CBI Provides Winter Haven For Cape Art Lovers

By: Tim Wood

Topics: local artist

Early Morning at the Fish Pier by Tilda Bystrom.

A series of exhibits featuring artists from around the Cape will brighten Friday nights this winter.

For the second year, Chatham Bars Inn will host a Winter Art Series, with receptions every Friday night from Jan. 18 through March 29 at the Shore Road resort's Garden Suite. The events happen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The series is designed to both showcase area artists and art galleries and show that the resort remains an active place year-round, said Recreation Manager Joshua Bower.

“There is always something to do here,” he said, noting other off-season inn events such as the weekly trivia night on Wednesdays and upcoming cooking and cocktail making classes.

The Winter Art Series was assembled with the help of Domonic Boreffi of Gallery Antonia in West Chatham. An effort was made to include different media, including traditional and nontraditional paintings, sculpture and photography, as well as galleries from the region.

“We tried to have a variety of work,” Boreffi said.

“This year we had a big push to involve an artist from every town,” added Bower. “The most difficult thing was choosing the galleries and artists. There's so many fantastic artists living here.”

Artists include Centerville Impressionist Sam Barber, who had a solo show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art last year; Chatham resident Tilda Bystrom, known for her land and seascapes; contemporary oil painter Marian Strangfeld; sculptor Tom Odell and abstract artist Carol Odell; and photographer Kim Roderiques.

Galleries that will be mounting exhibits as part of the series include Trees Place in Orleans, Cove Gallery in Wellfleet and the Nines Gallery in Harwich Port. Chatham galleries include the Creative Arts Center, Focus Gallery and Gallery Antonia.

Artists and gallery owners will attend the receptions and mingle with the crowd. “It's a nice space,” Boreffi said of the Garden Suite, where complimentary refreshments will be available.

This series is a bit more organized that the first year, said Boreffi, who helped out a bit during the inaugural season. “Last year I think it was more word of mouth,” he said, but nonetheless the receptions drew respectable attendance.

“People brought friends. I think it's a neat thing to do in the wintertime,” he said. Even during last winter's often inclement weather, “they were still well attended.” The power went out during an exhibit of the Odells' work. “We hope that doesn't happen again.”

The Jan. 18 reception will feature artists from Boreffi's gallery, including Ann Hart, Ginny Nickerson, Susan Hollis, Kim Roderiques and Jo Ann Ritter, as well as selected pieces by the late Marguerite Falconer from the recent retrospective of her work at the Atwood House and Museum.

Subsequent exhibits and artists or galleries are Jan. 25, Tilda Bystrom; Feb. 1, Creative Arts Center group show; Feb. 8, Tree's Place; Feb. 15, Marian Strangfeld; Feb. 22, Aries East Gallery, Geoffrey Smith; March 1, Sam Barber; March 8, Cove Gallery; March 15, Nines Gallery; March 22, Odell Studio/Gallery; and March 29, Focus Gallery.

Winter Art Series

Chatham Bars Inn

Shore Road, Chatham

Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 through March 29

Free admission