Dale Bishop Schimmel
Painting is an entirely new pursuit for me! I finally have the time to dedicate to being a student of craft that is so much more elusive than it appears! I have this opportunity after retiring from an extremely rewarding career in education where I worked initially as a classroom teacher and later, after graduate school, for the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Conneticut in Storrs. I completed my 38 years in public education as a teacher-trainer, curriculum developer, and finally as a math and science supervisor for a regional school district in Western Massachusetts.
For the past ten years I have participated in Flying Colors plein air workshops in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala and have had the good fortune to study with Mel Stabin, Judy Wagner, Judy Morris, Don Andrews, and more recently, Bob Burridge.
After moving to Cataumet four years ago, I began to attend weekly watercolor classes with Andrew Kusmin at his studio in Plymouth. Anxious to paint outside in order to achieve more spontaneous and impressionistic paintings, I organized several plein air workshops with Andrew that featured Andy Evanson, a recent Silver Medal winner of the American Watercolor Society competition, as the demonstration artist.
Having always appreciated the effects artists achieve in oil, I was lured to the lovely paintings of Hillary Osborne and took several classes with her. Perhaps my greatest thrill as an amateur artist occurred several years ago when a patron who has collected Hillary’s work for years, purchased a small piece that I painted which she purchased at the West Falmouth Library summer art show. Interestingly enough, it was entitled: “Hillary’s Pick.” It featured a small Chinese vase with a handful of daisies that were lopsided, arranged in a way that looked quite childlike. Hillary had set this still life up specifically for me when I became frustrated attempting to paint a beautiful bouquet of roses she had arranged for the class that day! The patron who purchased my work loved hearing how the title came to be!
The Falmouth Artist Guild offers many opportunities to expand ones’ interest in the arts. After admiring Terry Dunn’s oil paintings, several years ago I joined the legion of admirers who paing weekly with her. In additon, I have studied pastels with Betsy Payne Cook and sold the very first piece I completed at the “Class Act” Show last fall. Inspired by a photograph I took on a trip to Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, it was a peice that truly ‘painted itself’!
Painting in any medium has become and addiction! I actually dream about in and find myself leaping out of bed, anxious to get to my studio. Successful paintings, however, are much more difficult to achieve than I ever thought. It takes tenacity as much as it takes talent. This is a lesson that I preached to teachers for years. We are all born with certain gifts but true talent takes more than creativity or intelligence. It takes dedication. With wonderful teachers, however, retirement allows me the great gift of time to develop my interest in the visual arts. What a blessing!
Cecilia Capitanio is a self-taught artist born in Chile. In 1972, she moved to the USA and began experimenting with different media and studying masters like Monet who have influenced her impressionist painting. Cecilia’s award winning paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries, juried art shows, and private collections in the US and around the world. Cecilia’s work can also be seen online at www.ceciliarc.com.
Donna Helfen of Sandwich is a retired schoolteacher who has been making clothespin dolls for more then 30 years. Her craft was inspired buy the Henry Vll peg people her husband brought back from a trip to England, but her creativity was inherent and she was making clothes for her Ginny dolls when she was just a girl. “Both my grandmothers were quilters and I often used their leftover scraps,” she says. Her dolls are miniature works of art. They start as plain, wooden clothespins and in her hands they turn into pilgrims, Indians, fishermen, brides and grooms, characters from “The Nutcracker,” Halloween witches, ballerinas, snowmen and others. She is extremely inventive in accessorizing her tiny people, using an acorn cap for a basket, a toothpick for “The Nutcracker’s Drosselmeyer’s cane” or a witch’s pointy nose. A curving scallop shell becomes a mermaid’s tail; her husband’s old sweater is fashioned into a knitted cap for a snowman. All have loops for hanging but the dolls stand on their own, usually on pedestals made from wooden checkers. Her clothespin dolls have been carried in gift shops at Pilgrim Plantation and Colonial Williamsburg and one year, the Smithsonian Institution featured her among artisans in Massachusetts. Over the years, she’s streamlined her process into almost factory-like efficiency, painting a bunch of legs, for example all at once, instead of individually. “My dad was a tool and die maker and he made me a rack so I could that.” she says.
An aunt worked in a skirt factory and imparted assembly line techniques. Helfen can’t say how long takes to make one doll, but it’s still a labor of love after all these years.
“One women called me and said every year she is so happy when it’s time to bring out her Pilgrims and Indians for the Thanksgiving table,” she says. “That’s really a nice thing that you can give bits of happiness.”
David Rogers was born in Greenfield Massachusetts, where he developed an interest in what was to become a primarily self-taught ability to do portraits.
Graphite and charcoal were his preferred mediums throughout the 1970’s.
During the late 1970’s he continued to hone his skills for capturing likenessess as his new family offered ever changing subject matter for portraits.
Color was soon introduced via the dry pastel medium.
An early annual showcase for his work was the local agricultural fair where many first and second place ribbons were won and a modest following was created.
Sporadic drawing and design courses taken at the local Greenfield Community College when time from work and family allowed, have been Mr. Rogers only formal training in the arts. He and his family moved to Falmouth, MA. in 1996.
Since moving to Falmouth, Mr. Rogers has taken part in various portrait groups and a brief course in the “Old Masters Style” with fellow artist and friend, Doug Rugh.
Large 30″ x 40″ oils in his own custom built frame creations are his latest passion.
Brilliant sunsets over Buzzards Bay near his North Falmouth home continue to give Mr. Rogers an inexhaustible supply of artistic fodder and inspiration.
Always seeking out new artistic endeavors, his latest fascination is producing concise portraits on a tablet.
Mr. Rogers work has been displayed at both open and juried shows at the Falmouth Art Center, Mashpee Community Televison, Falmouth Hospital and two separate one man shows at Falmouth Community Television.
You can see more of Mr. Rogers’ work on his Facebook page, ‘David Rogers Artist”.
Candice Ronesi, a lifelong art lover, has been a resident of Cape Cod since 2001. Originally from upstate New York, her life before Cape Cod included degrees in psychology and public administration and a career as an administrator for a public pension fund.
Candice’s paintings are inspired by the wonderful clarity and depth of shadows on the Cape. A frequent traveler of the Cape’s hidden paths and byways, she paints to capture the effects of light and shadow on small undiscovered places. Candice has been painting since 2004. She has been a student of several noted Cape Cod artists. She works in watercolor, pastel, oil and her preferred medium, acrylic.
Candice is a juried Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Association and has won numerous awards in Association shows, including two “People’s Choice” awards. She is also a member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Falmouth Artists Guild, Yarmouth Art Guild , Chatham Creative Arts Center, Sandwich Arts Alliance and South Cape Artists. Her work has been exhibited at venues throughout Cape Cod and may be seen currently at Red River Frame Shop and Gallery, Brewster, MA; Dan’l Webster Inn, Sandwich, MA; Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable, MA; Larkin Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Post Office Gallery, North Truro, MA; What A Grind, North Falmouth, MA and Impulse Art Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
John’s work includes many medias. He is an illustrator and known for his watercolors. He has been included in the New England Watercolor Society for the past four years. John is also highly recognized for his work with oil and acrylic painting. He is known nationally for his sports cartoons. John has produced a full line of Marthas Vineyard posters. He is a retired computer graphics teacher from Falmouth High School.
Current Business: Owner and Illustrator of Holloday Graphics
Posters for the NFL, Chicago Cubs, and for 40 Colleges and Universities
Jigsaw puzzles for FX Schmidt, Buffalo games
Illustration for Tropicana Resort, John Deere, Chicago Cubs, Hewlett Packard, Universal Studios, Charles Levie, Falmouth Road Race, PGA Hardee’s Golf Classic
Eight Children’s Books for Smithmark Publishing Company
Copper Works, Menemsha
Louisa Goulde’ Art Gallery, Vineyard Haven
Menemsha Blues carries the Vineyard Posters
Jan Collins Selman
As an internationally recognized Painter and printmaker, Jan Collins Semlan’s landscapes of Cape Cod, Maine and Florida have been a subject of noted fine art collectors and museums for over 50 years.
Her Fine Art education began in the early 60’s at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her ability to create fine are prints was recognized as innovative beyond her years. At age 17 she won a National Scholastic Arts Scholarship from a field of over 3,000 applicants, the first of many scholarships, awards and prizes of her extraordinary artistic career.
Selman credits her classical painting approach to T. Lux Feininger, her painting instructor. Fifty years later, Selman clearly see Feininger’s influence in her work. Her approach is rooted in his Bauhause aesthetic of a lyrical, cubist-inspired vision, solid design and construction, technical mastery and an emphasis on color and light. Solid design that captures the unique Cape light and color in every season, is Selman’s true subject matter.
Selman has lived on Cape Cod and has painted the ever changing Cape landscape for over 50 years.
Her remarkable paintings and prints have won her first place in the permanent collections of four Massachusetts museums: Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, Duxbury Art Museum Complex, Provincetown Art Museum and The Cahoon Museum of American Art. Her work is part of a number of the most important private collections world-wide.
I receive inspiration from the natural beauty of Cape Cod – the changing seasons and the subtle colors of the shore and marshes. I love the expanse of sea and sky, the ever-changing light and reflections, and the interplay of these elements with the water and the near and far shores.
I create paper collages using layers of watercolor, handmade papers, and bits of Nature. The handmade papers have rich textures and colors, sometimes opaques, sometimes transparent. They create unique soft edges, when torn and depth of color and texture, when layered. I relish the challenge of “painting” with the limited palette of color available in handmade paper. I also add a layer or two of plants – local grasses, flowers, seaweed and lace-like leaves, which, when dried and pressed become like paper. They add depth, texture and their natural grace. At times I also highlight my collage with oil or watercolor pastels or pencils. When working, I feel that I am painting with these elements, not gluing or constructing. I am working with nature and not so much trying to reproduce it. I also create small bowls from paper pulp using the same technique.
In my early years as an artist, I explored many media and took courses at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende and at the Museum School in Boston. For the past 45 years I have used different craft techniques to push the boundaries of craft into fine art. I have taught adults and children at various schools, summer camps and art centers. My work has shown in the US and Canada in fine galleries, group shows and one person shows. Some venues include the Left Bank Gallery, The Artful Hand, Cataumet Art Center, the Falmouth Artist Guild, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, the West Falmouth Library, the Woods Hole Art Show, My Sister’s Gallery, Color Obsession Gallery, ArtWorks in New Bedford and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton.
In addition to paper art, I also maintain a private practice in the Alexander Technique (Body Awareness), and I travel, choreograph, and teach Sacred Circle Dance internationally.
Davie Etler has lived in Falmouth, MA. for 42 years. In the 1960’s he was an “A” team medic in the US Army Special Forces and upon finishing a tour in Vietnam enrolled in the first class of physician’s assistants graduated by Dartmouth Medical School. He was a member of Falmouth Medical Assistants and prior to retirement in 2004 he was a physician’s assistant at J.M.L Care Center.
As a child and throughout his adult life he has been interested in art and various mediums but recently has used ink as one of his favorite mediums of expression. David, always a bird enthusiast, has carved and painted birds of all types.
Retirement has allowed more time to pursue this along with travel, which has expanded his pool of subjects besides the multifaceted Cape Cod scenes.
A New England native, Arlene has attended art classes at the N.H. Institute of Art, studied under Andrew Kusmin (Past President of the New England Watercolor Society) and attended many workshops given by such nationally renown artists as Jim Kosvanec, Carlton Plummer, Tom Lynch, and George Shedd.
Since moving to the Cape in 1994, Arlene has devoted her creativity to painting wonderful Cape Cod. The Cahoon Brush Off has been a very successful show with Arlene selling many paintings since its beginning. She is a member of the South Cape Artists and the Sandwich Arts Alliance, a juried member of the Cape Cod Art Association, Falmouth Artists Guild, and Yarmouth Art Guild. Her works can be seen in the “What A Grind Gallery” in North Falmouth, MA. and the “Rinaldo and Cross Gallery” on Main Street in Falmouth, She has sold numerous paintings of Cape Cod.
As an award winning artist, she has participated in numerous juried art shows and has had serveral successful solo art shows. For several years she taught watercolor and acrylics in Venice, Fl and on Cape Cod. She loves seeing her students expand their talents and create paintings of which they can be proud.
Water media is very expressive and passionate. Arlene believes her paintings express the charm and beauty she sees in wonderful New England.
A resident of Falmouth, Ma., Michael Petrizzo is an award winning fine art photographer, portrait artist, and fine art print artist. He has been recognized locally and nationally for his stunning works of art. His photography hangs in homes and offices from coast to coast, Europe and New Zealand. He has a studio in Falmouth.
“I have found photography to be an exercise in patience, observation and continual learning. I will not take a photograph without visualizing it first in my mind’s eye, and then I wait and watch the light until it is the right time to create my vision on the digital or film negative. Sometimes it takes days or weeks or even a change in season to see the photograph the way I preceived it. The journey continues and I am pleased to say my interest is as strong as ever in creating photographs.”
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The award winning nature photographer Ronald Wilson has devoted decades to photographing the New England landscape from Land’s End in Provincetown at the tip of the cape to the eastern most point in Maine at West Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec. “What keeps me going is knowing that the world of light and shadow will always be new with things not seen before, waiting to be discovered”.
With a background in art ( BFA – Massachusetts of Art), he has always sought to bring the sensibility of a painter to his work. Recently, his photography was chosen by the Cape Cod National Seashore for exhibit in the Salt Pond Visitors Center as part of their “Perspective Series” presenting work that captures the essence of Cape Cod.
His dramatic landscape images have been widely exhibited in one person and group shows and many of his images have been featured on the cover of Cape Cod Life magazine.
He has led Art of Landscape photography workshop with the Cape Cod Art Association since 2013.
He is a gallery artist in the South Shore Art Center and the Plymouth Art Center.
For 10 years he has maintained a studio/gallery in Plymouth.
John Whitmarsh is a New England landscape and nature photographer. He lives in Yarmouthport, Mass.
John was given his first Kodak camera at age six, by his father from whom he learned the fundamentals of black and white film processing and printing in a “wet” darkroom. Today, 60 years later, John uses digital cameras and “develops” his images in a digital darkroom.
John has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in journalism. He spent 37 years in publishing, market research anad corporate marketing.
It all started in a small Cape Cod village along the canal, in a simple wood house on a country road.
When she was just a girl she’d put on her slip and go out for a twirl. In her backyard she’d twirl and swirl, when she was just a little girl.
After she’d grown a little more she’d go for walks along the shore, she’d sing her songs out to the sea and wonder what she’d one day be, when she had grown a little more.
The years flew by as all time does and she forgot the girl she was; because, because, because, because, because.
Now years later the kids have grown and she and her husband are on their own. A new phase of life has begun, there are poems to be written and songs to be sung, there is art to create for it’s never to late to take a walk down by the sea and discover what you’ll one day be.
Lisa Horton was born and raised on Cape Cod. Although she always dabbled in collage she entered the art scene late in life as the poem above describes.
Self-taught artist Amy Rice has a passion to explore and experiment. Her inspiration comes from her surroundings, emotions and imagination. Her free spirit guides her paintings. “I often begin a painting without a plan and allow the work to take a life of its own. Other times I use one of my photos for a basic concept, then discard the photo and continue on by feeling, memory and imagination.” A versatile artist, she uses a variety of mediums, her favorites being watercolor and acrylic.
Army’s museum quality original paintings and fine art prints are collected extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She was featured in Cape Life Magazine’s 2012 Annual Arts Issue and is included in the book of “Artists of Cotuit”, a publication of the Friends of the Cotuit Library.
Amy is a year-round Cape Cod resident and owner of Woodruff’s Art Center and Rice Gallery, both in Mashpee Commons, Massachusetts.
The fine art portfolio of artist Michael Heintz reveals striking photographic images saturated in color and intriguing in composition. Heintz presents us with the splendors of life, purely for our visual pleasure.
Heintz’ limited edition, archival digital prints are produced for exhibition. In additon, his recent book, Little Squares of Color, offers us the opportunity to enjoy many of Heintz’ images from his fine art portfolio, and a greeeting card series allows us to share his inspiring imagery with others.
A commercial photographer for over twenty years, Michael Heintz specializes in food photography, with a client list that includes Hellman’s, Kraft, Dannon Yogurt, Pepperidge Farms, Unilver foods and other select brands. Heintz’ editorial clients include Simple Living, Vegetarian Times, Wine Enthusiast, Time Life and other select media. View more of Michael Heintz’ studio work at www.heintzwasson.com
Cynthia beleives art is for everyone = that it speaks to the universal spirit we all share, using the language of brushstrokes, line and color.
“If my paintings make you pause and marvel at the beauty of the quiet place or familiar object previously unnoticed, and then remember it, not in your mind but in your heart, I have succeeded. I am happy because my art has become the shortest distance between you and me.”
Cape Cod Massachusetts has been my home for my entire life. Photography has always been at the forefront in my life with the elements in nature being my favorite to discover. While exploring new ideas, I have become deeply impassioned in my Fine Art Photography in recent years. My work has evolved from observation within traditional/academic photography to a process of discovering the essence of my subject matter. Currently, I am being mentored by local professional photographer Jon Moore and local artist Nick Vardack. The focus of my work has evolved into predominately a mix between representational and non-representational abstract photography.
Marc W Fuller
Inspired by his grandmother, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, a renowned sculptor in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, Marc W. Fuller became interested in the arts and music at an early age. Marc taught himself violin at the age of 16, and designed and crafted his own electric violin later on in life (which he still plays to this day).
His success at an early age motivated him to continue developing his skills in obtaining a Degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, associated with Tufts University.
Marc’s talents range from drawing, painting (oils, acrylics, and pastels), sculpturing and wood crafting. He is currently mastering a series of the Stations of the Cross, several of which have been displayed in area churches. Marc’s realistic rendition of Jesus Christ hangs at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Buzzards Bay during Lent.
In addition to his spiritual interpretations, Marc’s love for nature is a frequent theme in his artwork. He has painted numerous local landmarks and historical sites in and around the Cape Cod area, many of which remind him of his youth and the beauty of Cape Cod.
Marc works from his home studio in Bourne, MA.