Artists Give Demonstrations At Addison Art Gallery Celebrate Our Waters Reception

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Topics: Conservation , Environment , local artist

Evening Calm,” oil on panel by Paul Batch.

     On Saturday, Sept. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. the Addison Art Gallery will hold a reception for Orleans Pond Coalition’s Celebrate our Waters Festival featuring new works inspired by the waters surrounding Orleans, including Town Harbor, Rock Cove, and the area’s many freshwater ponds. The event will feature painting demonstrations by artists Paul Batch and Sharon McGauley.
     The weekend of Sept. 16, 17, and 18 will mark the 11th annual Celebrate Our Waters Festival. Orleans Pond Coalition, along with the town of Orleans, will host more than 20 free events highlighting the natural beauty and recreational opportunities that the waterways surrounding and throughout Orleans have to offer, as well as the unique character given to the community by its surrounding waters (see story on page 18).
The celebration is a weekend-long reminder of all the fun and beauty offered by the waters that surround us, while the art captures that enjoyment and beauty,” Addison Art Gallery owner Helen Addison said. “Additionally, the weekend has educational components for all ages that further help us appreciate, and influence us to care for, this vital and multi-faceted resource.”
     Paul Batch is a contemporary painter praised for his evocative atmospheric landscapes. “Paul Batch's love for the water is evident in his work and in his life,” Addison said. “Paul has spent years observing and studying the waters of Cape Cod. Paul's representations of water have garnered awards and recognition all over the country and he is a regular supporter of the Center for Coastal Studies. His intriguing enthusiasm for sharing his process is joyous to watch.”Batch explained that his work reflects the tone and qualities offered by nature.
     “I strive to convey a felt experience through my art,” Batch said. “Though most of my work is representational, I keep myself open to embracing the more abstract elements of each individual scene.”
     Sharon McGauley said she has painted hundreds of paintings of the sea.
     “There is nothing that has inspired me more — the sea, the sky, and environment that surrounds it,” McGauley said. “It is ever changing while consistent in its wildness, its unpredictability, and its ability to bring peace.”
     The Orleans Pond Coalition is a volunteer organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the saltwater estuaries and freshwater ponds and lakes of Orleans. The organization offers educational programs, sponsors water quality research, and works with community, regional and state organizations on policies to protect the environment. Special events like Orleans Pond Coalition's Celebrate Our Watersinvites the community to experience local waterways and to appreciate their significance to Cape communities.
     "It's all a reminder to cherish our waters, and a call to action to do everything we can to protect this fragile ecosystem,” said Jamie Demas, the Orleans Pond Coalition's treasurer who also leads the organization’s partnership with Association to Preserve Cape Cod to monitor Orleans' ponds for cyanobacteria.
     For more information on Addison Art Gallery’s Celebrate Our Waters reception, contact Helen Addison at or call 508-255-6200. Addison Art Gallery is located at 43 South Orleans Rd., Orleans. For more information about the Orleans Pond Coalition’s Celebrate our Waters Festival, visit