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Exclusive | Provincetown: Artistic/Cultural

Exclusive | Provincetown: Artistic/Cultural

It's hard not to love Provincetown, or P-town as anyone who has been there calls it. Great New England cuisine, sunny beaches and thriving seasonal nightlife attract a diverse, friendly range of queer folks from every walk of life.

Since the late 1800s, Provincetown has been a destination for artists seeking ideal painting conditions: transcendent light, brilliant colors, and beautiful scenery. Most of the coolest art galleries are located in the eastern section of Commercial Street and remain open late at night. Provincetown offers a number of top-notch art galleries. Galleries are listed from east to west along Commercial Street.

Since 1998, the William-Scott Gallery (439 Commercial St; 508-487-4040) has been selling the works of local artists, including the regionally famous John Dowd, who mainly paints local architecture in a realistic, often stark manner. For some of the most interesting offerings in town, check out Rice/Polak Gallery (430 Commercial St; 508-487-1052). Gallery Voyeur (444 Commercial St; 508-487-3678) shows the highly unusual, large-scale portraits of artist-owner Johniene Papandreas. Tucked down a cute alley next door, you'll find The Charles-Baltvik Gallery & Sculpture Garden (432 Commercial St; 508-487-3611), which also features works by local artists. The Albert Merola Gallery (424 Commercial St; 508-487-4424) offers a nice range of fine art, including the work of P-town resident James Balla.

The Provincetown Theater (508-487-7487, box office 508-487-9793) is home to both the Provincetown Repertory Theatre group and the Provincetown Theatre Company. The former presents traditional dramas all summer long, and the latter shows classic and contemporary plays and hosts writers' workshops and other events.

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