Current Exhibitions

Will Participate in:  APPEARANCES



Fourth Annual Provincetown Green Arts Festival              


  APRIL 18-27, 2014


We are pleased to present projects by:






Reception:          Saturday, April 19       6-8 PM


Preview:                Friday, April 18                       6-8 PM


MARK ADAMS is a painter, printmaker, and a cartographer with the National Park Service and has been based on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard since 1987. He exhibits regularly at The Schoolhouse Gallery where he has focused on works of art that use layered images of maps, personal notebook pages, text, data and images of animals and friends in light accumulation on paper and wood panels. Adam’s work is about things that imperfectly represent the nature to our society, harvesting curiosity, wonderment and a little biology as source material.


Adams has taught at the Provincetown Art Association, Castle Hill Center for the Arts (Truro MA), and the Provincetown School Academy program and as a guest in the MFA program of the Fine Arts Work Center/Massachusetts College of Art. He has studied ecology, landscape architecture, printmaking and photography at University of California, Berkeley, California College of Arts and Crafts and studied with artists at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He also worked as a wildlife field biologist, scientific illustrator, forest fire fighter, gymnastics coach. His current interests include geologic time, taxonomies, coordinate systems and layering of information in maps.




Mark will present a series of new squid ink watercolors.


JOE DEGIORGIS holds a BS Degree in Oceanography and Marine Ecology from the Florida Institute of Technology and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Brown University. He has worked at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Harvard University, and the National Institutes of Health. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Providence College, Adjunct Faculty at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and Adjunct Faculty at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His artwork focuses on imaging marine and microscopic life, although not exclusively. His images have appeared on the covers of scientific journals including, the Molecular Biology of the Cell and Traffic, and have been displayed at a number of art exhibitions. He welcomes all types of collaborations and is currently planning a 15-month sabbatical with the aim of traveling the world to photograph marine life as well as individuals and cultures that rely on the marine environment.


Scientifically, DeGiorgis was a SCUBA Diver for the Marine Resources Department of the Marine Biological Laboratory in his early 20s collecting marine organisms for biological research. For most of his career and to the present he has studied the process of how intercellular cargoes are trafficked inside neurons using the squid giant axon as a model system.  This nerve cell is about 1,000 times thicker than those in humans and because of its size and ease to study has been widely used to investigate neuronal physiology. More recently he has been researching the function of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) a causative agent of Alzheimer’s disease. This protein is transported in organelles that move along microtubule tracts, however despite the deluge of Alzheimer’s research the function of APP is still unknown. DeGiorgis hopes that by understanding how this protein moves and learning of its intercellular destination he might shed light on APP role within neurons and how this protein leads to this devastating illness.  Joe will present projected images and prints.


BERND HAUSSMANN presents A Certain Place at a Certain Time, a collaborative online photo project, in connection with Appearances 2014. For this project participants are invited to share their impressions during the event Appearances by visualizing what they feel needs to be seen – the theme being ‘What we don’t see’.


The idea is to create an online platform to document, via digital imagery, the multitude of ideas and concerns we have about our impact on the natural environment.  The project is about perception and even more so, about mindfulness and sensitivity with respect to our own presence. The end result will be a memory bank, a ‘garden of information’ with a multitude of views.


HOW TO PARTICIPATE…   To participate in this collaborative online photo project simply post your photos, taken during the APPEARANCES 2014 Eco-Arts Festival, to the A Certain Place at a Certain Time Facebook page. All images should be taken during “Appearances“. Not prior and not after.All images must be taken with smart phone or digital camera. Format horizontal and not cropped.


This is part of several recent and ongoing projects by Bernd Haussmann, based on the idea of Dialogue, relying on visual imagery. Haussmann will discuss this project and other ideas at a panel discussion held by Appearances at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum on April 24, 2014. 


BERND HAUSSMANN has been working independently since 1988. Although Haussmann is mostly known for his paintings and drawings, using various media on various substrates, digital imagery and videos are an integral part of his work. His most recent video project is the Video Sonic Project, in collaboration with the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Other ongoing projects are with the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London (GoSee-Me and the Marconi Project), and with Berklee School of Music, Boston (DNA song).  Haussmann’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, at galleries, art fairs, museums and other non-profit organizations. His work is in the collections of The Danforth Museum of Art, MA; Lyman Allyn Museum of Art, CT; Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ; Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX; Museum of the City of Tübingen, and the Museum der Stadt Reutlingen, Germany; and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections. He is represented at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown and other galleries across the country.


PAUL OBERST was born in Kentucky and graduated from Centre College, Danville, KY in studio arts. He worked four years at what is now the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, as preparator, projects manager, educator and curator. In the 1980s and 1990s, he lived and worked in Boston represented by Stux Gallery and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His studio is in Freedom, ME. His work has been shown nationally in gallery, university, museum, corporate and government exhibition spaces including the ICA, DeCordova Museum, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Art Miami, Temple University, The Progressive Corporation and the US Department of State. Oberst’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museum, university, private and corporate collections.


Since 1981, Paul Oberst has been creating an architectural/metaphorical passage (“temple”) for the human spirit. The structure is filled with galleries containing ceremonial objects and devises and is accessed with the assistance of banded guides. The works exhibited in the Schoolhouse Gallery installation revolve around the idea of a net with its implications of constructively weaving together or destructively entrapping ourselves and other species in our environments.


For years, I have been making grids of wire and other materials which are titled Ceremonial Blankets. For Appearances and the Schoolhouse Gallery Exhibition, I have expanded on this gridded theme creating a Ceremonial Net  that is an eight feet diameter net of recycled cotton and linen fabric with repurposed floats and game balls around the circular perimeter. Banded Brothers/Study in Black and White/Ducker Boys is a large blanket of photographic images on silk with a linen net overlay revealing male entities or guides whose devotion is to the protection of this planet, albeit with a little trickery. Lastly, Flotsam is a bundle of recycled elements held together by a network of wire referencing the world wide problem of debris floating in our oceans and posing the question, “why?”  ~PO


DOROTHY PALANZA will present new work from her series of Sound Wave Paintings (Series I):


These paintings are investigations of acoustical environments, specifically those of sea mammals, for which sound is the primary sensory experience.   I work using both sound spectograms and recordings, with and without ”noise pollution“, as a starting point for my paintings.


My goal is to create a 3D Right Whale Traveling “Revival Tent” wherein people can experience a different environment than what we typically perceive.  This environment emanates from an acoustically dominated perspective.  As an artist in residence at the Center for Coastal Studies, I utilized the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University as a reference for various whale recordings, including some with human sound interference.  Inspired by this research, my paintings and installations are visual explorations of this aural environment.  I wish to acknowledge the CCS and the Bioacoutics Research Program at Cornell University for source materials used in this body of work. –DP




DOROTHY PALANZA was born in Massachusetts, growing up in a classic Italian-American family.  She maintains both Italian and US citizenship, is fluent in multiple languages, and has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas.  Palanza is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MFA), studying painting with Jeremy Foss and John Grillo (thesis advisor, a student of Hans Hoffman), and printmaking with Fred Becker.  In the following years, she worked as a muralist, fine artist, decorative painter and designer, first in New Orleans and then in NYC, where she established a following and works to this day.  She apprenticed as a decorative painter with European master Alfred Junke and NYC’s Vincent Inamorata, and in 1992, founded Colorfields Studio, a fine art, decorative painting, restoration and design studio. During 1999, she moved Colorfields Studio to Berlin, living and working there and in NYC.  In 2008, Palanza relocated Colorfields Studio to Provincetown, MA, the oldest continuous art colony in America, and in 2011, opened a new studio in NYC (Tribeca).  Palanza has always felt passionately about painting and working with color. A rich knowledge of paint chemistry, and effects of color, form and texture on large surfaces, is evident in her work. Resisting thematic conventions, her work reflects the personal, environmental and sociocultural influences from her life experience and extensive history of exploration and collaboration in the arts.  Palanza has had numerous group and solo shows and is collected by private patrons internationally.  In addition to her fine art, decorative, restorative and design endeavors, she has also co-authored screenplays, animated series, and two popular European children’s books, ‘Helma legt los’ and ‘Helma legt die Gockel rein’.




Also: Please visit gallery artist Lauren Ewing’s Spiral Wave Maze at Provincetown’s Bas Relief Park, part of Appearances 2014.


The Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 494 Commercial Street in the heart of Provincetown¹s East End Gallery District. For information and press contact Mike Carroll at 508.487.4800 or email .







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