Provincetown’s reputation as a creative destination is well established. Artists, writers, and performers have been flocking here for well over a century now. Even in the off-season, there is plenty going on. For the visual arts lover, there is plenty to see and do this March.
The Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) is one of the country’s premier artist residency programs for visual artists and writers. This month, visual arts fellow Victoria-Idongesit Udondian’s work will be on view at FAWC, with an opening reception on Friday, March 17, from 6-8pm. I recently saw Udondian’s work at the Higgins Art Gallery at Cape Cod Community College. Working primarily with found clothing and fibers, I’m sure she gets comparisons to Nick Cave all the time. I loved the way she played with materials and color, for example, using wire to transform a pair of pants into tentacle-like tubes. Definitely worth a visit this month!
The Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) has several great shows up at the moment. The Members’ Juried and Open exhibitions are an ideal way to get a taste of the variety of artworks currently produced in Provincetown and beyond. Check out the watercolors and block prints by Lester Johnson, in a show curated by Christine McCarthy that’s up through the end of the month. Johnson was an important Provincetown artist who showed actively in the middle of the 20th century.
The galleries (mostly located at the East End of Commercial Street) are quieter this time of year (many are closed) but if you visit on a weekend, there’s still plenty to see. Berta Walker Gallery, Julie Heller Gallery, Rice Polak and Simie Maryles (Saturdays) are all open on the weekends this month.