More than 20 years ago, a group of prominent Cape Cod artists decided to organize a one-week “retreat” in Truro. Renting cottages overlooking the scenic Pamet River, they painted en plein air, or outside, during the day and gathered for artist camaraderie in the evenings. The retreat went so well, they did it again the following year. And the next year as well.
Taking only one year off—2020 because of the pandemic—the group, which calls itself Twenty-one in Truro, will gather again in Truro this fall.
A show that captures the individual artists’ distinct styles, “Blue: The Twenty-One in Truro Artists,” is currently showing in the Landrau-Partan Gallery at the Falmouth Art Center through June 28.
Many of the works feature the color blue prominently. But another sense of “blue” refers to the fact that last year the group did not convene. “There is a celebratory feeling that shows in these works as we anticipate being together,” said Jane Lincoln of East Falmouth, one of the artists who is part of the group.
In addition to Ms. Lincoln, the following 18 artists are in the show: M’Lou Sorrin of Hurley, Suzanne M. Packer, Jane Eccles, Susan Hollis, Michele Dangelo, Heather Blume, Julie Olander, Maryalice Eizenberg, Christie Velesig of Mashpee, Carol Odell, Rosalie Nadeau, Joyce Zavorskas, Lorraine Trenholm, Kate Nelson of Brewster; Jerre Moriarty, Martine Jore, JoAnn Ritter and Linda Young.
The Falmouth Art Center, at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth, is free and open to the public daily.