5 Nickerson Street

Mary Hackett, by Jay Critchley.

Mary Hackett, by Jay Critchley.

Nathaniel Atwood bottled cod liver oil on Long Point, where he built this house. Myrick Atwood succeeded him and lived in the house after it was floated to town. For more than 50 years, the painter Mary Cleveland “Bubs” (Moffett) Hackett (pictured) lived here. Her many admirers see sophistication and passion in what look like naïve canvases. She painted from this house — View Down Nickerson Street of Hans Hofmann Emptying the Trash, for instance — and within it, “every room from almost every angle; upstairs, downstairs, inside and out, the bathroom, bedrooms and kitchen,” Keith Althaus wrote in Provincetown Arts. “She also literally painted the house — floors and walls in combinations of colors that live on in her paintings.” Jay Critchley added, “Her ascendant words were sprinkled around the house: a ‘One Way’ sign pointed up next to an angel.”


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