Paul Moro: A Painter’s Journey
March 15 – April 30
Opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 4:30 to 6:00pm
This landmark exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of artist Paul Moro (1886-1953), whose oil paintings showcase a masterful vision of Cape Cod in the early twentieth century. Cape Cod was an important influence and inspiration to Moro and where he created some of his most memorable works. This exhibit surveys the body of work he created, including lushly rendered landscapes and energetic genre scenes.
Elizabeth Mumford: New Works
May 3 – June 25
Opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00pm
Liz Mumford’s nostalgic paintings of New England scenes and seaside life reflect a contemporary take on the simple pleasures and traditions of our American heritage. This exhibit highlights both Mumford’s signature style of painted tableaux with lettered borders drawn from such sources of New England wisdom as Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richards Almanac, bible verses, and sea shanties and presents a new direction in her creative work, that of large-scale circular watercolors.
Master of the Maritime: James E. Buttersworth
June 28 – August 20
Opening reception will be held on Sunday, July 2 from 4:30 to 6:00pm
James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) is considered among the foremost American ship portraitists of the nineteenth century. This exhibition features examples of his maritime paintings, known for their meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement. Buttersworth was born in London to a family of maritime artists and studied with his father, Thomas Buttersworth who was also noted for the genre. This exhibition presents fine examples by both James and Thomas Buttersworth from private collections and museums including paintings from the collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art.
At Rest, In Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carvings
August 23 – October 8
Opening reception will be held on Friday, August 25 from 5:30 to 7:00pm
The art and craft of bird carving has an important history on Cape Cod where the Cape’s rich bird life has drawn both bird watchers and bird carvers alike. This exhibition surveys the history of decoys and the change of the craft into a unique art form. Artists included are considered masters in the field who have the ability to capture wildlife subjects in precise detail, such as historic carvers Eldridge Arnold and A. Elmer Crowell, as well a number of prominent contemporary carvers.
Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper
October 11 – November 26
Opening reception will be held on Friday, October 13 from 5:30 to 7:00pm
Cutting portraits, generally in profile from black card, became popular in the mid-18th century and the tradition has continued into the 21st century. Silhouettes represented a cheap but effective alternative to the portrait miniature. The group of contemporary artists in this exhibit draw upon the tradition of silhouettes as well as many folk traditions for inspiration, including Scherenschnitte, kirigami, Wycinanki, and others to create custom papercuttings, and this exhibit features an abundance of extraordinarily intricate work produced in the art form of cut paper.
Fifth Annual Small Works Show
November 29 – December 23
Opening Reception and Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 1 from 5:30 to 7:00pm
This popular invitational exhibit celebrates the high level of creativity of emerging and established local artists; artworks are for sale as a benefit for the Cahoon Museum. Participating artists are challenged to create works equal to or less than 154 square inches in size. Mediums represented include photography, painting, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, fiber work, and shell work.
Upper right: Paul Moro, Floral Bounty By The Bay, Dennis, 1936, oil on canvas
Mid left: Elizabeth Mumford, Rabbits and Potatoes, 2017, watercolor on paper
Lower right: James E. Buttersworth, Catboats and Committee Boat, oil on canvas, Collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art