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Renaissance at Whaler’s Wharf

Notes from Land's End: June 13


June 13th, 2012

Whaler’s Wharf, at 237 Commercial, is a collection of shops, artist studios, galleries, professional services and entrepreneurial think tanks; as diverse in its offerings as Provincetown itself. I took a jaunt on a sunny Sunday afternoon to stop and shop around the complex; which rose from the ashes of a very scary fire in 1998, leveling both the old structure and the Crown and Anchor. Rebuilt, both businesses are thriving today.

Whaler’s Wharf, at 237 Commercial, is a collection of shops, artist studios, galleries, professional services and entrepreneurial think tanks; as diverse in its offerings as Provincetown itself.

Let’s take a tour:

Third Floor

A lovely office on the top level houses Previse, a new company that could very well be the holy grail of skin care. Previse’s three minute, three part regimen of purify, nutrify and defend was explained to me by resident Sean Patrick Harrington, Chief Oracle and Enthusiast at its local launch party hosted by 141 Market. Harrington’s formidable background with L’Oreal and sharp business acumen are evident in the quality of the product and its global launch. I am hooked on this botanically derived and eco-determined skin care line.

G. Thornton Hunter, Maritime Printmaker}, is as comfortable in the galley of an antique schooner as he is on Commercial Street. His highly collectable, affordable line drawing prints are a delight to view and purchase in the top deck of Whaler’s Wharf.

Second Floor:

Helltown, the moniker for this spit of land in the 1800s, evokes the pirate-like, outsider edge of this gallery. This week’s show Helltown Workshop is “Flotsam and Jetsam”, featuring work by two favorite artists – Chris Smith and Joy LessPosh. They also create original designs for the skin at Coastline Tattoo. Known for its jam-packed openings, the second floor gallery packs a wallop! Collect now before these folks become famous.

First Floor

R.C. Handcrafted Jewelry has called Whaler’s Wharf home base since 1985. Craftsman Richard Cuencas has experienced both the tragic fire and Provincetown’s economic trends, maintaining a cheerful outlook for decades. His iconic Provincetown Barrettes, available at the shop and online at www.etsy.com, are crafted in his studio on the third floor. Made of brass and nickel silver, this perfect seaside accessory has iridescent marble and natural stones. The delightful shop also carries jewelry designed by 02657’s Joanne and Steve Cove and Providence’s John Medeiros.

There is not one inch of space on the walls in Tom Johnson Photo Gallery near the entrance of Whalers Wharf. His exquisite eye make these highly affordable images ($10.00 - $150.00) a visitor’s favorite. One of the Cape’s long-term working artists, Tom’s broad based approach to selling art is refreshing.

On June 16th , 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., Sophia Reznick, Katya Popova and Verona Landau will have a projection installation during the upcoming Provincetown International Film Festival. This is the Sophia Reznick Gallery’s first season at Whaler’s Wharf. Raised in both New York City and Italy, this Cooper Union graduate paints vibrant landscapes, portraits and still life images on canvas.

You can count on Venture Athletics to provide a sensational afternoon of water sports, including a locker service, sunscreen, hats and great equipment for a jaunt in a kayak or the new stand-up paddle board – all the rage! Or take a full moon, fireworks or naturalistic tour for an unforgettable evening gliding along Provincetown’s harbor.

Not to be missed: A drink or dinner at Ross’ Grill, taking in a movie at the newly renovated, two-screened Waters Edge Cinema or a play at Counter Productions.

“Notes from Lands End”, by artistic bon vivant Laura Shabott, is a weekly account of the people, places and events that make our town so special.

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