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A Gallery Crawl: The Best Of The Outer Cape

Chris Sousa, Sleepy Fire, 2017, oil on canvas, 28' x 22'. courtesy of William Scott Gallery

by Laura Shabott

When Artscope’s publisher Kaveh Mojtabai and managing editor Brian Goslow asked me to do a gallery crawl in the arts colony of Provincetown, I was daunted by the sheer quantity and quality of art available on the Outer Cape in the towns of Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. What possible parameters could I use when there are hundreds of artists worth noting? First, I wanted to create a walking experience so art lovers could jump on the ferry from Boston, or hop in the car, and stay for the day, the week or however long. Within this suggested 1.1-mile crawl, there are over 45 galleries and studios to visit! Second, I focused on figurative work and landscapes that move me, especially in unexpected ways as in the art presented here. Last, I wanted to give the reader a taste of the work being shown on Commercial Street (with a side jaunt to Pearl Street). We will start in the East and work our way West.

Gallery director Mike Carroll, with his formidable roster of 50 artists — including Michael Prodanou and Mark Adams — will exhibit world-renowned photographer Amy Arbus with “The Outsiders” series September 1-27, with its opening reception on Friday, September 1 from 6-9 p.m. “One Croc” is haunting and beautifully composed. It will be a privi- lege to have the opportunity to see her new work in editions of 25 using wet print methods. New York-based Arbus also teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center here in Provincetown. (

Wendy Cressy and Tara Conant are bringing the pop-up concept to the East End gallery district by creating a great space for artists to have a show. Scot Titelbaum, the Emmy Award- winning director of the Dr. Oz Show, reveals another facet of his creative talents with “Street Exposure,” an exhibit of limited edition photographs July 6-11 with an opening party Friday, July7from7to10p.m.The fabulous “Smoking Red” is full of sensuality and grit. (

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