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Exhibitions 2015



While the Cahoon Museum is being renovated please join us in our temporary exhibition space at Mashpee Commons. We are temporarily located at 30 Bates Road, Mashpee Commons. When we have more information about the timing of our move back into our upgraded Museum we will let you know.

December 1 - 24 , 2015

Lance Walker, Heading Out


Cape Cod is very fortunate because there are so many talented artists who reside here and add to the cultural lifestyle of the area. This exhibition will spotlight those artists and to provide the viewer an opportunity to take home one of those works for the holidays.

The following activity is in conjunction with the exhibition:

  • Friday, December 4, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Opening Reception

This final fundraiser of the year includes small works by some of the most talented artists on Cape Cod. All works in the exhibition will be for sale and will compliment your holiday shopping for your family and friends.

Artists participating this year include: Joan Augustino, Sandi Blanda, Howard L. Bonington, Karen F. Buckley, Don Cadoret, Betsy Payne Cook, Cynthia Cronig, Stanley Cronig, Anne Doyle, Jane Eccles, Christine Frisbee, Carole Chisolm Garvey, Ziegmont Guzikowski, Daniel Lewis Hart, Susan A. Hollis, Marieluise Hutchinson, Jack Lynch, Susan O’Brien McLean, Doris Mee, Marian Nicastro, Sandy O’Connor, Carol-Jean O’Toole, Karen M. Pinard, Candice Ronesi, Barbara Sparre, Sherri Starr, Timothy Struna, Scott Terry, Christie Velesig, Lance Walker, Lynn Wallin and Arlene Weibel.

We hope you will come support local Cape Artists and the Museum!

Lance Walker, Heading Out, oil on canvas

Don Cadoret, I Believe I Can Fly

Don Cadoret , I Believe I Can Fly, acrylic on masonite


October 13 - November 29, 2015

TREASURES: Works from the Permanent Collection

Because the museum has been closed at our Cotuit location since December 2013, the majority of the permanent collection has been in storage. This is your opportunity to experience “Treasures: Works from the Permanent Collection from October 11 to November 29, 2015. The exhibition will focus on the themes of the collection including: Martha and Ralph Cahoon; American School, Maritime Painting; Landscape Painting; 19th-centuray artists; 20th century artists; and Contemporary Artists.

Some of the artists included in the exhibition are Reynolds Beal, William Bradford, James E. Buttersworth, Martha Cahoon, Ralph Cahoon, John J. Ennenking, David Erickson, Erastus Salisbury Field, Thomas Hewes Hinckley, Joseph McGurl, Levi Wells Prentice and Thomas Waterman Wood.

Come join us and visit these wonderful old friends of the museum.


Friday, October 16 from 5:30-7:00pm

Tuesday, November 3 at 11:00am

A tour of the exhbition by Cahoon Board Members, Bill Babcock and Barnes Riznik.

Tuesday, November 17 at 11:00am

Permanent Collection Gallery Talk by Director Richard Waterhouse. This will be Richard's final gallery talk as director of the museum.


Frank H. Shapleigh (1842-1906), Whitehead Rock, Cohasset Harbor, Massachusetts, 1885, Oil on canvas, 14 x 24 inches, 2015 Cahoon Society Purchase for the Permanent Collection

Ralph Cahoon Bon Appetit

Ralph Cahoon (1910-1982), Bon Appetit, oil on masonite, Permanent Collection of the Cahoon Museum


August 25 - October 11, 2015

Nutting Stepping Heavenward

WALLACE NUTTING AND THE COLONIAL REVIVAL MOVEMENT: Works from the Collection of Kenneth & Sharon Lacasse of Cape Cod

Wallace Nutting (1861 - 1941) was a U.S. minister, photographer, artist and antiquarian, who is primarily known for his hand-colored photographs. He also was an accomplished author, lecturer, furniture maker, antiques expert and collector. 

This exhibition will show what extraordinary works he created during his lifetime including photographs, furniture and iron work.


Thursday, August 27, 5:30 to 7:00pm - Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 15,  2 pm – Gallery Talk by Charles T. Lyle, Executive, Director of Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield, CT who will speak about “Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer”. 

Tuesday, September 22, 11 am – Tour of the exhibition by Kenneth and Sharon Lacasse.                                   

This exhibition is a collaboration with the Wallace Nutting Collectors Club. This is a source for collectors, enthusiasts, educators & historians with and interest in photography, colonial furniture, books, ephemera, pastoral images, visual narratives of colonial life and the Colonial Revival Movement. For further information, go to:

Wallace Nutting, Stepping Heavenward, colored photograph, Collection of Kenneth and Sharon Lacasse

Nutting Windsor Seatee

Wallace Nutting, Tenon Arm Windsor Double back Settee, Collection of Kenneth and Sharon Lacasse


June 23 - August 23, 2015

BEFORE & AFTER: the 25th Anniversary of the Great Brush Off

Come join the Cahoon Museum in the celebration of our 25th Anniversary of our annual art auction festival, The Great Brush Off.

The Before & After exhibition will include works from 25 artists whose influence made the Great Brush Off so successful for 25 years and many of the 25 paintings featured in the Great Brush Off publicity each year.


Friday, June 26 from 5:30-7:00pm
This special fundraising Opening Reception will be festive, with music, wine and hors d’oeuvres!
For more information please contact the Museum (508) 428-7581.
Members $25 / Non-members $30
Advanced reservations required, please call the Museum at (508) 428-7581 or email

Tuesday, July 14 at 2:00pm

A Conversation with Great Brush Off Founders. President, Carol Wilgus will facilitate a discussion about the history of the Great Brush Off with many of the founding members.

Wednesday, August 5 at 11:00am

Artist Betsy Payne Cook, who has contributed "wet paintings" by working on the day of the Great Brush Off for many years, will demonstrate her creative process in pastel.

Shelley Pierce Brush Off 1990

Jayne Shelley Pierce, The First Brush Off, 1990, oil on canvas

Anne Doyle Brush Off 2015

Anne Doyle, Flowers, oil on canvas, for the Great Brush Off 2015. It will be included in the Live Auction.

April 21 - June 21, 2015

COMMERCE AND THE SEA: A Celebration of Antonio Jacobsen

Come join the Cahoon Museum of American Art to celebrate incredible ship portraits.

This exhibition will focus on the wonderful maritime paintings of Antonio Jacobsen.  The exhibition will also spotlight other artists who paint incredible ship portraits including James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894), William Davis, Don Demers, D. Jerome Elwell (1847-1912),  James Kelly, William Muller, Julia O’Malley-Keyes, Xanthus Smith (1839-1929), Richard Barnett Spencer (active 1840-1874), and Lance Walker.

Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (1850-1921) sailed from Copenhagen, Denmark to New York in 1873.  He was fascinated by ships and did phenomenal oil ship portrait paintings until the photograph took the place of the oil ship portrait.

He was the son of a leading Danish violin maker and came to New York initially to make music a career. However, his love of ships took over and he lived in Manhattan until 1881, when he moved across the Hudson River to West Hoboken, New Jersey. One of his early marketing tools was to put the address of his studio on his paintings so potential buyers could find him.

His work was always of the highest quality, from his early exuberant creations, through his mature paintings with limpid water, to his controlled work of the 1900s. When Jacobsen began doing oil ship paintings, some of the clipper ships were still sailing so he was able to study them and portray their beauty first hand.

Come join us to marvel at the intense detail of these ship portraits of a bygone era that in many cases are the only records of these amazing ships.

Friday, April 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Galley Talk with Bill Bourne, Head of Americana and Marine Art, Eldred’s Auctions, Gallery Talk about Antonio Jacobsen and the history of ship portrait painting

Friday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 26 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Galley Talk with artist Lance Walker


Antonio Jacobsen, The Kentucky, oil on canvas, on loan from Beth and Ben Hesse
Jacobsen Metropolis
Antonio Jacobsen, Metropolis, oil on canvas, on loan from Robert and Beverly Dyer, photo courtesy of John Nanartowicz
Jocobsen New Jersey
Antonio Jacobsen, The New Jersey, 1903, oil on canvas, on loan from Beth and Ben Hesse


March 3 - April 19, 2015


Come join the Cahoon Museum of American Art to celebrate the incredible talent of fiber artists on Cape Cod.

The majority of works are for sale and benefits Gosnold, in memory of Norman Sparre. Fiber artists in the exhibition include: Suzy Bergmann, Ramune Jauniskis, Helen Koehler, Salley Mavor, Jane Parhiala, Marcia Brown Smith, Barbara Sparre and Judy Vantine.

Come join the museum and experience the incredible talent of these fiber artists. They clearly show why the Cape is such a creative place.

Friday, March 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Galley Talk with fiber artist Suzy Bergmann

Friday, March 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 24 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Galley Talk with fiber artist Salley Mavor


Salley Mavor Birds
Salley Mavor, Birds of Beebe Woods, fiber, 24x30x3 inches


Exhibitions 2015

March 3 – April 19, 2015
Friday, March 6 Opening Reception
Fiberworks Plus
The first exhibition of the year is always a benefit exhibit; and in 2015, in memory of Norman Sparre, Gosnold is the beneficiary. Fiber artists being contacted for the exhibition include: Wendy Pratt Bagley, Suzy Bergman, Anne Grave, Helen Koehler, Sally Mavor, Toni Newhall, Jane Parhiala, Barbara Sparre, Stephanie Staltare and Rachel Switzer.

April 21 – June 21, 2015
Friday, April 24 Opening Reception
Commerce and the Sea: A Celebration of Antonio Jacobsen
This exhibition will focus on the wonderful maritime paintings of Antonio Jacobsen. We also plan to spotlight artists in our permanent collection who were influenced by Jacobsen and to include contemporary artists whom he influenced as well.

Thursday-Sunday, April 30 - May 3 Cahoon in Bloom

June 23 – August 23, 2015
Thursday, June 25 Opening Reception
Before and After: 25th Anniversary of the Great Brush Off
We will invite several founders of the Great Brush Off to help us identify artists and works for this exhibit. The exhibition will focus on painters who began their careers at the Great Brush Off and are now well known artists. We also plan to display several of the publicity paintings from previous Great Brush Offs.

Saturday, July 11 - Great Brush Off (Rain date July 12)

Thursday, August 6, from 10am - 2:00pm - Appraisal Day

August 25 – October 11, 2015
Thursday, August 27 Opening Reception
Wallace Nutting and the Colonial Revival Movement: Works from the Collection of Kenneth and Sharon Lacasse
This extraordinary collection will be augmented by Wallace Nutting works from historical societies across the Cape.

October 13 – November 29, 2015
Friday, October 16 Opening Reception
Treasures from the Permanent Collection
One of the strongest areas of the Cahoon Museum is the permanent collection, with over 375 works of art. This exhibition will present many of those works. Since the permanent collection has been in storage for many months now, this will be your opportunity to visit these extraordinary works.

Some of the artists in the exhibition will include: James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894), Martha Cahoon (1905-1999), Ralph Cahoon (1910-1982), John J. Enneking (1841-1916), Daniel J. Huntington (1816-1906), Margaret Jordan Patterson (1867-1950) and Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903).

December 1 – December 24, 2015
Friday, December 4 Opening Reception
3rd Annual Small Works Exhibition
This will be our 3rd Annual Small Works exhibit. It will showcase local Cape artists, and all the works will be for sale.