Berta Walker Gallery

It only looks relaxing

“Leisure” (acrylic on canvas), by Carmen Cicero, in the current show “Creative Couple,’’ at Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown.Carmen Cicero is a painter and jazz musician. The gallery says: “Early Cicero was known as an abstract expressionist, but after a fire in his studio in the late 1970s, his work changed. He turned to Figurative Expressionist paintings and watercolors, unique, original, and personal, exuding the artist's personality and observations of human interaction through color and form.’’

“Leisure” (acrylic on canvas), by Carmen Cicero, in the current show “Creative Couple,’’ at Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown.Carmen Cicero is a painter and jazz musician. The gallery says: “Early Cicero was known as an abstract expressionist, but after a fire in his studio in the late 1970s, his work changed. He turned to Figurative Expressionist paintings and watercolors, unique, original, and personal, exuding the artist's personality and observations of human interaction through color and form.’’

'Expansion and containment'

Elspeth Halvorsen, "Mermaid and The Horseshoe Crab'' (box construction), in her show "Constructions, '' at  the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown,  July 28-Aug. 19.      The gallery says:    " Elspeth Halvorsen's mixed media constructions balance expansion and containment, liberty and boundaries, filling her work with found objects gathered in surrealist assemblages. The group of assemblages in this exhibition were created throughout her career, focusing on minimal and abstract space and yin/yang balance. They create the sense of miniaturist surrealistic stage sets - or even temples - wherein her repeating symbols of moon, sphere/egg, mirror/ reflecting surface, draw our attention psychologically inward.''          

Elspeth Halvorsen, "Mermaid and The Horseshoe Crab'' (box construction), in her show "Constructions, '' at  the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown,  July 28-Aug. 19.
 

The gallery says:

"Elspeth Halvorsen's mixed media constructions balance expansion and containment, liberty and boundaries, filling her work with found objects gathered in surrealist assemblages. The group of assemblages in this exhibition were created throughout her career, focusing on minimal and abstract space and yin/yang balance. They create the sense of miniaturist surrealistic stage sets - or even temples - wherein her repeating symbols of moon, sphere/egg, mirror/ reflecting surface, draw our attention psychologically inward.'' 

 

 

Beyond Abstract Expressionism

"Ascension'' (oil on canvas), by the late Budd Hopkins, in the show "Budd Hopkins: Full Circle,'' at the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, July 21-Sept. 3.    

"Ascension'' (oil on canvas), by the late Budd Hopkins, in the show "Budd Hopkins: Full Circle,'' at the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, July 21-Sept. 3.

 

The gallery said: "When the idea of creating a traveling exhibition of Budd Hopkins' work was first proposed ... art historian, artist and writer John Perrault was invited to curate the exhibition. Before Perrault's untimely death in 2015, Perrault wrote the following: 'Budd Hopkins was embedded in his time but also removed from it. His intelligence, which is clearly revealed in his writings about art, also shines through his paintings. He was an original. (These exhibitions will) display Hopkins' considerable talents as a painter and make a case for his place beyond the category of second-generation Abstract Expressionism."'

The Cape, distilled

"Chatham II (acrylic on canvas), by Brenda Horowitz, in her show at the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown. She has a place in Truro, on Cape Cod,  where, the gallery says, she works on compositions "simplified to land, water, sky sometimes a house {to} explore the inherent character of the Cape landscape, where the quality of light reflected by the ocean intensifies the color of nature. The work in the current exhibition was created in plein air in the hills, dunes and marshland of Truro.....'

Giants from childhood

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Sculpture by PENELOPE JENCKS, at Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown.

She has been creating oversized sculptures that depict naked adults who are  middle aged and older.  The gallery says her idea is for the figures "to have the same relationship to the viewer as her own parents and  parents' friends did to her when  she was a child.''

That reminds me: I was a party on a porch in South Dartmouth, Mass., the other day. I  was much enjoying talking with all these interesting old people. Then I remembered, with a start, that they're my contemporaries.

The old cliche about having young children came to mind: "the days are long and the years are short.''

Artists on the edge

deldeoclamwarden "Clam Warden's Domain at Dawn'' (oil on canvas), by SALVATORE DEL DEO, in a show opening Aug. 14, at the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown.

He focuses on the Outer Cape's dunes,  clam flats, sea, solitude, shacks and fishermen in all weather, and his work speaks to their relationship with Provincetown's large and storied arts community, in all its moods,  fads, sociability and reclusiveness.

The somewhat weird effects of having a busy town like Provincetown so close to a wilderness of  vast dunes adds, we suspect,  to the area's allure to so many artists, more than a few of them very eccentric.