11 of our Favorite GalleriesAdd to My Luxx Living
Our art expert, Julia Bangert, shares 11 of her favorite art galleries, including her own, Tree’s Place, in Orleans. Please visit Julia at Luxx for stories, exhibits, insights and profiles about the Cape Cod art scene all year long. You can personally connect with her there too. And there is a useful interactive map to locate all 11 of the galleries.
They represent a dozen to represent a variety across the entire Cape, and we’ve added one each on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard for good measure. Share your favorite galleries with us at luxxcapecod.com.
Packard Gallery, Provincetown
Housed in a century-old former church in Provincetown’s East End, Packard Gallery is an elegant, yet intimate gallery with high ceilings and creaking wood floors. It is also a family-run mainstay on the Commercial Street art scene.
Matriarch Anne Packard is a third-generation Provincetown artist and granddaughter to American painter Max Bohm, who was an influential member of the original Provincetown art colony.
Anne channels this legacy into her own contemporary landscapes, infusing (typically) staid compositions with an intense sense of mystery and atmosphere that has beckoned fanfare from collectors and critics for decades.
She shares the gallery with her daughters, Cynthia, who creates large, abstract paintings in mixed media, and Leslie, who prefers saturated colors in still life and floral arrangements.
Tao Water Art Gallery, Barnstable
Tao Water Art Gallery’s flagship is on scenic Route 6A in West Barnstable, but it recently opened a second location in Provincetown. The gallery carries some incredible (mostly Chinese) artists, many of whom have a strong presence across the United States.
Tao exhibits everything from unrestrained abstract paintings to neoclassical realism, and lots in between. For this sophisticated blend of styles, it is one of my favorites and a must-see art destination on Cape Cod. Especially noteworthy are Zhao Kailin’s introspective portraits of young women and Bao Lede’s calligraphic landscapes.
Quidley and Company, Boston and Nantucket
Owner Chris Quidley is a native of Chatham. His father, Peter Quidley, is a prominent oil painter whose refined style instilled in Chris an appreciation for craftsmanship and an eye for discerning exceptional art.
Their namesake gallery on Nantucket’s cobbled Main Street has been drawing visitors seeking traditionally-inspired seascapes and figurative work for nearly a decade. In the summer, Friday night openings offer a first-look at works by artists like Forrest Rodts and Michael Keane.
A second location on Newbury Street in Boston focuses on more contemporary works on canvas and in the round.
FOCUS Gallery, Chatham and Cohasset
Owner/artist Cindy Vallino is known for her award-winning floral and botanical photographs. Taking blooms and stems out of their more usual artistic context, she presents them alone or in dramatic compositions against stark backgrounds that take advantage of their organic shapes, at times conjuring a Georgia O’Keefe-like aesthetic.
In addition to Cindy’s work, you can expect to see monumental whale portraits by Bryant Austin, Michael Eudenbach’s unusual nautical perspectives, and pared down landscapes from other promising and established regional photographers.
Harvest Gallery and Wine Bar, Dennis Village
Owner Michael Pearson offers a unique combination of dining, music and art in the heart of Dennis Village. While not conforming to a “pure” art gallery format, this spot has become quite popular as a year-round gathering place for local epicureans.
Wine tastings, open mike nights and concerts by local musicians bring groups in several evenings each week for special menus and exhibitions. The gallery carries works by about 12 artists on an ongoing basis, and is exceedingly approachable for newcomers to the art scene.
Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet and Orleans
Owner Audrey Parent has been running Left Bank Gallery, with three locations in Orleans and Wellfleet, for four decades. Each gallery has its own unique offerings, but all three are linked by Parent’s taste for modern American craft.
In addition to oil paintings, you’ll find mixed media, hand-woven textiles, and encaustic works. Rooms are filled with ceramics, wooden sculpture, and a wide array of artisan jewelry and gifts. An example of one of Left Bank’s extraordinary offerings are beautiful ceramic wall hangings in egret motifs created by Tom and Nancy Giusti using the ancient Japanese method of Raku.
Dickerson Gallery, Brewster
Husband and wife Jack and Kate Dickerson have created a dynamic space for creating and displaying their artwork. After successful careers in advertising and commercial design, the two decided to move to Cape Cod and focus on creative pursuits full time.
Their beautiful building and grounds on Route 6A in Brewster were formerly a well-known antiques destination for French-period furniture and paintings. Today, the couple enjoys the unique address as both a private residence and a welcoming gallery space in which to enjoy Jack’s pastel hued oyster shell paintings and landscapes, alongside Kate’s whimsical trompe l’oeil still life paintings.
Osborn and Rugh Gallery, Falmouth
Cape Cod painters Doug Rugh and Hillary Osborne started their gallery in Falmouth in 2008 after more than two decades working as professional artists. The gallery also is a working studio, so visitors can expect to see the artists in action on any given day.
Both have an affinity for recreating the beauty of the Upper Cape landscape. Also proficient in figurative work, they welcome commissioned portraits and opportunities to create interpretations of a client’s favorite Cape Cod views.
Tree’s Place, Orleans
Personal affiliation aside, the gallery at Tree’s Place is truly known on the national stage, and has been an arts destination on Cape Cod for more than two decades.
Collectors have come to expect a curated selection of works by some of the most coveted and admired representational painters in the United States, while aspiring artists are drawn to the gallery for the opportunity to view master works by some of their mentors.
Recent lecturers include Philip Eliasoph, Professor or Art History at Fairfield University and Gerald W.R. Ward, the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Christina Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard
Now in its 37th season, The Christina Gallery provides a year-round opportunity on the Vineyard to view traditional works by living and contemporary masters.
Located on the corner of North Water and Winter Streets in the heart of historic downtown Edgartown, the spacious gallery encompasses two floors where browsers will find a wonderful collection of antique maps and nautical charts, contemporary Sailors’ Valentines, and works on paper by such well-known artists as Renoir, Cassatt, and Pissarro.
Woods Hole Handworks, Woods Hole
Woods Hole Handworks is an artists’ cooperative gallery located in the heart of Woods Hole Village at 68 Water Street. The gallery has been in operation for over 30 years and specializes in hand-crafted works by regional artists who represent a variety of creative styles and processes.
Look for handcrafted jewelry by Sarah Morse and photographs by Mark Chester, whose stunning black and white photographs have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and many other publications.
Please visit luxxcapecod.com to learn more about these 12 galleries, meet the owners and view some of their exhibited artists. To email Julie Bangert, please email her at email@example.com
What are your favorite galleries on the Cape and Islands? Please share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send photographs as well.
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