Canvas work

Aquaculture, nature in the spotlight in artistic events

Paintings by Traci Harmon-Hay

Wellfleet Adult Community Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 4 through April 29 at 715 Old Kings Highway in Wellfleet.

Traci Harmon-Hay received her bachelor’s degree in illustration and painting from the Maryland Institute of Art and studied with Fritz Briggs of the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, according to a press release. Represented by the Creative Freelancers of New York, Harmon-Hay co-founded Studio Six, an illustration cooperative. His clients included The Washington Times, Baltimore Sun, Nation’s Business Magazine, Yankee Publishing, and Campbell’s. She owned the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet from 2000 to 2014 and continued to exhibit her work there along with many other locally and nationally renowned artists until it closed. in January 2021. She has also exhibited her work at Left Bank Gallery, Bromfield Gallery and Fountain Street Gallery. She lives in Wellfleet with her husband and two daughters.

Harmon-Hay paints with flowing acrylics on raw canvas, building up layers of wash in a final opaque and transparent color combination, according to the release. In all of her work, she plays with the concept of nature versus man. Originally a watercolourist, she spent a lot of time painting the beauty of Cape Cod. After years of studying historic buildings in their surroundings, she began to question the interaction between man and nature. The “Floating Structures” series was inspired by the evidence of sea level rise and demolition. “What if they could hover above their foundations, protecting them from wind and water or from man’s desire to rebuild?” The emptiness of the landscape gives our eyes and mind the ability to focus only on the structure itself, contemplating its history and purpose in this world, according to the artist.

Provincetown shellfish culturist Michael Chute will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at a virtual event sponsored by the Provincetown Public Library.

Provincetown Aquaculture

A conversation about aquaculture, oysters and Provincetown art on Thursday, March 31 at 4 p.m. via Zoom, sponsored by the Provincetown Public Library. Listen and participate in a unique discussion about oysters, art and aquaculture. Email [email protected] to register.

Speakers include Thor Jensen, marine biologist, artist and Provincetown resident. Jensen will discuss his experience working on a far oyster in 2021 and creating an artwork that expresses his vision for the aquaculture community and oysters; Abigail Archer, Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Sea Grant of Barnstable County. Archer will discuss the marine program and how it supports aquaculture and the economic and historical importance of shellfish fishing and aquaculture on Cape Cod, with a focus on Provincetown; Kalliope & Michael Chute, shellfish farmers who will discuss their oyster farms and experience with Jensen as he explored the flats and created a unique, reciprocal vessel to give space to his vision.