Cape School of Art auction highlights plein air paintings

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‘Summer Color’ by John Clayton, 18in x 24in. Image courtesy of the Cape School of Art

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The Cape School of Art in will present their annual 2018 Silent Auction on Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 6 p.m. at Robert Paul Properties, 192 Commercial St.


Previews and early bidding will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6, noon-3 p.m. Bidding may be done in person or by phone by calling 203-948-1046, 508-982-6968, 978-835-4249, 617-605-2767. The auction features a series of exquisite paintings by various prominent and emerging artists who have studied or continue to study at the Cape School of Art.

A selection of the paintings being featured will include a Charles W. Hawthorne signed watercolor and paintings by established artists John Clayton, Mary Giammarino, Rob Longley, Margaret McWethy and Hilda Neily, along with pieces by Cape School of Art students.

Some of the works being offered are:

– Summer Color by John Clayton (above), 18 x 24 inches, estimate $3,500, starting bid $500.

– Lush Garden by Susan Elkins, 9 x 12; estimate $1,500, starting bid $200.

– Changing Sky by Catherine Shearer-Neily, 9 x 12 inches; estimate $600; starting bid $100.

– Truro by Arthur Egeli, 9 x 12 inches, estimate $1,200, starting bid $200.

– West End Gardens by Lauren Byrne, 12 x 12 inches, estimate $800, starting bid $100.

– Along the Bay by Hilda Neily (below), 20 x 16 inches, estimate $5,500, starting bid $800.

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‘Along the Bay’ by Hilda Neily, 20in x 16in. Image courtesy of the Cape School of Art

The Cape School of Art’s purpose is to educate artists on the perception and use of color and light in representational painting. Through workshops, classes and lectures they work to inform a new generation of artists, patrons, Provincetown residents and visitors about the teaching and enduring influence of American Impressionist Henry Hensche and his mentor Charles W. Hawthorne, founder of Provincetown’s historic art colony and the original Cape Cod School of Art. Cape School of Art teachers are grounded in the techniques developed by Hensche and Hawthorne.

Hilda Neily, a prominent plein air Impressionist is considered to be one of the Cape School’s most adept practitioners. She started painting with American master impressionist Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown in the early 1970s. Hensche founded the Cape School of Art in 1933, carrying on and developing the ideas of his own teacher and mentor, Charles Hawthorne, who started the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown in 1899, paving the way for the town to become one of America’s preeminent art communities. Hensche embraced the Hawthorne “color note” approach to painting.

Now, after more than 40 years, Neily continues to carry on the legacy of Hawthorne and Hensche, while also teaching in this important historic tradition at the Cape School of Art, which she and a group of former Hensche students reorganized as a nonprofit in 2010.