Early "Whale Spotting" at the Cape Cod Museum of Art

Museum Event showcases another colorful whale sculpture by Cataumet artist, Alfred Glover

DENNIS â??  The Cape and Islands Whale Trail 2006 is kicking off already with events dedicated to the first creative and colorful whale sculptures beautifully hand-painted by local artists. Catch some of this summerâ??s excitement with three â??earlyâ? whale events just on the horizon.

On March 31, the public is invited to a gallery opening at the Cape Cod Museum of Art featuring a nature-inspired whale painted by artist Alfred Glover of Sandwich. Then, starting April 1, see whale painting in action with a trip to â??Bunches of Grapesâ? bookstore in Vineyard Haven, where local artist Dana Gaines will paint a â??mysteryâ? whale on location until its completion. If you canâ??t wait until then, head to see the first of the early whales displayed, â??Whales In Bloom,â? painted by renowned artist Carolyn Ross of North Chatham, at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham. Rossâ?? whale features vividly painted poppy flowers in vibrant varying shades of blues, reds and yellows. These whales are just a preview of what whale watchers can expect to â??spotâ? all summer long.

â??The synergy surrounding the Whale Trail is truly exciting,â? said event manager Dan Karp, â??because weâ??re bringing together artists, non-profits, businesses, tourism officialsâ??and even raising awareness about endangered whales.â?
Most of the whales are kept under wraps until the â??Great Whale Unveil.â? But donâ??t blow your top! After that, all of the whales will take up residence around the Cape and Islands for the summer, and be available for viewing from June through September.

The six-foot tall three dimensional fiberglass whales begin as blank white canvases. First, whale sponsors select an artist, many spending over 100 hours to bring each whale to life as unique and decorative hand-painted works of art. Next, whale sponsors choose a charitable organization to benefit from proceeds raised at an auction held at the end of the event. Then, whale sponsors choose a location where the whale will spend its summerâ??some stay at the sponsorâ??s location and others spend the summer at a local tourist destination.

Where: Cape Cod Museum of Art, Route 6A in Dennis

When: Friday, March 31st at 5:30pm

Why: Unveiling of Alfred Glover's whale.  Meet the artist and sponsors and learn more about the Whale Trail.

â??This is an awesome venue for artists to show off their work,â? said artist Gwen Basilica, whose whale resided at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. during last yearâ??s Whale Trail in southeastern Connecticut. â??The event, which led to several paid projects, is done for charityâ??so itâ??s a win-win situation.â?

This yearâ??s Trail supports local charities in the Cape and Islands. For example, proceeds raised from Dana Gainesâ?? whale will establish a YMCA on Marthaâ??s Vineyard. Sponsorâ??s charities range from Alzheimer's Association to a whale for the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society, painted by early whale artist, Coco Lorrain of Brewster, Mass.

Throughout the summer, visitors and residents alike can follow maps on a scavenger hunt of sorts, thrilling to the discovery of a new whale sculpture. It might be a â??Whale-vis Presleyâ? with rhinestones and sideburns, or maybe a whale painted to resemble a mermaid with a beach ball. Whatever whale they discover, theyâ??ll see a new artistic expression encouraging them to extend their visit to the Cape and Islands a little bit longer.

At the end of the summer, the whales will leave their â??summer homesâ? to be auctioned off to benefit the local charity chosen by its sponsor, but visitors and residents donâ??t have to wait until then to make waves with their bids! Starting in June, visit www.capeandislandswhaletrail.com to bid on your favorite whale. Proceeds donated will be determined by the highest bidder at the â??Allâ??s Whale That Ends Wellâ? auction event on September 23.
Sponsors can visit the website now to see current press coverage and find out how sponsoring boosts and enhances a businessâ??s or organizationâ??s goals. Find out more by calling the Cape and Islands Whale Trail at 508-744-6780 or email [email protected].

The Cape & Islands Whale Trail, the largest public arts display to ever take place on the Cape, features more than 50 beautifully hand-painted whale sculptures located across Cape Cod, Marthaâ??s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Trail is supported by sponsors, tourism officials, and the community to showcase the talent and creativity of renowned local artists, boost tourism, and ultimately, to benefit and build awareness for a host of charitable organizations. Maps to follow the route will be available Memorial Day weekend. All of the whales can be â??spottedâ? from June to September. Presenting sponsor is the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, Mass.; educational sponsor is the International Fund for Animal Welfare, headquartered in Yarmouth Port, Mass.; and radio/media sponsor is WQRC Ocean 104 FM.

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