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:
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:
The town’s microclimate produces some unusually shaped and colored flowers as well, and the area’s gorgeous light shows them off magically:
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:
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.
Have a great week.
Paula Ogier Artworks