Cultural Center of Cape Cod Welcomes Artists from Near and Far
Three new exhibits feature artists from both sides of the bridges.
South Yarmouth—The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is always proud to exhibit the work of both local artists and those from across the world, striving for a balance between the near and far and between emerging and established artists in a wide range of media. Starting on May 26, the Center’s galleries will perfectly reflect this balance as they offer art by the renowned contemporary artist Joseph Patrick Arnegger from Sarasota, Florida, and by three local artists: Willie Simon and Emily Jathas—whose work is influenced by their innate creativity combined with special learning styles—and local painter Peggy Richard. All exhibitions will open on Wednesday, May 26, and close on Saturday, June 19. The Cultural Center will host an open house on Saturday, May 29, from 2-5pm. All are welcome, but CDC protocols including social distancing and mask usage will be in effect. There is no admission fee. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5pm. The Cultural Center is located at 307 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth.
“Where the Sand Meets the Sea,” by Joseph Patrick Arnegger, which will be shown in the Constantinidis Great Hall and Blue Room galleries, is a collection of paintings that combine the nostalgia of the past and the familiarity of found materials in a manner that bridges the gap between sculpture and paint. Over the last two decades, Arnegger has explored painting, materials, and techniques to create a style which pays homage to his family’s history and his own personal memories. Born in Boston and raised in Montauk, Joseph is no stranger to New England.
“Living on the coast my whole life has made me keenly aware of the overlooked beauty of the flotsam and jetsam, the color of light reflected off water, and the horizontal relationship between sand sea and sky,” Arnegger writes. “’Where the Sand Meets the Sea,’ is an attempt to combine all those things with a kind of homecoming to a New England coastal town.”
Joseph comes to the Cultural Center through the Sarasota relationship with Managing Director Molly Demeulenaere, who worked with Arnegger on multiple art projects over the past decade. “Joseph’s creativity and ingenuity make him one-of-a-kind. He brings an energy and presence to each space that he curates, and we are thrilled to introduce the Cape to his unique work.”
Synthesizing issues of realism and abstraction, Arnegger’s work recalls elements of vintage advertising in combination with art historical references. His work is nostalgic for a way of painting, and a way of life, that has vanished. His images of popular culture from the past resonate in the artistic awareness of the present. While figures and places in his paintings may appear iconic, for him the references are personal. They are memories that helped form who he is as a person and an artist.
Having a relationship with his materials is a key element of how each piece of art begins. His paintings are objects that are sculptural in their construction. They are structures