Here is a building type that — if not unique to Provincetown — certainly sets Provincetown development apart from that in most of the country. It’s given over entirely to art, a two-unit condominium shared in this case by Pasquale Natale (b 1945), who has Studio A on the ground floor, and Barbara E. Cohen (b 1949), who works upstairs in Studio B. They both bought their studios in 2001, within days of one another, each paying $60,000.
Natale, a sculptor, painter, printmaker and curator (Provincetown Artist Registry), is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery. But a 2011 potrait in The Banner seemed to suggest why he is not more widely known. “Although he is a dedicated artist, by his own choice he has not shown in a gallery setting for at least three years,” Deborah Minsky wrote. “A modest, unassuming man, Natale relishes the process of creating art but shies away from the limelight.” (Deborah Minsky, “Artists Zero in on AIDS in Provincetown Exhibit,” The Provincetown Banner/Wicked Local, 15 December 2011.)
Cohen, a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Provincetown Artist Registry), is represented by Gallery Ehva. Some of her more recent work is derived from the form and function of the slings used in Venice to cradle gondole. “My earlier sculptural work was about embracing forms like boats, cradles and caskets; the sling also has the grace of holding, the mystery of open space being filled up and yet the sling remains open to the elements – it floats and falls into patterns of its own,” she said. She’s also well known to attentive visitors for her exquisite books, Provincetown and Dog in the Dunes. • Assessor’s Online Database, 24A • Assessor’s Online Database, 24B ¶ Posted 2013-01-23
Barbara E. Cohen