Paul Kelly and Mike Wright—July 12-25, 2024

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,” Kelly says. “I 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.”

Mike Wright is a Provincetown artist who has for decades been creating sculptures made of painted wood that she finds locally and shapes into new forms. This year she has created a series of “shanties.” “My new sculptures are inspired by housing,” Wright says. “A shanty is a crudely built small house or shack, usually built of wood. I’ve been thinking about the houses, cottages, and dwellings we have in Provincetown, and how we lack those that are affordable, especially for family members, working people, and artists.” 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 the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, and St. Botolph Club in Boston.

The Alden Gallery is open daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday evenings, 6-9 p.m., through mid-September, 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.

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