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In Our Gallery


Come and see what our talented members have been producing. Awards were presented at the Reception. Open daily Monday through Friday 9am-4pm October 16th to November 20th. Pick up is Monday November 23rd, 9am-noon


Joe Forjan First Place w/c

Carolyn Ross 2nd place

Carolyn Ross 2nd place Oil


William Morrisson HM


Susanne Taylor HM

Hiram Ball HM Members show

Hiram Ball HM


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Many thanks to CBI for their continued support!

Upcoming Events & Members’ News


The last opportunity before the holidays to purchase one of a kind pieces of Art, Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture and Photography. Also unusual crafts and more! This show is open to all our current members to participate in. Small works image size should be 10 x 12 or smaller. All items inventoried and marked please! Check in November 23rd 9am-12 noon. The sale starts Friday November 27, 10am-4pm and Saturday November 28th 10am-4pm, then open daily from 9am-4pm until December 16. Lots of great gift ideas! Please call the Center at 508-945-3583 if you can help over the sale. Thank you!

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Chelsie Starace Cape Cod C Star Booth #98 Dragonfly

Jane Eccles 'Wintry Bog"





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Wishing all our Members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!

We will be closed Wednesday 25th November & Thursday 26th November for the Thanksgiving Holiday.



Pam Kielhack ‘Still Life’ Pastel.

2016 New Years’ schedule starts the first week in January.

The center will be closed for the Winter Holiday break from Friday 18 December and reopen January 3rd, 2016. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holidays!




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web 229Established in 1969, the Creative Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching and appreciation of the arts. Open all year, the Center offers classes and workshops in drawing and painting, pottery and jewelry. In addition to offerings by its own outstanding teaching staff, the Creative Arts Center , in 2014 will sponsor workshops by such nationally known artists as  Mary Whyte, Kathy Anderson, Elizabeth Pratt, Rosalie Nadeau, Daniel Keys, Joe Paquet, Paul Schulenburg, Kim English, Kathy Anderson, Carol Maguire and William Davis.
New exhibitions are mounted monthly in the Somy and Bigelow Galleries of the Creative Arts Center featuring works of Students, Members, and Faculty alternating with regional shows featuring works of other artists. In August the Creative Arts Center co-sponsors a pastel exhibition. Every year,the third weekend in August,the “Festival of the Arts” is held at Chase Park in Chatham. It is a juried arts and crafts festival which has become an annual “must see” event for Cape Cod residents and visitors alike! Watch for our banners that are displayed along Main Street in Chatham two weeks prior to the Event.

If the Monomoy School District closes due to inclement weather, the Creative Arts Center will also close.

The Creative Arts Center in Chatham provides a vibrant education resource for all ages where the visual arts are explored and celebrated through classes, exhibitions and special events.
The gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Opening Receptions are held in the Gallery monthly.Painting demonstrations are also held several times a year by Well-known established artists.

2016 Workshops…more info coming soon.

We have booked these fantastic Artists to conduct workshops at our Center.

Thanks to Chatham Bars Inn for accomodating our visiting artists & their continued support of the CAC.

William Davis March 12-13

Don Demers June 1-4

Carol Maguire June 7-9

Sergio Roffo June 10-12

Nancy Tankersley June 13-16

Kim English June 20-23

Ted Nuttall June 25-28

Bill Farnsworth September 6-9

Daniel Keys September 12-15  waitlisted

William Davis September 17-18

Mary Whyte September 21-23  waitlisted

Joe Paquet September 27-30

2015 Workshops

These Instructors are scheduled for 2015. We welcome deposits to secure your place. Please note , some workshops are wait listed. 

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Instructor: Ian Mack
October 21, 2015 9:15-12:15

Get a clear, concise look at the best photo editing and management application, and best of all it is a FREE download via Google. Ian Mack will walk you through the steps of downloading and installing the latest version (3.9), importing all your digital photos and organizing them on your computer. Then see how to edit your photos, crop, remove those bothersome red-eyes and enhance those favorite images. The latest version has added face recognition as an additional organization tool. See how to share your images via the net, email and burn CDs. The class will also cover resizing images for submittal to online contest and websites.

Sumi-e Brush Painting     Sumi
Marian Strangfeld
Mini Workshop
Tuesday, Nov 10, 1-4pm
3-Hour session, $30/$40*

In the tradition of Sumi-e painting, the artist concentrates mind and spirit in the process of painting, letting the brush and ink do the work to achieve beauty in simple strokes.
You will learn about these ancient traditions, as you practice the basic brushstrokes that comprise the classic subjects of bamboo, orchid and plum. Come have fun and explore this method of painting that is very relaxed, meditative and
*Brushes and Materials included. All levels are welcome.


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Cape School Color, An introduction to Charles Hawthorn’s tried and true method of seeing and painting color

Instructor: John Clayton

August 31, September 1 & 2,

Mon. Tues & Wed 9:15-12:15


Each day John Clayton will  demonstrate using a palette knife. He will simplify the scene to flat masses and develop values and exciting color notes. Students will learn how to mix key colors, in an expressive creative way. Plein Air.

John Clayton Supply list

 William Davis COMPLETED


  Saturday &  Sunday

  June 6th & 7th, 2015.



  Finding the Subject

 In this 2 day workshop, Bill will help students find the subject and enhance the view for a winning composition. This workshop is all about the learning    process. Bill will demo each day and guide students through the construction of their painting.  Students will learn how to control tonality, improve their paint application technique, find the light source and modify their images to create a mood and take their paintings to the next level in the studio setting.

     William R Davis Artist Material List



John Cosby 4

 Monday -Thursday

 June 8th -11th , 2015



In this 4-day workshop, award-winning artist John Cosby will show students an innovative method of color mixing that will simplify their approach to painting. Cosby will show students how to identify and describe big value shapes within a composition, how to mix those values in “pools of colors,” and then tint them to match the colors in the scene helping to increase the student’s ability to accurately identify values and colors in their paintings. The workshop will consist of daily demonstrations, ample discussion, and individualized attention. Cosby will share his thoughts on the business of art as well as the art of self critique.
Students will determine whether to aim for realism or abstraction and are encouraged to experiment, think outside the box, and have fun.

John Cosby Supply List






Rick Fleury 1  Saturday & Sunday

  June 13th -14th, 2015



Artists interested in capturing the true essence of the landscape through photography, sketches and field notes will learn how

to translate that information onto canvas in the studio. Rick  will share his approach through daily demonstrations.

Artists wanting to develop their studio painting will benefit from this workshop.

Fleury Palette Materials List



Daniel Keys, Oil  SOLD OUT

Daniel Keys 1Monday -Thursday

June 15th-18th, 2015
9am – 4pm

$625   (Waitlisted)

 Still-Life’s: Telling a Story

Each day, Keys will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using Alla Prima methods. Following each mornings demo, Daniel will set up still life for his students who will paint them from life, while receiving individual one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, the students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges.

 Daniel Keys Supply List 2014




Rosalie Nadeau – COMPLETED

Rosie  Monday-Tuesday

  June 22nd – 23rd , 2015



In this two day workshop students will work from the still life to learn how to see to paint. Honing your visual awareness will foster your sensitivity to observing relationships as you explore color’s contrast in value, temperature and hue. Personalize your approach with your own subject matter and let Rosalie’s guidance revitalize your affair with paint or pastels as you come to see that light is the subject!

Rosie Nadeau Supply list 2015




Carol Maguire, Oil  – COMPLETED

  Carol Maguire 3Wednesday – Friday

   June 24-26, 2015

   9am – 4pm



There will be lots of personal attention in this instructional and spirited 3 day workshop! Learn what it takes to make a painting that looks fresh and painterly. Observing directly from life you will learn how to capture the light and apply paint boldly. Each day will start with a demo and exercises. You will be guided through gestural oil sketches for composition and flow, value oil sketches/tonal to establish the lights and darks, and color mixing exercises.. Have fun with Carol in this dynamic workshop!

Carol Maguire Supply List




Kathy Anderson

  Monday – Wednesday

August 24th-26th, 2015



This 3 day workshop will consist of 2 plein air days in some of Cape Cod’s beautiful gardens, and one studio day. Kathy will show you how to simplify a garden scene with big shapes and a strong block in. She will demo in the morning, and the students will paint in the afternoon..Kathy will talk about how to finish the painting using digital images, or how to set up again at home.using digital images, or how to set up again at home.

Kathy Anderson    MATERIALS LIST




Don Demers   SOLD OUT

DONDEMERS  Wednesday -Saturday

  September  9th -12th , 2015.




Recognized for his award winning paintings and excellent teaching style, Don has a wonderful ability to easily articulate all that he considers as he mixes paint and applies it to canvas. At the heart of each of his daily demonstrations he shows that he is a master of draftsmanship, design, composition, color, value and brush technique as he tackles the plein air landscape. He will show how to transform field sketches into successful studio paintings. Those taking the workshop will be encouraged to learn and grow with Don’s fun approach to most things, painting and teaching included.

Don Demers Supply List

Susan Lyon: Completed

Susan Lyon

 Tuesday -Friday

 September 15th – 18th, 2015

 9am- 4pm


With emphasis on an accurate drawing Susan Lyon will demo each day drawing and blocking in color with her brush techniques. Each day a new color will be introduced and explored to create a likeness on the model and color harmonies. in warm and cool temperature to suggest a mood. Those taking the workshop will be taught how to take their abilities to the next level.

Susan Lyon supply list-



Lois Griffel  :Completed

Lois Griffel  Monday- Friday

  September 21st – 25th, 2015



Whether a beginner or professional, workshop students will develop and expand their artistic vision with Lois’s approach to color and light. Painting the Impressionistic Landscape Workshop is an approach to seeing local color and values using color masses and color mixing to paint light as the subject.Monday morning’s presentation is the foundation of the class. Each successive morning is started with a shorter demo and a review based on the lessons from the previous day. There are many impromptu demos during each class session and students are given individualized instruction.

Supply list Lois Griffel








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Many thanks to Chatham Bars Inn for their support & sponsorship of our 2015 workshops.

2016 Exhibitions

Admission is free!

JANUARY: Faculty Exhibition January 10th-28th.

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 10 4-5;30pm.

Entry Day: Monday, January 4th 9am-12 noon.

Pick-Up: Friday , January 29th 9am-2pm.

A cross sampling of our talented and sophisticated faculty members, representing all mediums :Watercolor , Oils, Acrylics, Ceramics, Sterling Silver Jewelry & Pastels.

Works by Robert Mesrop, Rosalie Nadeau, Steve Kennedy, Mary Alice Eizenberg, Vera Champlin, Odin Smith, Ron Dean, Chelsea Starace, Terry Cetto, Ellen Scott, Doris Mee,  Karen North Wells, Jean Tucker, Alice Mongeau, Marian Strangfeld & Andrea Petitto.

FEBRUARY: 19th Annual Juried Photography Contest February 7th – 26th.

Opening Reception & Awards: Sunday, February 7th 3-5pm.

Entry day: Sunday , January 31st 1pm-4pm

Pick-Up: Sunday, February 28th  1pm-4pm

Co- Sponsored with the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club, this show is huge; full of exciting and original photography . Our walls will be crammed with Art Photography, Black & white images and color images displaying a diverse variety of subject matter.

The quality of the work at this show is stunning.

MARCH: Member’s Exhibition March 6th-April 1st.

The Members’ Exhibition is an interesting sampling of works across the board . Contributing working and professional artists, along with lay members and our faculty  provide a fantastic range of styles and mediums.

All works must be framed, wired, and suitable for hanging. Two entries per artist. Frames may not exceed 48” in any direction. Second piece not to exceed 30 ” in any direction.Copies of masters’ works are not eligible; work which has been exhibited at the Center is not eligible; work done with an instructor is not eligible. Membership must be current. Prizes will be awarded in all categories with 10 or more participants. There are $100 first prizes and $50 second prizes in each category. Faculty members not considered for awards but are encouraged to exhibit.


APRIL: Exhibition of works by CAC Students April 10th-28th.

Opening Reception Sunday April 10th 4pm-5:30pm.

Entry Day : Monday April 4th 9am-12noon.

Pick-Up: Friday April 29th 9am-2pm.

All students of weekly classes and workshops 2015-2016 are eligible and encouraged to submit two 2d pieces ,or three 3d pieces.

No entry fee, no jurying. Everything submitted will be displayed.

This show encourages all our students to exhibit their best work from class. Under the tutelage of our amazing faculty, our Students develop and build their skills through example and practice. This may be the first opportunity for some of our students to exhibit, so is a fresh and  fun show.

MAY: Three Dimensional Exhibition   May 6th-26th

Opening Reception: Friday May 6th 5:00-6:30 pm.

Entry Day : Monday, May 2nd 9am-2pm.

Pick-Up: May 27th 9am-2pm.

Representing  multi dimensional fields of works, this is an opportunity to explore the variety and scope of 3D artworks. Metal, Wood, Marble, Glass, Stone, Wire and found objects.

JUNE: 21st Annual All Cape Cod Show-Open Juried Exhibition June 5th-27th

Opening Reception & Awards: Sunday June 5th 4-5:30 pm.

Entry Day: Tuesday May 31st 9am-2pm

Pick-Up: Tuesday June 28th, 9am-2pm.

From the enormously talented pool of  Artists on Cape Cod, this Exhibition showcases works across the spectrum. Our Invitational draws Artists from the Bridge to Race Point, and is always sophisticated and

JULY:  35th Annual Sacrifice Art Sale June 30th, July 1st & 2nd. 9am-4pm.

Entry Day: Wednesday June 29th 9am-2pm.

Pick-Up : Tuesday July 5th, 9am-12pm.

Prepare to find a bargain! Original Art, Pottery , Jewelry, Prints, Cards, Sculpture, Metalwork, Supplies and more. Rock bottom prices on beautiful works by our members.

Twenty-one in Truro : July 9th-30th

Opening Reception & Awards: Saturday July 9th 6-7:30 pm

Entry Day: Tuesday July 5th, 9- 2pm.

Pick- Up: Monday August 1st 9-2pm.

Twenty One in Truro is a group of  professional Women Artists who have convened for 16 years at an annual retreat where they paint, discuss art and compare techniques. Featuring works by Heather Blume,LaVerne Christopher, Michele Dangelo, Jane Eccles, Maryalice Eizenberg, Sarah Feilding-Gunn, Susan A. Hollis, Jane Lincoln, Jerre Moriarty, Rosalie Nadeau, Kate Nelson, Carol Odell, Julie Olander, Suzanne M. Packer, JoAnn Ritter, M’Lou Sorrin, Lorraine Trenholm, Christie Velesig, Barbara Wylan, Linda Young and Joyce Zavorskas.

AUGUST: The Printmakers of Cape Cod August 5-26th

Opening Reception; Friday August 5th 4:30-6pm

Entry Day: Monday , August 1st 9am-2pm.

Pick-Up: Monday August 29th 9am-2pm.

The Printmakers of Cape Cod  is a collective of artists involved in this age old craft. Representing oil- and water-based monotype, woodcut, etching, and viscosity printmaking, a display that is sure to be fresh and stimulating.

45th Annual Festival of the Arts August 19, 20 & 21

Chase Park, Cross Street, Chatham, a short walk from Main Street downtown. Open daily 10am-5pm.

The Premier Summer Arts Event in Chatham attended annually by thousands of visitors.

Gourmet food trucks, Children’s Art & Craft Tent and activities ensure a fun day out for the whole family.

Our 45th year of showcasing Over 120 Fine Artisans and Crafts people presenting hand crafted items, original sculptural pieces, artwork, jewelry, fabric, fashion and more. Entry by donation.

SEPTEMBER : Fourth Annual September Invitational  September 2nd-October 3rd.

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Opening Reception : Friday, September 2nd  5pm-6:30pm.

Entry day : Monday, August 29th 9am-2pm.

Pick -Up: Tuesday, October 4th 9am-2pm.

Always a stunning and diverse display , this exhibition features work by invited artists from the Bridge to Race Point- Hiram Ball, Joan Brancale, D.Robert Brebbia, Beth Brehmer, Tilda Bystrom, Eileen Casey, Vera Champlin, Ed Chesnovitch, John Clayton, Peter Coes, Shawn Dahlstrom, Jane Eccles, Kathy Edmonston, Maryalice Eizenberg, Jack Garver, Maura Ghedini, Ann Hart, James Holland, Susan Hollis, David Kelley, Kely Knowles, Steve Kennedy, Ruth Leech, Jane Lincoln, William J Maloney, Doris Mee, Dale Michaels Wade, Mary Moquin, Alice Mongeau, Todd Montanaro, Rosalie Nadeau, Ginny Nickerson, Karen North Wells, Ken Northup, Carol Odell, Hillary Osborne, Suzanne Packer, Betsy Payne Cook, Barbara Quinn-Grasso, Sherry Rhyno, JoAnn Ritter, Doug Rugh, Paul Schulenberg, Odin Smith, Claudia Smith-Jacobs, Marian Strangfeld, Christie Velesig, Laurel Wilson, Karol Wyckoff and Joyce Zavorskas.



2015 September Invitational

Susan Hollis

Rosie Oysters

Rosie Nadeau

Hiram Ball

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James Holland

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Chatham Sparkles: Saturday September 24th RAIN OR SHINE. On exhibit September 24th-October 3rd

Registration : 8am-9am                  Pati Sparkles

Sparkling Reception & Sale :5pm-6:30 pm.

Pick -Up: Tuesday , October 11th 9am-2pm.

Artists paint around town with the signature red balloon attached to their easel. Drop by and see what’s going on the canvas!

The “fresh catch of the day ” will be on display and for sale at the “Sparkling “reception. All welcome.

Calling all Plein Air Artists!
Fourth Annual Chatham Sparkles….
Mark your calendars: Saturday September 24th.
Rain or Shine…Come to the Center between 8 & 9am, pick up  a balloon and info, find a local spot to set up your easel and Paint! We will direct the public to your location from the Center.
Bring your framed piece back to display at the Center for a Sparkling Reception  from 5-7pm with Prosecco provided by Chatham Light Liquors and Chocolates from the Candy Manor!

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase the freshest of original  local scenic art by some very talented artists.

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OCTOBER: 12th Autumn Sacrifice Art Sale October 6th,7th & 8th. 9am-4pm

Entry day: Wednesday ,October 5th 9am-2pm

Pick-Up: Tuesday, October 11th 9am-2pm.

A wonderful opportunity to purchase original Art, Jewelry,Pottery, Books & Art supplies at ridiculously low prices.

MEMBERS SHOW    October 16-November 17 2016

Opening Reception & Awards: Sunday,  October 16th 4-5:30pm

Entry Day: Tuesday, October 11 9am-2pm

Pick-up day :Friday,  November 18, 9am-12 noon



Ann Hart Second Place w/c


Susanne Taylor HM


Natalie Best W/C


Tom Jones Oil


E. Joan Horrocks HM


Carolyn Ross Second Place Oil




William Burnham Acrylic

Todd Montanaro Winner Oil

Todd Montanaro Winner Oil




Over 100 pieces of Art, Jewelry, Ceramics, Photography, Sculpture & Mixed Media on display and for sale.

Pick-Up: Monday November 23rd 2015 9am-12 noon.



2015 NOVEMBER: Holiday Sale & Small Works Show. November 27th & 28th 10am-4pm, through to December 16th daily 10am-4pm.

Entry Day: Monday, November 23rd 9am-12 noon.

Pick -Up: Thursday, December 17 9am-12 noon.

Holiday and Small Works Sale – Membership must be current. Inventory sheet required, items should be marked with name and price. $10 entry fee for the lot. A 30% commission will be retained by the Center. Small works Image area should be 10×12 or smaller.

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To become a Member of The Creative Arts Center, please complete the membership application form found here.

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Membership will bring you our weekly Constant Contact email full of information you need to know for the up-coming week . They include advance notification of all of our Classes, Workshops, and Special Events. Members also receive discounted rates on all Creative Arts Center Classes and Trips, and are eligible to enter all “Member Only” Exhibitions (several each year). Two Sacrifice art sales are held each year where the members clean out their studios and make room for more paintings to be created. The annual Holiday Sale and Small works is also a nice way for the members’ to proudly display and offer their work for sale.

Please make checks payable to the Creative Arts Center and mail payments with printed copy of your completed registration form to:

The Creative Arts Center
154 Crowell Road
Chatham, Massachusetts 02633

(The Creative Arts Center Membership Year is from January 1 to December 31)



Thank you to our  Volunteers who help us with many events including Hostessing, Gallery Sitting, providing refreshments, helping with the Sac Art and Holiday Sale and the Festival of the Arts!

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