Ellen Anthony’s ‘Paintings and Constructions’
Ellen Anthony is showing “Paintings and Constructions” at the Wellfleet Public Library, 55 West Main St., through May 28. There will be a reception on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Anthony, who lives in Truro and was the subject of a Nov. 4, 2021 profile in the Independent, ran the Quirky Circus puppet show from 2000 to 2012 before turning to painting during the pandemic. This show at the library is her first ever. Proceeds will benefit Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.
A Show for ‘Eternity’
“A Moment in Time — Eternity; Janice V. Walk and Provincetown Artists of the 1990s” opens at Four Eleven Gallery, 411 Commercial St. in Provincetown, with a reception on Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs through May 18.
It includes works by the late Walk, as well as ones by her friends Pasquale Natale, Marian Roth, Donna Flax, Lee Musselman, Hilary McHugh, Shirl Roccapriore, Pattee Durkin, K-ROD, Susan Bernstein, Susan Wasson, and Lisa Hull. There are also works by Walk’s widow, Janis Sommers.
Walk moved to Provincetown to pursue a career as an artist and was a hospice social worker throughout the years of the AIDS crisis. She used a variety of mediums including reclaimed wood, Masonite, and brightly colored sign paint. Works such as Mark Goes to Heaven in Appropriate Attire are rendered in a “faux naive style that is minimalist and almost childlike,” says a press release.
All proceeds from painting sales benefit the Lily House in Wellfleet.
Kimberly Witham’s Fantastical Flowers
Kimberly Witham presents “Garden Fantasia,” a show of zoomed-in floral photographs, at Gary Marotta Fine Art, 162 Commercial St. in Provincetown, opening Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Witham is an avid gardener influenced by “natural history dioramas, cabinets of curiosity, still life painting, and other manifestations of humankind’s attempt to categorize, comprehend, and ultimately control the natural world,” according to the artist’s statement.
The Wisdom of ‘Crowds’
“Crowds” is a show of paintings and drawings by Megan Hinton at the Wellfleet Adult Community Center, 715 Old Kings Highway, running through May 31. The works depict gatherings of figures and forms, rendered in an abstract expressionist mode. They are a commentary on “our current cultural trend towards polarization, conformity, uprising,” says Hinton in an artist’s statement, and how, during a global pandemic, “people gathered en masse delivers a charged meaning.” The center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rowland Scherman’s ’60s Spirit
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., presents “Spirit of the ’60s,” an exhibition of photographs by Rowland Scherman, running Friday, May 6 through June 26. There will be a reception on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m.
Scherman captured some of the most important cultural events of that decade, including the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, the March on Washington, the Beatles’ first U.S. concert, and Woodstock. The exhibition, curated by Jane Paradise and Andy Wentz, includes a Grammy-winning photograph of Bob Dylan that was on the cover of his 1967 Greatest Hits album.
Giving It All at the Commons
Curated by Dakota X, “What We Give” is an exhibition at the Provincetown Commons, 46 Bradford St., to accompany Randi Triant’s reading from What We Give, What We Take on Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. (See story on page C3). The show runs through May 15.
Participating artists include Fine Arts Work Center fellow Nick Fagan, Sara Lee Hughes, Ryan Landry, Bobby Miller, Pasquale Natale, Dakota X, and Laurence Young.
“All of the work in the exhibition, like Randi’s novel, portrays the concerns, the losses, and the hopes of individuals or families living with emotional or physical challenges,” said Dakota X in an email. “The artists were selected to include a range of challenges that the artists or their subjects have faced in their lives, from learning disabilities to Autism Spectrum Disorder to HIV/AIDS.”