23 Brewster Street

23 Brewster Street, Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed studio, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

23 Brewster Street, Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed studio, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

"Still Life (By the Sea)," by Lillian Orlowsky, courtesy of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

“Still Life (By the Sea),” by Lillian Orlowsky, courtesy of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

For more than half of a century – much of that time here – Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed shared their lives and their evolution as abstract artists. They “left a strong stamp, both socially and artistically, on the art worlds of New York and Provincetown,” The Boston Globe said in 2008. Orlowsky learned of Hans Hofmann’s school while waiting to pick up her check as a W.P.A. artist in Manhattan. She and Freed studied with Hofmann and worked at Days Lumber Yard until 1959, when they built their own studio at No. 23. Freed died in 1984, Orlowsky 20 years later. Every year, through the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation awards grants to painters aged 45 and older with financial needs.


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