The Falmouth Art Center, which opened in its new digs in 2009 as an outgrowth of the original Falmouth Artists Guild founded in 1966, is a happening place of spirit and vitality for members and the public alike. Presenting 36 shows of every media imaginable in three galleries throughout the year, FAC offers classes, workshops, summer art camp, hands-on participatory demos, movies and more for all ages and all abilities in 11,000 debt-free square feet that also holds two classrooms, as well as rooms for weaving, sculpting and pottery.
“We’re dedicated to the community as an art center for everybody and to serve the local artists, that’s what sets us apart,” director Laura Reckford stressed. “We’re unique on the Cape in that anybody can pay a small fee and exhibit your piece on the wall to sell if you choose.”
This July and August, they’ll be presenting “The Falmouth Art Center’s Summer Juried Show” and an exhibition by painter Doris Epstein, who turns 95 in August.
Imagine being juried by art royalty; Sarah Holl is the third generation of illustrious artists. Her late father, Harry Holl, is widely collected for his groundbreaking sculptural pottery. Holl started learning art at 12, began working in her father’s Scargo Pottery at 14 — striking out on her own 20 years ago as a painter of large scale, often figural, brightly colored works, with her own art space in the center of Dennis, Massachusetts, down the road from Scargo.
But this is only her second stint as a judge, picking 55 works from 191 submitted, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, sculpture, turned bowls, collage and fabric art. “I’ve taught art for years and thought I’d recognize some of the submissions. Fortunately, I didn’t,” said Holl. Since she has no idea who the artists are and where they come from, she only gets a number. Though we are revealing their names in this piece, she was able to be unbiased. But judging is not always completely objective, for the judge’s taste determines choices.