Net Working

Net Working: The Portuguese Community and the Arts – Inspiration, Sustenance and Support

May 19 to October 10, 2006

Curated by Jeffory Morris with guidance from Susan Leonard, David Mayo, and Stephen Borkowski

This exhibition examines the relationship between the Provincetown Portuguese and the members of the local art colony through the 20th century.  The exhibit is sponsored by the Berta Walker Gallery.

The exhibition includes 33 paintings and artwork from the Town of Provincetown Art Collection, and 19 paintings from the collection of Helen and Napi Van Dereck.  In addition, archival material, photographic images, and paintings from the collection of the PMPM are represented.  The overarching goal of this exhibit is to deepen visitors’ understanding of the how the Portuguese community inspired, sustained and supported the members of the Provincetown art colony over the last century.

Net Working will also focus on a vanished part of the fishing industry in Provincetown:  weir fishing.  Through a combination of artwork, text panels, a large model of a weir trap built by Reggie Enos, and the presentation of a video entitled “Still Standing: Trap Fishing in America” by Seth Robein and Mark Birnbaum, the exhibit will illustrate how Provincetown fishermen once caught tons of fish using this form of net trap.

A few of the artists represented in the exhibition include: George Elmer Browne, Tod Lindermuth, Ross Moffett, George Yater, William Zorach, Blanche Lazzell, and Thomas McCanna.

In collaboration with the Provincetown Portuguese Festival, there will also be a video slide show of the photographs of Bill Bernardi featuring the citizens of Provincetown from 1948 through 1970.

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