Jackson Lambert’s introduction to Provincetown in the 1930s involved sighting the artisan Menalkas Duncan walking around in a chiton, so it was natural that he should find so much humor here. Lambert, an artist and cartoonist, and his wife, Carmen Felt, became year-round residents in 1966. He collaborated with Napi Van Dereck to create the aesthetic sensibility of Napi’s (and of Freeman Street) with his wry signage. He also produced an illustrated column, “Jackson Hole,” in The Advocate and The Banner. When Sally Rose of The Banner asked how he hoped audiences would respond to his work, Lambert said, “I like them to sit in a stunned silence and moan a little bit.” He spent his last five years on Off Cemetery.
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