Provincetown, MA: The Alden Gallery will present a two-person show of new work by Jane Paradise and Cathleen Daley, opening on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 423 Commercial St. As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no opening reception. The show will be on view through September 24.
Photographer Jane Paradise, after many years traveling the world, now calls Provincetown her home. The photographs she is presenting at the gallery this year are part of a series called “Eat. Drink. Provincetown.” “Provincetown is a jarring combination of natural beauty and thriving commercial enterprise,” Paradise says. “That all changed in March. I had been photographing the town’s restaurants and bars for a few years now, capturing their uniqueness throughout all the seasons of the year. But this year, not all of them opened—the Old Colony Tap remained closed, as did the Mayflower. Others found a way to keep our community alive, if not thriving: Canteen, Mac’s Fish House, the Lobster Pot. Next year, we hope Provincetown will be fully open and a vaccine widespread—that we survive as a closer community and all that’s left will be the memories of Mac’s Fish House’s early April sign: ‘Be Calm. Be Brave. It’ll Be OK.’ ”
Cathleen Daley, a graduate of MassArt’s former MFA program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, has been with the gallery since it began in 2007, and returns with selected works from a new series. “My paintings explore a personal approach to abstraction as well as a continuing interest in the formal qualities of color, color temperature, shape and edge,” says Daley. “Any one of a number of visual cues can instigate a painting, but ultimately my process yields to the liberty of the materials and the singular necessity of each piece. The paintings in this group reference ongoing ink drawings, which have become a daily practice in my studio. They are an exercise in the ultimate liberty of listening, being, and just letting go without constraint. The paintings that spring from that process are of the same spirit and discovery. I call this series ‘The Influence of Drawing.’ Each painting evokes a distinct visual experience of process, feeling, and phenomenon, quietly relating that which words cannot express.”
The Alden Gallery is open Thursday-Monday, noon-5 p.m., through Columbus Day, after which it will be open weekends through New Year’s Day, 2021. It is free and open to the public. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, masks must be worn within the gallery and only one party of up to two people will be admitted at one time. Appointments will be given priority. During gallery hours, call 508-487-4230; off-hours, call 646-483-8164.
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