Provincetown, Massachusetts is the last town on Cape Cod. While most people don’t have the opportunity to make it out to the tip of Cape Cod—you MUST make time.
Provincetown is an amazing hotbed of creatives. There are writers, painters, and students working during the summer; you will truly find any type of artist here. Growing up going to the beach in the town next to Provincetown,The Packard Gallerywas one of the first serious art galleries Kelly got to explore. She recently walked around town and picked three favorite showrooms for this summer... read about them below or head up to the Cape yourself to check them out.
Packard Gallery - Anne Packard; Artist
Dana M. Lewis - Gallery Director
The Packard Gallery is a personal favorite of my family and I have been visiting since I was young enough to have both hands held. The gallery director, Dana Lewis, was great and took the time to talk with us about Anne's amazing journey as an artist.
Driftwood and weathered shingles were Anne's canvases and her kitchen table became her studio. She hung her art on the fence along the family home which drew the attention of the community. She soon became one of the most sought-after artists on the Cape and eventually opened her own gallery in the area. Then after moving to Provincetown with her youngest son in 1977, she revived her tradition of hanging paintings along her fence for passersby to purchase.
Anne continues to paint daily in her home studio, honing her artistic skills as a master of blending of colors to create depth to various atmospheres, horizons and natures temperaments. (artist biography courtesy of the Packard Gallery)
If you love Anne's work as much as I do, make sure to visit theOgunquit Museum of American Artin Ogunquit, Maine. The museum will host a retrospective of her paintings in August and September 2020 so don't miss it!
Kyle Ringquist - Artist/ Owner
Kyle works in reverse, his pieces are drawn by hand on plexiglass… the result is a high gloss, textured, and layered painting. The artist refers to it as his "vision-in-reverse”, which is defined on his website as "the ability to envision an image in verso and how the layers of paint would build from foreground to background resulting in a mirror- smooth surface with vibrant colors showing through.
I love this work. His gallery is his workspace as well, so there was a piece in progress—the first layer was drying. We were able to discuss his process together and understand a bit more about why he works the way he does. Each layer is vividly colored and his pieces are striking. They are a great contrast against the Provincetown harbor, conveniently located out the back door. What a space to create in as an artist!! Almost every gallery in Provincetown is like this, the connection to nature is strong and the inspiration aplenty.
Room 68 - Brent Refsland; Owner
Zak Jensen; Artist
Zak Jensen is the artist on display this summer and went up the first week of August. This collection of works is collage work from old academic books, newspaper clippings, and other found documents. They are then scanned, enlarged, and presented in light boxes. The result is a very visual journey for the viewer and a lot of questions for the artist. I found these extremely engaging and enjoyed the show very much! Check out his Instagramto see more of his work or reach out to Room 68 if you’re interested in buying his work.
Zak Jensen leads the Harvard Art Museums’ graphic design department and is responsible for the creative direction and design of all publications, signage, advertising, and other print and digital communications. He also helped to establish and maintains the Museums’ brand guidelines and graphic identity.
We hope you all have a chance to check out these galleries and their artist virtually if not in person. We are happy to share even more favorites in Provincetown if you decide to plan a trip-- let us know!