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Gallery Ehva features contemporary and early Provincetown art and offers 2-week long off-season residency program. EhvaLAB is our hands-on art making by gallery artists and friends.

Art Is Good

Ewa Nogiec, Director
508 487-0011

Noon to 6pm, closed Wednesdays

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Artists represented by Gallery Ehva:

Tracey Anderson
Bill Barrell
Carmen Cicero
Arthur Cohen
Didier Corallo
James Doherty
Miriam Freidin
Salvatore Fiumara
Joanna Gabler
Fred Garbers
Wendelin Glatzel
Irén Handschuh
Myrna Harrison
Fred Hemley
Alicia Henry
Ken Horii
Jenny Humphreys

Elise Kaufman
René Lamadrid
Bill Liebeskind
Susan Lyman
Ewa Nogiec
David Paulson
Muffin Ray
Janice Redman
Christina Schlesinger
Richard E. Smith
Rob Westerberg
Cyndi Wish

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Gallery Ehva
74 Shank Painter Road
P.O. Box 1426
Provincetown, MA 02657
508 487-0011
© 2009-2014 Gallery Ehva
All rights reserved.

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This Friday:

Provincetown Masters:

Peter Busa

Carmen Cicero

Fred Garbers

August 1-13, 2014

Opening Friday, August 1, 6-8pm

Peter Busa, serigraph

Peter Busa, untitled, serigraph, 18 x 24

Peter Busa

Peter Busa was a central figure in the New York School, a truly original thinker, and a pioneer of modern art. Though difficult to categorize, his work was clearly influenced by his close associations with Matta, Pollock, Motherwell, Baziotes, Kamrowski, and Hofmann.

His early work is of two types. The first was based on the automatic technique of the Surrealists. The paintings of this type rely heavily on poured or dripped paint and date from the mid-forties typically. The second type of painting was more geometric -often angular- and these paintings were heavily influenced by Native American design motifs. These are commonly referred to as "Indian Space paintings." Busa's Indian Space paintings date from the late thirties to the late fifties. After abandoning Indian Space for styles more closely akin to straightforward abstract expressionism and geometric abstraction during the sixties and seventies, Busa returned to an evolved form of Indian Space painting in the eighties.

In his introduction to the catalogue for Peter Busa's 50 year retrospective exhibition: Life Colors Art, Robert Metzger summarized Busa's career by saying: "…Busa has presented problems for…art historians since his highly original and diverse body of work and his mastery of styles…have made him difficult to pigeonhole. His expansive repertory of forms defies translation into verbal language for they reveal truths which cannot be expressed in words. …despite his successful exhibitions with such leading galleries as Peggy Guggenheim, Carlebach, and Bertha Schaefer he [has not yet] made it into the celebrity bandwagon of dealers,…collectors, and the art press. The personal poetry and awesome range and depth of his body of work remains one of the great undiscovered treasures of Twentieth Century American art…."

-----> Peter's page on our site...

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Carmen Cicero

Carmen Cicero, Lost, watercolor

Carmen Cicero, Lost, 1999, 22-1/2 x 30, watercolor

Carmen Cicero is a veteran painter who has been a vibrant member of the New York art scene since the late 1950s. A long-time Truro summer resident, Cicero has been a working in the challenging medium of watercolor since the early 1980s. His new exhibition at Gallery Ehva will consist of selected watercolors from the past along with recent pieces. These visionary paintings reflect Cicero's mysterious, provocative views of New York and Cape Cod as well as images from his imagination. Cicero's work is represented in 26 museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. The artist has won numerous awards including two Guggenheim Memorial Fellowships, two Ford Foundation prizes and a Life-time Achievement Award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Cicero was honored in 2012 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at PAAM. Presently, his work is on display at the Cobra Museum in Amsterdam as part of a travelling Guggenheim exhibition called Art of Another Kind.

-----> Carmen's page on our site...

Carmen Cicero, The Mad Baron

Carmen Cicero, The Mad Baron

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Fred Garbers

Fred Garbers, Departures

Fred Garbers, The Guardians, collage

Fred Garbers was born and raised in New York City. He studied at the Art Student's League and after military service enrolled at Cooper Union where he studied with Robert Gwathmey, Morris Kantor and Nicolas Carone. He graduated from Cooper in 1958.

He started showing in group shows while still at Cooper Union and was given his first one man show in 1959 at the Artists' Gallery in New York. Representation by the Krasner Gallery in New York followed and when the gallery closed he continued to show in solo and group exhibitions and galleries in New York, Cincinnati, OH, and Provincetown, MA.

He is a 2006 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for painting. His work is in the Hirshhorn Collection, The Addison Gallery of American Art, the Butler Museum of American Art, New York State University, the Provincetown Art Association Museum, Art in Embassies, USA, and numerous private collections.

Garbers has taught painting and drawing in the SUNY system and in Truro, MA. He currently lives and works in New York City.

-----> Fred's page on our site...

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Narrow Land

June 27-July 30, 2014

Provincetown, Galllery Ehva, Narrow Land show

Narrow Land exhibition, gallery view (l-r work by Dennis Allee, Arthur Cohen, Myrna Harrison, Carmen Cicero, Salvatore Fiumara, Rob Westerberg, Wendelin Glatzel, Shirley Glasser)

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Provincetown Masters

Arthur Cohen, Retrospective

Bill Barrell, Paintings

August 15-27, 2014

Opening Friday, August 15, 6-8pm

Painting by Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen, Flatiron Building, oil on canvas

Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen, born and raised in NYC, studied at both Cooper Union and the Art Students League. He is nationally known as a painter and master printmaker. Arthur's paintings appear in many major museums across the country. They include the; the Hirschorn Museum in Washington, DC, the NYC Metropolitan Museum, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, the Provincetown Art Association and the Cape Cod Museum. His paintings and etchings are also found in many corporate and private collections.

Arthur painted what he loved the most: countless views Provincetown Harbor, MacMillain and Fisherman's Wharf in ever changing light, East End view of the first house on Commercial Street, fishing boats... He also painted many beautiful interior scenes with his wife Elizabeth playing piano.

In addition to painting, Arthur always carried a camera…ready to capture the little vignettes of city life on film. Although not formally trained in photography, he was acutely aware of the "perfect moment". That special moment of clarity…where even in the most mundane activity of everyday life he found beauty and vitality. His desire to capture such moments and simply present as it appeared, inspired him to photograph his NYC home for more than 40 years.

His original portfolio consisted of over 20,000 negatives. Many of the negatives were damaged and discarded. But of the remaining, only a handful have been printed and restored. In addition to the prints in the City Museum of New York's collection, fewer than 60 images signed and numbered by the artist remain.

Arthur died in June 2012. He was 84 years old.

-----> Arthur's page on our site

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Bill Barrell


Bill Barrell, Ship Of Fools, oil on canvas

A Life of Painting

From London, England to Provincetown, Massachusetts

My name is Bill Barrell and I was born in London, England in December of 1932. I emigrated to the United States in 1954 and lived in Philadelphia for a few years before I moved on to spend my early adult years in New York City.

My painting life really began when I ventured to Provincetown, Massachusetts and set up my first studio next door to Hans Hoffman's School of Fine Art. I didn't have much money then. I was unable to actually attend the school but I was able to learn a lot by auditing Hoffman's critiques. I also became close friends with some of Hoffman's students like Bob Beauchamp, Red Grooms and Bob Thompson.

Sun Gallery, Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA

I had my very first show at the Sun Gallery in Provincetown in 1959. I then took over the Sun Gallery in 1960 and continued the tradition of showing figurative expressionist work by such artists as Bob Beauchamp, Bob Thompson, Tony Vevers and Red Grooms (Grooms had his first "Happening" at the Sun Gallery). Claes Oldenburg's first show was also at The Sun Gallery. One exhibition of monotypes by Tony Vevers was threatened of closure by the chief of police who had been to the exhibition and declared it pornographic. (read my blog on this story)

(Read more about the Sun Gallery.)

The Traveling 60s

The early 60s took me to Mexico. London, Paris, Florence and Madrid before I settled for awhile in Ibiza, Spain where my son Joshua was born. By chance, I also met up again with Bob Thompson – our studios being just a short distance apart.

Pitt Street Salon, New York City

In 1964, I returned to the Lower East Side of New York City. Hooking up with old friends, Jay Milder, Peter Dean, Peter Passuntino and Nick Spearkis, we formed a figurative expressionist artist group known as Rhino Horn. By being the first group on the discussion panels, Rhino Horn helped Bob Wiegand establish the Artists Talk on Art, which still flourishes today. When I opened my studio on Pitt Street in NYC, naming it the Pitt St. Salon, Grace Gluck of The New York Times wrote in her article (titled "Alternative Spaces" ) that the Pitt St Salon and a few others had opened their studio spaces to the public. She encouraged other artists to follow suit and by doing so artists would not have to wait for galleries to take interest in their work. Painters and sculptors in the area soon did this to great success. Bob Wiegand and other painters and sculptors in the area called themselves The Downtown Ten. The area was later to become "Soho".

Maine and St. Barth's

I then spent time in the early 70′s between Maine and St. Barth's in the French West Indies. In 1974, I returned once more to NYC to set up a studio in Long Island City and then in 1977 moved into a loft on Lafayette and Houston Street in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood.

With Warren Tanner and ten other artists, we established the Organization of Independent Artists (OIA). The purpose of the organization was to get more exposure in public buildings which we did by showing in major court houses and administration buildings in NYC and Washington DC.

Jersey City, New Jersey

In 1980, I moved again with my wife Marilyn and new baby girl, Liza. This time to Jersey City, NJ. There I set up a studio in an old tobacco factory at 111 First Street.

111 First Street soon became a home for over 120 artists. Later, together with others, I helped to establish ProArts, an organization that assisted artists in finding work and exhibition space. During that time the owners of 111 First Street had allotted 8000 sq. ft of the building as exhibition space. Many of those exhibitions were reviewed by the NY Times.

So from the early 1980s through 2001, I was able to produce and exhibit many works. Space to paint and space to store work were not a problem. I had even set up my own little gallery in my studio called "The Shoestring Gallery". I showed my own work as well as many other artists from 111 First Street. It came to an end, however, when the building was condemned and everyone was given notice to move out. Note that it was during this time period that I was also invited to Louisiana State University (LSU) as a visiting artist (1982).

Easton, Pennsylvania

Before 111 First Street closed down completely, a friend and I had found an old warehouse in Easton, PA in which to create studio spaces. We were able to carve out studios, living spaces and the bonus – storage spaces. Marilyn and I were able to complete our move in early 2002. In 2003, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent two years of treatment. Thanks to modern medicine, I am still here. My cancer has now been in remission for 10 years.

I am now able to live on one floor, paint in my studio on another floor and then lower my finished paintings to the storage space below where they are prepared for shipping to galleries and collectors.I spend my days painting, enjoying my family and playing with my grandchildren, Ruby and Oliver. Life is truly good.

-----> Bill's page on our site...

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Good news!Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Ewa Nogiec, Amy with Flowers, oil on canvas

Painting by Ewa Nogiec, "Amy with Flowers" was accepted to the Provincetown Art Association and Museum collection! So, it is Happy Monday! 7/28/2014

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E-mail from Michael Costello

Ehva, thank you thank you for this beautiful drawing. I am deeply touched that you have given me this gift. The drawing is beautiful and i am honored that you consider me a peer and deserving of it. I own a lot of works from my years of connection to Provincetown, and I am fascinated with my new piece. The way you have recorded the heat of the sun on the bay with out depending on color is brilliant! i will be bringing Michelle (my wife) by the gallery hopefully before Wed. as I wish her to view Arthur's work.
-- Michael
P.S. i am attaching one of my new paintings based on dutch anamorphism and I hope to have the rest uploaded on my site in the next 2 weeks.

-------------> from Ewa: check Michael's web site, his work is amazing!


Michael Costello

Selfie, Amagansett by Michael Costello

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Ewa's Choice...

sculptures by Susan Lyman

Sculptures by Susan Lyman

Painting by Jim Forsberg

Painting by Jim Forsberg

Painting by Jenny Humphreys

"Lily" by Jenny Humphreys

from Tom Murdock...
I just wrote a very amateurish blog about Jenny's work on our travel diary: http://appalachianthree.tumblr.com

Tom: Seeing Provincetown. This is a place where the residents appear to constantly re-envision their home. The art is often about the place or about how they are trying to see the place in the spectacular light of the cape. The town has plenty of central tenets: a place of beginnings; pirates; brave risk taking in art, love, community, natural beauty; Portuguese fishing traditions; and often punishing weather. Twenty years ago, most of the popular art in town appeared to be variations on Paul Resika: a guy who could make an old pier look like a radiant surprise in color. Today I'm challenged to see popular paintings that don't stem from Pat de Groot's horizon studies. I thought she was a little crazy, obsessing over literally hundreds of small canvasses, trying to capture the colors of the sky and the ocean above and below a thin horizon, but that is where landscape and abstract painting must be meeting. (When Faith and I got married at the Fine Arts Work Center, she gave us one of those paintings which I treasure along with a Bowen sketch and a Shahn print). These days, I tend to love the artists that Ewa Nogiec picks for her gallery. I think about Jenny Humphreys' work through time: when she first arrived in Ptown she was molding candy mannikin legs; then she made gorgeous fluffy bed-and-breakfast quilts with obscene words stitched across them; next I remember walking through the beach forest to view a wedding dress married to branches rising and falling with the winds; now she paints lush scenes where the silhouettes of paddle boarders (newest wave-riding in a town that loves beaches, muscles and fads) encounter gigantic primal rocks or skulls. I don't have the skill to unravel Jenny's work, but it makes me feel (like I did with the Chagall exhibit at the NYC Jewish Museum this fall) that she is working with a vocabulary of ocean, sex, Pilgrims, and Poe to say something about this place at this time in a way that is far riskier and dreamy than the safe variations of those horizon lines. Maybe she is calling us out to say that we have always been Pilgrim-prudish, that Poe and whatever is in his heart has always been buried under Plymouth Rock, that our green-rabbit-envy brain is always digesting something indigestible.


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Sol Lewitt's letter to Eva Hesse

Sol Lewitt Letter

Thank you Irén! - Ewa :)

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EhvaLAB at Gallery Ehva in Provincetown


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Provincetown Harbor Lights

Provincetown Harbor Lights

ONGOING INSTALLATION: The boat is from Vietnam. There are eleven stones inside the boat in memory of September 11. The boat will stay in the gallery till all American soldiers are back home and the war is over. Concept and promise by Ewa Nogiec. Boat courtesy Arthur Richter & Peter Neivert.

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Ewa Nogiec, old family photograph

From Jacek --> My father as a young boy on the right, first row - Aunt Irena's wedding

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Gallery Ehva, outside installation by Sage

Dune installation by Sage Feldman

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Gallery Ehva at Night

Gallery Ehva at night...


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Provincetown Artist Registry

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Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen


Gallery Ehva is proud to announce that we'll be representing Arthur's work in our gallery! We love his work and we love him, always, forever.

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Bill Barrell

Welcome Bill!

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Carmen Cicero

Welcome Carmen!

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Fred Garbers

Welcome Fred!

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Muffin Ray portrait

Welcome Muffin!

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James Doherty

Welcome James!

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Hans Hofmann, legendary art teacher

Hans Hofmann's students: Lillian Orlowsky, William Freed, Jo Sandman, Haynes Ownby, Paul Resika, Myrna Harrison, Robert Henry, Selina Trieff, Brenda Horowitz, Lee Krasner, Israel Levitan, Helen Frankenthaler, I. Rice Pereira, Gerome Kamrowski, Michael Loew, Joseph Plaskett, Fritz Bultman, William Ronald, Joan Mitchell, Michael Goldberg, Ray Eames, Larry Rivers, Jane Frank, Mary Frank, Nell Blaine, Robert De Niro, Sr., Jane Freilicher, Allan Kaprow, Red Grooms, Wolf Kahn, Marisol Escobar, Sy Kattelson, Nicholas Krushenick, Burgoyne Diller, Mercedes Matter, James Gahagan, Erle Loran, Nancy Frankel, Paul Georges, Louisa Matthíasdóttir, Judith Godwin, Lynne Mapp Drexler, Roland Petersen, Ken Jacobs, Anton Weiss, Donald Jarvis and many others. [image from www.atoa.org]

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Emigré Exhibition

I would like to propose exhibition called "Emigré" to exhibition committee at PAAM... here are some artists who were born not in America and worked in Provincetown:

Bill Barrell
Lillian Orlowsky
William Freed
Nathalie Ferrier
Irén Handschuh
Paul Bowen
Mischa Richter (cortoonist)
Mischa Richter (photographer)
Sasha Richter
Ewa Nogiec (me)
Wendelin Glatzel
René Lamadrid
Daniel Dejean
Tracey Anderson
Zehra Khan
Peter Hutchinson
Marianne Kinzer
Janice Redman
Jackie Reeves
and others...

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