Art Spring at the Cape Cod Museum of Art Begins April 27

17 Apr Art Spring at the Cape Cod Museum of Art Begins April 27

Art-spring.fwThe Cape Cod Museum of Art will host a collaborative opening reception for the ArtSpring Cape Cod Festival during the CCMoA’s “Freedom of Expression” national juried exhibition.  Several Cape organizations will preview the exciting events they will be presenting as part of the 10-day Festival taking place throughout the Cape from April 27 through May 7.

Groups participating in the reception are the Cape Symphony, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Film Society, Cape Cod Theater Coalition, the Fire Spinners, and more.  They will offer live presentations, dramatic productions, video screenings, behind-the-scenes previews, and interactive displays.

 The ArtSpring Festival was begun as a grassroots collaboration of several groups and individuals to showcase the depth and daring of creative talent on Cape Cod exploring the theme of Freedom of Expression.  Over 50 groups and individuals within the arts communities from Bourne to Provincetown are expected to take part.

 The theme was inspired by festival initiators, the Cotuit Center for the Arts and Cape Symphony, who partnered to present well-known artworks that were created in response to political repression.  Their stunning collaboration of Andre Previn/Tom Stoppard’s theatrical/musical montage Every Good Boy Deserves Favor and the Shostakovich Triumphant Symphony will be performed during ArtSpring.

 CCMoA expanded the theme to artists from across the country to submit artwork to “Freedom of Expression,” a national juried exhibition.   CCMoA Director Edith (Deede)Tonelli said, “At this complex time in our culture we are being encouraged to express our thoughts and feelings, even though, at the same time, we can face increasing attacks for expressing them. We reached out to artists to discover how this conflicting message is effecting their artistic expression.

Out of 400 submissions from 28 states, jurors Jared Bowen, executive arts editor at WGBH, Paul Ha, director of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, and Tonelli chose 44 artists from 18 states, for their diverse and inspiring artworks, including seven Cape Cod artists.

 At the ArtSpring reception, there will be a video presentation by Cotuit Center of the Art’s Executive Director David Kuehn and Cape Symphony’s Artistic Director Jung-ho Pak about the genesis of the festival.

Other presentations include:

  • A preview of readings from the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s “Open Mic” event

  • Trailers from the Cape Cod Film Festival of Arab and Middle Eastern Cinema

  • A preview of film “Alone in Berlin” from Cape Cod Theater Coalition

  • A “Fire Spinners” outdoor performance

  • Pottery and art-making demonstrations

  • Nauset Regional High School Students’ artwork on political issues they care about




Additional ArtSpring events that will be held at CCMoA during the 10 day Festival are:

April 29 – 12 noon – 3 pm  – Alone in Berlin – A Friends of Cape Cod Theater Coalition Event

A light lunch, a thought-provoking film, and enlightening panel discussion.   Alone in Berlin is a film about the conflict between the human urge to speak out and the suppression of free expression in Hitler’s 1940 Nazi Germany.

April 29 – 7:30 pm  –  Boston’s Berklee College Faculty Concert

In this premiere performance on Cape Cod, this virtuoso quartet of international faculty members will highlight their exciting and adventurous original compositions. Sponsored by the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.  Tickets: $20 Adult/$15 Members and Students with ID.  Tickets at

May 3 -1:00 – 4:00 pm  – Paul Schulenburg:  Expressing the Figure

Well-known Cape figurative painter will create an artwork, working from a live model, discuss his process. Tix at

May 4 – June 25 –  Contrasts in Visions: Six New England Photographers, Reception on May 6, 5:30 – 7:00 pm 

Photographs in contrasting styles highlight techniques used to communicate personal and aesthetic messages today.

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