Learn about our Artist of the Month.
August Artist: Brava Pottery
Barbara Ravage has been working in clay for 35 years. A native New Yorker, she moved to the Cape in 2000. She is a member of the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, where she makes and fires her work in the gas kiln. She works primarily in high-fire stoneware, creating wheel-thrown and slab-built functional pottery for the home.
Brava Pottery is food-safe as well as microwave- and dishwasher-proof. The kitchenware, tableware, vases, and other decorative and functional pieces make ideal house gifts.
July Artist: Econosmith
Econosmith or as they are known individually are Maxine Smith and John Economos, a wife and husband life and photographic team from Orleans, MA. They specialize in unposed portraits and behind the scenes images of musicians.
Their work has appeared worldwide in print, CBS, NBC, Discovery channel, books, documentaries, web and CD covers, including two Grammy winning CDs for Pete Seeger. Their multi award winning images in international and US based competitions are widely held in private collections. The body of their work, totaling over 160,000 images is archived in the UMASS Amherst, Special Collections University Archives (SCUA) in the W.E.B. Dubois library.
June Artist: E.P. Lobo, Artist and Author
After raising a large family, I retired to charming Orleans on Cape Cod in 1998. I decided, like my two sisters, to pick up a paint brush and create. One of my sisters lives in France and is a very talented impressionist artist. My other sister also lives on the Cape, in Brewster, and is a very talented watercolorist.
When I started to paint, like almost every artist on Cape Cod, I painted a Cape Cod scene: a lighthouse. Though my lighthouse painting hangs happily in a home in North Carolina, I realized seascapes were not my forte.
I then turned to pastorals, lots of cows and sheep. Lots of rolling green hills. For some reason and I don’t remember why, I fell in love with abstract paintings. I also noticed that in all the decorator magazines like House Beautiful, Elle Décor and surprisingly, Traditional Home, pretty much all of the decorators used abstract paintings when staging rooms.
I was very encouraged but alas, Cape Codders still decorate with the traditional Cape-esque scenes: shells, mermaids, lighthouses, old red dinghys and of course, the ocean.
Here’s hoping after viewing my work you might take a liking to abstract art.
Thank you for looking!