A group exhibition featuring twentieth and twenty-first century artwork by more than twenty artists will open at ACME Fine Art’s 450 Harrison Street galleries on Friday, 15 May 2015. The exhibition, COOL DAY: Pat de Groot & Friends, will focus thematically on the remarkable paintings by one of Provincetown Massachusetts best loved contemporary artists as well as artwork made by more than twenty of her friends and colleagues over the course of the past fifty years. The exhibition is co-curated by Pat de Groot, Jim Balla and Albert Merola of Provincetown’s Albert Merola Gallery, and ACME Fine Art’s Gallery Director David Cowan. The artwork comes from a variety of sources including, private collections, galleries from New York to Provincetown, directly from the estates of artists, and from the artists themselves. It ranges from Abstract Expressionism from the late 1950s to the contemporary avant-garde of 2015. De Groot’s participating artist friends include Myron Stout, John Waters, Fritz Bultman, Georgia Marsh, Bob Thompson, Eric Aho, Robert Beauchamp, Sam Messer, Robert Henry, Jack Pierson, Nanno de Groot, Richard Baker, Gandy Brodie, James Balla, Selina Trieff, Timothy Woodman, Gregory Gillespie, Helen Miranda Wilson, Paul Bowen, and Michael Mazur.
For nearly half a century, Provincetown’s influental art community has been home to Pat de Groot. A Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient, de Groot is that precious and endangered Provincetown species: the conga-playing, Buddhist, jazz devotee, painter. A native of London, Pat and her husband, the abstract expressionist Nanno de Groot (1913 – 1963), became residents of Provincetown in the mid-50s. At the time, Pat was not an artist and did not become one until years after her husband’s death. In the 90’s, after drawing for many years, Pat began to make oil paintings of the view from her bayside studio window. Today, she is especially known for serenely small seascapes inspired by the ever-changing scene that greets her from the deck of her Provincetown home. In her words: “I want to grab a piece of all this, of this sacred place, and say something with paint about the sky and the sea and the horizon and how it affects me.” In a review of her paintings in a 2000 exhibition at the Pat Hearn Gallery in Manhattan the New York Times said, “Her oil-on-panel paintings exude a concentrated sense of spiritual and aesthetic purpose — part Zen, part American Transcendentalist, part Modernist formalist.” The poet and critic John Yau has commented that this phenomenon in her work makes us feel that we “greet and bid farewell to every moment.”
This special exhibition is being mounted as a benefit for the Fine Arts WorkCenter in Provincetown. The Fine Arts Work Center is a not-for-profit organization based in Provincetown, Massachusetts that is the single largest provider of fellowships to emerging visual artists and creative writers in the world. A portion of all sales proceeds throughout the duration of the exhibition will be donated to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. COOL DAY was conceived of by ACME Fine Art and Albert Merola Gallery as a tribute to Pat de Groot, in recognition of her extraordinary artistic achievement and for her generosity as a patron of the Fine Arts Work Center, where she served as President (1992-96) and an active member of the Work Center’s Visual Arts Committee (1997 to present). There will be a Special Preview Event honoring de Groot on Thursday, 14 May from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. De Groot and a number of the artist’s friends included in the exhibition will be in attendance. Cocktails and nibbles by MAX Ultimate will be served.
COOL DAY: Pat de Groot & Friends will be on view at ACME Fine Art’s 450 Harrison Avenue galleries from Friday,15 May through Saturday, 20 June 2015, and on-line at www.acmefineart.com. For further information about the exhibition or the artists please contact the gallery. For tickets to the Special Preview event on Thursday 14 May please go to www.fawc.org/tickets.