CCoCC William Davis

“Pilot Whales!” an oil painting by William Davis, is part of five new art exhibits on view in November and December at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.

Five art exhibits are opening later this month at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. Maritime master William R. Davis will exhibit his oil paintings in the Constantinidis Great Hall, while “Earlier Times,” a retrospective of paintings by Raymond W. Perry, takes place in the Saben Board Room Gallery. Both exhibits run from November 25 through December 19. Two other exhibits run from November 25 through December 5: “The Big and the Small of It,” oil paintings by Ruth Odile Davis, in the Vault and “A Far Place,” paintings by Carl Richards, in the Blue Room.

Continuing in the Education Wing through December 19 is “Soliloquy,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Lydia Mozzone.

Mr. Davis spent his Cape Cod childhood sailing beetle cats and making art as a student at Barnstable High School. After a year attending Cape Cod Community College, Mr. Davis went to work for his father’s heating and air conditioning company, painting at night and eventually selling his work to local builders and folks in Hyannis Port. By 1982, he had made the switch to painting full-time. Mr. Davis had his first show at Richard Bourne Company in 1983 along with his friend Elizabeth Mumford. The show was well-received and attended by Lee Remick and Jackie Onassis. Since then, Mr. Davis has been recognized as one of the best marine artists in the United States, showing his work all over the country. Mr. Davis is known primarily for techniques traditionally used by American luminosity painters to capture the serene light of sunrise or sunset on the water. He also has a marked preference for 19th-century subjects and, most recently, for nocturnes like the one being raffled at the Cultural Center to support its many services to the community.

Known for her stellar seascapes and marsh scenes—and for evocative Tuscan landscapes—Ms. Davis is also recognized for the wearable art that fills her Harwich gallery: Odile Fine Art and Artful Clothing. Ordinarily, Ms. Davis splits her time between her Harwich home and other more exotic locations, but this year she has stayed closer to home, painting, experimenting with abstracts and relying on her considerable creative energy and enormous talent to see her through a tough time. Her exhibit in the Cultural Center will consist primarily of small works and a couple of large canvases.

Mr. Perry, whose “Earlier Times” retrospective will hang in the Saben Board Room Gallery, was a painter, writer and illustrator who specialized in block printing and watercolors. He lived in Providence, Rhode Island, and West Dennis but exhibited his work widely, including at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1918 to 1926. His work does indeed depict earlier times, capturing the color and character of Cape Cod and New England long ago, from a summer day in Provincetown to maple sugaring up north.

Conversely, “A Far Place,” paintings by Mr. Richards, takes his audience far afield to evocative locations captured in vibrant colors and layered textures. Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Richards has lived, painted and made music on Cape Cod for the past 20 years.

Ms. Mozzone, whose exhibit “Soliloquy” will hang in the Education Wing, narrows the focus once again, this time to the human form—a nude, in each case, clothed only in water and light. Best known for her atmospheric renderings of the female form in oil paint, Ms. Mozzone seeks ways to depict the complex, emotional relationship she maintains with her own body. A resident of Boston, Ms. Mozzone was named one of 10 “Artists to Watch” by Boston Accent Lit in 2018.

Raffle tickets for the William Davis painting can be purchased in person or by calling the center at 508-394-7100. The drawing will be held next May.

The Cultural Center will host an open house on Saturday, November 28, from 2 to 5 PM. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 PM. There is no admission fee to the exhibits or the open house. COVID-19 protocols will be observed, including social distancing and mask usage.

The Cultural Center is located at 307 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth.

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