Here’s a fun idea for art lovers this winter: The third annual Winter Art Series, 11 weeks of shows featuring Cape Cod galleries and artists, will begin at Chatham Bars Inn on Friday, Jan. 17. The series runs through Friday, March 27.
“People really come—it’s been a great social thing for people,” says Domonic Boreffi, owner of Gallery Antonia at 1291 Main St. Boreffi schedules the shows.
The shows are open for two hours, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each evening, the inn will serve complimentary Prosecco and cheeses. A cash bar will be open.
In fact, you can make an evening of it at the inn between the art shows, free mixology classes and the Sacred Cod Tavern which serves dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. “Sometimes people start there, or finish,” Boreffi says of the tavern. The mixology classes are given by master mixologist Adam Coutu in the inn’s South Lounge from 6 to 7 p.m. The Jan. 17 session will feature tiki drinks, and the series will run through Scotch, hot cocktails, Valentine cocktails, vodka, prohibition, wine and more. The final session on March 27 will cover whiskey and bourbon. No reservations are needed; participants must be over 21.
The inn hosts the art shows, charging the artist a 10 percent fee on anything sold during the show. And many galleries do sell their art, Boreffi says. “It’s great exposure and there’s so much that happens beyond a reception, beyond an art show,” he says. “It’s an impression—great follow-up opportunities.” A loop of information on the galleries and artists runs continuously on a screen in the room.
Here is a look at the winter lineup:
Jan. 17: Boreffi’s Gallery Antonia will open the series on Jan. 17 in the inn’s Garden Room, formerly a retail space. Gallery Antonia will display a “selection of pieces from our local artists and people in the region,” Boreffi says. Generally paintings are hung around the perimeter of the room, with center tables holding small works. The show includes oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture and photography. Boreffi likes to “bring pieces that have had energy, as opposed to something that no one has mentioned.”
Jan. 24: Local Color Art Gallery in Chatham. The gallery features the work of Julie Dykens, Heather MacKenzie and nine others. The show will be held in the Monomoy building.
On Jan. 31 the Creative Arts Center will feature a selection of works in various media by its 25 faculty members in the Garden Room.
Feb. 7: Tree’s Place Gallery in Orleans will feature its artworks in the Garden Room. The gallery was founded in 1986 and represents paintings for budgets ranging from $500 to $5,000.
Feb. 14: Aries East Gallery in Brewster features the work of Geoffrey Smith who specializes in landscapes, seascapes, horse racing, portraiture and more. The show will be held in the Garden Room.
Feb. 21: The Guild of Harwich artists will join the series for the first time this year. The work of 21 members of the group is featured in the group’s gallery in Harwich Port. The show will be in the Garden Room.
Feb. 28: Griffin Metal Works. Artist, blacksmith and sculptor Rusty Griffin specializes in sculptural and architectural metalwork in forged steel, bronze and copper. Joining him will be oil painter Kevin Knight who paints hyper-realistic representations of Cape Cod imagery such as waves. In the Monomoy building.
March 6: Artist Odin K. Smith in the Garden Room. Smith paints Cape Cod landscapes in acrylic, pastel and watercolor. Her roots reach back to the Provincetown arts colony of the early 20th century.
March 13: The Schulz Gallery of Osterville will feature the work of Matthew M. Schulz who paints Cape Cod landscapes, wildlife, sporting and nautical art in oil. In the South Living Room.
March 20: Chatham artist Tilda Bystrom of Stillwater Garden Studio is known for her Cape Cod landscapes as well as miniatures of historic sights, homes and businesses. In the Garden Room.
March 27: The Nines Art Gallery in Harwich Port features the work of Loren DiFerdinando, known for her paintings of water and translucent objects such as bottles, and Luther Bates, a photographer and painter. In the Garden Room.