“Proud 2 Be American” runs August 3 – September 1 and will be Juried by local artist Joe Diggs and curator Mara Williams. For many local patrons, Joes’ Twin Villa, a legendary hot spot in Osterville and the inspiration for this highly anticipated exhibition will be a draw. The opening reception will feature a festival atmosphere with a day of music, food, and brews.
The art gallery is open 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday from Labor Day through Memorial Day and 7 days a week during the summer season. Exhibits may also be viewed during evening performances. Admission to the gallery exhibits, opening reception, and artist talks are free; no advance registration is required.
Please see below for the list of works selected for "Proud 2 Be American"!
Works not selected for the exhibition are to be picked up during gallery hours, 10 AM to 4 PM.
Opening event Saturday, August 3, 2:00pm-11:00pm
Exhibit runs August 4-September 2, 2019
The fifty-eight artists in Proud 2 Be American all possess remarkable foresight and imagination; all have fully used the tools and materials at their disposal to realize their visions. As diverse as the works in this exhibition are, certain threads connect many of them to each other as well as to the outside world.
Unsurprisingly, many of artists created work centering on the symbols of our country—Old Glory, Statue of Liberty, Bald Eagle, 4th of July. Those who have served in the military or public office are commemorated. Also celebrated are specific communities including the Wampanoag, African Americans, and LGBTQ.
Perhaps it’s a reflection of the seriousness of our times that a majority of the artists are preoccupied with justice, fairness, and inclusion. Several flags in the exhibit engage us in a conversation about dualities. A flag made of shattered glass evokes both broken/repaired and one/many. One painted as a quilt pairs the forward momentum of progress/promise. Another is a swirling abstraction suggesting order/chaos and holding out the hope that we can fly through a storm unbroken. Topics ranging from homelessness to racism are explored through the lens of art. Art made by citizens clearly committed to the realization of our foundational aspiration to “…form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Posterity…”
Our appreciation goes out to all 81 artists who submitted their work for potential inclusion in Proud to Be American. There were many worthy works that could not be included because of space considerations, and, as is the case with all large group exhibitions, hard choices had to be made among works whose character was similar.
We want to thank the talented staff of the arts center, particularly gallery manager Michelle Law and box office supervisor Jason Mellin for their professional skills and their hospitality. We hope that you, the viewer, find extraordinary experiences in the presence of the art brought together here in Cotuit.
—Joseph Diggs & Mara Williams, Jurors