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Walks through Provincetown

Provincetown art

It’s not every day that you encounter a patch of sidewalk with inlaid curvy metalwork and marbles. The photo above was taken in the East End of Provincetown, MA, where I had the restful pleasure of a 4 day stay in early July.

Provincetown has no shortage of art galleries or shops with beautiful items from around the world. Yet, like the unusual inlaid sidewalk above, there is so much about the town environment itself that is artistically interesting! You could never set foot in an art gallery while there and still find surprises like this:

Provincetown sculpture house

and this:

Provincetown sculpture

These sculptures are in the yard of someone’s home. Located on Center Street between Commercial and Bradford Streets, the yard is full of sculptural charms. Even the stone wall that envelops them is fascinating to study:

Provincetown stone

Stone wall photo by Elizabeth Vitale (

Provincetown stone

Stone wall photo by Elizabeth Vitale (

The town’s microclimate produces some unusually shaped and colored flowers as well, and the area’s gorgeous light shows them off magically:

Provincetown flowers

Provincetown flowers

In 2002, writer Michael Cunningham (author of “The Hours” among others) published a memoir of his times in Provincetown over 20-some years. The book, Land’s End, captures so much of the multi-layered specialness of this place at the very tip of Cape Cod. I’ve read it several times and always enjoy the lovely writing that so well describes Provincetown, its inhabitants and environs.

A peek inside the always-packed (with stuff and with people) Marine Specialties store turns up curious piles of everything you never knew you wanted:

Provincetown marine specialties

The airy interior of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum is an excellent place to see the work of talented local artists. Here are the current exhibits. The napping lady on the museum’s front lawn reminds me of how peaceful it felt to go to sleep and wake up next to the shoreline every day.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Have a great week.

Paula Ogier Artworks

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Hi there. I’m Boston-based digital artist Paula Ogier. In this blog I write about about my art new works, projects in process, life in Boston, inspirations, ideas, and creative challenges. I live and work in Boston's South End neighborhood, in the enclave known as the SoWa Art + Design district. I'm fond of big cities, architecture, great imaginative spaces, food & drink, gardening, wandering around the city on foot, binge-watching well written shows, talking to cats, and of course, making and experiencing art. Artist website: Twitter: Paula Ogier Artworks My studio is at 450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 203.

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