working for my parents at their real estate company, I was cleaning cottages on change-over weekends, I was working the night shift at the Sheraton in Eastham, how could I possibly buy a building?” Things worked out when her parents offered to loan her the down payment and Audrey proceeded to implement a plan…

Want to read this article and more?

Subscribe today to our Digital Edition to gain full access to this article plus every issue of LIFE or HOME for only $9.95.

Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local businesses on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Enzo. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.