Perry is a builder by day, but his nights and weekends are devoted to art—his own and his collection. His collecting is now mostly an online exercise, but in the old days it involved making the rounds of estate sales, storage units, and flea markets. As a painter himself and a member of the storied Beachcombers Club, his deep knowledge of the field can lead to surprises and scores—like recognizing a model who regularly sat for Provincetown artists in an unattributed painting or finding Provincetown paintings in far-flung locations where they’re largely unknown.
Walking into Hammock Gallery is a little like entering Aladdin’s cave—if the cave were a vintage fishing shack on Cape Cod Bay. The treasure here is mostly oil on canvas and sometimes sculpture. To see the work of Ross Moffat or Fritz Pfeiffer against the time-worn beams of the shack, as the waves lap at the shore beneath you, is a thoroughly soul-satisfying experience. But it’s not just about the past. Perry has sought out the work of artists around town, and his plans for this summer include a show of female artists both past and present.
Once you’re there you’ll find Perry or his nephew or his daughter, all artists, who will give you insights into art and leave you wanting to add a work from the Provincetown School to your collection.
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