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Meet Cherie Mittenthal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cherie Mittenthal.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours? 
I’ve been a practicing artist since 1988. I received my BFA in Printmaking from University of Hartford, Hartford Art School and my MFA from Purchase College of the State University of New York. I lived in the Hartford area for almost 20 years. Working mainly in the non-profit world, Directing an Arts and Education Programs for Inner City kids in 2 elementary schools, I briefly worked for Hartford Public Schools and moved to Provincetown, Cape Cod for a job as Executive Director for Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in 2002.. And I am still there, 16 years later!

Over the last fifteen years, I have been working predominately in wax or encaustic paint while integrating tar, marble dust, pigment sticks, dry materials, graphite, collage, and miscellaneous mediums.

Please tell us about your art. 
I work mostly in Encaustic, which is hot molten wax. My work explores the ritual of layering. I love the sense of the unexpected, the sensation of scent, and the anticipation evoked by moving wax, while also scraping and carving through the wax. Marrying image and medium is what I am most interested in. My work is definitely related to place, the colors, the movement, the stillness comes through. I have been combining rubber and handmade paper or other layers to my paintings, bringing in another layer.

My inspiration comes from the sky, the horizon, the water, flowers, boats among other things. I’m lucky to live on the water, which changes daily, many times a day. I want people to take away a calmness, even when we are living in uncertain times. The past year has been a bit stormier, and that has come out in my work. I am also inspired by the weather, to the point of creating daily weather reports that I post on social media. I joke that is what gets me through the winters, living in Provincetown, have some fun with being a self-proclaimed meteorologist.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists? 
Well personally, I love being alone and making art and the off season in Cape Cod which is a quiet time that I make for myself as an Artist but I also happen to be connected to a great place that brings artists together, through amazing workshops, through an artist in resident program, through an International Encaustic Conference, a watercolor retreat, masterclasses and more at the end of Cape Cod at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.

We bring artists together through gallery exhibits, through talks, through panels, through just eating lunch together on the back deck, our Clay workshops happen all winter long, to sharing pizza in the wood-fired oven.

To see what’s going on or go to the website at

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I show at Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown, it’s on the corner of Johnson Street and Commercial Street. I’ve been showing there for over 10 years, it’s a really great gallery and I’m very happy to be showing there.

Kobalt Gallery
366 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
508 . 487 . 1132

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By Cherie Mittenthal

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1 Comment

  1. Joann

    May 11, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    You are quite the artist and a great Executive Director for Castle Hill! We are lucky to have you on the Outer Cape.

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