RISING TIDE GALLERY: A LOOK BACK
August 19 - September 1
Julie Heller East is delighted to have a nostalgic look back to one of the more significant co-operative galleries in Provincetown during the 1990s, RISING TIDE GALLERY. The famed LONG POINT GALLERY was already housed upstairs in the old schoolhouse building with its star-studded roster of such contemporary artists as Tony Vevers, Robert Motherwell, and Varujan Boghosian. In 1987 Tony Vevers's wife Elspeth Halvorsen came up with a plan to create a second co-operative directly below. Two years of persistent persuasion with the American Legion who owned the building finally bore fruit and in 1989, Rising Tide came into being. The spacious rooms afforded wonderful viewing for the newly formed co-op of 14 very diverse artists whom Halvorsen and her great friend and fellow artist David Shainberg had chosen. Throughout the years, the artists and their art may have changed but the standard always remained stellar. As the group was large, Julie Heller East is hosting two shows, the first will represent the early artists who remained, and the second in 2017 will include artists who brought up the rear. Unfortunately in 1997 to the dismay of both Long Point and Rising Tide, the old schoolhouse was sold and an exciting era came to an abrupt and untimely end. On Friday, August 19, a peek into the past glory of Provincetown's art world will bring back many of the greats -- Vivian Bower, Fred Garbers, Noa Hall, Elspeth Halvorsen, Sidney Hurwitz, Peter Macara, Vita Petersen, Jack Phillips, Michael Rogovsky, David Shainberg, Ellen Sinclair, and Peter Watts. An eclectic group show featuring among others, lyrical landscapes, colorful abstracts, industrial urban etchings, box constructions of alternate worlds, and acquaints from the 30s and 40s will provide a dynamic visual feast at Julie Heller East. The show runs through September 1.