The extravagant claims of athletic coaches notwithstanding, “giving 100 percent” is about as good as it gets. And in the eyes of the trustees and staff members of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, “Giving 100 Percent,” a holiday sale of small works for the benefit of the museum, is almost too good to be true.
On view from Nov. 28 through Dec. 16, the show will feature pieces by some 50 artists – all of whom will donate the entire proceeds from the sale of their artworks to the museum. And the nicest part? The whole thing began as the artists’ idea.
A reception in honor of the artists will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the museum. This festive evening will feature hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Treats Catering. Pianist/composer Gary Girouard will provide live music. Admission is free for museum members, $20 per person for nonmembers.
Rocked by deep staffing layoffs and financial difficulties, the museum held a focus group with 13 of the Cape’s most respected artists back in September. Peter Coes, William R. Davis, Carole Chisholm Garvey, Steven Kennedy, Jane Lincoln, Carl Lopes, Joseph McGurl, Alice Mongeau, Carol Odell, Robert Roark, Paul Schulenburg, Karol B. Wyckoff and Joyce Zavorskas shared their thoughts concerning the museum with several board and staff members. Eventually, the discussion turned to the museum’s art auction, which had been cancelled in August. In lieu of rescheduling that event, the artists proposed the small works sale and – with unanimity – the 100 percent donation.
Of course other artists needed to be invited and – the 100 percent stipulation notwithstanding – most quickly agreed to participate. Cotuit artist Karen F. Buckley said yes before the invitation was totally stated: “It’s the crown jewel in the crown,” she said. “It’s the center of the wheel.” “You kind of take things for granted, but the thought that it could be gone makes no sense at all.”
Once the word got out, several artists even volunteered to participate in this fundraiser. As the show grew in size, slight modifications were made in the museum’s exhibition schedule so that the show can open in the museum’s spacious Hope/McClennen Gallery instead of the Polhemus Savery DaSilva Gallery, as originally planned. After the Dec. 1 reception – and, hopefully, a great many sales – the show will move to the smaller “PSD” Gallery for the duration.
“Artists have supported the Cape Cod Museum of Art enthusiastically from the beginning, and we’re incredibly grateful they’re standing up for it now,” said Interim Executive Director Cindy Nickerson. “I believe the museum will be telling the story of the Cape’s art history for generations of art-lovers yet to come. And I trust these artists realize they are all part of that story.”
She also noted that the artists represent only one segment of the community that has rallied behind the museum since the first reports of its troubles. “From monetary donations to in-kind donations to numerous offers of help – we’re just so reassured that the community is fully invested in keeping this museum alive.”
The Cape Cod Museum of Art is located at
60 Hope Lane
, off Route 6A on the grounds of the Cape CodCenter for the Arts in Dennis. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $9, $8 for seniors, $5 for students 13 to 18, and free for children 12 and under. More information may be obtained by calling (508) 385-4477.