Of Charles W. Hawthorne’s many heirs, arguably none were as visible, influential and enduring — at least not in Provincetown — as Henry Hensche (1899-1992), a painter and teacher and well-remembered neighbor. “Hensche instilled in his students a profound appreciation for the beauty of nature’s light and color,” John Ebersberger wrote in a biography on the Henry Hensche Foundation Web site. The Hensche home, which once had the address 35 Conwell Street, was incorporated in recent years into the Hensche Lane Condominium complex developed by Edward “Ted” Malone of Community Housing Resource Inc. Photographs of the house in its rural isolation of the 1930s on the Henry Hensche Foundation site certainly show a place that would be appealing to an artist looking for tranquil surroundings in which to pursue and promulgate plein-air painting. More pictures and history»
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. More pictures and history»