(508) 945-3583

Chatham, MA

What’s On


Our annual gala event will be held Saturday July 11th commencing at 6pm at the Marconi Center overlooking beautiful Ryders’ Cove.

We will be hosting a silent and live auction with original artwork, trips, ceramics and wonderful items available. There will be live music, a raw bar, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres generously donated by Chatham Bars Inn, and much more. Valet parking will also be available. Tickets are $125 per person,  and your generous support helps the CAC to continue growing the Arts in our community.

Please call the Center at 508-945-3583 to reserve your tickets.

New classes and mini-workshops, along with the Children’s Summer schedule are now on the website. Go to the drop down tabs for more info.

We have Abstract class, the Art of Asian Ink Painting, Beginner Art, Children’s Fundamentals of Art, Color Wheel Workshops, Watercolor Mini Workshops, Children’s Pottery, and more!


The next sale will be held July 1,2 & 3 – Wednesday to Friday from 9am-4pm all three days. Check in June 29th 9am-2pm.

Start sorting through your unwanted Art Supplies, original Art and goodies!


Ron Dean and the talented students in his class fired an outdoor Raku kiln on Thursday 21st May.

This was a great opportunity for the group to experience the ancient process of raku. Pottery classes run all summer long!

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Many thanks to CBI for their continued support!


Painting Demos to benefit the Family Pantry…

An oil painting demonstration by MaryAlice Eizenberg took place on Wednesday, May 20th at the Creative Arts Center. We would like to thank everyone for coming along and supporting The Family Pantry of Cape Cod with food items and donations. This is the first in a series of demonstrations at the Creative Arts Center. Please call 508-945-3583 for more information.

Terry Lindholm

Terry Lindholm

Catherine Hertz

Catherine Hertz

Louise Crane

Louise Crane

Exhibition of Work by CAC Students

This show gives our students the opportunity to exhibit their work they have completed with guidance or direct tuition from our Faculty Members.

We are always excited to hang this show, as the range of work and talent is extraordinary. This time there will be a lovely selection of Sterling & Silver Jewelry, all reasonably priced, as well as a wonderful selection of framed watercolors, oils & acrylic art, and of course, great pottery .

Open daily Monday through Friday 9am-4pm.

Pick-up TODAY, Friday May 22nd, 9am-2pm.

All welcome, free admission.

The New England Watercolor Society Regional Show is coming to the Center July 8th-August 1st.

As part of the program, there will be a painting demonstration by world reknowned artist Tony van Hasselt on Wednesday 8th July at 7pm. The cost is $25 and refreshments will be served. Please call 508-945-3583 to sign up. During the month, there will be Saturday painting demos by NEWS watercolorists from 1-3pm . Food pantry donations are encouraged as admission.

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The 20th Annual All Cape Cod Art Show

“Inspirations from our Narrow Land –

All Things Cape Cod”…wide open to your interpretation!

Click here to download the All Cape Prospectus 2015

An open juried exhibition, running from May 31st-June 25th, 2015.

Entry day: Tuesday, May 26th 9am-2pm

Reception & Awards: Sunday, May 31 4-5:30

Pick-Up date: Friday June 26th , 9am-2pm.

This show is open to every Artist residing in Barnstable County.

Cash Prizes awarded in each category: Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, other two dimensional (encaustic, pastel etc) & three dimensional (pottery, glass,wood, sculpture etc)

Last year’s Best in Show-Jack Garver

Jack Garver Best in Show

Our 2015 Workshops are quickly filling up. Please call to reserve your spot!

Workshops 2015


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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.

2015 Workshops

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


Elizabeth B.Tucker Color Workshop

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Understanding Color and How to Mix It

Workshop 1: Tuesday, July 14-Thursday, July 16: 1-4PM $75 plus $25 materials fee.
Workshop 2: Monday, July 20-Wednesday, July 22: 1-4PM $75 plus $25 materials fee.

The purpose of this course is to teach you how to understand each color on your palette, what it is capable of and, as importantly, what it isn’t able to do, allowing you to mix clean colors every time.

The representational image on the left showcases the difference between mixing muddy colors versus clean colors.

Through a series of exercises you will learn the direction that a color leans, and then using that information mix the colors that YOU want to mix every time.

We will be mixing colors using the basic palette and then do several simple still lifes to see how to use your colors and how one color in a set up acts with other colors that are in the set up. As time permits we will analyze colors that are on your palette and see where they fit in your color wheel and how they work.


Vera Champlin Watercolor

Exploring The Many Textures In Still Life (Watercolor)             Vera Beets

August 26, 27, 28th  2015.
9:15 am- 12:15 pm daily.

Cost: $95 members / $ 125 non members

Still life’s are all about contrasting textures and knowing how to paint them.
Each component has a different surface quality and range of reflective ability.
Learn how to break things down and create the illusions that give credibility to your paintings. Successfully rendering textures gives your work a magical, tactile quality that

can create a “Wow”response! We will paint from direct observation of simple still life’s full of charm and character.

Supply List for Class with Vera Champlin





William Davis


  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

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 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 simplifytheir 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

Rick Fleury 1  Saturday & Sunday

  June 13th -14th, 2015



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

to translating 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

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

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!







Carol Maguire, Oil

  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

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





Rosalie Nadeau, Oil or Pastel

Rosie Nadeau Plein Air 1Tuesday & Wednesday

September 1st-2nd, 2015

9:00am – 4:00pm


Well known for her generous “coaching” style of teaching, Rosalie will facilitate your own vision to bring more impact, brilliance, depth and emphasis where you want it in your own unique work. In this two day workshop you will work en plein air (weather permitting) as you immerse yourself in nature’s ever changing light, which teaches you to see the classical principles of art as relationships.










Don Demers

DONDEMERS   Wednesday -Saturday

  September  9th -12th , 2015.

  9am-4pm  (Waitlisted and pre-juried)



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

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 expored to create a likeness on the model and color harmonies. in warm and cool temperature to suggest a mood. Those taking the worksop will taught how to take their abilities to the next level












Lois Griffel

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.








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

2015 Exhibitions

Admission is free!

Rosalie Nadeau

Rosalie Nadeau

Janet Gilmore

Janet Gilmore

Robert Mesrop

Robert Mesrop

Vera Champlin

Vera Champlin

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 11 4-5;30pm.

Entry Day: Monday, January 5th  9am-12 noon.

Pick-Up: Friday , January 23rd  9am-2pm.

A cross sampling of our talented and sophisticated faculty members, representing all mediums.

Works by Robert Mesrop, Rosalie Nadeau, Steve Kennedy, Mary Alice Eizenberg, Vera Champlin, Odin Smith, Ron Dean, Susan Dimm, Terry Cetto, Ellen Scott, Doris Mee, Robert Sanders, Karen North Wells, Jean Tucker, Alice Mongeau.

FEBRUARY: 18th Annual Juried Photography Contest February 1st-27th.

Diane Jordan First Place Winner ' Menemsha'.

Diane Jordan First Place Winner ‘ Menemsha’.

'Menemsha' by Diane Jordan'Northern Avenue Bridge' by Don Fleet Second Place 'Bridgeworker Unfurling the Canvas' by Karen McDevitt

Opening Reception & Awards: Sunday, February 1st  3-5pm.

Entry day: Sunday , January 25th 1pm-4pm

Pick-Up: March 1st , 1pm-4pm

Co- Sponsored with the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club, this show is huge; full of exciting and original photography .


1st place Diane Jordan ‘Menemsha’    2nd place  Don Fleet ‘Northern Avenue Bridge’  3rd Place ”Bridgeworker Unfurling the Canvas”Karen McDevitt.

Honorable mentions awarded to :-

Doug Scott, Angelo D’Amato, Ronald Wilson. Ronna Kazarian, Susanna Wolfel, Rob Allen, Nancy Bloom, Peter Partridge, Don Fleet,Milt Williamson and Janet Walton.


MARCH: Member’s Exhibition March 8th-April 1st.

Prizes were awarded at the Opening Reception.  Congratulations to the artists for their beautiful work, and thank you to all our Members for making this show spectacular!


‘Ice Run’ by D.Robert Brebbia First Place Watercolor


‘Beatrix’s Garden’ by Barbara Hamilton – Gibson Second Place watercolor


‘Losing My Marbles’ by Louann Corrado

"Blue Crab Special' by Pati Du Vall

“Blue Crab Special’ by Pati Du Vall Second Place Oil/Acrylic


‘DC Metro’ by Ruth Hauzinger Honorable Mention Photography

'Orange Study' by Pam Kielhack Honorable Mention

‘Orange Study’ by Pam Kielhack Honorable Mention

'Windfall' by Jane MacKenzie

‘Windfall’ by Jane MacKenzie Honorable Mention


‘Roses in Window’ by Heather Mackenzie Honorable Mention Photography

Lampwork beads by Elizabeth Best Honorable Mention

Lampwork beads by Elizabeth Best Honorable Mention

Le Steeple sur la Sell de Femme"

Le Steeple sur la Sell de Femme”by Hiram Ball Honorable Mention

'Streamside' by John Hutchinson

‘Streamside’ by John Hutchinson

'Rose Study' by Peg LoPresto Honorable Mention

‘Rose Study’ by Peg LoPresto Honorable Mention

'Loon Moon' by Bethia Brehmer Honorable Mention-Etching

‘Loon Moon’ by Bethia Brehmer Honorable Mention-Etching

'Parisian Graffiti' by Kathleen Magnusson Honorable Mention

‘Parisian Graffiti’ by Kathleen Magnusson Honorable Mention

Over 130 pieces  of original Art, Jewelry,Ceramics and Art Glass on display.

Members’ Exhibitions – 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: Visual Arts Co-Operative April 12th-May 1st 2015.

The Visual Arts Co-Operative is a collective of  the following Artists;

Florence Adams, Bethia Brehmer, Georgia Coxe ,Rita Doddridge’
Christine Fitzsimmons, Pat Fryklund , Maura Ghedini
Ruth Hauzinger , Heather MacKenzie , Marie Morongell ,Norma Mutch
Blossom Newman , Melora North , Andrea Petitto
Dale Riemer, Cecilia Rossey, Rowland Scherman & Betty Twiss.

This show features their work, and also highlights an exhibit of Barbara Melchers’ work in memoriam.

Barbara Melcher 'Threes a Crowd' Barbara Melcher ' Yellow Abstraxct' Barbara Melcher 'Three's a Crowd'

Entry Day: Monday, April 6th 9am-12pm.

Pick-Up: Monday, May 4th  9am-2pm.


MAY: Exhibition of work by CAC Students May 8th-21st

All students of weekly classes and workshops 2014-2015 are eligible and encouraged to submit two 2d pieces ,or three 3d pieces.

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

Opening Reception: Friday May 8th 5:30-7pm.

Entry Day : Monday, May 4th  9am-2pm.

Pick-Up: May 22nd 9am-2pm.

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.

Mary Alice Eizenberg Painting Demonstration
An oil painting demonstration by Maryalice Eizenberg took place on Wednesday, May 20th 1-3pm at the Creative Arts Center. The demonstration was free of charge, and we received a huge amount of food items for donation to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod. This was the first in a series of demonstrations given by Creative Arts Center faculty members.
The Creative Arts Center is located at 154 Crowell Road, Chatham.

Please call 508-945-3583 for more information.

MAY/JUNE: 20th Annual All Cape Cod Show-Open Juried Exhibition May 31st- June 25th.

Jack Garver Best in Show 2014

Jack Garver Best in Show 2014

Opening Reception & Awards: Sunday May 31st, 4-5:30 pm.

Entry Day: Tuesday May 26th 9AM-2PM.

Pick-Up: Friday June 26th, 9am-2pm.

JULY: 34th Annual Sacrifice Art Sale July 1st 2nd & 3rd.

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

Pick-Up : Monday July 6th, 9am-12pm.

Sacrifice Art 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.


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Robert O’Brien ‘Peony & Chives”

Opening Reception & Awards: Sunday July 12th 2:00-4:00.                                                                                             NEWS Logo 2012

Entry Day: Sunday July 5th, 12noon-3pm.

Pick- Up: Sunday August 2nd, 12 noon – 3pm.

New England Watercolor Society

The New England Watercolor Society has been fostering excellence in aqua media since it’s inception as the Boston watercolor Society in 1885.
Free painting demonstrations will be held at 1:00 pm on July 18th, 25th, and again on August 1st.
Internationally known watercolorist Tony van Hasselt will conduct a painting workshop during the show and will also be the Juror for the show. Those interested in attending the workshop can get necessary information by visiting www.newenglandwatercolorsociety.org or call 508-945-3583.
For those wishing to submit a painting for consideration for inclusion in the exhibit can obtain the prospectus at the above website.


Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8th 6-7:30 pm

Entry Day: Monday , August 3rd  9am-2pm.

Pick-Up: Monday August 31st 9am-2pm.

44th Annual Festival of the Arts   August 14th, 15th & 16th.

Chase Park, Cross Street, Chatham. Open daily 10am-5pm.

Over 120 Artisans presenting hand crafted items, original sculptural pieces, artwork, jewelry,

fabric, fashion and more. Entry by donation.

SEPTEMBER: Third September Invitational  September 4th-October 2nd.

Opening Reception : Friday, September 4th 5pm-7pm.

Entry day : Monday, August 31st 9am-2pm.

Pick -Up: Monday, October 5th 9am-2pm.

Always a stunning and diverse display , this exhibition features work by invited artists from the Bridge to Race Point.

Chatham Sparkles: Saturday September 26th RAIN OR SHINE On exhibit September 26th-October 2nd.

Registration : 8am-9am


Pick -Up: Monday October 5th 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.

OCTOBER: Autumn Sacrifice Art Sale October 8th ,9th & 10th. 9am-4pm

Entry day: Tuesday October 6th 9am-2pm

Pick-Up: Tuesday October 13th 9am-2pm.

Member’s show October 16th- November 20th.

Entry Day: Tuesday October 13th 9am-2pm.

Opening Reception & Awards: Friday October 16th 5:30-7pm

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

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.


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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