(See updates at end of this posting)
Cape Cod is a welcoming place for artists. Since buying a second home on Cape Cod and living on Cape Cod part-time for 5 years, I’ve been continually taking watercolor painting classes. Now a full-time resident for the past year or so, I’ve taken botanical painting at the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable and watercolor painting at the Chatham Creative Arts Center and Orleans Senior Center. I am primarily a watercolor painter but frequently combine pen and ink with watercolor and still dabble in photography.
Besides the important goal of continually trying to improve skills as a watercolor painter, in the past year I’ve been trying to expose my art work to the public with the objective of getting accepted into juried art exhibits and showing my work in a gallery. To that end, I submitted work to 4 juried exhibits recently:
- The summer art show at the Orleans Senior Center. Happily this watercolor of Mailboxes on Shaker Road was not only accepted but won an honorable mention
- The Square Works show at the Chatham Creative Arts Center. Unfortunately the watercolor submitted of a Wellfleet surfer was not accepted but it was good practice.
- The online Facades photography exhibit hosted by the Cape Cod Art Center. I submitted 4 entries and one was accepted. See https://capecodartcenter.org/online-photography-exhibition-facades/
- My photo of a butterfly was accepted recently to the juried online Interpretation exhibit of the Cape Cod Art Center: https://capecodartcenter.org/interpretation.
My recent success getting into juried online photography shows has inspired me to pick up my DSL camera again, after an absence of a few years, and take a photography course with John Tunney at the Cape Cod Art Center. I’m enjoying the experience again of photo taking on Cape Cod and like to use my photos to paint watercolors from.
Besides participating in exhibits I’ve been working to get art into a gallery. After noticing a card on an empty Orleans storefront this spring calling for artists for a new gallery I submitted samples and was accepted but dropped out when the gallery opening was significantly delayed and would miss most of the Cape Cod summer tourist season. Instead, this summer I found Hidden Gem, a consignment store in Orleans center with a wonderful owner who gives store profits to a mental health charity. She took 3 prints of Orleans scenes and soon added a 4th. Over the summer 9 copies of these prints were sold. Here is one of the prints in the Orleans favorite places series:
Besides Hidden Gem sales, I sold 2 paintings and several packets of notecards at the annual Sacrifice Art Sale at the Chatham Creative Arts Center.
Coastal Craft Gallery, Orleans. Inspired by success at Hidden Gem, I applied to be an artist member of Coast Craft gallery, a co-operative art gallery and was accepted in late September as a member. My work was first exhibited October 1, 2019. This is a lovely gallery located next to Oceana and behind Mahoney’s restaurant in Orleans center. I am thrilled to be part of this gallery and work with this talented group of artists. See the website: https://coastalcraftgallery.com
NOTECARDS, PRINTS, AND ORIGINALS
Notecards. I’ve had notecards made by several printers: 2 local printers and VistaPrint– and have a large inventory. I have started to sell my notecards at Coastal Craft Gallery. Here is an image from the Cape Cod Birds notecard series:
Prints. Through family, over the summer I was able to get an interview with the manager and owner of Oceana in Orleans to seek their advice on how to break into the gallery scene. An interesting idea they suggested was to make prints of my watercolors and sell them matted and unframed in order to get the price down to an attractive point. With this suggestion in mind I created some pen and ink and water color paintings of local Orleans scenes that I thought would make good prints and be marketable. A local photographer and printer at Focalpoint Studio in Orleans made beautiful prints of 4 paintings which were accepted for sale at Hidden Gem. Recently I’ve had more prints made of new paintings and plan to sell unframed, matted prints in cellophane at Coastal Craft Gallery in addition to the framed prints for sale at Hidden Gem
Originals. I’ve recently achieved my goal to sell original works in a gallery and have a wall of watercolors for sale at Coastal Craft gallery.
Check out my work (this one is entitled Storm Coming) at: https://www.instagram.com/pegatcape/
AND WATCH THIS SPACE FOR PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE ARTIST JOURNEY and SEE INSTAGRAM FOR ART.