ArtProvincetown is a three-day-long festival running Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 10. The festival includes museum and gallery events along with live music.
The first day will open at Saki, 258 Commercial St., with an art exhibit and raffle, before breaking so people can join the Friday night gallery stroll. The second day includes a scavenger hunt sponsored by Kmoe Gallery, a reception for women artists of Provincetown at Waydowntown, 265 Commercial St., followed by a performance by the Sarah Burrill Band. On the third day, the Provincetown Brewing Co. and the Washashore Music Festival present an artists’ marketplace at the Harbor Hotel, 698 Commercial St. More information at artprovincetownfestival.com.
Bernd Haussmann’s ‘Nature of Things’
Farm Projects, 355 Main St. in Wellfleet, presents “The Nature of Things,” a show of works by Bernd Haussmann running Saturday, Oct. 9 through Nov. 1. There will be an opening night reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
Inspired by an Albrecht Dürer painting, Haussmann created Das Gorsse Rasenstück, a series of earth- and plant-toned watercolors on canvas. They depict simple stems and shoots that rise up out of the mud. Haussmann invites us to slow down and spend time with the seemingly mundane. The show is all about nature, and the nature of seeing.
‘Lost and Found’ at the CCMoA
An exhibition accompanying Amy Heller’s and Gail Browne’s book Lost and Found: Time, Tide, and Treasure, will open at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane in Dennis, on Thursday, Oct 7 and run through Jan. 2.
The exhibition chronicles four other artists, in addition to the two authors, who gather inspiration and materials from Provincetown beaches: Judy Berkowitz, whose sculptures repurpose old power saw blades, rusted metal, and rope; Betty Bodian, whose paintings draw inspiration from sea glass; Paul Bowen, whose sculptures are built from scavenged materials; and the late Varujan Boghosian, to whom the exhibition is dedicated.
There will be an opening reception and book signing on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register at ccmoa.org.
Curtis Speer Presents ‘Theresienstadt’
“Theresienstadt,” a show of photographs by Curtis Speer, opens at CUSP Gallery, 115 Bradford St. in Provincetown, on Friday, Oct. 8 and runs through Oct. 24. Located in the Czech Republic, Theresienstadt was a holding center for Jews later sent to extermination camps. It was also the site of an elaborate hoax, designed to persuade visitors from the International Red Cross in June 1944 that the soon-to-be-gassed prisoners were happy and well taken care of.
Speer’s work is reverential — detached in its documentary tone but all the more heartbreaking because of it. The spaces are cold and raw — cruelly utilitarian. Empty now, the rooms hang heavy with history. Speer is not remiss in noticing the beauty that exists in the light that casts hope on spaces once so full of despair.
James Frederick Reflects
James Frederick’s new show of abstract paintings, titled “Reflection,” is inspired by “memories, emotions, and experiences,” he says. It opens at Frederick Studio Provincetown, 237 Commercial St., on Friday, Oct. 8 and runs through Oct. 24.
The paintings implicitly reference sky, clouds, and water, as well as tower-like forms that resemble the Provincetown Monument. Alongside bolts of hot color, Frederick tempers things with soft, hazy blues. There will be a virtual opening via Facebook on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
Members Only at PAAM
The next members’ juried exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., opens Friday, Oct. 8 and runs through Nov. 28. Curated by Provincetown artists Joerg Dressler and Mike Wright, the show will feature amateurs commingling with the masters on an even playing field. The result is full of confirmations and new discoveries. Participation in the show is open to any member in good standing.
Making Haste at Gallery 444
Boston painter Paul Hastings is showing his work from Friday, Oct. 8 through Monday, Oct. 11 at Gallery 444, 444 Commercial St. in Provincetown. Hastings is a plein air painter of some of the lesser-known corners of Provincetown streets, working in bursts of four to five hours from start to finish.
“Painting outdoors is not for everyone,” says Hastings. “The elements can be challenging and the light changes rapidly, but it forces me to think in a particular way — to focus on the essence of the scene and capture it quickly.”
Painted with fresh color and an economy of brushstrokes, his canvases never feel overworked. Cottages, boats, picket fences, and long shadows exist in a world of nostalgia, populated not with people but by summer blooms and salt air.
Music Washes Ashore in P’town
Opening Friday, Oct. 8 and running through Sunday, Oct. 10, the Washashore Music and Arts Festival will host 30 performers over three days at three different Provincetown locations: the Crown & Anchor, Provincetown Brewing Co., and the Red Room at Velvet. Expect drag, comedy, and patter alongside music by queer performers including Grammy-nominated country star Ty Herndon, Vincint, Lisa Bello, Boy Radio, DJ Dawson, Marielle Kraft, MikeMRF, Donnelly and Richardson, Zoë Lewis, Siena Liggins, and Kate Yeager. Passes are $85 for a single day; $190 for all three days. Full details at provincetownbrewingco.com.
Women’s Week Films
Waters Edge Cinema, 237 Commercial St. in Provincetown, is showing an eclectic slate of films as part of Women’s Week. One of the highlights is Lady Buds, a film by C.J. Russo that tells the story of six female cannabis farmers taking on big corporations. There’s also Invisible, directed by T.J. Parsell, about lesbians in the country music industry. Among those performing or providing commentary are Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Chely Wright, Ruthie Foster, Bonnie Baker, Dianne Davidson, and Mary Gauthier.
There are also showings of Ahead of the Curve, about the magazine Curve, started by Franco Stevens. This is presented alongside The Lesbian Bar Project, a short about Erica Rose’s and Elina Street’s campaign to support the last 15 remaining lesbian bars in the country. This Is Jessica is a film by Andrea Meyerson about a transgender girl raised in the Mormon Church. Meyerson will be in attendance for Q&A. Tickets are $14 per film. See watersedgecinema.org for showtimes.