Provincetown Art Association: Discover new Artists in P-Town

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is a 19,500-foot facility that both preserves and displays art.  Located at 460 Commercial Street, the museum specializes in artists from here in Provincetown, throughout Cape Cod, and beyond.  Despite the fact that it’s “all the way out here” at the tip of Cape Cod, it is the museum that is most attended here on the Cape!

The P-Town Art Association itself was established in 1914 by area business owners, with the first juried exhibition happening in 1915.  It only took four more years for the group to purchase the current building (in a much smaller state) in 1919, and the organization added “Museum” to its name.

The overall goal of the organization was, and is, to provide and preserve meritorious works of art, and to provide a means of art appreciation and education to the public. Since that time, PAAM has done its best to provide a wide variety of exhibitions throughout each year of existence, and the organization has acquired more than 2,500 works in its archives, providing a basis for a historic local artistic record.

In 2006, the building was renovated and expanded from 11,000 square feet to its current size.  The building now contains five galleries, three sculpture gardens, and studios used for a variety of purposes.  PAAM also works to provide lectures about current displays and other topics, workshops, demonstrations, and classes to the public.  PAAM is also one of only 775 (of about 17,500) museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

We formally invite you to spend some time at the Museum during your stay at a member Distinctive Inns of Provincetown property!

  • Summer hours (Memorial Day through September) are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
  • Off-season Hours (October through May) are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
  • General admission is $7 for adults, with special free Friday evenings.

For your consideration, summer, 2013 exhibitions include:

Going on NOW until July 7
An Intimate Cosmos
Fascinating mixed-media works by Elspeth Halvorsen.  Although her work is set inside of “boxes,” the content is far from ordinary.  Using found objects, she creates almost multimedia-type pieces that make you both ponder and admire.

Going on NOW until June 23
Art and Craft: Made In Provincetown
Art collection owned by James R. Bakker.  Works from 60 of the 200 artists represented in his collection are on display in a wide variety of mediums.

Going on NOW until July 21
Art of the Garden
A PAAM Collection display of works featuring a floral motif, offered in honor of the upcoming 16th Annual Secret Garden Tour.

Going on NOW until June 23
Houghton Cranford Smith: A Journey

Cranford Smith was a local painter here in P-Town who painted landscapes throughout his travels.

June 28-August 11
James Balla: Into the Blue Again
Drawings, oil paintings and prints by this popular New England artist.

June 28-August 11
Art by Jim Peters
Jim’s specialty is painted canvases, most with a mixed-media surprise making 2-D into 3-D.

July 12-September 7
Members’ 12×12 Exhibition and Silent Auction
Member works are up for grabs during this fundraiser for both PAAM and the artists.  Bidding begins at $125 on each piece.

July 19-September 2
Pioneers from Provincetown: The Roots of Figurative Expressionism
A rare look into local art that captures the human experience from the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

August 16-September 29
Abstract Marriage: Sculpture by Ilya Schor and Resia Schor
Fascinating metal-based pieces by these two Polish-born immigrants to Provincetown.  Their art is not of one medium, however.  While Ilya was a master in metal, Resia brings a variety of different materiel to the mix with paint, precious metals, wood, plexiglass, and more.

August 16-October 13
Constantine Manos: Looking Back
Both black-and-white and color photography by this elite creator – some of which have never before been seen.  Depicting life from the early 1950’s and beyond, the photos in the collection are some of the artists’ favorites.

~ The Innkeepers of The Distinctive Inns of Provincetown

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