In her Wellfleet gallery, Berta Walker relies on curatorial finnesse, impeccable taste and connoisseurship, making a strong statement about the modern and contemporary American Art. She has assembled a team of talented artists, curators and art educators, and each has their own unique story to share. Laura Shabott is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator that moved here from New York and now enjoys Cape Cod's vibrant art community.
Berta Walker's Gallery lists its mission as 'presenting the History of American Art as seen through the Eyes of Provincetown'. She started her career in the arts as the special events manager at the Whitney. She has earned a strong reputation on the New York Art Scene, which resulted in an invitation to become a Director of the Marisa del Re Gallery, and, later, the director of the Graham Modern Gallery.
Throughout the years, Provincetown has established itself as one of the most prolific art colonies, with artists such as Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Fritz Bultman teaching and working in the area. After gaining a vast gallery experience of exhibiting Provincetown artists in New York City, Berta Walker was ready to enter the scene. “I have worked at galleries where I’ve had to show art that was the owner’s choice, and now I’m very happy to say that this is my gallery, this is my taste. My criteria here is that it’s all Provincetown affiliated, and it’s art that really moves me. There is a definite connection between me and the art—it has to speak to me”- she shares. In her own gallery, Berta relies on curatorial finnesse, impeccable taste and connoisseurship, making a strong statement about the modern/contemporary American Art. She has assembled a team of talented artists, curators and art educators, and each has their own unique story to share.
Laura Shabott, an art educator and a multi-disciplinary artist, is one of the gallery's key figures. New Haven native, she has moved to Cape Cod after living the city life in places like New York and Philadelphia, only to find her sanctuary here, where she manages the gallery and enjoys local oceanside lifestyle and vibrant art community. She also teaches students aspects of figurative expression and Hans Hofmann's push/pull theory and the history of the Art Colony. Laura Shabott, who herself studied in Fine Arts Work Center under Robert Henry, says that now her practice helps her reflect on complex human experience in the postmodern world and focus on expressing herself and remaining present. Her knowledgeable approach to painting and expressive work make her an important part of the local community, while she enjoys local oceanside lifestyle and its vibrant art community.