About the Exhibition
In her essay Eye of the Beholder, the cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen describes the kinds of relationships that can develop over years of looking at works of art: “A familiar painting [becomes] an old friend who is known intimately, yet full of surprise, deserving attention on a daily level but also existing on a more elevated plane.”
Curator of Education Lynn Stanley joined PAAM’s staff in June of 2002 and has been privileged to learn and look deeply alongside the many children, teens, artists, educators and adult students who have found inspiration and meaning in PAAM’s permanent collection. As the administrator of the Lenore Ross Curating Program she has collaborated with professional and student-artists, educators and schools along the Cape to curate more than 60 exhibitions in which participants of all ages create works of art and texts inspired by the paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and mixed media that make up PAAM’s permanent collection. Interpretive works and collection works are hung side by side in the Museum’s galleries, epitomizing what is best about Provincetown’s art colony: an egalitarian attitude towards the creative process and a generous tradition of established artists mentoring the next generation.
Of her relationship to PAAM’s collection Stanley says, “After years of living with and sharing these works of art I have come to hold an abiding love for particular pieces, along with the artists who created them and the stories that reach from their hard and glimmering pasts into the present. It is both a joy and a kind of terror to turn the tables in this way, interpreting work that has become increasingly complex through intimate connection. I’ve loved printmaking since childhood, so it’s no surprise that a number of the works I’ve chosen are prints—what did surprise me was finally going all in on my love for white line prints by creating some of my own.
After seventeen years, I’ll be leaving PAAM for uncharted waters and new adventures. To have this opportunity alongside Tracey Anderson, who has been a creative partner in the truest sense — I can’t think of a better way to honor my time here and to say so long.”
In 2007 artist Tracey Anderson joined PAAM as a teacher, working collaboratively with Stanley to support children and adults in the Museum School, and in various youth programs, including nine years as a lead teacher in PAAM’s award-winning Art Reach program. (Stanley and Anderson were married in 2014.) Of her inspirations for this exhibition Anderson says:
“The Royal Edinburgh Botanical Gardens occupy a singular and inviolable place in my life. I have spent an abundance of time lounging under the shade of its various trees, walking down its verdant borders, and shuffling in and out of its exotic hothouses. As an art student, I took a class in Botanical Illustration simply because it afforded me time each week to roam unencumbered inside this magical landscape. The Gardens are the only place in the world that I return to both physically and mentally, seeking beauty, and sometimes solace. They are thus both a rich source of inspiration for me, and a locus for mystical associations and forms.
It is therefore fitting that I first saw the paintings of Myron Stout on a sunny day in July 1998 at Inverleith House, which was then an art gallery planted squarely in the middle of the Gardens. This was also, by way of destiny, the first time I learned of a place called Provincetown. The paintings were a revelation to me. Delicate lines carved so particularly into the surface, and yet the shapes created by them were so robust in their form and intent. So ancient. Black. White. Nothing else. What had started as a chance encounter, wandering aimlessly through the Gardens, unexpectedly became an hour that confirmed my artistic sensibilities in a profound way. It was here that I found my own feeling for black and white validated beyond all doubt. Stout’s work confirmed something intangible that I hadn’t known I was searching for until that moment.
Twenty-one years later I have the incomparable privilege of selecting a Myron Stout painting to hang on a wall at The Provincetown Art Association and Museum in tandem with work of my own and that of my wife. Destiny indeed.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Tracey Anderson graduated Drawing & Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, and completed Post Graduate Studies at The Royal College of Art, London. She was one of 5 artists featured in the 2004 Emerging Artists exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), and has participated in group and solo exhibitions in the UK, New York, and Provincetown. She has taught classes in traditional and digital media for children and adults at PAAM’s LOWF Museum School and the Lenore Ross Curating Program; Castle Hill Center for the Arts Truro, MA; and Great River Arts Institute of Bellows Falls, VT. She is also a trained recording engineer with a passion for digital music composition; graphic novels and comics; and digital game design. From 2008-2017 she served as a lead teacher in PAAM’s Art Reach program, and is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Provincetown IB Schools. visit www.poorhooligans.com twitter.com/PoorHooligan www.instagram.com/PoorHooligan/
Lynn Stanley attended the School of Visual Arts and Queens College with a focus on painting, and received her BA in Studio Art from Smith College through the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. She works in mixed media, both traditional and non-conventional book forms, and with various printmaking techniques. A writer as well as a visual artist, Stanley received an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from the University of Michigan. She is the Curator of Education at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and has developed, administered and taught education programs and workshops for children, youth and adults, that combine the Visual Thinking Strategies curriculum, creative writing, art history, and the visual arts; programs include Art on the Edge and Art Reach, Reaching Forward Mentors, the START program, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Work Center, the Lenore Ross Curating Program, and Art Reach Teaches. Visit www.paam.org/youtheducation