Brent Refsland of Provincetown boutique/gallery Room 68 invited Brooklyn-based artist and Mass Art graduate, Kristin Texeira to Provincetown for this April.
Texeira spent ten days in Provincetown, exploring the outermost Cape, meeting, eating, and drinking with locals, spotting whales, and seeing the sights. She also created a new series of work—Provincetown landscapes and cityscapes, using oil on paper.
These new Kristin Texeira Provincetown landscapes are quite appealing—very flat but glossy and tactile. I love the whimsical titles that reference landmarks and common occurrences there.
I couldn’t resist buying a couple and of course wanted to share my photos. Here are many of Texeira’s Provincetown landscapes at Room 68.
the boat magician secret back roads three hundred lbs through the skylight on a beach behind the dumplings
tree breeze 138 on a slight hill
crooked trees that line the road to race point Princepessa
whale wish a story about a squirrel
boardwalk coyote at sunset the squealing pig three days in a row
by the parking lot where buoys are dressed for christmas sade in the tapedeck – movin’ in slow motion tinted window
herring cove beach at sunrise west the moors at sundown
secret back roads tinted window on a beach behind the dumplings
an extra buck from Lenny for the jukebox on a beach behind the dumplings • these are the two i purchased •
This weekend we went out to the Cape, where we ate, drank, and slept rather a lot. On a trip to Provincetown (the boys wanted new Swiss Army knives) I stopped into one of my favorite home decor shops in Provincetown, Room 68. (Actually, it is my very favorite Provincetown boutique).
Brent Refsland is the creator of home design shop Room 68, which first opened in Jamaica Plain, Boston, before relocating to 377 Commercial Street in Provincetown on Cape Cod in 2014. Over the last couple of years he has begun curating fresh, contemporary artwork in addition to cutting edge home furnishings.
Here’s a tour of what is in store at Room 68 this month:
I love this copper geo chair from Bend Goods, which would have been perfect in that model apartment I decorated last year at Troy Boston. The curved floating shelf is gorgeous.
This organic brass bowl is an unexpected piece for greens and makes a great contrast to the resin salad servers by San Francisco-based designer Tina Frey.
The PELLE Bubble Chandelier made of a cluster of blown glass globes is stunning and comes in a variety of finishes.
Sarcastic greeting cards for when you don’t really mean it, but have to say something.
Cutting boards in geometric shapes and bright, dipped colors by Bower. Use the blank side to cut and the colored side to look at.
In case you forget where you are. This graphic Provincetown print by Liz Roache comes in various colors and makes a great housewarming gift.
These nylon mesh pouches by Alaina Marie are super cute. They are inspired by a lobsterman’s bait bag, created with the same marine grade materials, but in way better colors, obv.
Resin salad servers and serving bowls by Tina Frey are hand sculpted in San Francisco. The large bowls are great for serving pasta or leafy greens.
Professor of Design and Material Culture at Parsons in NYC, Alice Min Soo Chun invented this new Solar Puff light that is useful for camping, the patio, or just whatever in the dark. They fold flat and expand into cute little cubes.
Room 68 owner Brent Refsland, who has traditionally worked in photography, takes on a new material with these cut sandpaper renditions of sandcastles. They look great in a grouping of three or four.
Cambridge-based company Nervous System gets all shiny with this statement laser cut coral necklace. The spiral cuff up in the corner is cool too.
Because everyone needs a flask, especially in summer. (Summerhouse shares, traffic, family, etc.) These well-worn copper beauties by Surname Goods are made in Brooklyn, natch.
Wheel thrown stoneware by Michele Quan is beautiful. She makes ancient style bells too.
These matte porcelain coffee pots are perfection, thanks to the minimalist silhouette and spare copper details.
A typography diptych by artist by Boston-based artist Cody Justus.
Kawa vases and vessels designed by Souda are slip-cast in reusable leather molds. The blue color-plate etching on the left is the work of Boston-based artist James Mustin III, who earned his MFA at MassArt.
Copper and smoky mirror behind the desk at Room 68.
Cynthia Packard is a Provincetown artist whose mother, Anne Packard, is an established landscape painter and whose grandfather, Max Bohm, was a well-known painter. She graduated from Mass College of Art with a degree in sculpture, and subsequently studied painting in Provincetown with Fritz Bultman.
I really love Cynthia’s work, with which I became acquainted when I first visited my husband’s family on the Cape. The Packards have their own gallery in Provincetown, in an old church. The building is quite lovely. (Cynthia also shows at Chase Gallery in Boston.)
About nine years ago, I purchased a small painting by Cynthia Packard, using funds I had set aside from stock I received at AOL. I still love the painting, which is of her daughter Emma. Cynthia often paints her children; she has four.
Cynthia’s current work is fantastic, especially the large scale nudes. (Unfortunately those cost about as much as a small car.) Here are some photos I took this weekend at the gallery, as well as images from the Packard Gallery website.
left: Departure; right: Eternal
In the Light
(a new work)
(another new work)
Clockwise: Boudoir, Pink Lace, (unidentified), In Thought