Friday, May 27, 2011

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Hi to everyone who joined us on this very special Tour across America.

A. Paul is hard at work in his studio and the gallery has successfully reopened for business for the season. This season's Calendar of Events include several exciting exhibits with a special exhibit taking place September to October. The Tour of America :Artist Invitational will feature special works by artists met during our recent journey across the country along side our core group of Cortile artists. For more information regarding this exhibit and other events at Cortile Gallery, please join us as a friend at Cortile-Gallery Provincetown on Facebook and stay in touch through our website blog at

Thanks for taking the trip this winter with us and we hope to count you among our friends for years to come.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Provincetown, MA


It was a beautiful sunny day in Provincetown, albeit a bit on the cool side.  With the sun in full force, A. Paul & I set out to begin getting our lives a bit back to normal and start preparing the art studio and gallery for our new season.

A quick drive through Provincetown showed that the town was still awakening from winter but the hammers, saws, and clean ups readying   businesses for the season has begun.   Along the way to the art studio and gallery, we met up with well wishers and friends welcoming us home, which we appreciated greatly. 

For those readers who have not had the opportunity to visit Provincetown, Ptown (as it is more informally referred to) is the oldest, continuous art colony in the country. Visual artists have long favored the light and landscape of Cape Cod, in particular the light of Provincetown the furthermost point of the Cape. Performing and literary artists discover a wealth of inspiration in the diverse population of this small seaside village. As such, Provincetown offers an array of both visual and performing arts.  Included in these venues are the Provincetown Art Association & Museum PAAM),  the Pilgrim Monument & Museum, the Fine Arts Work Center, nearby Truro Castlehill Center for the Arts, and over 80 art galleries, art studios, art schools, and performing arts theaters.

Though the town slows to a quiet crawl in the late winter and early spring, the summer and fall swells with visitors taking part in the endless festivities the town has to offer, such as Carnival & Jazz Festival in August, June's International Film Festival, September's Tennessee Williams Festival, and the Spring & Fall Restaurant &Gallery strolls.  There are several organizations you can explore to see these  and other "happenings" in Provincetown. The Chamber of Commerce; Provincetown Business Guild,  Provincetown Tourism Office and;  all post a calendar of events for the town. 

If you are looking for art and fine dining, you can also check the several art/dining guides published in town and  online , and .  Of course, we hope that you will also plan a visit to Cortile Gallery and drop by to see the wonderful art of our artists or simply to say hello  A short stroll down the street from the gallery, you can catch A. Paul in his studio which is always open  to the visiting public during the season.

Regarding Cortile, we have an exciting calendar of exhibits planned this year. We will be opening for business mid-April and will have our first official gallery opening on May 20th. We are planning an Art Tour Across America exhibit in the early fall. Watch for our updated calendar  and blog on our new website due to roll out next month. You can also stay in contact with us  via Facebook by friending Cortile-Gallery Provincetown.  If you would like to be added to our contact list for special announcements, feel free to email me and I will make sure to add you to our email list

As I bring the Art Tour Across America blog to a close this evening, I say goodnight but not goodbye.  As A. Paul & I reflect upon all the landscape, venues, and people we met along our journey, we realize that this is not to be the last of our tours, but marks a beginning.  We are hopeful to arrange an Art Tour Across Western Europe in 2013 and hope you will continue traveling and exploring the arts along with us. 

Thank you to everyone for your hospitality, comments, time, and for sharing your arts & communities with us. It was an inspiring trip and it was fun to have you travel along with us.  I close tonight with a few images taken at the end of the day and the sunset we captured on our way back home.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Drive from Boston to Provincetown


A. Paul & I headed back to the Cape late afternoon after taking care of some business in Boston.  The late day sun created deep shadows amidst the city's buildings and spectacular illusions with the blanket of clouds in the west.

As we drew closer to the Cape, the familiar landscape, bridges, and light of the sky created a warm welcoming feeling for our return home.  The sun was setting as we passed through Wellfleet, capturing a spectacular show of color reflecting off the water. 

We rolled into Provincetown just as the last light of the sky was reflecting across the Cape Cod Bay with the town's skyline in the background. The lights of the Pilgrim Monument acted as a beacon across the familiar landscape.

Tomorrow, I will share my last closing thoughts and provide some information on the Art in Provincetown, the oldest continuous art colony in the country, in an effort to share our small part of paradise to those who shared yours with us.

 I leave you this evening with images of our drive and the beautiful color we experienced during our ride to Provincetown, MA


Good Morning from Boston

Thank you to those of you who have sent messages acknowledging the approaching end to the Art Tour Across America. 

Please look for one or two more posts--Art in Provincetown and conclusion remarks and images that close our tour.  We thank those who have gone the distance with us on our travels; your comments are and were so appreciated as it kept us feeling as if our friends were traveling with us.

Have a wonderful day and hope you will take some time to check in with the blog later.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saratoga to Boston, MA via Albany, NY


Hudson River & Albany, NY
It was a gorgeous sunny day for A. Paul's & my drive to Boston, MA.  The approach to I-90 (Mass Pike) provided a wonderful view of the Hudson River with a glimpse of Albany's skyline. 

Along the interstate, the landscape was waking up from a long winter, with remants of cascading ice floes frozen to the side of the road.  The sunlight casting through the woods created abstract shadows beckoning to be photographed.

The short 3 hour drive from Saratoga Springs, NY to Boston, MA permitted us to arrive in Boston with the city illuminated in afternoon light.  The view of two sailboats in the Charles River was almost too perfect against the city's skyline.

"The Fog Warning" Winslow Homer
artwork in Art of the Americas wing at MFA
Though we would like to stay and explore the city further,tomorrow, we must head to Provincetown.  Until then,  I leave you tonight with the link to Boston's Museum of Fine Art which is a definite must see when planning a visit to historic Boston.  The newest wing, the Art of the Americas Wing, has rave reviews and is on the top of our list to see when we next return to Boston, but you can read more about this centerpiece expansion and its collections at

Boston Museum of Fine Art

 Beyond the MFA, Boston offers an array of visual and performing arts  when visiting the city.  To explore the many sides of Boston's historic and contemporary venues you can visit or .


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY

More commonly known as Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, New York hosts some of the best attended art venues in the Capital Region of upstate New York.

The permanent settlement of Saratoga occurred in 1776 after a British soldier, fighting in the French Indian Wars,  was brought by Native American Indians to the healing springs of Saratoga. It was not long before a vibrant trade business and hotel trade began to develop around the infamous springs, starting with the first hotel built by Gideon Putman still in existence today. With the progress of trade and infrastructure the settlement grew into a formal township and, in 1819, Saratoga Springs was officially established. Not long after, in 1863, the country's first horse track was built in its current location providing the basis for further growth of the town. Today, the racing season in August brings multitudes of  horse afficiandos to Saratoga Springs. 

SPAC amphitheater
Saratoga also offers a host a number of diverse entertainment venues other than its race track, such as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), located in the park,  and Saratoga Arts Center, located in downtown.   SPAC, founded in 1961, hosts live performing arts and festivals such as the jazz festival, symphonies, ballets, and contemporary music concerts throughout the year.   

Organized in 1986, Saratoga Arts Center offers its community diverse workshops, art education, art placement programs, a gift shop and exhibit gallery and is a core sponsor for events such as Saratoga's New Years First Night festival    In addition to the Arts Center, the main downtown street, Broadway, offers four additional galleries featuring the works of local, regional and international artists.

Beekman Street Gallery
A more recent development in the arts of Saratoga is nearby Beekman Street's Art District. Beelman's Street turn-of-the-century homes have been converted into Saratoga's art district with several bistros, artists coops, and artist studios to offer its visitors along with a calendar of events such as Arti Gras (April) and first Saturday Art Walks. 

Throughout Saratoga are several museums.  The Saratoga Museum houses historical relics and documentation of Saratoga's founding  The National Museum of Dance located in Saratoga is the country's only museum solely committed to the history of dance   There is also the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame  ,  the New York State Military Museum and Saratoga Auto Museum

At nearby Skidmore College, one can attend numerous lectures and view special exhibits at the Tang Teaching Museum , which I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Alumni Invitational exhibit this afternoon.  The exhibit incorporated innovative pieces such as welded coin functional furniture, mixed media collage works, and photography.  The upstairs level housed a special African themed exhibit showcasing works that explored the interrelationship of humans and their impact upon their environments.

Though Saratoga was once considered a "summer town", it has over the years developed the foundations for being a more year round destination with a host of activites, outdoors and indoors, to offer its visitors.  It is definitely a town worth putting on your "must see" list when traveling to New York state.

Tomorrow, A. Paul & I head to Boston then, alas, Monday we arrive back to Provincetown.  I leave you this evening scenes of Saratoga with a few images from the opening exhibit at the Tang Museum.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Drive from Jamestown to Saratoga Springs, NY


A. Paul & I set off on in the morning with Jamestown covered in a layer of ice.  The temperature was 27 degrees and the sun struggled to break through a layer of clouds as vast as a sea. 

As we continued our drive towards Corning, NY, the sun finally broke through casting light across the freshly snowcovered landscape.  Snow clung trees in pristine fields of snow provided us a winter wonderland for the remainder of our drive, especially enhancing the small town of Corning's downtown main street where we made a brief detour.

Corning is home to the Corning Museum of Glass which showcases one of the world's largest glass collections depicting over 3500 years of glassmaking.  In addition to its historical coverage of glassmaking, Corning also showcases new, innovative glassmaking in its Glass Innovation Center and an extensive contemporary glass arts gallery.  It is definitely worth creating a visit to Corning to see the town and the museum.

We continued our drive on to Saratoga Springs, NY, where long time friend, Dr. Olney, extended his hospitatlity for our next two days' visit to the area. 

I will continue to share links to the arts scene in Saratoga before parting to Boston on Sunday and home to Provincetown, MA on Monday.