The final Falmouth ArtMarket of the summer will feature a free concert by singer/songwriter Catie Flynn from 2 to 4 PM on Thursday, August 30 along with an array of paintings, jewelry, pottery, weavings, crocheted items, and more by local artists and craftspeople. The weekly event takes place from noon to 5 PM at Falmouth Marine Park, 180 Scranton Avenue, on Falmouth Harbor.
A singer/songwriter born and raised on Cape Cod, Catie Flynn performs a variety of original music in genres including jazz, folk, country and Irish. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, she moved to Nashville, where she toured with an Americana group and spent countless hours refining her songwriting skills.
Now back on the Cape, Catie plays locally and around the Northeast region, including such venues as Cape Cinema, Wequassett Resort, the Beachcomber, and Cape Cod Beer. She has also performed at Club Passim and the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, and The Mercy Lounge, The End, and the Blue Bird Café in Nashville, as well as venues in New York and elsewhere.
Her solo album, “Let Me Down Slow,” was released in 2013.
Artist Dante (who goes by only one name) paints local scenes en plein air. “I’m an itinerate artist,” he said. “I paint where I am. I like where I am or I wouldn’t paint it.”
A resident of Mashpee, Dante paints with acrylics, creating scenes of Falmouth, Mashpee, and other areas of Cape Cod, Boston, Vermont, Martha’s Vineyard, Hingham, Gloucester, and other locations. Local scenes include Nobska Light, Woods Hole, the Knob, and other favorite spots.
Dante’s mother was an artist, and he began studying art as a child at a summer program at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. He continued his studies by taking art electives in secondary school, and went on to study art history at Indiana University. “Later, in Rockport and Gloucester, I worked with relatively famous artists who gave inspiration and mentoring. I also did the same in Florida with another artist about 10 or 15 years ago,” said Dante.
“I love attempting to interpret what God and architects have given us,” said Dante. “I like capturing what I see. In Boston, I like the contrast between the historic buildings and the contemporary buildings, the juxtaposition of one in front of the other.
“I’ve had a few one-man shows up in Boston, and the critics say I interpret color and tweak perspective for my unique vision,” he said. “One day I might wake up and say I want to do something a little like Van Gogh or a little like Monet or another artist.”
Visitors to the ArtMarket are attracted to his bold, vibrant colors, his Cape Cod beach scenes, paintings of the Island Queen (which can be seen from the ArtMarket), and other local scenes, but also buy his Boston and Vermont paintings, and anything else that strikes their fancy or they find a personal connection with.
He sometimes paints at the ArtMarket, though hasn’t this summer because it has been too hot. When he paints in Boston, he attracts attention from passersby. “They stop and look, and a lot of times, I’d sell those paintings before they were even dry,” said Dante.
Dante’s paintings have been purchased by people in 20 different countries and almost 40 states.