Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2021

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Page 69 of 131 68 Provincetown's celebrated reputation as the nation's oldest art colony began when painter Charles Webster Hawthorne arrived in 1899 and founded the Cape Cod School of Art, where he taught painting for thirty summers. Prominent art students and teachers were also drawn to Provincetown for the beautiful light, awe inspir- ing natural landscapes and rustic scenes. They followed Hawthorne to Provincetown and es- tablished their own schools. The new art schools spawned a year-round arts community of young, aspiring artists working under the watchful eyes of established mentors and teachers. In 1916 The Boston Globe ran a front-page story titled "Big- gest Art Colony in the World in Provincetown". Hans Hoffman, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Blanche Lazzell, Milton Avery, Jack Tworkov and Edward Hopper are simply a handful of the well- known artists with ties to the very tip of Cape Cod. "P'town" is also very closely associated with the birth of modern American theater. Eugene O'Neill, considered the father of modern theater in America, mounted his fi rst play on an East End wharf in 1915. Today, Provincetown invites visitors to expe- rience a cultural haven of galleries, studios and performance halls. Energizing artists in every me- dium – painting, sculpting, theater, writing, pho- tography and music, the vibrant arts community, atmosphere of experimentation, vast teaching and learning opportunities and palpable energy draw artists year after year to share and deepen their talents. P R O V I N C E T O W N Julie Heller Gallery Provincetown Harbor Commercial Street e Nation's Oldest Art Colony

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