Cathleen Daley and Jane Paradise—September 15-28

Provincetown, MA: The Alden Gallery will present a two-person show of new work by Cathleen Daley and Jane Paradise, opening on Friday, September 15, 2023, at 423 Commercial St. The artists’ reception will be on opening day, Friday, September 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be on view through September 28.

Cathleen Daley, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and MassArt’s former MFA program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, has been with the Alden Gallery since it began in 2007. She returns this year with six paintings completed in 2022. Her statement for the show begins with a quotation from Henry David Thoreau: “ ‘I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.’ These words speak to my intention for this series of work,” Daley says, “which is inspired by my daily meanders in the woods. Throughout the pandemic and ever since, the forest has been my solace and sanctuary, constant and ever-changing. The light I found there has made its way, both physically and metaphorically, into my painting.”

Photographer Jane Paradise, after years of traveling and exhibiting her work around the world, now calls Provincetown her home. Last summer at the Alden Gallery, she unveiled prints from her book, Dune Shacks of Provincetown, which was published in November 2022, and the work has subsequently appeared in shows at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Mary Heaton Vorse House. This season, Paradise is presenting “The Swim,” a series of new prints from a project she shot 20 years ago while living abroad. “I was an American woman in London taking a photography course,” she says, “and one of my assignments was to capture a group of people — any group. I knew few people in the city, but I had a friend who knew a member of a private, gay, nude male swimming club. Every Saturday night, a group of 50 or so men met at a community pool after hours and would swim serious laps in the nude. After showering, they would meet at a local pub. Seven of the men agreed to be part of my project, and I photographed them over many Saturday nights at the pool before other club members joined in, and often joined the group later for a couple of pints to show them the results of the previous week’s photo shoot.”

The Alden Gallery is open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday evenings, 6-9 p.m., through September 28, after which it will be open weekends through New Year’s Day, 2024. It is free and open to the public. During gallery hours, call 508-487-4230; off-hours, call 646-483-8164.

The future shows of the 2023 season:

Autumn group show: September 29 through January 1, 2024

Press contact: or 646-483-8164.