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Barnstable Naturescapes – “The Beauty of Barnstable” OPENING RECEPTION

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October 13, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Barnstable Town Hall
367 Main St.
Hyannis, Massachusetts
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ARTIST RECEPTION:  Meet some of the artists in the exhibit!
Friday, October 13, 2023, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Barnstable Town Hall.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Barnstable Naturescapes – “The Beauty of Barnstable”
Barnstable Town Hall ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Cape Cod Art Center Plein Air Painters Exhibit
October 13th through December 29, 2023

The “Artist Spotlight” program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.
Works by the Cape Cod Art Center Plein Air Painters group, in collaboration with Barnstable Land Trust, are featured in the James H. Crocker, Jr. Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room in Barnstable Town Hall, October 13 through December 29, 2023.   Barnstable Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (except State and Federal holidays).  Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis, free parking in the Town Hall public parking lot.  Enter Town Hall through the front doors on the Hyannis Village Green entrance.

Artwork may be viewed virtually on the artsbarnstable.com website:https://artsbarnstable.com/interests/galleries/town-hall-hearing-room-gallery/


Painters have always been inspired by color light and captivating beauty on Cape Cod.  In a unique partnership between the Cape Cod Art Center Plein Air Painters group and Barnstable Land Trust (BLT), artists spent time painting at Fuller Farm in Marstons Mills as well as other natural spaces and places.  The exhibit also links to BLT’s 40thAnniversary celebration and its Thoreau’s Cape Cod Readathon to be held at Fuller Farm on October 7th and 8th. After Thoreau’s visits to Cape Cod, he was transformed: “Hereafter when I look on a richer rug than usual, and study its figures, I shall think, there are the huckleberry hills, and there the denser swamps of boxberry and blueberry: there the shrub-oak patches and blueberry: there the maples and the birches and the pines.  What other dyes are to be compared to these?” The exhibit will highlight how artists, like Thoreau, have been inspired by the Cape’s natural beauty.


Cape Cod Art Center’s Plein Air Painting group, is in its sixth year, and consists of painters from Provincetown to Bourne.  They paint weekly from May through October in a wide range of locations across Cape Cod. Artist talent ranges from beginner to advance to professional artists.  At the end of each painting day, the group has a session for critique and sharing tips and tricks to the trade.  For information on joining this group contact:  Kate Walls, manager@CapeCodArtCenter.org

Barnstable Land Trust (BLT), in honor of its 40thAnniversary, proudly presents the first ever Thoreaus Cape Cod Readathon happening from 10 am to 3 pm, October 7th and 8th.  Sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, the event will feature an estimated 90 community readers, over two five-hours days at the Michael R. Kramer Center, a new post and beam barn on BLTs historic Fuller Farm property in Marstons Mills.


What: Thoreau’s Cape Cod Readathon

Who:   approximately 50 community readers; first reading done by “Henry” (aka Richard Smith, a living history interpreter of Henry David Thoreau)

When:  Saturday, October 7, 2023 10:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday, October 8, 2023, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: The Michael R. Kramer Center, a new post and beam barn at Fuller Farm (995 Route 149, Marstons Mills); shuttle buses will be provided from designated parking areas

Website link:  https://blt.org/thoreau


Leading up to the readathon, over 13 Thoreau linked programs on topics including a virtual reading circle led by The Waldon Woods Project, talks (history of saltworks, photography, author readings), walks (wildflowers, Sandy Neck Beach, cultural history), workshops (journaling), and special events (art exhibit featuring local artists) as it relates to Thoreau’s iconic book. Some programs are being offered as part of the “Celebrating Thoreau from Concord to Cape Cod” collaboration, a partnership with the Town of Concord (MA), The Walden Woods Project, Thoreau Farm, and The Thoreau Society.  The programs and weekend event is supported by 30+ community partners.


Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is a community-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving open space and natural resources in the Town of Barnstable and nearby areas. BLT has protected 1,100 acres in the Town of Barnstable and supported the Town in conserving over 11,000 more.  Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2023, BLT is a regional leader in collaborative land preservation and stewardship, community engagement, training, and advocacy. BLT also leverages its conservation expertise to inform local public decisions as they impact our ecosystems, community health, well-being, and quality of life. To learn more about BLT’s special 40th Anniversary events including the first-of-its-kind 2-day live Readathon of Thoreau’s Cape Cod, the Hike Barnstable Challenge, BLT’s trailside poetry initiative Words in the Wild, First Day Hikes Cape Cod, or access one of its three popular trail map guides (Barnstable Trail Guide – English and Portuguese versions, Cape Cod Pathways/Barnstable Trail Guide, and Eagle Pond & Little River Sanctuary Trail Guide), visit http://www.BLT.org  or call 508-771-2585.

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