Afterglow Festival

Arts

Albert Merola Gallery

Connections. The unifying factor for the artists shown here by Albert Merola and partner James Balla is a relationship with Provincetown, where this gallery stays open year-round. And yet, we find it the most New Yorkais of Provincetown’s art spaces. You’ve got some big names here who, yes, either make the seaside hamlet home, or summer here with regularity. Jack Pierson, Tabitha Vevers, Pat de Groot, Tabboo!, Michael Mazur, Milton Avery, Richard Tinkler, Mischa Richter and John Waters, who has curated exhibitions here, are either or both internationally renown and locally recognized for riding their bikes or walking barefoot through town. We think there is a sense of this gallery presenting the crème de la crème and that may well be true. Still, the proprietors are super warm and friendly without the slightest whiff of elitism. Surely, this gallery is known the world over from SoHo to the Left Bank to Brussels, Beijing and beyond.
424 Commercial Street. 508 487 4424. www.albertmerolagallery

Art Market Provinctown (AMP)

Punked. Probably the most ambitious gallery in Provincetown, this relative newcomer, owned and run by Debbie Nadolney, champions the emerging artist working in various media; and, as a resident of New York’s East Village, she brings that gritty sensibility to the art scene here at the tip of Cape Cod. There is an emphasis on the cool factor, perhaps stemming from Nadolney being rooted in New York’s downtown music scene in addition to fine art. Some say it can feel forced. While, we at Afterglow have been flattered that the gallery has given space in art shows to a number of the performers we’ve presented in Provincetown, including Jill Pangallo, Justin Vivian Bond, Chris Tanner, Penny Arcade and others. The gallery sometimes doubles as a performance space—which bristles some locals—and other artists we’ve presented, like Nora Burns and Nath Ann Carrera, have moonlighted here. Our favorite AMP painters are Larry Collins, Karen Cappotto and Christopher Sousa; and photographers of note: Katrina del Mar, Bobby Miller and Jamie Casertano.
432 Commercial Street. 646 298 9258. www.artmarketprovincetown

Four Eleven Gallery

Salt of the Earth. There is an essential authenticity which characterizes this gallery. Nobody here is trying to pitch or sell you on something, nor do they ignore or shoot you icy looks. Here one encounters pure joy in engagement. There is a purity that the artists who show here share. Of all the galleries in Provincetown, this one probably has the best energy and you get a sense that its artist proprietor Liz Carney has created this space out of a true love for painting and other fine arts. If creativity is indeed the gateway to spirituality, that entrance is found at the threshhold of this eponymous address. For over fifty years, the big white house on the beach has been a studio and home to many artists and writers. And few places in town, let alone galleries, evoke the spirit of a Provincetown of yore as this sacred space does. Along with Liz Carney, Peter Hocking, Matthew Capaldo, Helen Grimm, Madelyn Carney, Janine Evers and others show here. We can never pass Four Eleven by without stopping in for a vibrational recharge—there is always a vibrant exchange of ideas, inspiration and passion in this place.
411 Commercial Street. 617 905 7432. www.fourelevengallery.com

Schoolhouse Gallery

Thoughtful. Mike Carroll, the director/owner of this unique gallery space that specializes in modern and contemporary  painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking, has a meticulous eye and attention to detail. Representing over fifty artists of the mainly mid-career to notable variety from the end of Cape Cod (and throughout the US and Europe) the Schoolhouse maintains a large inventory of works. Here, the focus is on the collector, whether the seasoned sort or one just finding his or her way. Carroll works with individuals as well as museums, corporate and other art professionals in the presentation as well as the sale of works. The Schoolhouse’s design services include consulting for acquisition and installation for the individual as well as for home, office or corporate collection; and we find Carroll’s practicable approach to curating to be heartfelt and helpful to those seeking a valuable selection of works. Located in Provincetown’s historic East End, The Schoolhouse is the only  remeaining one of three builidings built in 1844 to replace the one-room school houses that existed up until that time. There’s a lot of history here; and in that setting, the extensive collection of forward-leaning art makes for a poignant and powerful juxtaposition.
411 Commercial Street. 508 487 4800. www.galleryschoolhouse.com