The Creative Exchange Podcast, produced by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, is releasing an episode on Provincetown-based artists Laura Shabott and Marian Roth on Monday, February 22nd. Listen at artsfoundation.org/creative-exchange.
The annual arts journal Provincetown Arts, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and memorializing its founder, Christopher Busa, who recently died, will hold a virtual gala and auction via Zoom on Tuesday, November 19th, at 7 p.m. Local artist Jay Critchley will host, and there will be a poetry reading by Nick Flynn, raffles, and special appearances by artist Sasha Chavchavadze and others. Tickets ($50-$150) are available at provincetownarts.org.
The silent auction will include the original painting The Arrival, by Mimi Gross, which was the 2020 cover image of Provincetown Arts, as well as works by Peter Busa, Marian Roth, Joel Meyerowitz, Carmen Cicero, Kahn & Selesnick, Vicky Tomayko, Sarah Lutz, and Mark Adams. Bidding will commence on Sunday, November 1st, and continue until the gala on November 19th.
WOMEN WITHOUT LIMITS
By the time I arrived in Provincetown in 1982 to find myself there was already a vibrant community of young women washashores here, nourished by a long and deep tradition of strong, independent Portuguese women. There seemed to be no boundary to what we could do, and no limit to what we could imagine ourselves to be if we worked at it. There was a kind of reciprocal relationship between communities. Strangers were accepted because they were willing to work hard and lay down roots. I remember so vividly riding down Commercial Street on my bicycle under the ladders of women painting a house. That’s what I tried to honor in the years between 1985 and the early ’90s — the nobility of women at work.
Some of the women I photographed have passed away, or moved away. Some are doing other work. Anne Howard is now the first female Provincetown building commissioner. Local women who were schoolgirls then are running businesses and working the harbor. Lori Meads is the president of Seamen’s Bank, and Grace Ryder-O’Malley is C.O.O. of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. I’ve become the artist I dreamed of being all my life, nourished by something about this place that is compelling and yet indefinable.