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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.

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)

August 25 – October 11, 2015
Thursday, August 27 Opening Reception
Wallace Nutting and the Colonial Revival Movement: Works from the Collection of Sharon Lacasse of West Barnstable
This extraordinary collection will be augmented by Wallace Nutting works from historical societies across the Cape. This will be the final exhibit at our temporary location in Mashpee.


October 13 – November 29, 2015
Friday, October 16 Opening Reception
Coming Home: Works by Martha and Ralph Cahoon &
A Celebration of American Arts

One side of this exhibit will focus on works by Martha and Ralph Cahoon that have never or only very rarely been seen in public. At the same time, one of the galleries in the historic house will display favorite Ralph and Martha Cahoon works from the permanent collection.

The other side of the exhibit, A Celebration of American Art, will concentrate on the extraordinary 19th and 20th century American art in our permanent collection, including works by James Edward Butterworth, John J. Enneking and Thomas Waterman Wood.

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.