Vernon Smith, a talk by Dr. Edith Tonelli
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ Noon
Cape Cod Art Center, 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable
Free and Open to the Public
As part of its ongoing 70th anniversary events, the Cape Cod Art Center will be hosting an informative talk on artist Vernon Smith, one of CCAC’s founding members and a significant figure in the history of art on Cape Cod. The talk will be presented on May 23 at 12 noon by Dr. Edith A. Tonelli who studied and researched Vernon Smith’s work while writing her Doctoral thesis, “The Massachusetts Federal Art Project: A Case Study in Government Support for Art.” The talk is free and open to the public.
Vernon Smith was a key player in forming the Cape Cod Art Association (now the Cape Cod Art Center) and served as its first Secretary and second President. The handwritten notes he took during the first year of the Association’s existence are a valuable resource for its history. He studied withCharles Hawthorne, the founder of the Provincetown School of Art. During the Depression Years, he worked for WPA’s Federal Art Project as Supervisor for the Cape and Southeastern Massachusetts. His art, consisting of paintings, sculpture, bas-relief woodcarvings and decorative arts, has been celebrated on the Cape with major exhibitions at both the Provincetown and Cape Cod Museums of Art. His work is also represented in many other museums and private collections.
Dr. Edith A. Tonelli has been working in the visual arts for over 30 years. She was trained originally for her Master’s degree at Hunter College in New York, in European painting techniques, ink brush drawing, and the Japanese woodblock printmaking process. She finished her Ph.D. at Boston University, focusing on American Art and Artisanry.