Bridging science & art in Provincetown – from Wicked Local

By Laura Shabott

SEA Space is a collaborative effort new to the Provincetown cultural scene. Located behind The Squealing Pig at 333R Commercial St., the space is a donation to the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies from its board of directors’ member Bill Bonn. SEA stands for science, environment and art.

Next, artist, educator and local resident Susan Lyman stepped forward to enlist friends and artists to sit the gallery. “This venue on Commercial Street has great potential for the center and for the town,” she says.

The art exhibits are being curated by Dorothy Palanza, founder of Provincetown’s “Appearances” outdoor green arts festival held during April. Palanza’s choice for the inaugural show at SEA Space is Yvette Drury Dubinsky’s “Turbulence,” a series of large mixed-media works on the subject of global warming and detritus in the oceans.

“When I was putting this together,” says Dubinsky, “I was really thinking about how to communicate through art the things that we throw into the ocean. I live in a tidal area and I see what gets washed up. I collect it from the beach to put in my work.” The skillful and soulful compositions are alive like the ocean. Discarded objects fly around a swirl of fish in “Turbulence II,” a 56- by 78-inch cyanotype with silkscreened images and acrylic on rice paper.

Dubinsky has had over 17 national one-woman exhibitions. This is her first solo show in Provincetown. Having receiving an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990, Dubinsky garnered a 2006 residency at the Cité des Arts in Paris. Her work is in the collection of the St. Louis Art Museum as well as international public and private collections.

Future exhibitions to be curated by Palanza include a Boston-based artist with a piece on storm surges and an underwater photographer and filmmaker with extensive footage of humpback whales off Bermuda.

“One of our goals is to emphasize the nexus between science and the arts, and between scientists and artists,” says Rich Delaney, Coastal Studies’ executive director. “The mission of the Center for Coastal Studies is to conduct scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine; to promote stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems; to conduct educational activities; to provide education resources that encourage the responsible use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems; and to collaborate with other institutions and individuals wherever possible to advance the center’s mission.”

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