Berta Walker Gallery presents “Learning/Medium/Opportunity,” an online exhibit of works by Laura Shabott’s and Alana Barrett’s students from across the country. It opens Saturday, Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 9.
Curated by Berta Walker and hosted at shabottbarrett.com, the show features 35 artists who have studied Hans Hofmann’s push/pull principle, color theory, and figurative abstraction with Shabott and Barrett in virtual classrooms via Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. “Overall, the students who connect with Laura and Alana show unique talent and an open willingness,” says Walker. “I feel they have gained the confidence to stretch, explore, use color, and paint with authenticity.” A portion of each sale will go to an arts institution of the artist’s choice.
‘Drawn Together’ at Farm Projects
“Drawn Together” is a show of works by partners Liz Surbeck Biddle and Michael Biddle at Farm Projects, 355 Main St. in Wellfleet, opening Thursday, Sept. 16 and running through Oct. 4. It is a curated cross-section of 50 years of artistic endeavors — both individual and collaborative.
Liz Surbeck Biddle works in ceramics, cyanotype, silkscreen, monoprint, and, most recently, three-dimensional collage, where she magically weaves in contributions by her husband.
Michael Biddle has worked in printmaking, illustration, fresco, and video animation. His drawings are playful, surreal images of “abstract characters” beautifully rendered with a printmaker’s love for fine line filled in with nuanced color. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Paul Rizzo’s Rainbows
A show of paintings by Paul Rizzo opens at Four Eleven Gallery, 411 Commercial St. in Provincetown, on Friday, Sept. 17 and runs through Sept. 30. There will be an opening night reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
The title of the show — “I’m Not Sure How to Relax, Obsessions and Other Rainbows (Loud Disco Music)” — may be a mouthful, but it accurately describes the tenor of Rizzo’s new work. The paintings have a run-on nervousness and compulsive urgency. The angst is tamped down by a folksy style and proliferation of rainbow banners that zigzag across the frame. They are unfussy, with an infusion of magazine collage giving them a Pop Art snap.
Thomas Reale and Karen Stanley
The final show of the summer season at Stewart Clifford Gallery, 338 Commercial St. in Provincetown, pairs photographs by Thomas Reale with sculptures by Karen Stanley. It opens Friday, Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 15. There will be an opening night reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
Reale gravitates towards the natural and manmade beauty of the Outer Cape — sandy beaches, sunsets and sunrises, and details of Provincetown architecture. Full of deep perspectives and saturated color, the work rarely includes people; Reale prefers to focus on indirect evidence of their existence.
Irish-born sculptor Stanley works with stone, stainless steel, and mixed media to explore the landscapes of Ireland and Scotland. Her work is full of spirals, fish, and undulating lines. She taps into the intrinsic qualities of her materials — whether the spit and polish of reflective steel, or the dense heft of stone.
Timothy Horn’s ‘Amber Room’
Australian-born, Truro-based artist Timothy Horn’s exhibition, “Amber Room,” opens Monday, Sept. 20 at Higgins Art Gallery, 2240 Iyannough Road in West Barnstable, and runs through Oct. 28.
Horn uses unconventional materials — crystalized rock sugar and transparent, amber-colored rubber — to create large candelabras and a three-quarter scale French Rococo coach. The works appear both organic and fabricated — a sugar-spun fantasy world from a golden era.
There will be an in-person reception on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as a Zoom presentation on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Zofia Bogusz at AMZehnder
Zofia Bogusz is showing graphite and acrylic works on paper at AMZehnder Gallery, 25 Bank Street #3 in Wellfleet, from Saturday, Sept. 18 through Sept. 29. There will be an opening night reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bogusz, who was born in Poland, is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts. She is currently apprenticing at a Brooklyn tattoo studio. This experience and interest can be seen in her illustrative style — rendering images of lone women with laser sharp precision.