In Celebration of Women

Special exhibit showcases diversity of Cape museum’s collection

By  Ann Luongo

The Cape Cod Museum of Art is getting a jump on Women’s History Month by showcasing women artists from around the Cape who have inspired and contributed to the rich body of art on the Cape and Islands.

Nineteen talented artists are slated to participate in this exhibit, aptly entitled “Collection in Context: Women Creating.” Each female artist was chosen to represent the rich diversity that distinguishes the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit will showcase a variety of mediums, from oil, pastel and printmaking to sculpture, photography and watercolor.

Highlighted in this special event are artists Elizabeth Pratt, Jane Eccles, Suzanne Packer, Alice Mongeau, Penelope Jencks, Kathryn Lee Smith, Heather Blume, Carol Odell, Megan Hinton and Selina Trieff.  Each of these gifted artists brings her own style, medium and vision to the exhibit.

Katherine Lee Smith -Ancestor Journey II

Smith, Katherine Lee -Ancestor Journey II

Pratt, an Eastham resident, is widely known and respected throughout the Cape. Her watercolor paintings have been featured extensively in art publications, and she was selected to receive the museum’s first “Muse Award” last summer for her outstanding contributions to the museum and the community.

Packer’s oil paintings have been displayed in multiple locations around the region, including Fenway Open Studios in Boston, Gallery 333 in Falmouth, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod Hospital and Cahoon Museum of American Art, among others. A South Yarmouth resident, Packer’s still-life works use color and pattern “to draw the viewer into, through and around the painting.”

Mongeau, of Brewster, prefers to paint on-site when the weather permits, and has been doing so for more than 30 years. Her plein air work has been represented by the Copley Society of Boston, the Congress Square Gallery in Portland, Maine, the Cape Cod Gallery of Contemporary Art in Falmouth, and the Tennyson Gallery in Provincetown. She was featured as one of the top 50 New England painters at the Boston’s Harvard Club.

“With this exhibit, we’ll be able to show art pieces that people haven’t seen,” says Edith Tonelli, the museum’s new director. Artwork will be chosen from early modern to “pop” and right into the 21st century.

Many of the women whose works can be seen in the exhibit not only create, but instruct, as well, and have influenced art students all over the Cape. “There is a tradition of teaching here on the Cape, as well as artistry,” says Tonelli.

“Collection in Context: Women Creating” will run from Jan. 10 through March 15 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis. For more information, visit

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