FROM THE MAINLAND
The $75 registration fee includes the ferry tickets, box lunch, and reception.
FROM THE ISLAND
Island participants can register for a $30 fee, including lunch.
In case of mizzle or heavy fog, porches around the island will be offered for shelter. Sunday, June 21, is the rain date if there is heavy weather forecast. Please consider blocking both dates on your calendar to ensure participation. The decision to go to the rain date will be made by 5:00p.m. on Friday, June 19. In the event of inclement weather for the rain date, there will be no refunds.
ABOUT CUTTYHUNK PLEIN AIR
Register now for Cuttyhunk Plein Air 2020, set for Saturday, June 20 with Sunday, June 21 reserved for a rain date. The $75 registration fee includes round-trip ferry ticket, choice of box lunch, reception, and prizes. Island participants pay a $30 fee, including lunch. A reminder that a dozen artists were waitlisted in 2019, so act quickly to secure a spot.
Sponsors for the 2020 festival are the Cuttyhunk Cultural Council, Cuttyhunk Historical Society, and the Long-Range Planning Committee for the Town of Gosnold. Island business sponsors are Cuttyhunk Fishing Club and Pete’s Place Rentals. Father-daughter team of Jim and Molly Conway, former owners of the Pea in Your Pants Gallery, will present two purchase awards. Prizes will be gift certificates of $200, $100, and $50 from Dick Blick Art Supplies.
Cuttyhunk, a 580-acre glacial remnant, is the most remote of the Elizabeth Islands chain, and the only one with public access. Approximately three-quarters of a mile wide and a mile and a half long, the quaint island is easily walkable and abounds with scenic views of rocky beaches, cliffs, sailboats, distant islands, wildflowers, and handsome homes.
Cuttyhunk welcomes artists throughout the season. In addition to splendid scenery, the island offers public rest rooms at the Marina and Town Hall, engaging exhibits at the Museum of the Elizabeth Islands, tasty fare from the Island Market, Cuttyhunk Café, Raw Bar, Cuttyhunk Fishing Club, and aboard the M/V Cuttyhunk which provides daily passenger service from New Bedford to the island. Captain John Paul Hunter, aboard his SeaHorse water taxi, also offers transport.
For more information visit:
Facebook sites for Cuttyhunk Café and Cuttyhunk Island Market have additional information.
Hope to see you on Cuttyhunk soon.
What to bring with you:
art supplies, water bottle, insulated bag and cold pack, sunscreen, bug spray, layered clothing, sturdy shoes, foul weather gear.
Public restroom facilities are available at the Marina.
The _ARTY begins at 3:00 p.m. with judging, awarding of prizes and a wine reception before the ferry departs at 4:00 p.m. Top three winners will receive gift certificates to Dick Blick Art Materials.
Arriving artists will receive an information packet with a map, list of island services, and a box lunch with a choice of mini-lobster roll, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwich prepared by the Island Market and the CTHK Café.
Donald Beal studied painting at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and received an MFA from Parsons School of Design in 1983. He moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1985, where he has lived and worked ever since. Beal has taught drawing and painting Cape-wide for nearly 30 years and was a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth from 1999 through 2019.
He is one of two recipients of the 2013 Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Fellowship Grant (LOWF) and received a Gottlieb Emergency Grant and an American Academy of Arts and Letters grant in 2018.
Alfred Walker, owner of Alfred J. Walker Fine Art on Newbury Street in Boston for more than 40 years (now Walker-Cunningham in St. Louis, Missouri), specializes in late 19th and 20th century American art, with an emphasis on art of the Boston school and New England artists.
A Massachusetts native and graduate of Brown University, BA Class of 1959, Mr. Walker first worked privately from his townhouse on Dartmouth Street in Boston's Back Bay before establishing a presence on Newbury Street that served collectors for over 30 years. Today, Mr. Walker continues his association as a consultant to Walker-Cunningham Fine Art.
Bob Smith, a lifelong Cuttyhunker, attended New York University Film School and
produced and directed documentaries and commercials in New York.
As a partner in Tiverton 4 Corners art gallery, Bob collected and sold contemporary Chinese and Southeast Asian art and curated exhibits on Abstract Expressionism, the Art of Polaroid, as well as local artists working in various media. Bob also served on the collections committee of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, championing contemporary artists. This June marks his fifth year as a juror for the Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival.
GET TO CUTTYHUNK PLEIN AIR
Ferry transportation from New Bedford, MA to Cuttyhunk is included in the $75 registration fee. The M/V Cuttyhunk leaves the mainland promptly at 9:00 a.m. for the one-hour cruise. The passenger ferry will return to New Bedford at 5:00 p.m.
New Bedford parking: Cuttyhunk Ferry Company offers limited on-site parking spaces on a first come first served basis. Parking is $15.00 daily. Parking permits are required and are available at the Cuttyhunk Ferry Company office. Strict enforcement on State Pier includes towing and fines. Alternate parking is available at the Whale's Tooth Parking Lot.
9:00 a.m. M/V Cuttyhunk departs State Pier, New Bedford, registration on-board
10:00 a.m. Arrival and island tour
2:30 p.m. Pick-up and return to Coast Guard boat house
3:00 p.m. Jurors review and prizes awarded
4:00 p.m. M/V Cuttyhunk departs Cuttyhunk NOTE: Rain date departure is 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Arrival at State Pier, New Bedford NOTE: Rain date arrival is 6:00 p.m.
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