Alden Gallery presents Paul Kelly and Mike Wright—Opening on Friday, July 27, 7 – 9 pm

Provincetown, MA: The Alden Gallery will present a two-person show of new work by Paul Kelly and Mike Wright, opening on Friday, July 27, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the gallery’s exhibit space at 423 Commercial St. Drinks and refreshments will be served; the gallery is open to the public and free. The show will be on view through August 9.

Provincetown artist Paul Kelly has been showing at the Alden Gallery since 2010. “My paintings have evolved over the years from townscapes, using a basic understanding of architectural forms from my professional background as an architect and city planner, to imaginary forms and locations using unidentified vantage points and perspectives,” he says. “I search Google Earth, massing images that interest me. I also look for impossible perspectives on well-known images to trigger my curiosity and re-examine our built environment. My approach and preparation for creating oil paintings include my love for notebook pencil sketching, quick watercolor studies, and weekly access to figure drawing to keep my eye in check. The art of Hopper, Thibaud, Diebenkorn, and Nicholas De Stael are significant influences for my current work.”

Inside / Outside #3, by Paul Kelly, oil on board, 24 x 18 inches

Inside / Outside #3, by Paul Kelly, oil on board, 24 x 18 inches


Mike Wright, a Provincetown artist who has for decades been creating sculpture made of painted wood she has found locally, returned to the Provincetown fishing fleet for inspiration for her new show at the Alden Gallery. “This new work is about lost vessels and boats, and even more so about found ones, but still fundamentally about structure, form and color,” she says. “I’ve always used found materials in my work, and this time I came across a box of postcard announcements of my past exhibitions. I covered the postcards with oil stick color, then scratched and scraped to reveal some of the photographic images of my sculpture underneath. Finally, I attached bits of found painted wood to the artwork for a three-dimensional effect. By appropriating the images of my art on the postcards, I was able to make a connection between past work and current practice.” Wright has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an Artist’s Residency Award at the Vermont Studio Center, and has had solo shows of her work at Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Boat #1, by Mike Wright, postcard, oil stick and wood with frame, 13 x 12 inches


The gallery will be open daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., through Labor Day, after which it will be open weekends through New Year’s Day, 2019. Press contact: or (646) 483-8164.

Inside / Outside #7, by Paul Kelly, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches


Boat #12, by Mike Wright, postcard, oil stick and wood with frame, 12 x 13 inches


The remainder of the 2018 season schedule for the Alden Gallery:

August 10 – 23, opening reception, Friday, August 10, 7-9 p.m.:
Joerg Dressler and Kirk Jenkins

August 24 – September 6, opening reception, Friday, August 24, 7-9 p.m.:
Kevin Cyr and Laurence Young

September 7 – January 2, 2019: Autumn Group Show