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cross Cape Cod’s coastal towns, world-class art and culture can be found everywhere, especially during the peak summer season. This issue, Art New England’s Destination Cape Cod takes you to the galleries, galas, special exhibitions, museums, and classrooms of Massachusetts’s most loved getaway. But before you cross the Cape Cod Canal, take a drive through the scenic Southcoast. The historic towns of Dartmouth and Westport are home to the Art Drive (August 6 and 7), an annual open studio tour now in its ninth year. This year, 34 artists will open their studios. The studios are in old carriage houses, post and beam barns, and down clamshell driveways. With only 15 miles separating them, a tour can include numerous studio visits plus a scenic drive through Dartmouth and Westport leaving plenty of time for lunch or dinner at one of the area’s Don Krohn, Walkway to the Bay, Sandwich, Massachusetts, 2014, pigment print, 12 x 18". From the Book On Cape Cod, published 2016 by David R. Godine, many restaurants. If you can’t make the Publisher. Copyright © Don Krohn. Art Drive, don’t miss the large-scale fish renditions that are a traditional part of the event. Each Art Drive artist creates a large, manager of Woods Hole Handworks. The galing, kayaking, sailing, horseback riding, biking, colorful depiction of a fish based on a template lery—established over 35 years ago—is open windsurfing, golfing, and more. Or, if you’re created by Concordia, a loyal boatyard. The fish seven days a week from Memorial Day through looking to relax, it’s a perfect place to just watch are displayed at the Roger Williams Botanical Columbus Day. True to its cooperative nature, the sunset. In the morning, enjoy the inn’s bounCenter (June 1–29); the Lloyd Center for the its members staff the gallery. The artists include tiful breakfast, which can be eaten in the dining Environment (July 8, for the Annual Clambake); jewelers, silversmiths, potters, illustrators, fiber room, on your deck, or even on the beach. (And Buzzards Bay Brewing (July 22–22); and artists, photographers, printmakers, soap makif you choose to visit in the off-season, you’ll be Padanaram Day (July 30); among others. The ers, weavers, and more. People return year after greeted by the cozy crackle of a fireplace when fish are then auctioned on eBay, with a portion year to purchase works by their favorite artyou arrive.) of the proceeds going to the Lloyd Center—in ists. If you’re waiting in line for the Steamship From Falmouth, take Route 28 South to keeping with Art Drive’s mission to support Authority ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, make sure Cotuit, where you’ll find the Cahoon Museum local efforts for environmental causes. The event you pop in. Or better yet, plan a trip to the galof American Art. The museum showcases both also features the community’s young artists with lery, and afterward, stop for a sweet treat at Pie contemporary 19th and 20th century American its Rising Stars event, an exhibit at South Wharf in the Sky Bakery. art and the folk art of Ralph and Martha (August 6–7). If you’re looking to stay overnight, the Inn Cahoon. The Cahoons purchased the historic To reach the cultural sites of Cape Cod from on the Sound has been named an Editors’ house in 1945. In 1984, two years after Ralph the Southcoast, take 195 East to the Bourne Choice by both Yankee Magazine and Cape Cod Cahoon’s death, the home was purchased and Bridge, and then head south on Route 28 Life. Located in Falmouth, the inn is well situthe Cahoon Museum of American Art was towards the village of Woods Hole. Home to ated for sightseeing on Cape Cod, Nantucket, founded. Recently, a new gallery and classthe Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Martha’s Vineyard, and even Newport, RI. Open room space have been added. This summer, the town is a destination for scientists and tourists, year-round, the inn sits 45 feet up on a bluff museum is exhibiting Face to Face: Recent Portrait and has a thriving artistic community. There’s and has panoramic views of Nantucket Sound Studies by Jon Friedman, (through August 14). no better place to experience this than Woods and Martha’s Vineyard. Most of the stylish and Friedman, a nationally known portrait painter, Hole Handworks, a juried cooperative art galcomfortable guest rooms have ocean views, has a studio in Truro. He will lecture about lery located by the town’s drawbridge. “It’s a and some even have private decks. The inn is his work on July 14. Later in the summer, the hidden gem,” says Donna Maness, artist and just steps from the beach and swimming, fishmuseum presents Contemporary Pastel: Cape Cod

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