Provincetown Art Association and Museum
(PAAM) has an expanding collection of art
made by artists who are influenced by the
town’s “rich history and beautiful, natural
setting,” says DeCosta. It’s hard not to be
inspired by a visit.
“The building mimics our mission,”
says executive director Christine McCarthy
about the 1820s captain’s house that’s
“coupled with a modern structure built in 2014/2015.”
Inside are more than 4,000 works of art that have a
connection to Provincetown and other parts of Cape
Cod and the islands. The museum hosts more than
20 exhibitions each year. Abstract Climates: Helen
Frankenthaler in Provincetown, on view July 6 through
September 2, focuses on
work created by the abstract
expressionist artist between
1950 and 1969.
“Provincetown has always
been a draw for artists,” says
McCarthy. That creativity
still exists with people taking
classes at PAAM, touring
the galleries, or taking their
canvases and paintbrushes out
to the beaches.
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the collection of local art
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painter Salvatore Del Deo,
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On the museum’s lawn
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sculpture by Joseph
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A trip to The Schoolhouse Gallery is a must whenever Wells
and DeCosta are in town. “We have known Mike for a number
of years,” says DeCosta about gallery owner Mike Carroll.
“He has a great eye.”
“We present quality fine art with a focus on innovation
from our roster of over 50 artists and connected artists’ stu-
dios,” says Carroll about his gallery, which Wells o;en rec-
ommends to her clients. It represents local as well as emerg-
ing artists, some of whom work in exciting
media, among them Vermont’s Clark
Derbes, who specializes in carved wood
and paint. Open since 1998, the gallery
also participates in “a variety of fairs and
outside exhibition projects,” says Carroll.
;;;; ;;;;;;; ;;;;; with
Wells in his Schoolhouse
Gallery ;;;;; ;;;;;. Behind
them are a standing wood
sculpture by Clark Derbes
and a painting by Paul
Stopforth. Wells stands in
front of an acrylic painting
by Donald Traver ;;;; ;;;;;.
The sculpture in the
foreground is by Derbes.