Falmouth ArtMarket Features The Familiars of Cape Cod, Artisans, and Books
The Falmouth ArtMarket features music by The Familiars of Cape Cod on Thursday, July 7, at Falmouth Marina Park, 180 Scranton Avenue. The ArtMarket runs every Thursday through September 1, offering fine arts and crafts from 26 artisans from 11 to 5 PM, a Book Booth featuring local authors from 11 AM to 2 PM, visits from Falmouth Library’s Book Bike from 11 AM to 12 PM, and musical entertainment from 2 to 4 PM.
The Familiars of Cape Cod are Manny and Linda Dias. They sing and play folk, fiddle, country, Irish, and popular music from the 1950s through the 1980s. Manny, who sings and plays guitar, has been active in the Upper Cape folk music scene for decades. Linda is a classically trained violinist with a passion for fiddle style music. She also sings and plays mandolin, harmonica, Irish whistles and Celtic harp.
The featured author is J.J. Cunis, whose book, Itchiwan, tells a tale of four 13-year-old boys who meet on Cape Cod in 1968 and form an unlikely bond which lasts a lifetime or two or three. The boys are two Wampanoag twins, Amos and Vern, Timmy, an Irish Catholic kid from Southie (middle class summer cottage people), and Brett, a wealthy WASP. The boys open Pandora’s Box, a box which will take them 24 years and two lifetimes to close … or so they think.
Photographer Joe Freedman is one of the regulars at the ArtMarket. He specializes in scenic views taken in the town of Falmouth. He transfers the photographs to canvas, giving them the look of realistic oil paintings.
Among the colorful photographs on sale recently were views of the sunrise over the water, the full moon over the water, Nobska Light, the Knob, ospreys, ferry boats, and ocean and beach scenes.
Freedman has been selling his photographs-on-canvas for 10 years. Prior to that he was a wampum artist—he still wears a wampum necklace. But he said he always enjoyed taking photographs, and one day he decided to make the switch from jewelry to photography. He has not regretted it. Freeman’s photos are popular with tourists and residents alike.
For more information on the ArtMarket, visit FalmouthArtMarket.com.