Cahoon Museum of American Art
4676 Falmouth Road
March 10 through April 26
To help celebrate the Cahoon’s 25th year, Dr. Robert L. Gambone, the museum’s director, has organized a different sort of oyster festival. Gambone put on his waders, but rather than search the seedbeds of Cotuit Bay for pearls, he scoured the local arts community — and pulled up some real treasures.
“In this tiny, out-of-the-way little village,” Gambone explained, “there is an interesting community of artists, each one accomplished in
their own way.” These artists are an important part of the museum’s
success. “Because we are a small, stand-alone museum, we have a
particular responsibility to reach out to the local artists here. And they are very supportive of our institution.” This show, he stressed, was a way
to both thank those artists for their support and to highlight the gathering of talented artists in the Barnstable area of Cape Cod.
“When I began to look around, I found artists who are incredibly
accomplished, incredibly diverse, some with New England wide reputations, some on the cusp of having arrived.” To narrow the selection process, Gambone spoke with each artist, visited them in their studios, and looked at their body of work, finally choosing seven artists. “It was pretty hard to narrow the show to about five works per artist. I wanted to give a fair;/p>