Eastwind Gallery Celebrates ‘Cape Cod Pandemic Heroes’

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Topics: Arts , COVID-19

“Judy, Dental Hygienist,” by artist Patty Barnes, one of Cape Cod’s Pandemic Heroes in Eastwind Gallery’s exhibit.  COURTESY PHOTO

ORLEANS – Painter Patty Barnes will be Eastwind Gallery’s featured artist through Saturday, Aug. 1 as the gallery presents the first showing of her series “Cape Cod Pandemic Heroes.” The series of oil paintings celebrates brave Cape Codders in many different occupations who have continued to work throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Barnes, who describes herself as primarily a landscape painter and whose work includes seascapes and views of the Provincelands, was moved to create portraits of local people working through the pandemic after she volunteered for an organization to paint a pandemic hero from New York City.

“I found it very satisfying,” she said, “and I wanted to do it for a local person. I started thinking of people I know who are working dangerous jobs through the pandemic, and people began nominating people they knew.”

Barnes said that there will be a large exhibition of the portraits at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Yarmouth in February, at which time she expects to have many more finished. Her exhibit at Eastwind Gallery will include 10 of the Pandemic Hero paintings she has finished to date, including portraits of a housekeeper who works at Cape Cod Hospital; a pianist who volunteers to perform at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and continues to do so live throughout the pandemic every day from her home, sharing the music remotely; a woman who organizes and runs the delivery service at Ring Bros. Marketplace in South Dennis; a man who has kept in-person AA meetings running like clockwork while maintaining social distancing; a dietitian at Cape Cod Hospital; a dental hygienist; and a real estate agent who has continued to work with first-time home buyers in spite of COVID-19.

Barnes came to her art career only five years ago. She asked her husband for art supplies for Christmas and never looked back. Today she is an award-winning oil painter whose work has sold nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Impressionist Society, Inc. and a juried member of the Oil Painters of America. She paints at home every day, usually with her dogs, King Charles Spaniel Ruby and Australian Labradoodle Finley, at her feet.

Barnes will be available at Eastwind Gallery on Friday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In accordance with public health guidance and directives, the gallery has implemented recommended health precautions necessary to provide a sanitized and safe environment through a comprehensive daily sanitation regimen to minimize the risk of infection. All visitors are asked to wear masks.  Eastwind Gallery is a cooperative gallery located downstairs at 34 Main St. between Watson’s Men’s Apparel and Gallant Jewelry in the heart of the Orleans Cultural District. Visitors enter from Main Street or Main Street Square, where free parking is available behind Watson’s with a rear entrance to gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information visit eastwindgallery.net as well as facebook.com/eastwindgalleryorleans and instagram.com/eastwindgalleryorleans. Learn more about Patty Barnes and her work at phbarnesfineart.com.