Impressions of Cape Cod: Local Color
Photographer Lee Glickenhaus has a decidedly unpretentious take on his artistic vision. He may be inspired by Ansel Adams and Joel Meyerowitz, but his self-published book of Cape Cod land- and seascapes, Impressions of Cape Cod, has no precious packaging, no spiritual subtext, no dreamlike extremes. He clearly likes to play with multiple exposures and enhanced color in Photoshop. But he has a curious eye, a great sense of composition, and a subtle way with narrative. His Cape Cod subject matter is familiar but not his approach.
“I’m completely self-taught,” he says. “I was the photo editor of my high school yearbook. But I was not good. I knew the fundamentals. And I looked at tens of thousands of other people’s photos and YouTube videos.”
He was a lawyer for 15 years, then
owned an internet business for another 20. He has a second home in Brewster, and he was determined to learn how to shoot well and put together a book on Cape Cod. It’s available at mid-Cape bookstores and online (for a $10 digital or $50 signed hard copy) at capecodphotobook.com. There are also free sample pages, which are very persuasive. —Howard Karren
Of Provincetown, Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Time, Tide and Treasures is, in essence, a history of Provincetown via beachcombed objects: arrowheads, whale bones, buoys, and sailing ropes. “The book is a study of a culture, in a way,” says co-author Amy Heller. “It is a love letter to old Provincetown.”
Co-author Gail Browne says that when she finds a piece of treasure on the beach, be it a pottery shard, china doll head, or coin, she is instantly transported back in time, imagining the person who once grasped it.
The book’s artifacts are also reflexive: they reveal something about its authors and the beachcombing artists — Judy Berkowitz, Betty Bodian, Varujan Boghosian, and Paul Bowen — whose collections fill its pages. Collections speak volumes about their collectors. “I’m nondiscriminatory,” Browne says of her beachcombing style. “I see the beauty in everything.”
“Betty Bodian is really attracted to glass stoppers and bottles,” Heller says. “You can see a direct correlation with the colors in her paintings.”
Heller writes of the delight she took as a child beachcombing with her mother in Provincetown, while Browne writes of beachcombing with her twin daughters. Indeed, there is something childlike and magical about the activity. “I don’t think about any bills when I’m beachcombing,” Browne says. “I don’t think of the state of the world.” Adds Heller: “During this pandemic, I’ve reconnected with nature.”
The book itself complements the experience of beachcombing. In its pages are images of windswept sand — Heller’s photographs of meticulously arranged multitudes form grids of like objects that tell a narrative. Even the dust jacket has the texture of sand. “It’s a magnificent obsession,” Heller says. “You can’t stop yourself. If you do, you are a denying a part of your being.”
Lost and Found: Time, Tide and Treasures was published last month by Schiffer Books, lists for $34.99, and can be purchased from East End Books Ptown, Bookshop.org, and other retailers online. —Saskia Maxwell Keller
Three-person Show at Alden Gallery
The Alden Gallery, at 423 Commercial St. in Provincetown, is offering its first show of the season from Friday, July 3, through July 16.
Work by three artists will be featured: Anne Salas, Linda Reedy, and Robert Glisson. During the Covid-19 crisis, hours are limited to noon to 5 p.m. daily. Appointments can be made by calling 508-487-4230 during gallery hours, or 646-483-8164 at other times.
Hutson Gallery Launches ‘Thirteenth Season’
The Hutson Gallery, at 432 Commercial St. in Provincetown, is presenting “The Thirteenth Season” on Friday, July 3, through July 16. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
The exhibit is a group show of gallery artists — Harry Folsom, Peter Macara, Gay Malin, Jesse Mireles, Felice Newman, Rose Olson, Michael Page, Lynda Schlosberg, Joe Trepiccione, Luanne E Witkowski, and Gary Zack — and guest artist Rowena Perkins.
A Radio Show to Di For
Not only is Lady Di and her weekly show, Leggs Up and Dancing, on WOMR-FM 92.1, back on the air on Friday, July 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., she’s also one of the first DJs on Outermost Community Radio to be literally back in the station’s Provincetown studios, which have been closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
After a four-month hiatus due to health problems, Lady Di will be back singing and grooving to the best tunes of the ’50s through the ’80s. Listeners can send in their requests to [email protected] in the week leading up to the show.
“With the music I play, I always try to lift people’s spirits,” Lady Di tells the Independent. “And I sing along with it, not necessarily in tune.”
Lady Di, who will have been on air 21 years this July, has thousands of listeners all over the world (streaming on womr.org). “I feel my purpose is to bring happiness to people, and maybe a little bit of light if there is any darkness in their lives,” she says. She has raised money for WOMR and countless charities. Lady Di is also known as Vernon Porter — Mason, life coach, and sought-after wedding officiant.
After the pandemic, Di says, “I hope people get educated, appreciate how precious life is, and learn to keep an open heart and open mind. Every single person is different, and they all have different attributes. If you treat people right, you’ll be treated right yourself.” —Saskia Maxwell Keller
Lucy Clark at Berta Walker Gallery
There’s still time to see the current show at Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, featuring the work of Deb Mell, Joseph Diggs, and Lucy Clark. It’s on view through July 11. The show is part of “A Season of First Landings,” celebrating Provincetown 400.
Clark, who is based in Washington, D.C., and Truro, is one of the newer artists at Walker’s gallery. “Her current paintings reveal the motions and emotions of land and sea that the artist has represented through the rhythms of line and color,” the announcement for the exhibit says.
Berta Walker Gallery, at 208 Bradford St. in Provincetown, is open by appointment only, noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. To make an appointment, call 941-350-7135 or go to calendly.com/bertawalker.