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Friday, November 15, 2019

Artful weekend in Cape Cod

Most people think of Cape Cod for its seashore, but there are a lot of places that have a chance to shine when the weather gets cooler. None of them are large, but if you’re in for a pleasant drive, here are some suggestions.


Start with the Sandwich Glass Museum. November 15 kicks off their 10th annual Glassblower’s Christmas, featuring hundreds of unique glass ornaments made by the Cape’s finest glass artists, all hanging on Christmas trees in the Contemporary Gallery and available for sale. While you’re there, take in the new Made in Snow exhibit of winter-themed art, including hand-decorated glass winter landscapes made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. 


The Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port (8 Strawberry Lane) is always worth a stop. Gorey (who you may know as the artist for the animated intros to PBS Mystery) was among the primary writers of Nonsense Literature, and the museum’s exhibit Hippity Wippity is a tribute to the genre and to Gorey’s eccentric life.


Last, peek into the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis (60 Hope Lane) where there’s a group show celebrating the lives of four significant Provincetown artists --  Varujuan Boghosian, Carmen Cicero, Elspeth Halvorsen, and Paul Resika – all of whom are now in their 90s. Exhibit is through December 1; Museum is open every day except Monday; admission is free on Thursdays from 5-8 pm. 


All of these museums are reasonably close together (it’s a little over half an hour drive from Sandwich to Dennis), so it’s easy to do all of them in a day. If you want to go just slightly out of your way, stop by the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit (4676 Falmouth Road), where you’ll find Soo Sunny Park’s Boundary Conditions, an installation that weaves together metal and iridescent Plexiglas, and reflacts daylight in otherworldly ways.