About the Exhibition
Every summer PAAM presents an exhibition of floral works from the Permanent Collection in conjunction with the Secret Garden Tour. This year’s exhibition also features limited edition prints created by youth artists who participated in the 2015 Youth Employment Program which launched last year thanks to the generous support of Keith and Teresa Townsend. Eleven youth participants from Harwich to Provincetown spent their weekends in the museum school studios, working with teaching artists Lennie Alickman, Tracey Anderson, Vicky Tomayko, and PAAM Curator of Education Lynn Stanley. The program combined creative projects with professional development and life skills training-including managing money, writing a resumé, and cultivating habits valuable to employers. All of the student artists had also participated in PAAM’s grant and donor funded Art Reach program, which meets three to five afternoons a week, October-May.
Student sessions focused on either digital media and graphics projects or traditional arts projects, to both highlight and expand each young person’s interests and skills. In the digital component, Lukas Hernandez and Nathanial Walker worked on coding and app development; Alisha Fabia, Cat Van Buren, and Chris Vaughan designed empathy games-with the aim of helping peers understand depression and the effects of bullying. Spencer Friend created a comic book inspired by Ross Moffett’s seminal history of the first thirty years of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Traditional arts projects focused on a variety of printmaking techniques. Botanical studies from PAAM’s grounds inspired a range of work-including silk screen prints, dry point etchings, white-line woodblock prints, and silkscreened bags and aprons. The student artists featured in this year’s Art of the Garden Exhibition are: Hannah Capra, Eva Dewitt, Allegra Martin, Kaleigh Mason, and Crystal Swensen.
All Art of the Garden print sales and related product sales will support PAAM’s youth programs; a number of the prints featured are available unframed or in portfolio editions in the Museum Bookstore. For more information on PAAM’s Youth Programs visit www.paam.org/youtheducation.
Image: Eva Dewitt, Wild, 2015, limited edition silkscreen print, created in PAAM’s Youth Employment Program