Woodman/Shimko Gallery, 346 Commercial St.
Erin Long is an artist from Sharon. She gazes at a wall of paintings by Danielle Coenen. All are close-up portraits of faces. Long feels drawn to one called Miles Away. It is one of just two on display in which the subject’s eyes are closed.
“The colors are so beautiful,” she says. “It’s just a very serene portrait. I love this one in particular because of how there’s this red glow. It feels like they’re just basking in this light and in this moment, and you can see how they’re just really in it.” She nods appreciatively. “It makes me feel like I’m in it, too, whatever it is that they’re in.”
On Center Gallery, 352 Commercial St.
Lars Lundgren and Mike Gettings, who live in Provincetown, love Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip’s art. “We’ve been looking at his paintings for quite some time,” says Gettings. He stands in front of Blue Array on Pink, which is large and reflective. “We love this one — the geometric shapes and colors and the way he brings together those bright and creative shapes. It’s really interesting.”
Lundgren agrees. “And we love the fact that it is not the classic square or rectangle, but a round format, with stripes. The colors are uniquely vibrant. The salmon background and that kind of blue-green — it’s not something you would think of putting together.”
“It would just pop in whatever setting it was in,” adds Gettings. “It makes me feel happy. It’s bright, it’s gay. It reminds me of Provincetown.”
Galería Cubana, 357 Commercial St.
Peter Gonzalez claims not to have a single artistic bone in his body. He works at N.Y.U. as an administrator in the office of the provost. He likes Escape by Luis Rodríguez NOA.
“I like the colors, the color blue, the contrast between the blue and red,” he says. “It reminds me a little bit of paintings by Joan Miró, who I like a lot. It seems sort of playful to me. It makes me smile.”
Four Eleven Gallery, 411 Commercial St.
Susan Kurtzman lives in Truro and is the owner of Jobi Pottery and Gallery. She says she loves coming to Provincetown and “seeing what the artists are doing.” Ibiza Pool by Naya Bricher has caught her eye.
“I like it for a lot of reasons,” she says. “I lived in Ibiza. It’s an island right off the coast of Spain. I lived there in the ’70s. This reminds me of the ’50s. I grew up in California in the ’50s. The colors and the style of it are so reminiscent of both California and Ibiza. Her use of color and reflection, just the whole ambiance, really feels familiar. Nostalgic and familiar. I love her work. I think she picks up on a lot of humor in life.”
Kiley Court Gallery, 398 Commercial St.
Linda Lindgren lives in New York City. Before she retired, she was a psychotherapist. Now she teaches English as a second language and boards cats. She loves After Lunch by Brooke Olivares.
“It’s a kitchen, and I love kitchens,” she says. “I can see it hanging in my kitchen. It’s just really homey, and it makes me feel cozy.” She smiles. “It’s not all new and shiny. It looks like it’s been lived in. I can imagine it would be a place that I would enjoy sitting and having a cup of tea with a friend.”