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Pastels By Invitation

A National Exhibition.

Saturday, August 2nd- Friday, August 29th.

Ed Chesnovich ‘Afternoon Shadows’

Come by and visit the Center!
Our friendly and helpful staff are always smiling.
Angela Zoni Mault Executive Director CAC & Julia Magliano Executive Assistant

Angela Zoni Mault Executive Director CAC Julia Magliano Executive Assistant

43rd Festival of the Arts Cape Cod’s Premier Arts & Crafts Festival

Our 43rd Festival was such a great weekend for all ! Our Exhibitors were thrilled with the turnout of visitors and our center raised much needed operational funds. We would like to thank everyone for coming along and supporting the arts! A special thanks to all the Volunteers and our Community Sponsors:

Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank, Barnstable County Sherriff’s Office, The Chatham Cultural Council , the Cultural Council of Massachussetts and Marconi Center.

We would also like to thank our major Patrons & Sponsors: Mary McDermott, Emma-Marie Snedeker, Yankee Ingenuity, Mark T.Vokey Insurance, Eldredge & Lumpkin  Insurance Agency Inc, W.Vernon Whiteley Plumbing & Heating. A special thanks to Robert Sanders, our Festival Co-Ordinator who tirelessly ensured a trouble free weekend!

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Latest events : September Invitational

Our annual September Invitational Exhibition will be opening Friday, September 5th from 5-7pm.

All are welcome to mingle with our artists and members.

Entry day for Invitees is Tuesday, September 2nd from 9am-2pm.

Pickup day is October 6th from 9am-2pm.

The show will be open from September 5th through October 3rd 2014.



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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.
We extend a huge thanks to CBI, a major sponsor of our workshops!

We extend a huge thanks to CBI, a major sponsor of our workshops!


Kathy Anderson, Oil    



June 18-20, $450

9:00am – 4:00pm



This 3 day workshop will consist of 2 plein air days in some of Cape Cod’s beautiful gardens, and one studio day.
The roses and hydrangea should be in full bloom, and as we paint outdoors I will show you how to simplify a garden scene with big shapes and a strong block in. I will demo in the morning, and the students will paint in the afternoon  On the second day we will return to the site and I will demo on how to finish a painting from the block in.  The students will either work on the same painting or start a new one, whichever they prefer.
For the studio day, I will again demo, with the focus on how to design a floral still life that has a fresh and natural look with lots of movement.  The students then will set up their own still life in the afternoon.
We’ll talk about how to finish the painting using digital images, or how to set up again at home.

Kathy Anderson Materials List

Kim English,Oil and Acrylic



June 23-25, $495

9:00am – 4:00pm


Kim English’s method of painting is immediate, fast and loose.  He encourages students to sketch quickly and accurately, depicting the gestural figure to be alive and moving in the environment. In this workshop his daily demonstrations will show you how to keep your approach fresh and spontaneous yet controlled and accurate while you paint several studies practicing this new technique. English will give plenty of individualized attention to each student while focusing on beautiful light filled atmospheres. Students will be encouraged to get the scene down fast and not fuss over the details.

Kim English Materials List

Carol Maguire, Oil



June 26-28, $325

9:00am – 4:00pm


Come and have fun with Carol in this instructional and spirited 3 day workshop! Learn what it takes to make a painting that looks fresh and painterly. Painting directly from life you will learn how to capture the light and apply paint boldly. Each day will start with a demo and exercises including:
Gestural oil sketches for composition and flow.
Value oil sketches/tonal to establish the lights and darks.
Color mixing.
And lots of personal attention and encouragement!

Carol Maguire Supply List

Rosalie Nadeau, Oil or Pastel



June 30-July 2, $350

9:00am – 4:00pm


Rosie will demonstrate and instruct student in how to paint light on the landscape in both Chatham and Orleans with water views. This workshop will help you establish an emphasis on the focal point by sharpening your visual skills. She will help you learn to see value and temperature  in the light as it describes the landscape.  Rosie is known for her generous teaching style, new and former students will benefit as she helps you to the next level of expertise.(weather permitting)
All levels welcome. Wear a visor, Layer clothing for varied weather conditions and bring snack, beverage, lunch.


Rosalie Nadeau, Oil or Pastel 



July 19-20, $275

9:00am – 4:00pm



In this two-day workshop Rosie will guide you as you learn to bring brilliance and presence to the figure and floral still life. Rosie will demonstrate bringing her usual generous teaching style to guide students to  a successful outcome.  The emphasis will be capturing the light on the both the figure and floral set up, beginning with observing relationships of the large shapes and masses as the patterns of light unite the subject matter: the figure relative to the elements of the floral still life.  Each morning, students will paint with a model and floral still life and in the afternoons focus on painting the flowers.


Daniel Keys, Oil

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September 8-11, $595

9:00am – 4:00pm

(Wait List)

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

Paul Schulenburg, Oil

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Friday -Saturday

September 12-13, $350

9:00am – 4:00pm


 On day one, working from a partially clothed live model, and on day two, from a nude model, Paul will demonstrate his approach to creating a convincing figure painting.  Discussing composition, focal point, color temperature, edges and  capturing the subtleties of the mood, Paul will instruct students in the workshop in ways to achieve successful results. He will help students understand ways to mix color, mediums & drying times. He will discuss ways  to use these elements to their advantage. (Workshop Fee includes model ).

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Mary Whyte, Watercolor 


Waitlist only


September 17-19.  $695

9:00am – 4:00pm

(Wait List)

Watercolor Portrait & Still Life with Mary Whyte

Mary Whyte has been instructing watercolor workshops at the Creative Arts Center since 2001.  Returning this September for her eighth time, Mary Whyte will once again instruct her students in fundamental and advanced approaches to watercolor painting. Demonstrating each day for her class Mary will talk about how color mixing, edges and good composition play into all of her works. The first day of the workshop will be capturing light on the still life and the next two days on capturing light on the figure.


Joe Paquet, Oil

jpwebLimited space


September 23-26, $695

9:-00am – 4:00pm

The first day of the workshop Joe will do a demo and explain how to achieve specific effects of light. He will focus on the prismatic palette and his techniques for good composition and color use. The next three days will be painting plein air on location, around beautiful picturesque Chatham. As a teacher and instructor, Joe is generous with his time, guiding and making suggestions, helping each student to a successful outcome.Students love his obvious expertise and his clarity of explanation.
Joseph Paquet has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.  He is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America and the Salmagundi Club of New York where he won the 2008 the Alden Memorial Prize.


 William Davis, Oilbd

 Places still available


November 22-23, 9am -4pm, $325

9:00am – 4:00pm

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.

Davis Material List

Pastels By Invitation 2014.

A National Exhibition featuring a beautiful and varied selection from artists across the country.

Covering many themes and styles, this exhibition is clean and interesting. Around forty pieces of original art on display,

priced for the budget conscious and collector alike.

Ed Chesnovich 'Afternoon Shadows'
Ed Chesnovich ‘Afternoon Shadows’

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

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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