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Videos: C.U. and P-Town

Two cool videos to bring to your attention: The one is from the Classical Underground concert last October that featured paintings by myself and two friends, Logan Hagege and Glenn Dean. (you can see them in the background). This violinist, Moni Simeonov, is one of my favorite performers there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNX5ZhIqOrs
This is a video of the painting trip to Provincetown last October, created by Jon Goward (for some reason the embed feature wasn’t working on this video so I just put in a link above). Always interesting to hear the different perspectives that everyone brings, plus, look for the comedy as the credits roll. It’s playing at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Addison Art Gallery for the Creative Convergence exhibition(s) that was a result of the trip, and is currently on view through February 28, 2011.

Cape Cod Exhibits


A Window on Provincetown, 12″ x 12″, Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Paintings from the recent group trip to Cape Cod and Provincetown will be presented January 15 – February 28, 2011 in  Creative Convergence: Cape Cod, exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA 02638) and Addison Art Gallery (43 Route 28, Orleans, MA 02653). A reception will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the museum. You can read a little bit about the trip in one of my previous posts here. Check out the show online or in person via the gallery website; it should be very interesting to see each artist’s approach to painting the small art colony of Provincetown.

This first piece above was painted on one of the rainy days we had. I loved the cool light outside and the (relative) warmth we had painting inside. On most of these days we painted from a model, but on the last rainy day I decided I wanted to do this unique view of the P-Town shoreline.


Moored on a Mirror (Cape Cod Bay),
12″ x 12″, Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Far across the water, past the moored sailboat, you can see the thin sliver of Cape Cod. The title was partly inspired from a conversation I had with local artist and Hensche student Hilda Neily, about how Provincetown light is unique in that it is surrounded on three sides by water.


Shaped by the Sea (Provincetown Dunes),
12″ x 16″, Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

When the sun came back I headed out to the dunes with Ian Factor. As soon as I sketched my thoughts into my sketchbook I knew I was hooked on this composition. Something about the undulating shapes kept my eye moving, stopping occasionally at a spot of color. It became an analogy of sorts for our trip – artists moving restlessly around the peninsula while painting all day, pausing for a bite to eat or a quick cup of coffee, and moving on to the next location.

Painting in Provincetown

 

(Back row, l-r) Ignat Ignatov, Jerome Greene, Stapleton Kearns, Jeremy Lipking, Frank Gardner, Dan Corey, Rick Casali, Paul Schulenberg, Eric Merrell. (Front row) Ian Factor, Ernesto Nemesio, Jeff Bonasia, Logan Hagege, James Coe. Not pictured: Colin Page, Michael Klein, Pete Kalill, Marc Hanson.

 

I’ve just returned from nearly two weeks of painting out on Cape Cod in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A great group of guys with some new faces too. Though we had mostly great weather, there was some wind and rain, so we hired models and painted indoors on those occasions. Provincetown has a great history of artists living and working there : Charles Webster Hawthorne (we were given access to paint in his beautiful old studio), Henry Hensche, Richard Emil Miller, Edwin Dickinson, John Whorf, Edward Hopper, Henry David Thoreau and many many others (Is it a coincidence that so many great towns began as artist colonies? Laguna, Pasadena, Indian Wells, Greenwich, Santa Barbara, P-Town…). After the end of each day of painting we’d gather for dinner and look at everyone’s work, back at the houses or at a local “pirate ship” with lots of history and character(s). Lots of conversations about art, music, history, color, food, tequila and other stuff not fit for print (!) And man, some of these guys in the group can cook! Also met some local artists working in the Hensche color tradition – Hilda Neily and John Clayton. If you go to P-Town, be sure to check out the burgers at The Squealing Pig, the Cape Cod Rueben at Tatiana’s by the wharf (just like a traditional rueben, but instead of corned beef and sauerkraut they use haddock and coleslaw. Amazing!) and the Egeli Gallery on Commercial Street.

Here is a great article featuring Jerome and the P-Town trip.

Quite an exciting and energizing time! I haven’t had a chance to photograph any of my paintings yet, but hope to get some of those online soon. An exhibition of work from the trip will be featured at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, January 15 – February 29, 2011.

Here are links to the artists’ individual sites:

Jeff Bonasia, Rick Casali, James Coe, Dan Corey, Ian Factor, Frank Gardner, Jerome Greene, Logan Hagege, Marc Hanson, Ignat Ignatov, Pete Kalill, Stapleton Kearns, Michael Klein, Jeremy LipkingEric MerrellErnesto Nemesio, Colin Page, Paul Schulenberg.

 

Charles Hawthorne's studio, Provincetown. Photo by Jeff Bonasia.

 

East Coast Ideals/West Coast Concepts*

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Ramona with two paintings by Hawthorne at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum.

Ramona and I have just returned from a great trip out to Boston and Cape Cod, our first time to Massachusetts. The Cape is a really fascinating place with a long history of art, still going strong today. California could learn a few things about aesthetics from the area.

We flew out for the openings of Painting New England Together at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA and Paintapalooza at Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA. (Lots of photos are online on Facebook.) I’ve got to give a big California Thank You to everyone out there for making our stay so hospitable – Paul and Pharr Schulenburg, Peter and Kathleen Kalill, Jeff Bonasia, and Helen Addison along with Domonic Boreffi over at Addison Art Gallery for their huge effort in making this all happen. It was really wonderful meeting everyone at the receptions.

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Hawthorne's studio in Provincetown

We spent some time up in Provincetown (P-Town) and saw the studios of Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 – 1930) and Henry Hensche (1899 – 1992). We got to check out the small but nice collection at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, and visited the historic Beachcomber’s Club too, of which a number of the guys in our exhibition are members of. [Two artists who were members of both the Beachcombers Club as well as the California Art Club: Richard Edward Miller (1875-1943) and Christian von Schneidau (1893-1976).] I made a good effort to seek out work by Hawthorne and Hensche while we were there – they’re hard enough to come by on the east coast, and virtually nowhere to be seen out in California. That search led me to Vose Galleries in Boston, which has been a leading gallery in that area for six generations(!). We met Carey Vose, and she and the staff were kind enough to pull out some amazing paintings by Hawthorne, Paul Dougherty (1877-1947), and Childe Hassam (1859-1935) that they had. You definitely need to stop at Vose if you’re going to Boston; it’s really much more like a museum than a gallery.

 

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Detail of a still life by Hawthorne, collection of Provincetown Art Association & Museum

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Vose Galleries, 238 Newbury Street in Boston

 Looking forward to our next trip back east! Who knows, maybe there will be a sequel – Paintapalooza: P-town.

 

*I borrowed this title from a 1997 exhibition that focused on the artistic lineages of the Boston School and the California Impressionists.

“Port Clyde 13″ in Cape Cod

Monhegan Harbor, 8″ x 8″, Oil on board, © Eric Merrell

Thanks to the tireless efforts of some of our east coast compatriots, plans are coming together for an exhibition of work from the recent trip to be held at The Cape Cod Museum of Art in January 2009, followed by an exhibition at nearby Addison Art Gallery in February. Check out the nice video clip of the trip put together by Jeremy Lipking. For more about the trip from some of the other artists, check out Frank Gardner’s blog and Colin Page’s journal. Make your travel plans to Cape Cod now, because the artists are hard at work creating some great art to see in January!

Jeremy Lipking and Eric Merrell painting at Marshall Point, Maine.

Port Clyde Neighborhood, Maine, 8″ x 10″, Oil on board, © Eric Merrell

Logan Hagege, Glenn Dean and Eric Merrell at the Monhegan House.