About the Exhibition
PAAM’s 2017 Annual Gala will celebrate PAAM’s partners—individuals, couples, and cultural organizations—who have advanced our artistic environment. Since its inception, the Provincetown art community has been a source of inspiration that has resulted in an unprecedented outpost of imagination. This year’s gala will celebrate original works of art, architecture, and design created by individuals and shaped by their vibrant partnerships and collaborations.
PAT DE GROOT
Pat de Groot will be receiving the Award for Individual Artistic Excellence and Outstanding Legacy Collaboration with PAAM. Trained as a book designer, Pat de Groot began painting in the 1970s and became one of Provincetown’s most prolific artists. She has spent over a half-century at her home on Commercial Street, which offers grand views of the sea and birds outside of her windows. Cormorants, seascapes, horizons, jazz, and frequent visitors to her home are collectively represented around the property, inspiring her art. De Groot is the recipient of multiple awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, and the Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown.
LILLIAN ORLOWSKY AND WILLIAM FREED
The late Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed studied with Hans Hofmann in both New York and Provincetown. They were very active at PAAM as artist members and instructors in the summer school, and they served on a variety of committees throughout their 50 years on Cape Cod. This exhibition celebrates another of PAAM’s creative collaborators whose foresight and generosity resulted in the The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant, awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.