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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR David Kuehn

DO IT AT COTUIT EDUCATE ENTERTAIN ILLUMINATE INSPIRE

COTUIT CENTER The arts are essential. Our mission is to be a FOR THE ARTS welcoming hub for Cape Cod’s artists, performers, students, and audiences, working together to make the creation and experience of art accessible, nurturing, and thrilling for all.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kathie Lynch Nutting, President Mark Wright, Vice President Alan Hidenfelter, Treasurer Graham Silliman, Secretary Ken Alsman Susan Andersen Michael Dunford Melinda Gallant Spencer Hallett Susan Hamilton Ashley LaCroix Carl Lopes Don Megathlin Michael Princi Lee Smith Juliane Soprano Bob Willcutts DIRECTOR EMERITUS James T. Hoeck DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Tracy LaBonte DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND GRANTS Christine Ernst TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Tristan DiVincenzo GALLERY MANAGER/VISUAL SPECIALIST L. Michelle Law FACILITY MANAGER Bruce Allen MARKETING MANAGER Daniel Fontneau MEMBER & DONOR RELATIONS MANAGER Margeaux Weber DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT Kim Zaniboni ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ADMINISTRATION Kim Baker ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR EDUCATION AND MARKETING Annie Labins BOX OFFICE SUPERVISOR/ BLACK BOX PRODUCER Jason Mellin FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER Ira Mendoza BLACK BOX STAGE MANAGER Erin Trainor

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Letter from the President

Hello and welcome to Cotuit Center for the Arts! Thank you for being here, and I hope you enjoy your experience. As you page through this fabulous magazine, you’ll see the extraordinary variety of theater, concerts, social events, and gallery shows offered this year. If you go to our website, artsonthecape.org, you’ll find every imaginable kind of arts class and workshop — develop your skills or try something new. With the opening of the John and Marjorie McGraw Family Ceramics Studio, we are now offering a full curriculum of ceramic arts. Something for everyone, of any age and interest — including you! It takes a village to make all these things happen. People profiled in this

magazine represent the many folks in our community, so many behind the scenes, who work diligently on behalf of the Center. Thank you to all our volunteers, board members, performers, artists, production teams, and staff. We couldn’t do any of it without you, without your time, effort, energy, creativity, and enthusiasm. As a patron and supporter of the Center, you can help us as we grow, expand, and build for the future. Be a part of this exciting community arts center. Think about how you want to be involved in helping us make the arts accessible to all. Step in. Join us. Best always, Kathie Lynch Nutting

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Greetings! Doolittle rehearsal because our primary rehearsal space has no bathroom. (By the way, that rehearsal space is also the primary arts education classroom too!) And our patrons, comfortably sitting in the main theater waiting for a theater production to begin, are probably not aware that the cast members have put on their costumes, hair, and makeup in the cold basement and have to walk outside and behind the building in the elements to get to the stage. These are just a few examples of the need for expansion. Greetings and welcome to Cotuit Center for the Arts.

You can play a big role towards our success in realizing a dream that will result in a cultural campus Whether you are visiting for the first transformative for all members of our time or are one of our thousands of regular patrons, you are probably aware community for generations to come. And that is to advocate on our behalf. that exciting things are happening When you are at the supermarket or here. Our educational programs are the RMV or the dentist’s office or at exploding, our theatrical productions, concerts, and special events range from the gym, just ask your friends and the provocative to the popular, and our acquaintances if they’ve heard about the plans for expansion at Cotuit Center reputation for presenting professionalfor the Arts and let them know that you quality work continues to grow. are excited to see this dream become a We are also expanding. Our brandreality. It’s as easy as that. The positive new ceramics studio is open and feedback we’ve received from so many thriving, and we are busy planning of you is infectious. Your support – the next several phases of our campus your speaking on our behalf out in the expansion. Recently, someone new community – is as just as important as to the Center asked why we need to the fundraising and grant-writing we build a new arts classroom building or are doing on a daily basis, so thank you a larger theater. It occured to me that in advance for spreading the positive most people aren’t in the main theater word. Just imagine the opportunities building while Michelle Law is hanging down the line! a new exhibit to witness a dozen David Kuehn children with their chaperones traipsing Executive Director through the gallery during a Doctor Do It at Cotuit | 5


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VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES BUILDINGS & GROUNDS COMMITTEE Bruce Allen Bill Farrell Spencer Hallett Rich Marciante Sean McCahill CAMPUS PLANNING COMMITTEE Ken Alsman Melinda Gallant Richard Johnson David Kuehn Carl Lopes Kathie Lynch Nutting Don Megathlin Lee Smith Gary Souza CURATORIAL COMMITTEE Neil Grant Lois Hirshberg Marjorie Kaye David Kuehn L. Michelle Law Carl Lopes Neil Maciejewski DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Susan Andersen Julie Cline Tracy LaBonte Kathie Lynch Nutting Lee Smith EVENTS COMMITTEE Susan Andersen Michelle Gain David Kuehn Tracy LaBonte L. Michelle Law Ira Mendoza Ron Nunes Sharon Nunes Margeaux Weber Mark Wright EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Alan Hidenfelter David Kuehn Kathie Lynch Nutting Graham Silliman Mark Wright

FINANCE COMMITTEE Michael Dunford Alan Hidenfelter David Kuehn Kathie Lynch Nutting Lee Smith GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE Melinda Gallant Don Megathlin Kathie Lynch Nutting Michael Princi Juliane Soprano Mark Wright HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE Helen Feher Joyce Fuller Michelle Gain Beth Golden Tim Mara Elena Pine Marcia Randall Pat Silva Joan Sprague Cathy Staples MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Amy Canaday Bonnie Corliss Lucy Cromwell Sue Hamilton Janice Kinder Tracy LaBonte Ashley LaCroix Ron Nunes Sharon Nunes Margeaux Weber PUBLICITY COMMITTEE June Barrett Helen Feher Carolyn Ferrell Frank Gormley Dale Silva Pat Silva VOLUNTEER ADVISORY COMMITTEE Helen Feher Suzy Fletcher Michelle Gain Beth Golden Sharon Parkins Marcia Randall Dale Silva Andrea Watson Janet Wright Mark Wright

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THEATER PROGRAMMING It’s showtime! We’ve got drama, music, classic comedy, family fun, and experimental theater planned for this year. ______________________________

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THEATER SPOTLIGHT Get ready to rock... we are presenting The Who’s Tommy! _______________________________

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CONCERT & SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAMMING Concerts for all musical tastes and lots of fun events. _______________________________

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EVENT SPOTLIGHT Off to the races! The 7th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala. _______________________________

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EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT Ceramic teacher feature. _______________________________

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GALLERY PROGRAMMING A feast for the eyes and mind, all year long.

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GALLERY SPOTLIGHT A chat with DJ Ian Lee, who provides the soundscape for our exhibit openings. _______________________________

PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE With State Senator Julian Cyr. _______________________________

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COCKTAILS COTUIT STYLE Eliminating single-use plastic, one cocktail at a time. _______________________________

SUPPORT ART

Find out about the benefits of membership. _______________________________

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EDUCATE The John and Marjorie McGraw Family Ceramics Studio is open for business. _______________________________

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BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Profile of Board Member Sue Hamilton. _______________________________

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Janice Kinder, member extraordinaire. _______________________________

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT Mr. Green Thumb, Richard Johnson. _______________________________

ENTERTAIN The 10th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash. _______________________________ ILLUMINATE A look at our gallery exhibit Winter Art 2020: Heroes & Villains. _______________________________

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Mainstage Arsenic & Old Lace

The Who’s TOMMY

by Joseph Kesselring January 30 – February 16

by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff March 19 – April 5

​ eet the murderers next door. M Abby and Martha Brewster are charming spinster sisters who lovingly care for their eccentric nephew Teddy, who believes himself to be President Theodore Roosevelt. The sisters give generously to local causes and serve homemade biscuits and jam whenever Reverend Harper comes to tea. So their nephew Mortimer is flabbergasted to discover that the cellar is filled with a dozen deceased gentlemen who “benefited” from his aunts’ peculiar brand of end-of-life charity. Arsenic and Old Lace premiered in 1939 and still ranks among the best-selling Broadway plays of all time.

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Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. The story of the pinballplaying, deaf, dumb, and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed, and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical features an exhilarating score that is timeless in its appeal. You won’t want to miss this theatrical rock & roll event!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin May 6 – 24 In this Tony-Award winning musical comedy, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. With its enormously appealing cast of lovable misfits, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee hilariously captures the angst, exhilaration, and heartache that makes growing up so painful and so wonderful.


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SISTER ACT music by Alan Menken lyrics by Glenn Slater June 23 – July 26 Based on the 1992 hit film, this feel-good musical comedy smash sizzles with powerful music, spectacular dancing, and a story brimming with heart. The madcap plot is set in motion when disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and must go into hiding in a convent—where she clashes, hilariously, with cloistered life. The musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The Piano Men: George Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing A Musical Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John August 1 – 16 An original musical tribute from the same creative team that delivered last year’s smash hit We Are the Champions. This rocking event features electric performances of hits by Billy Joel and Elton John, sung by some of your favorite Cape voices.

music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, book by George S. Kaufman October 1 – 18 The musical lampoons American politics; the story concerns John P. Wintergreen, who runs for President of the United States on the “love” platform. When he falls in love with the sensible Mary Turner instead of Diana Devereaux, the beautiful pageant winner selected for him, he gets into political hot water.

ELF: THE MUSICAL! book by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum November 24 – December 20

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Do It at Cotuit | 13


2020 BLACK BOX THEATER & MORE Fully Committed

January 17 – February 1 in the Black Box Written by Becky Mode, presented by Ruthe Lew Back by popular demand! This hilarious one act follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant.

Church and State

February 13 – March 1 in the Black Box Written by Jason Odell Williams, produced by WatermelonAlligator Theater Co., directed by Holly Cipriani A North Carolina senator’s off-the-cuff comment in the wake of a tragedy takes social media by storm and threatens his reelection. A timely new political comedy for this election year.

Death and the Maiden

March 19 – April 5 in the Black Box Written by Ariel Dorfman, directed by Bob Bock In the aftermath of a dictatorship’s fall, a woman finds herself face to face with a man who she believes to be an agent of the regime who had brutalized her in the past and who is now at her mercy. 14 | Do It at Cotuit

Mary and Ethel

May 7 – 24 in the Black Box Created and produced by Stephanie Miele From the creator of the CCftA Black Box smash hit Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein comes a musical tribute to the lives of Broadway legends Mary Martin and Ethel Merman.

TRU

June 18 – July 5 in the Black Box Written by Jay Presson Allen, directed by Carol McManus, performed by John Weltman In this one-man show adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, we see the famed writer at his darkest and his wittiest as he wrestles with the aftermath of a social scandal.

FACB 2020

July 19 – 20 on the Main Stage Written and performed by Christine Ernst The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch is back... performing this summer on the Mainstage!

Theater Under the Stairs Summer Family Show

August in the Black Box - Dates TBA Directed by Holly Erin McCarthy From the creators of last summer’s Lulu + Mona


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vs. the Minotaur comes a brand new play for the whole family! Stay tuned for more details!

Dark Night Cabaret

August in the Black Box - Dates TBA Directed by Holly Erin McCarthy A “dark night” is any night a theater doesn’t run a show, unless you’re in the CCftA Black Box! Come see a rotating cast of some of the Cape’s favorite singers this summer.

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!

August 20 – 30 on the Main Stage Presented by Barry Lew A musical revue based on the song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch.

Kalamazoo

September 10 – 27 in the Black Box Written by Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Younger, directed by Melinda Gallant Two baby boomers try their hand at dating in the modern world in this hilarious and touching romantic comedy about how hard – and wonderful – it is to find love at any age.

The Zoo Story

October 22 – November 8 in the Black Box Written by Edward Albee, directed by Steve Ross A chance meeting between strangers at a bench in Central Park: a straight-laced family man and a desperate, wild young man with a story to tell. This darkly comic play is considered a seminal work of the 20th century and one of Albee’s finest.

Stupid Fucking Bird

December 3 – 20 in the Black Box Written by Aaron Posner, directed by Jason Mellin One man wrestles with the purpose of art and theater and love in this ribald riff on Chekhov’s The Seagull that requires no knowledge whatsoever of Chekhov’s The Seagull. ONGOING:

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Theater Spotlight

A deaf, dumb, and blind boy’s journey from pain to triumph is a sensory-defying rock and roll experience. Are you ready to rock? Because Cotuit Center for the Arts has a high-energy, hard-rocking musical planned for audiences this year. Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb, and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed, and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. Tommy included indelible songs such as “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me,” and, of course, “Pinball Wizard.” The album was an immediate hit and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia. As the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, and when his mother finally breaks through to him, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

This five-time Tony Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard, Des McAnuff, into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event. Our version of The Who’s Tommy will be directed by Tristan DiVincenzo, with music direction by Malcom Granger. “It’s going to be an amazing multi-media production, with the same full band from our productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and We Are the Champions: A Tribute to Queen.“ said DiVincenzo. “It’s the 50th anniversary of the original Tommy concept album. The music still holds up as really fresh.”

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2020 CONCERTS Special EvenTS HOW TO TALK TO FAIRIES February 18–20 A puppet show for the whole family!

THE BRUCE MARSHALL GROUP February 29 Bruce returns to rock the Center, ripping through a catalogue of original material that truly sets this band apart.

CAPE COD CAN April 17, 18, 19 A theatrical/musical performance presented by CapeCodCAN, theater by artists with disabilities.

MEMBER MOVIE NIGHT May 10

CCFTA ANNUAL MEETING May 20

COFFEE AT COTUIT June 3, September 30

Featuring a screening of the camp classic Mommie Dearest. "No wire hangers, EVER!"

An update on the activities of the Center. Members are encouraged to attend!

Social hour with complimentary coffee and refreshments for everyone.

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PIRATE SCAVENGER HUNT April 21–24 A fundraiser event for CCftA. Arrrrgh, Matey!

HARP DUETS June 7 Featuring the beautiful music of Katie Koglin and Lois Francello.


STURGIS ARTS FESTIVAL April 30–May 2 Come celebrate the artistry of our friends from the Sturgis Charter Schools.

BOOK LAUCH: HISTORY OF THEATER ON CAPE COD July 11 Reading and launch of new book by Susan Mellen.

7TH ANNUAL KENTUCKY DERBY GALA May 2

COTUIT CORRIDOR: ARTSPRING May 3

Enjoy a mint julep while adjusting your hat before placing your bid on the big race at this special CCftA fundraiser. Held at The West End.

Everyone is cordially invited to an open house, spring celebration of arts and culture on Cotuit’s stretch of Rte. 28.

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT! July 14

A NIGHT AT THE DISCO July 15

The Center’s annual fundraiser – great food, great entertainment, and more!

A celebration of the 1970s music sensation! Come and shake your groove thing!

BOB DYLAN BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE CONCERT May 9 10th annual celebration presented by The Third Fret.

CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL August 4, 11, 18 Three weeks of exceptional music by exceptional artists.

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2020 CONCERTS • Special EvenTS

MEMBER SUMMER SOCIAL August 7

PROVINCETOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL August 17

MEMBER MOVIE NIGHT September 9

This fun Member-only event will be a lovely Friday evening!

Swing to some of the hottest jazz on the East Coast.

A cinematic treat for our Members! Stay tuned for details.

CAPE COD SINGS! September 11

GEORGE GRITZBACH BAND IN CONCERT September 12

20TH ANNUAL ART & SOULS MASQUERADE BALL October 30

The GG Band is always there to give you a healthy dose of Original House Rockin’ Roots.

Featuring great music, bone-chilling refreshments, and costume prizes.

WINE & MUSIC WEDNESDAY HOLIDAY SINGALONG December 16

NEW YEAR’S EVE SCAMPS COMEDY December 31

Join us for this a capella festival featuring Centertonix and more.

HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHTS November 28, December 5, 12, 19 Get into the holiday spirit with screenings of holiday movie classics on our giant screen!

With your host, David Kuehn on piano. A popular Christmas tradition at The Center.

Ring in the New Year with some hilarious standup comedy!


ONGOING EVENTS Fun EVENTS happening weekly, monthly, or quarterly

SCRIPTED SUNDAYS One Sunday per month A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

DRUMMING THROUGH TRAUMA Every Tuesday Designed for veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is also open to anyone struggling with trauma of any kind.

1ST FRIDAY CAMPUS TOUR SERIES 1st Fridays monthly (except Jan/July) Sign up for one of our campus tours and get all the backstage dirt on how we create our magic!

WINE AND MUSIC WEDNESDAY 3rd Wednesday of every month

SALON OF SHORTS Quarterly, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month

WHAT’S YOUR STORY, MORNING GLORY? Saturday mornings

Enjoy wine, live music, great art, and scintillating conversation.

Open mic series of poetry, story, essay, song, performance art, dance, improv, and stand-up.

A Writing Gym for Women with Christine Ernst. Give it a try—the world requires your story.

YOGA Every Sunday morning

AFRICAN DRUMMING & DANCING 1st Sundays monthly

THE PLAYWRIGHTS LAB AT CCFTA Twice monthly, on the 2nd Sunday and the 4th Saturday

Relax and reinvigorate at our Hatha-based yoga on SUNday.

Join Djembe Master Drummer Issa Coulibaly & popular Cotuit drum instructor Sam Holmstock to learn the rhythms of West Africa!

A FREE forum for playwrights to workshop scripts in progress.

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Event Spotlight

If you have ever been to Cotuit Center for the Arts’ Kentucky Derby party, you know that it’s the social event of the season. With our over-the-top Hat Parade and contest; plus multiple, fun betting opportunities; Southern inspired heavy hors d’oeuvres and Mint Juleps, it’s an afternoon not to be missed. It’s so much fun that our friends at the West End in Hyannis want to get in on the action. They have invited us to bring our party over to their restaurant for something different, and we said YES! This year’s Derby will be held on Sat. May 2 from 3:30-7pm. The location is the fabulous West End, Hyannis. Cotuit Center for the Arts will be bringing along the betting and the décor, and of course we will all be there in our hat finery to party along with everyone. The West End will be offering a special add-on menu option to the tickets so that you can stay after the race and have dinner with them. Make it a whole day and evening out with friends. Tickets are still $25 (dinner option is extra) and include incredible hors d’oeuvres, games, and entertainment. Cash bar featuring spectacular Mint Juleps by the West End. Go online to artsonthecape.org to buy tickets. See y’all there! Do It it at Cotuit | 27


Education Spotlight

CERAMIC TEACHER FEATURE! As we open the new John and Marjorie McGraw Family Ceramics Studio, we thought we should introduce you to some of the great instructors who’ll be teaching there...

DAVID M. CRAVENHO, M.F.A., M.S.A.E., is the recipient of Artist in Residencies from the Banff School of Fine Arts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Archie Bray Foundation, among others. He has taught for the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy and for Massachusetts College of Art. He is currently on season nine of Shameless. RON DEAN started making pottery in 1969, and in 1982 he moved to Cape Cod, building his own studio while working as a production potter at a local pottery. For more than 20 years, he has taught at local art centers, including the Creative Arts Center at Chatham and Castle Hill at Truro. NEIL GRANT manages the Ceramics Program at Cotuit and chairs the Center’s Curatorial Committee. As a representational sculptor, he was the recipient of Newby Patrons award at the National Sculpture Society’s 85th Annual Awards Exhibition. Neil is represented by Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown and is a retired rugby player and now avid armchair fan. 30 | Do It at Cotuit


LOIS HIRSHBERG, M.A., has been working with clay since 1975. Her art training includes Mudflat Pottery, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and the Parsons School of Design in Japan. Her work has been shown at galleries nationally and internationally for more than 35 years. Lois’ specialty is Alternative Firing (Western Raku, Horse Hair Raku, Saggar, and Obvara). HOLLY HEASLIP, M.F.A., has worked in clay for over 45 years and continues to find magic in the process. Inspired by students, she has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and Art Park in N.Y. State. Holly is the on-site program coordinator for The New England Craft Program. Tai Chi is also a passion. MARY RICHMOND, B.F.A., began making and painting decorative tiles in 1979 and served fine tile galleries and showrooms around New England and New York until 2006. She has been a beloved drawing and painting instructor at the Center for a number of years. SARAH ROSSI, M.F.A., is an artist, educator, and native Cape Codder. For the past ten years she has taught art and children’s education. Influenced aesthetically by her upbringing here on the Cape, her ceramic work is distinctive, multi-layered, and nuanced. Her teaching style is open and friendly but underpinned by a strong technical understanding of her materials. KIM SHEERIN, B.A., has been making and teaching out of her studio, The Barn Pottery, in Pocasset for over 23 years. She enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, as well as those with disabilities. Her intricately decorated work has been seen in many of the Cape’s premier venues, including our galleries and The Cahoon Museum.

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Karen LaFleur, Rapunzel

Lisa Goren, Glacier in Motion

2020 gALLERY eXHIBITS

Winter Art: Heroes & Villains January 11 - February 8 Opening Reception January 11 5:00pm - 7:00pm

CCftA Educators’ Showcase _______

Lisa Goren: The Far Reaches _______

STORY ART: The Text-Image Art of Karen LaFleur _______

Open Juried Exhibit: Blues

Virginia Mahoney: Vested Interest February 15 - March 14 Opening Reception February 15 5:00pm - 7:00pm Artist Talk at 5:20pm

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March 21 - April 25 Opening Reception March 21 5:00pm - 7:00pm Artist Talk at 5:20pm


Kirk Marsh: Self to the Surreal _______

Alan Soffer: PHANTASMAGORIA II _______

Jane Lincoln: More Than ENOUGH _______

Open Juried Exhibit: Artist’s Choice

Cecilia Chapman May 9 - June 14 Opening Reception May 9 5:00pm - 7:00pm Artist Talk at 5:20pm

June 27 - July 26 Opening Reception June 27 5:00pm - 7:00pm Artist Talk at 5:20pm

Michael Alfano, Cubed

Kirk Marsh, Headshot

Alan Soffer, detail from Unconscious III

photo by L. Michelle Law

Touch This. Feel Amazing. An Exhibit Curated by Maggie Van Sciver August 1 - September 20 Opening Reception August 1 5:00pm - 7:00pm Artist Talk at 5:20pm

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Jaime Elkins: Conversations with Weepy _______ Dysfunctional: A Ceramics Exhibition September 26 - November 7 Opening Reception September 26 5:00pm - 7:00pm Artist Talk at 5:20pm

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Annual Member, Student, and Faculty Exhibit November 14 - December 27 Opening Reception November 14 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Jaime Elkins, Battling the Storm

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Your thoughtful mix of music has become such an integral part of our gallery celebrations. How did you get started DJing? I have been playing, listening, and collecting music from as early as I can remember. As a teenager growing up near London, I played in a few bands, had bought my first DJ setup, including a pair of ‘Pioneer Technics 1200s’ (the industry standard vinyl record deck with variable pitch control allowing you to beat match songs and mix them together in time). I began collecting vinyl and meeting people in the music industry through events, fellow DJs, and record shops across the scene in England and Europe. I attended huge raves, festivals, and clubs and was soon involved in running some of the events, booking artists and performers, DJing myself, and managing a few record labels. It became a way of life for over 20 years. When I install an art exhibit, I begin by placing a few anchor pieces, then let the display grow from those points. How do you go about choosing the music for a specific presentation? This is a very similar process to me. I will start by finding all of the records I already own that might fit the project and work them into a mixable order that takes the listener on a journey. Then, I will spend a week or so hunting for music both new and old to complement it. I also try to be dynamic when I actually perform, which often means going in a completely different direction on a new tangent from originally planned, playing alternative music to what may have taken days to collect and compile. Do you have go-to artists whose music you add into your mixes often? I try not to play a lot of music from any one artist, but have noticed a few names popping

up during my art opening DJ sets at CCftA. A Winged Victory for the Sullen a Belgian drone and contemporary classical group; Cinematic Orchestra a British nu jazz and electronic collective; and Poppy Ackroyd a non-conformist musician employing unorthodox techniques in her composition and performance, including playing violins with drumsticks, e-bows, picks, all five fingers plucking and scraping, creating unusual timbres and texture. What is your most often asked question concerning your craft? Do you still play vinyl? The answer is, “Yes, I do!” I bought another pair of ‘Technics 1200s’ vinyl decks here in the USA which I spin digital timecode vinyl on at some events. This timecode vinyl allows me to control my digital music collection on my laptop through the old-style record decks and mix interchangeably with traditional analogue vinyl. The bulk of my 12”, 10”, 7” singles, albums, test pressings, acetate, dub plates, white labels, bootlegs, and promos are currently back in the UK, but I plan to build storage for them here on Cape Cod and start using it again. Anything else you’d like our patrons to know? I have really enjoyed the opportunity to play music at Cotuit Center for the Arts. It has allowed me to explore new music I otherwise wouldn’t have learned about. It is a completely different performance style where rather than trying to get people dancing, I am creating atmosphere to enhance the experience for people viewing and discussing art. I am currently producing my own music and hope to eventually perform some of it live at one of the openings in 2020.

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Arrive At Cotuit! As of January 2020 The John and Marjorie McGraw Family Ceramics Studio will be open for business! For the past year, we’ve watched with eager anticipation as the old gas station next to the Center has been transformed into a top-class ceramics studio. Walls and roofs have been demolished and rebuilt, a new electricity supply able to power our big kilns has been wired, and water pipes a plenty have been plumbed to our new sinks. These are just a few of the construction activities that have gone into building The John and Marjorie McGraw Family Ceramics Studio (known as the McGraw Studio for short!). Within the lovingly restored gas station are a wheel filled pottery studio, a beautifully lit sculpture studio, a glaze room with a spray booth, a plaster room, a book-and-art-filled reception area, and a kiln room boasting two large electric kilns with room for a gas one.

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Starting in the New Year, the McGraw Studio will offer classes in wheel throwing, handbuilding, tile-making, and figure and portrait sculpture, all taught by great local instructors (you can see some of their profiles elsewhere in this issue). And that’s only the beginning. We’ll also be inviting renowned regional and national instructors to conduct workshops throughout the year, adding more classes, and old favorites such as our Long Pose Open Studio will move to the building. And when the classrooms aren’t in use, they’ll be available for Open Studio, where users will be able to work on their own individual projects and even collaborative ones. So if you’ve never worked with clay before, just haven’t touched it for a few years, or you’re a seasoned practitioner, there


will be an activity for you, and more importantly a community of fellow clay artists to join. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the enthusiasm, generosity, and drive of a huge number of people, too numerous to do justice within the confines of the word count of this article (you know who you are!).

The construction has been yet another demonstration of the great community spirit of the members of the Center. If you’d like to take a class or otherwise be a part of the John and Marjorie McGraw and Family Ceramics Studio, check out our website or contact Neil Grant at 423-596-3132 or neil@cotuitcenterforthearts.org. Do It at Cotuit | 47


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Saturday, May 9th marks the tenth anniversary of The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Turning 79, and one of the world’s most iconic and influential singersongwriters, Dylan has chronicled in music the social and political issues of his day. With his unmistakable voice and unforgettable lyrics, Dylan brought the worlds of music and literature together as no one else had. Carrying on this tradition is what inspires Matt Borrello to come back each year to rekindle the audience’s love of this superstar. A traveling singer, songwriter, and guitar player, Matt has an impressive repertoire of traditional folk, classic rock, and contemporary original songs. For Matt, “This is a fun tradition with a great crowd. I love to showcase some stuff that might be new to them and surprise them with some talented back-up bands.”

Joining Matt are Danielle Miraglia and Art Tebbetts. Danielle’s music blends influences from several of her musical heroes: The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin. She comes on strong with an old Gibson, a stomp-box rhythm, and harmonica, with tunes ranging from the heart-felt to socially conscious. Art Tebbetts is known as New Bedford’s Troubadour and a “jewel of the New Bedford area Folk Music scene.” He has been the master of ceremonies at the New Bedford Folk Festival for 18 years, and a fixture at Café Arpeggio’s open mic night. These three can interpret Dylan as few other artists can. If you’re a Dylan fan, don’t miss this one!

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Ever wonder where the actors go when they aren’t performing during a scene? Have you dreamed of standing on our stage and looking out across all those seats? Curious about how we keep coming up with doors and fireplaces and all sorts of other props? You should sign up for one of our Monthly Campus tours and get all the backstage dirt on how we create our magic! Tours last approximately 1 hour and take you up and down the stairs, backstage, and into the famed basement. You can also see the Black Box, the scene shop and ask any questions you like. Plan to stay and tour the gallery exhibit on your own afterwards. It’s free so sign up and come be a part of it all! Spaces are limited, so if you are not able to sign up for the upcoming tour check our schedule for the next available. On the day of the tour, please meet your tour guide in the lobby of the Main Theater in front of our Box Office. First Friday Campus Tour Series Dates: February 7 March 6 April 3 May 1 June 5

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illuminate For the past 13 years, Cotuit Center for the Arts has been proud to host the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s annual Winter Art exhibit in our Galleries. The AFCC and CCftA are excited to announce our continued collaboration as Cotuit Center for the Arts takes the reins of the Winter Art exhibit. The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will supply a transportation stipend, providing funding and creating opportunities for youth to engage in arts and culture that they otherwise may not have access to. The Winter Art exhibit has, for over a decade, provided an outlet for local artists to exhibit their works during the off-season. Each year, the exhibit challenges participating artists to interpret 54 | Do It at Cotuit

a theme, literally or figuratively; past themes include Sensory Overload, Bon Appetit, and Personal Space. This year’s theme, Heroes & Villains, is a nod to the popularity of superheroes in the media and invites conversation on what defines a “hero” or “villain.” Any and all Cape Cod artists, established, emerging, or amateur, were encouraged to submit art for consideration by a jury of accomplished artists. The exhibit is an exciting demonstration of how each of us has our own unique, distinct view of both the concepts presented and the world at large. It encourages viewers to consider the artists’ varied perspectives, as well has how their own perspective might differ from that of their peers.


In keeping with this theme of being aware of others’ perspectives, the Winter Art Exhibit has always been designed with children in mind. All artworks are installed at a lower height appropriate for the eye-level of youngsters, and the exhibit includes an interactive activity for tour groups of schoolchildren. These activities have included scavenger hunts, talks by exhibiting artists, and hands-on art projects. This year, Heroes & Villains will be accompanied by a workshop in the adjacent Art Studio, where students will create their own piece inspired by the exhibition. Michelle Law, the Center’s Gallery Manager/ Visual Specialist, has been involved with the Winter Art Exhibit since its inception in 2007. “I love the exhibit because I love interacting with the kids,” Michelle says. “The best part is hearing their take on the work—2nd graders give the most amazing, honest critiques!” Another highlight of the annual exhibit, according to Michelle, is greeting returning students: “I look forward to seeing kids again—even though I only see them for a few hours once a year, I still remember their energy, how inspired and excited they are by the artwork. It’s amazing.” The 13th Annual Winter Art Exhibit, Heroes & Villains, opens January 11, 2020 in the CCftA Galleries. This year’s team of accomplished jurors includes Jeff Buccacio, a sculptor, monumental art designer, art restorer and foundry owner; Mary L. Moquin, a wellknown artist and teacher on the Cape; and Toni Spadafora-Sadler, a Broadway-credited costume and clothing designer.

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The Opening Reception will take place from 5–7pm on January 11, and the exhibit will be on view through February 8, 2020. - ANNIE LABINS Brian Tracy: “Choices”

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responsibility to ensure that our programs are always inclusive and accessible…meaning that all are welcome regardless of having a known disability or not, the physical space meets ADA requirements, and activities are free or affordable. Furthermore, we strive to create authentic real-life experiences whether through performances on the CCftA stage, or art exhibits at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and HyArts Shanty. As advocates and self-advocates we promote diversity, provide equal opportunity to all artists and performers and work to be a true and accurate reflection of our community to include age, race, gender, sexual identity, and disability. So with all of this said, CapeCodCAN and our members had the most amazing experiences and opportunities recently, that spoke to inclusion, diversity, authenticity, and empowerment.


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In March 2019, the newly created “CapeCodCAN Players” improv troupe performed a staged reading of Testing, Testing by Alan Haehnel as part of the CCftA 2nd Wednesday Theater program. In addition to the improv players, the cast included members from Watermelon Alligator Theater, David Kuehn, Christine Ernst, and Tom Crutchfield. A completely inclusive production.

In September, three CapeCodCAN performers auditioned and were cast in the Dr. Doolittle ensemble. They will be performing with enthusiasm and lots of encouragement from Katy and I.

The Department of Developmental Services Southeast Training Department hosted three “Friends Matter” workshops in Hanover, South Dartmouth, and Plymouth. The trainings were designed to assist individuals with disabilities to seek and develop friendships through a Power Point presentation and even better… skits performed by our CapeCodCAN Players! DDS grant funding provided a stipend for each actor to exceed minimum wage.

The opportunity to perform on stage together with typical peers builds selfconfidence, self-awareness, improves communication and social skills, and may lead to natural friendships.

During the 2018-19 season, 200 CapeCodCAN visual artists exhibited artwork in shows at the Mashpee Library and HyArts Shanty. We sold 52 pieces and the artists were compensated.

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What is your greatest extravagance? I try to get a regular massage from Peter Tighe (he’s amazing). What do you most dislike about your appearance? I’ve always struggled with my weight, so everything from the neck down. I do have great legs. What do you consider the most over-rated virtue? Ambition. On what occasion do you lie? I rarely outright lie, but I do tell selective truths from time to time. Every politician does. Which words or phrases do you most over-use? “Ensure” “super” “really.”

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If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d give myself the trait of diligence, especially when it comes to athletic prowess. What do you consider your greatest achievement? I helped lead an effort to pass a Proposition 2 ½ override for the Nauset Schools in 2003 – we saved 40 teaching and staff positions, including my chorus teacher. It was the first time I realized I could step out into my community and create change. Where would you like to live? I already live there: Cape Cod. What is the quality you most admire in a man? Feminsim and making space for women. What is the quality you most admire in a woman? Not being afraid to speak her mind.

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How would you like to die? In Truro, in the living room of my family home with a cat on my lap and a pup on the floor.

Who are you real-life heroes? My parents. Also Cher. What is your most treasured possession? My maroon 1990 Toyota Camry station wagon. What is your most obvious characteristic? Exuberance. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Self-importance. What is your favorite journey? A roadtrip through the American Southwest.

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Board Member Spotlight

Sue Hamilton Sue and Dick Hamilton are treasured members of our local community and of Cotuit Center for the Arts. If you have come to a show recently and found yourself settled into one of our Adirondack chairs on the outside porch while you sipped a drink or visited with friends, then you have enjoyed a gift bestowed upon the Center by Sue and Dick’s friends in their honor. Originally Ohioans or Buckeyes (named for the trees not the Ohio State football team) they met in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1965 when Sue was working as a news reporter and Dick was working at Procter & Gamble. Later that year, Dick was transferred to P&G’s Boston location, and six months later, they married. Three years, two car thefts, one child, and one stolen baby carriage later, they decided to leave Boston behind. The city was in midst of dark times which Dick refers to as the “days of rage and protest,” and the young family decided to head back to their home state. From 1977 to 1981 they lived in Brussels where their children (Anne and David) attended fourth and second grades at the International School in Waterloo. Now grown with children of their own, Anne lives in London with her four children and David lives in Atlanta with two children. So, what brought them to Cotuit? Sue’s brother had a house in town where they loved spending time. In 1983, they decided to put down some roots in town 70 | Do It at Cotuit

and bought their first house which they used for summers and holidays. In 1997, they bought their current home and, after several years, moved full time to Cotuit in 2006. Sue remembers being hesitant to relocate to sleepy Cape Cod because of what she perceived as the lack of year-round arts and culture on the Cape. Nevertheless, they packed their things and made the move and then began to get involved. Over the past decade, Dick joined the civic association, became President of the Board of Directors of the Cotuit Library, and served as a deacon with the Cotuit Federated Church. Sue served on the Board of Directors for the Heritage Museums and Gardens, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, and the Cahoon Museum of American Art. Thanks to Dick’s enthusiasm for drawing, classes were Sue’s and Dick’s first introduction to CCftA. Dick has enjoyed lessons with Jamie Wolf, Rosalie McCarthy, and Jackie Reeves. In the beginning, the Center was a fun place to go, and gradually the classes turned into concerts and plays. At events, the Hamiltons ran into other folks from town and friendships were established, plans were made, and a community started to grow around the Hamiltons and CCftA. That is when they both say that the Center became purposeful to them as a place for friends, expression, enrichment, and community.


Sue & Dick Hamilton

Getting involved at the Center has made for a meaningful life on Cape Cod for the couple. They are now present at nearly every show, concert, and special event that CCftA offers, and they love to bring new people to the Center. Because of this, we asked them what some of their favorite shows have been; Dick especially liked Grounded, Queen, and Annie. Sue loved Grounded, Art Garfunkel, and Man of La Mancha. Oh, but there’s also Cabaret and Chamber Music Concerts and … and … and on and on. Sue and Dick’s enthusiasm for CCftA is evident not only in their attendance but also in their acting as spokespeople for the Center: in November, they took over a

row in the theater when they escorted 12 people to see Dr. Doolittle. Sue now serves on the Board of Directors, and both serve as Ambassadors for the Center’s expansion in the Community. According to them, this expansion will offer Cotuit and Barnstable a valuable cultural hub where people can gather and connect, where more segments of the population can be served, and the number people who gain exposure the arts will dramatically increase. If you run into Sue and Dick around town or here at the Center, be sure to stop and say hello. They are some of the Center’s dearest friends and neighbors. - Tracy LaBonte

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Janice Kinder is a familiar presence around Cotuit Center for the Arts. You’ll see her at events, like Wine and Music Wednesdays, Coffee at Cotuit, gallery receptions, and our theatre and music performances. She also is an artist who discovered and developed her talent for painting through classes at the Center. Yes, Janice can tell anybody all about the benefits of becoming a member, and she does, regularly, as part of our Membership Committee. She’ll even make a special call to thank you for joining or renewing your membership! Through her consulting business, Workplaces Can Work, Janice has contributed her professional skills to the Center as well. A “workplace coach,” Janice has facilitated retreats and workshops for our Board and staff, and is now assisting with our volunteer training program. She says that as she got to know the Center, she came to believe in the organization and its mission, and wanted to help. She enjoys being part of a creative community and admires the open and collaborative atmosphere here in Cotuit. “If the arts speak to you and bring you joy, this is the place to be!” Janice also puts her considerable energy and skills to work with the Board of Directors of YMCA Cape Cod. - MARGEAUX WEBER Do It at Cotuit | 73


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Richard Johnson How long have you been volunteering at the Center? What kinds of volunteer work do you do? I started volunteering a few years ago during one of the campus cleanup sessions, helping clean out and organize basements, as well as the campus grounds; that was an excellent way to learn about all the behind the scenes activities and people. CCftA is a great match for my interests in art, theater, and music, and it was good to get more involved. Then, I donated the Kentucky Coffee Tree near the Art Barn, which involved hand watering for the first two years. I am a landscape architect and enjoy gardening, so when the Black Box was renovated a few years ago, I took on the garden by the porch, planting shrubs and daylilies divided from my garden. Each year, I plant annuals there (the sunflowers exceeded my expectations this year) and contemplate switching to all shrubs and perennials. I am trying to get more seasonal color into the garden, but it is a challenge that needs time and money to solve. I have also been planting tree seedlings elsewhere on campus and trying to prune some of the shrubs around the Admin building.

What is your favorite part of volunteering at the Center? I’ve enjoyed working with the staff and other volunteers, who are always friendly and interesting. I’ve taken a few classes and look forward to taking others as I edge closer to retirement and free time! Do you have a favorite project that you have worked on at the Center? My favorite volunteer activity was serving on the Facilities Committee for the recent master plan, reviewing architects qualifications and visiting some of their built works before the committee settled on Flansburgh, and then working with the architects and staff to explore alternative futures for the Center. I got to wear two hats as a volunteer on the committee and as the Landscape Architect for the design team. It was a great collaboration.

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