The abstractionist Erna Partoll (pictured), represented by the Berta Walker Gallery, has owned this property since 1970, the year she moved to Provincetown. She told me that her building was transformed from a garage for 496 Commercial into the Sorcerer’s Apprentice handcraft shop by Freeman Forbes “Bob” Dodge. Partoll was born in Switzerland. She emigrated to the United States in 1960 and studied with the Abstract Expressionist Theodoros Stamos at the Art Students League, at the New School for Social Research, and with Paul Resika in Provincetown. About her own work, she says: “The archetypal shapes of circle, square, wave, and arch – opening and closing — advance and recede as the rhythm of alternates: life and death, joy and sorrow, heaven and earth, yin and yang.”
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