The Art Lover's Guide to Col­lect­ing Fine Art in

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With sum­mer in full swing, col­lec­tors flock to Cape Cod and the is­lands of Nan­tucket and Martha’s Vine­yard to not only beat the heat but also to ex­plore the abun­dance of arts and cul­ture through­out the re­gion. Its con­nec­tion to Amer­i­can art his­tory in­cludes Province­town be­ing the old­est con­tin­u­ous art colony in the United States and famed artists such as Ed­ward Hop­per and Charles Hawthorne set­ting up per­ma­nent homes on the Cape. Cities such as Province­town, Or­leans, Wellfleet and Oster­ville, as well as the is­lands, have con­tin­ued to build the art hubs with gal­leries, mu­se­ums and yearly events and ex­hi­bi­tions.

One of the ma­jor ar­eas for the arts in Province­town is Com­mer­cial Street, which boasts dozens of gal­leries lo­cated within walk­ing dis­tance of one an­other. Along the stretch is the Province­town Art As­so­ci­a­tion & Museum, which hosts its yearly Mem­bers’ 12x12 Ex­hi­bi­tion and Silent Auc­tion from June 29 to Au­gust 26. The museum also holds an an­nual Con­sign­ment Auc­tion fea­tur­ing the work of late re­gional artists, which will take place this year on Septem­ber 22 at 7 p.m. A pre­view of the sale runs Septem­ber 7 to 22. Or­leans, lo­cated on the Lower Cape, is one of 34 com­mu­ni­ties in the state that has been des­ig­nated as a cul­tural dis­trict by the Mas­sachusetts Cul­tural Coun­cil. The area is walk­a­ble, with stu­dios and gal­leries ex­hibit­ing the works of lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional artists.

Along with the museum in Province­town, there are oth­ers through­out the re­gion that col­lec­tors can visit for ex­hibi-

tions and an­nual events. Artists founded the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis in 1981, which has a fo­cus on the Cape’s artists and its artis­tic iden­tity. It is sur­rounded by the sculp­ture gar­den of the Cape Cod Cen­ter for the Arts, which has seven gal­leries, a shop and a film screen­ing room. Through Au­gust 5 at CCMoA is Modernists Out of the Main­stream, con­cen­trat­ing on 20th-cen­tury artists. The Ca­hoon Museum of Amer­i­can Art in Co­tuit fea­tures 19th-cen­tury to con­tem­po­rary art, while cel­e­brat­ing “the cre­ative spirit of Cape Cod folk artists Ralph and Martha Ca­hoon.” Au­gust 17 to Oc­to­ber 28 at the in­sti­tu­tion is Her­man Maril: The Strong Forms of Our Ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fes­ti­vals and art fairs are an­other draw of the Cape Cod cities. The sev­enth an­nual Hyan­nis Arts and Craft Fes­ti­val, July 21 and 22, will fea­ture more than 100 booths of pho­tog­ra­phy, pot­tery, paint­ings and more. Spon­sored by the Cre­ative Arts Cen­ter in Chatham is the 47th an­nual Fes­ti­val of the Arts, from Au­gust 17 to 19, while the Cre­ative Arts Cen­ters’ sixth an­nual Septem­ber In­vi­ta­tional fea­tures pieces by in­vited artists from across the Cape.

Lo­cated a short ferry trip or plane ride across the main­land are the is­lands of Martha’s Vine­yard and Nan­tucket, which are home to dozens of art gal­leries and events. The Artists As­so­ci­a­tion of Nan­tucket of­fers a num­ber of spe­cial events each year. Among its high­lights are the Sum­mer Art Auc­tion & Gala, held this year at the Great Har­bor Yacht Club on July 7; Wet Paint / Fresh Works on Oc­to­ber 7, with a silent auc­tion and live auc­tion pre­view at 3 p.m. and a ben­e­fit din­ner at 5 p.m.; and the six-day Plein Air Nan­tucket, which hap­pens ev­ery June. The Nan­tucket Art & Ar­ti­san Show, at Bartlett’s Farm from July 19 to 22, will fea­ture 40 artists and a tick­eted pre­view party on July 19.

Among the gal­leries and artists found in Cape Cod and the Is­lands are Abby Lam­mers, Ad­di­son Art Gallery, Aries East Gallery, B. Léger, Gallery 31 Fine Art, Ki­ley Court Gallery, Qui­d­ley & Com­pany and The Gallery at Tree’s Place.

1. A look at Province­town. Photo by Greta Ge­orgieva. 2. The brick-paved side­walks of Mash­pee. Photo by Courtney Rose Pho­tog­ra­phy. 3. Nan­tucket Boat Basin. Courtesy Mas­sachusetts Of­fice of Tourism. Photo by Larry Tocci.

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