ARTmonday: Lynne Kortenhaus at Schoolhouse Gallery

Boston and Provincetown based printmaker Lynne Kortenhaus has new work on display right this minute at The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. The show, curated by gallery director Mike Carroll, features collages by  Lynne Kortenhaus, photographs by Amy Arbus, wall-mounted sculptures by Breon Dunigan, abstract paintings by Jeannie Motherwell, and more.

Kortenhaus is influenced by the changing moods of the sea. I visited her studio at the Fine Arts Work Center in summer 2017 for an inside look of how she layers textural tidbits to create her delicate and evocative abstract compositions. (You can see the piece I purchased later that winter here, on my @StyleCarrotCurates Insta feed.)

For this series, which is much bolder in style and color, Kortenhaus was inspired by decades family mementos, photographs, and scrapbooks. She began to interweave memories of her family home and early life, just as the term “shelter in place” became the world’s call to action this spring. Kortenhaus integrated those elements with recent etchings and lithographs to create larger scale pieces. She employed various mediums and materials to create artwork that seeks to find balance and safe haven.

Stop by The Schoolhouse Gallery to see  her new, on display through August 10. Here are four pieces from the current show:









See new work by Lynne Kortenhaus at The Schoolhouse Gallery
494 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA on Cape Cod
through August 10, 2020.

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ARTmonday: Budd Hopkins

Today’s post is in memory of Budd Hopkins, an artist who worked in New York City and Wellfleet, Cape Cod, and died one year ago Wednesday. He was a longtime friend of my in-laws, and his daughter, photographer Grace Hopkins-Lisle is a childhood friend of my husband’s, and a friend of mine now too. I knew Budd a little bit. I remember how he playfully teased my son one afternoon when we happened to hanging around during his visit with my in-laws. Last year, my husband spoke about remembering him as the guy who always had a joke for the kids, while they ran wild during the grown-ups cocktail parties in the seventies. Seemed he hadn’t changed much.

He was a very successful painter and sculptor; an Abstract Expressionist, whose work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Whitney, Guggenheim, and Hirschhorn. He was friends with Motherwell, encountered Pollack, and lunched with Rothko. (He was also known for his sighting and subsequent research of UFOs. In his obituary, the New York Times called him, “the father of the alien-abduction movement,” having been the first to publish narratives of people who said they’d been abducted.) But back to his artwork.

I first saw his work when my husband and I moved in together. Budd had given him a piece as a wedding present to his first wife. It’s a visually uplifting work,I think, in a saturated pink in a nice silver frame. It’s one of his “guardians” (not sure if they’re guarding earthlings or the other worldlies).  My in-laws have several of his pieces hanging in their Cape house, including a sculptural representation, and presented us with a couple of little guardian studies over the years. Last summer, his daughter Grace curated a show of his work at Castle Hill in Truro, which was the last time we saw him. My kids both got to pick out a piece they liked, which their grandfather purchased for them. They love  having them in their bedrooms.

These are photos I took at my house, my in-laws, at Castle Hill, and at Budd’s own home in Wellfleet, during his memorial service.

The stairwell of Budd’s Wellfleet home.

Two small guardian studies hang in my dining area.

Leaning in my living room. 

At the end of the hall at my in-laws’ house.


Two in the stairwell.

Two non-guardian abstracts.

In the basement of Budd’s Wellfleet home. 

On my son’s bookshelf.

Exhibit at Castle Hill in Truro last summer.