Motherlode 400
Motherlode400 & Julie Heller Gallery presents

Last known painting of William Bradford before departing Holland on his way to Provincetown Harbor

A History of an American Art Colony: From Hawthorne to Helltown

The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing in Provincetown Harbor. For the last one-hundred-plus years, Provincetown has become the oldest continuous art colony in the United States. As a collective, this art community's founding fathers (and sisters) ultimate goal was the establishment of "two miles of art." It is safe to say that dreams do come true. Motherlode has spent the past year in the warehouse and containers of the legendary Julie Heller Galleries. Under the guidance of Julie Heller, we have curated the finest moments in the history of Provincetown art. Join us as we make the transformation from academia to a pop culture phenomena. The galleries will be open during the 2020 season in accordance to the state mandates concerning the COVID-19. Check back often for this feature will be expanding and evolving on a daily basis. The art is now available online for purchase. We will be operating as appointment only in our first phase of reopening.

May 22, 2020

Charles Hawthorne:
The First Wave

Charles Webster Hawthorne

Charles Hawthorne hangs the open for business sign at the Cape Cod School of Art and the wannabes flock to learn under an American master. The mudhead invasion begins on the beaches of a lawless Portuguese fishing village at the turn of the 20th century.

June 5, 2020

The Armory Show:
Oliver Chaffee

Self Portrait of Oliver Chaffee

The 1913 Armory Show turns the art world upside down and nobody seems to take Picasso seriously. A cadre of up-and-coming American and European art-stars create a modernist moment whose ripple effect laps at the Provincetown shores.

June 19, 2020

The Block Party:
White Line Fever

Blanche Lazzell

Seeds from Paris, the Midwest, Greenwich Village, Japan and Boston germinate on Cape Cod in the summer of 1915 as World War I forces a country into self-quarantine. Provincetown becomes the petri dish. The Provincetown Prints are now world-famous and still carry the name of the the block print process that evolved during this period of enlightenment.

July 31, 2020

William & Lucy L'Engle:
& Company

Lucy L'Engle

Power couple Lucy & William L'Engle made a lot of of art and a lot of friends. Mary Hackett. Jerry Farnsworth. George Biddle. Tod Lindenmuth. George Yater. Bruce McKain. & more.

August 7, 2020

Vernon Smith:
& The WPA

Charles Heinz by Root

An artist in his own right, Smith became a post-depression influencer who built quite an impressive client list. Blanche Lazzell. Dorothy Loeb. Bruce McKain. Charles Heinz, Fritz Pfeiffer. Phillip Malicoat. George Yater. Other WPA artists: Wil Barnett. George Constant. Karl Knaths. Spotlight: Joseph De Martini.

August 21, 2020

Forum 49:
Summer From Above

Forum 49

The irascible Weldon Kees created a summer's long event in 1949 that featured a who's who of expertise on subjects that still resonate today. George Biddle. Hans Hofmann. Robert Motherwell. & more. Spotlight: Karl Knaths.

September 4, 2020

Disciples of Hofmann:
The Color Wheel

Hans Hofmann - Abstract

Hans Hofmann kept Provincetown in the forefront of American prestige as a home to study. He left a legacy that is still referenced daily in 2020. Fritz Bultman. William Freed. James Gahagan. John Grillo. Peter Busa. Paul Resika. & more.

October 2, 2020

The Sun Gallery:
Here Comes Everyone

Face 1 by Lester Johnson

The Sun Gallery broke the shackles and the mold. The artists who ushered us into the new America. Lester Johnson. Jan Muller. William Freed. James Gahagan. & more. Spotlight: Jim Forsberg & Bill Barrell

October 16, 2020

Tirca Karlis:
Pivital Decades

Dancer in Red by Milton Avery

Chronicled in the 2011 tome, The Tides of Provincetown by Julie Heller and Whitney Smith, Karlis is a celebration of the rest of the world finally embracing the tenets of The Irascibles. Henry Botkin. George Grosz. Umberto Romano. Sally Michel. & more. Spotlight: Milton Avery.

October 30, 2020

Long Point Gallery:
New American Legion

-Nocturne1 by Robert Motherwell

They took the paddles out and resucitated the heart of the colony for another go round. Leo Manso. Tony Vevers. Robert Motherwell. Paul Resika. Carmen Cicero. Sidney Simon. & more. Spotlight: Varujan Boghosian.