"Recruits" are on their way to Cape Cod Art Museum!

The Cape Cod Museum of Art presents its first open national juried exhibition, titled, “Breaking the Mold: Inspired by Innovation,” to inaugurate their 35th Anniversary celebrations, opening on March 31, 2016. Juror Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA, has selected 35 artworks from 718 submissions by 277 artists residing in 29 different states. At the opening reception on March 31, she will announce her four “Juror’s Best” awards. Awardees will be given recognition on the museum’s website and in social media.



Ms. Fawcett commented, “. . .jurying the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s debut national juried exhibition . . . was both an honor and a challenge. Each piece was carefully examined for its mastery of technique and execution, message, creative approach – and crosschecked against the show’s theme. Did the work stand out for its originality? Did it touch upon time-tested roots, yet push the envelope? In the end, the 35 selected pieces stood out for their no holds barred character, dared to be distinct in some way, shape or form and (despite a unique persona) had a provocative relationship to the other 34 mold breakers. All submitting artists are to be commended for their strong entries. It was a pleasure meeting each piece and connecting with the range of exciting work that each artist put forward. Finally, I congratulate the chosen 35 for standing out in a highly competitive crowd. Keep on walking to your own drummer.“


As part of the 35th Anniversary celebrations of the museum, this exhibition features artwork that breaks the bounds of tradition in diverse ways. Carolyn Conrad, from Sag Harbor, NY, surprises the viewer in Maybe Cape Breton by presenting an image that seems to be an outdoor landscape, when in reality it is a photograph of a handmade staged construction. A beautifully-crafted metal, plastic and crystal sculpture by Holland Houdek, from Iowa City, turns out to be modeled after a medical implant, Atlas Posterior Column. And a ceramic teapot, by Ron Mello, turns into a moving vehicle. There is a broad variety of imagery, mediums, and messages in this exhibition that will appeal to a wide range of viewers. (Please see images below.)


The 35 selected artists are, from 16 states:

Denise Buckley, OH

Robin Cass, NY

Carolyn Conrad, NY

Darcy Dangremond, MA

Alice Denison, MA

Jessica Dupuis, NC

Tanya Fletcher, ME

Diane Francis, MA

Shaina Gates, PA

Amir Hariri, NY

Howard Hastie, MA

Holland Houdek, IA

Colleen Kiely, MA

Dimitrina Kutriansky, IL

Keith Lewis, WA

Kandy Lopez, FL

Ron Mello, MA

Tatyana Ostapenko, OR

Joseph Ostraff, UT

Colin Poole, NM

Margaret Realica, CA

Diana Mari Rossi, CA

Abby Schmidt, PA

Wendy Seller, MA

Lauren Skelly, NY

Jeff Stauder, MA

Deborah Stenberg-Service, CA

Gin Stone, MA

Kate Sullivan, MA

Susanne Taylor, MA

Stefania Urist, CT

Randy Van Dyck, ID

Peggy Wyman, MO

Laurence Young, MA

Micah Zavacky, IL


Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett

Since July 2006, Mim Brooks Fawcett has been the Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA, where she has focused her efforts on providing outstanding and diverse exhibitions and art programs. She holds degrees in the visual arts, graphic design and cinema. She has also served as an educator at Northeastern University and Boston University and as a corporate Art Director.



March 31 - June 12, 2016

Opening Reception: March 31, 2016; 5:30 -7:00pm

Founded in 1981, the Cape Cod Museum of Art is dedicated to its mission, “To Inspire through Art.” It is committed to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting exceptional works of art that have inspired, or been created by, artists associated with the entire Cape, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. We foster cultural growth and creativity through our educational programs, and through research that promotes an understanding of the region's artistic heritage. The museum is grateful to be supported in its mission by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.



The museum is located at 60 Hope Lane, just off Route 6A, in the same complex as the Cape Cinema and the Cape Cod Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays (Winter Hours) and noon to 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $9, $7 for seniors and students 19+ with school ID, $5 for students 13 to 18, and free for children 12 and under. More information may be obtained by calling (508) 385-4477.


Please visit our website, www.CCMoA.org, for a full schedule of events, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Cape Cod Museum of Art

60 Hope Lane, Just off Route 6A

PO Box 2034

Dennis, MA 02638



Laundry List

Painting body in oil

objectified female

tart, matron, crone

fantasy amidst the bleak surroundings

patterned mismatched clashing interiors and clothes

succinct clutter of  well lived in environments

men in dresses

the absurd 


can't go back

mud is proof of realness

unadulterated taste of things 



hard work and harsh conditions

young women's desire for glamour

misguided efforts

high contrast

bright daylight


softening men's macho brusqueness with some rouge and lace

fluidity and freedom



Brooke Budy + Tatyana Ostpenko at Erickson Fritz

Tatyana Ostapenko and Brooke Budy's artist reception at Erickson-Fritz Gallery

First Thursday (March 3) from 5:30-8:30pm





What: Paintings! French + Russian-inspired food! Wine provided by Rose & Fern Wines!

Where: Erickson-Fritz Gallery, at 9 NW 2nd Ave, in Portland

When: First Thursday, March 3, from 5:30-8:30pm (open at other times by appointment only)

Why: There will be (real!) food and drink and art and nice people. And don't forget, the paintings are for sale ;-)

Portland Monthly Bronco Gallery Article Mention


Why chase art when you can let it come to you? Dubbed the Bronco Gallery, this mobile art space makes its home in, yes, a 1991 Ford Bronco. In 2014, artists Emily Wobb and Maggie Heath (from left) purchased the SUV after falling in love with its quintessential Americanness during a cross-country move and retrofitted the ride with track lighting and a hardwood floor. Artists use the space in different ways: Tatyana Ostapenko displayed her paintings on small easels at a motocross rally, while Kelly McGovern’s nighttime screening and performance showed a series of crash-test videos on a loop. “The context of where we move the Bronco to ultimately changes the conversation that happens with the artwork,” says Heath. True to the car’s namesake, the gallery can be found tailgating rodeos, too.

Portland Monthly  about Bronco Gallery

Curatorial Statement for the Stumptown December Show.

by Wendy Shwartz

paintings by Tatyana Ostapenko

On view at Division December 2nd - January
Reception Sunday, December 6th, 

After a couple of months of correspondence, I got to visit with Tatyana in her studio. Her posture is that of studious dancer. There is strength in her stance. She had recently returned from a show in New York where she encouraged the viewers to touch her paintings. In order to get the paintings to New York (affordably), she removed the canvases from their frames, rolled them up into two architectural drawing tubes and took them on the plane as her carry-ons.

Tatyana gave me a little history of what it was like growing up in Soviet Union (now independent Ukraine) and how that tied into her work. Her voice is direct and thoughtful.  

Tatyana immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 18. She completed her undergraduate studies with a B.A. in Spanish and International Business. As a child she loved to draw, but was stifled by the restrictive academics of her upbringing. It wasn't until after graduating that she began to really explore different artistic mediums – first photography, then pencil, charcoal, pastels and finally, paint. Painting is where she found the most challenges and the biggest rewards. 

When I asked Tatyana if there was anything specific she would like to do for her reception, this is what she said, "I grew up in a country with strong traditions of hospitality. When anyone comes over we always offer them some form of nourishment.

When I set up my work in a gallery, that space becomes home to my paintings. I want to extend that
same tradition of hospitality to my gallery goers as I would to guest in my home. I cannot think of anything more appropriate than dark bread an borscht:  one of the most humblest, most common, and most well loved of traditional foods, meant to be eaten with family and close friends, food that compliments my paintings."

We hope you can join us Sunday, December 6th from 4-6pm.
Tatyana will be serving her homemade borscht with bread to those attending her reception.

I am super excited about this show and really impressed with Tatyana's full vision for it. 


Today One Year Ago

I was interviewed for PDX Mag. The article never saw the light of day, but I had a great conversation and got some sweet photos.

Photography by Jayna Milan