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Arts and Crafts along Cape Cod’s Old King’s Highway

Poppies, Isle of Shoal, by Claude Hassam Whether you have come to Cape Cod for the glorious beaches, stunning vistas or the serene calm, vacation or weekend break, you will have the opportunity if not the inclination, to visit any number of artists’ and craftspeoples’ exhibitions, which are mostly displayed in their private homes. The many things you will see and love about the Cape during your stay, have contributed to the inspiration of a great many artists and will no doubt continue to do so. You will be able to appreciate their work all the more as a result. There is, if you explore off the beaten track a little, an interesting mix of inhabitants who have been honing their craft here for years, and relative new arrivals.

You are never far from these treasures on Cape Cod, whether you find yourself in Provincetown, Wellfleet, Woods hole or Chatham.We are just going to focus on a small Mid-Cape section of Route 6A, which is also known as The Old King’s Highway, from Cummaquid in the west to Yarmouth Port, and then onto Dennis village in the east, a total distance of around 5 miles.

Mary McSweeney is an Irish artist, who frequently travels back to her native land to work on her oil paintings of Irish life, people and landscapes. The entrance to Mary’s gallery is in Mary Dunn Road. A little further along 6A, Peter Coes has a gallery to exhibit his work adjacent to his home at 4405 Main Street. Peter is a very talented chap indeed, being both artist and sculptor amongst other things, but he has time for his visitors to explain his creative processes. He also allows other New England artists to exhibit their work in a second room.

The Fresh Paint Gallery is well worth a visit, in the heart of beautiful historic Yarmouth Port, just around the corner from our inn at 4, Summer Street, and has an extensive exhibition of the works of some eight or so award winning Cape Cod artists. There are several media and styles represented as well as a great variety of subject matter. Do not miss this one, especially if you decide to stay with us. We are hoping to display one or two paintings from these artists in our breakfast room later this year – we shall keep our fingers crossed.

Heading east to the village green in Yarmouth Port, brings you to the much loved Edward Gorey House.Special exhibits include those of Academy Award-winning animator Derek Lamb, who brought life to Gorey’s artwork in the PBS “Mystery”series.

Dennis village has once again a considerable number of artist galleries, but most importantly the Cape Cod Museum of Art, which is open year round. The museum was founded in 1981 by sculptors Harry Holl and Roy Freed to preserve Cape art for Cape Codders, and it exhibits the past and present rich artistic heritage of Cape Cod and the Islands. The CCMA is located in the grounds of Cape Playhouse Centre for the Arts at 60 Hope Lane in the centre of Dennis village. It has seven galleries, a sculpture garden, a museum shop, a screening room for films and a resource library. Speaking of Harry Holl, why not visit his Scargo Gallery at 30, Lord’s Road in Dennis, where you will find sculpted pots, ornate fountains and many beautiful pieces produced at this pottery, which Harry opened in 1952. Various family members have been apprenticed to Harry over the years. This is too good to miss!

Before you leave Dennis, consider visiting one or two of the other galleries in the village, if you still have the energy that is. Choose from : Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts at 601 Main Street for painting, sculpture, sailors valentines, jewelry and stained glass; The Artists Gallery at 593 Route 6A, a co-operative gallery offering original fine art, artistic photography, hand made jewelry and pottery; Imaginings in Gold and Silver located at the Artists Gallery, where Teresa Ellis Cetto has her working studio, crafting one-of-a-kind bracelets, broches, earrings and necklaces, including her very popular horseshoe crab design.

So these are just a few possibilities within ten minutes of our historic bed and breakfast inn, to whet your appetite, some of course you can walk to.

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