The Cape Cod Visual Artists Cooperative
A group of local artists residing on Cape Cod. We work in all visual media and exhibit in group shows within our geographic area. We fulfill the need to support and encourage each other, find venues for exhibitions, and facilitate each other’s creative needs. Our meetings are usually in person, but the pandemic has forced us to find a new presence in cyberspace.
We applaud our partnership with, and facilitation by, the Truro CoA.
When I take a photo I am drawn into that moment, focused on a feeling or perspective that I want to hold, save and share. I've been in love with photography since I was 11, the year I got my very first camera. My passion led me to pursue an art degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As well as my first photography job at The Field Museum Of Natural History, working as a darkroom tech and studio photographer's assistant. For nearly a decade I have been teaching technology for Apple in San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in photography and shooting with iPhone. Currently I’m living on Cape Cod with my Nikon in hand I’m shooting the moon, chasing its phases and working on a book and enjoying the landscape at every turn in every season. Purchase of selected works visit Shop
Bethia Brehmer was born in 1942 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1960s. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Illustrative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s triggered an outburst of cutting-edge ideologies and movements, truly sensational and spectacular. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact globally, largely defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The significant escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the central idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, while getting rid of the emotional and highly personal aspect it would usually entail with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply identifying with Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, distinctive to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the lingering angst of the meaninglessness of life.
Joanne Maaloe Burdick
Ms Burdick first studied art at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, and earned her BA from Bard College as an art major and furthered her education at the Art Students League of New York. After moving to Wellfleet, Joanne began printmaking with teachers Marcia Howe, Pia Mackenzie and Vicki Tomayko, and exhibiting with the Cape Cod Printmakers. To prepare for a painting trip near the French Pyrenees, she took watercolor classes with Mary Ann Stow and Joan Hopkins. Now she meets weekly every summer to paint en plein air with a group of Outer Cape artists, while creating the watercolor still lifes that give her the greatest pleasure year-round.
I began painting some 30 years ago, but with the demands of child rearing and a new jobb set it aside and did not pick it up again until my retirement 6 or 7 years ago.
Christine Fitzsimmons, Artist
Christine M. Fitzsimmons studied art and interior design at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in 1987. She also studied painting and textile design at the Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, in Detroit, Michigan. Christine is a professional member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), and a nationally acclaimed commercial interior designer, included in Barons publication Who’s Who in Interior Design 1988 – 19989 Edition and Who’s Who in Interior Design 1990 – 1991 International Edition.
Born and raised in Orleans, Taylor has dedicated himself to art from a young age. He studied painting at Pitzer College in Claremont California, then returned home to pursue his career.
I paint to tell stories of time, place and experience. My paintings are expressionist land and seascapes, often with figures; still lifes and portraits. The common thread that connects them as a body of work is my desire to put a narrative quality into all of my paintings. Many of my seascapes depict the place where the sea meets the sand. They are the expression of my never-ending infatuation with how waves hit the beach, and the hypnotic qualities of long slow curves of color that sizzle and melt. I reside year-round in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, which is on the outer arm of Cape Cod. Most of my recent Cape cod paintings have been done "en plein air". I have visited both Grenada and Ireland often, and am always seeking to learn more about the history, culture and artistic legacies of both of these fascinating islands. All of my paintings in these locales are the result of sketches and photos taken on location.
Having been born and raised in Italy my concern with beauty was a natural response to living in cities embedded in public art.
Photography is wordless poetry and song.
Since first discovering my Uncle Paul’s box camera when I was a small child, photography captured my imagination and has accompanied me for my entire life. As a self-taught photographer, the opportunity to pursue this passion more fully, came upon retirement to Cape Cod in 2011. Photography led to a natural expansion into abstract painting, collage, encaustic and other art forms as introduced by classes. Abstract images, for me, offer more freedom, creativity, playfulness, interest, drama. It is my goal, to share, through my work, an experience that transports the viewer for a few moments, provokes thought or emotion, adds something that did not exist before you viewed this work. You participate in this creative process.
After 25 years of teaching in the Art Department of Cambridge Rindge and Latin H.S I focused my energy on my own art work. We moved to our summer house in 2012 and my focus shifted; the light of Cape Cod, the tides and the pulse of the natural world overwhelmed me in a way I cannot describe. I immersed myself in it. The seasons, the nuances, the magic and the solitude all got inside my soul. My camera was and is my constant witness.
Heather MacKenzie - Watercolor Artist and Photographer
Heather MacKenzie is a locally connected artist who has an emotional link with her subjects. Her art style uses imagery to evoke feeling. She grew up in Chatham, on Cape Cod, and went to Mass. College of Art on scholarship. At ‘MassArt,’ she was drawn to photography and filmmaking. After graduating, she moved to L.A. and worked in film, which landed her a position in engineering with the ABC network. She became a field tech/editor/camerawoman for news and embarked on an exciting career, traveling many places in the world while documenting historical events. Heather also earned an MFA in motion picture/television and theater arts from UCLA.
Lew Schwartz, born in 1947, coopted the role of family photographer at age 7. This role afforded him a healthy and safe distance from the melee. A compassionate professional photographer attached to the family provided hands-on instruction and, by the time he was in high school, Schwartz was familiar with the darkroom and large format equipment . He photographed for his school’s yearbook with a 4×5 Crown Graphic. An early Nikon-F and a small, personal darkroom rounded out his technical capabilities. As yet unaware of the mediums expressive abilities, he attended NYU in the mid 60’s to 70’s where activism, political unrest, social analysis and photography became tools on an international stage. MoMA’s New Documents demonstrated the camera’s evolutionary use as a sensory prosthesis, a sixth sense, a way of being in and understanding life.