Thu, Apr 27, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Ln
Dennis, MA, 02638
Longitude X Latitude: -70.19401599999998, 41.7399753


Art Exhibitions, Art Openings, Cape Cod Arts, Cape Cod Events, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis

The Cape Cod Museum of Art will host a collaborative opening reception on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The reception will begin at 5:00 pm and run until approximately 7:00 pm. This event is the opening event in the ArtSpring Cape Cod Festival and it coincides with the museum’s “Freedom of Expression” national juried exhibition. Several Cape organizations will preview the exciting events they will be presenting as part of the 10-day Festival taking place throughout the Cape from April 27 through May 7.

Groups participating in the reception are the Cape Symphony, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Film Society, Cape Cod Theater Coalition, the Fire Spinners, and more. They will offer live presentations, dramatic productions, video screenings, behind-the-scenes previews, and interactive displays.

The ArtSpring Festival was begun as a grassroots collaboration of several groups and individuals to showcase the depth and daring of creative talent on Cape Cod exploring the theme of Freedom of Expression. Over 50 groups and individuals within the arts communities from Bourne to Provincetown are expected to take part.

The theme was inspired by festival initiators, the Cotuit Center for the Arts and Cape Symphony, who partnered to present well-known artworks that were created in response to political repression. Their stunning collaboration of Andre Previn/Tom Stoppard’s theatrical/musical montage Every Good Boy Deserves Favor and the Shostakovich Triumphant Symphony will be performed during ArtSpring at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center on May 6 – 7. Please visit for more information.

CCMoA expanded the theme to artists from across the country to submit artwork to “Freedom of Expression,” a national juried exhibition. CCMoA Director Edith (Deede) Tonelli said, “At this complex time in our culture we are being encouraged to express our thoughts and feelings, even though, at the same time, we can face increasing attacks for expressing them. We reached out to artists to discover how this conflicting message is affecting their artistic expression.

Out of 400 submissions from 28 states, jurors Jared Bowen, executive arts editor at WGBH, Paul Ha, director of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, and Tonelli chose 44 artists from 18 states, for their diverse and inspiring artworks, including seven Cape Cod artists.

At the ArtSpring Kick-off reception, there will be a video presentation by Cotuit Center of the Art’s Executive Director David Kuehn and Cape Symphony’s Artistic Director Jung-ho Pak about the genesis of the festival. Other presentations include:

  • A preview of readings from the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s “Open Mic” event
  • Trailers from the Cape Cod Film Festival of Arab and Middle Eastern Cinema
  • A preview of film “Alone in Berlin” from Cape Cod Theater Coalition
  • A “Fire Spinners” outdoor performance
  • Pottery and art-making demonstrations
  • Nauset Regional High School Students’ artwork on political issues they care about
  • Cape Conservatory Flute Ensemble

For more information, see the Cape Cod Museum of Art site.

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