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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: townscape and landscape painting

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August Roses on Tremont Street
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biographical information is from Provincetown: News from the Provincetown Banner, October 10, 2008, by Sue Harrison. 

Michael Moss, a former playwright-turned-artist, saw a need in the arts community and stepped up to fill it.  For the past three years he has been what he calls the host of the annual fall open studio weekend.  It’s a volunteer labor of love that allows art fans the chance to visit local artists in their studios, talk to them about their work and even take a piece of artwork home.?? The studio weekend used to be part of the Fall Arts Festival, but when the festival shut down four years ago the open studio weekend was also poised to disappear.  Moss looked around and thought to himself that a town like Provincetown, with its century-old-plus art colony and vibrant collection of living artists, shouldn’t let that happen.  And instead of waiting for someone else to do it or complaining because it wasn’t being done, he jumped in and made it happen.??“It’s so silly — we have so many artists, and people want to see the studios,” he says. “Three years ago Mike Wright was coordinating it as a paid part of the Fall Arts Festival. But that doesn’t exist anymore.”

What Moss does is contact all the previous artists that took part and put a call out for new participants.  He then puts together a brochure complete with a map of the studio locations. They are divided up into East End, West End and Town Center. In the past he has put brochures at guesthouses and this year he’s having someone hand them out in the gallery district Friday night. There will be a table in front of Town Hall, and the Chamber of Commerce will also have the maps.

It takes time and cash.

The first year the A-House stepped up and sponsored the project. Last year Moss had some money from an inheritance from his mom and he used that to produce the brochure. This year he’s just pulling it together as best he can with no official sponsorship. To him, it’s worth it.

“Initially the feeling around town was kind of snobby,” he says. “People thought the open studio artists must be artists who can’t get into galleries but that is not true.”

Moss himself shows at Impulse Gallery in Provincetown and is also represented in galleries in Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Maryland.  The artists who are taking part are a broad cross-section of Cape artists from the well-known to the emerging. Some, like Elisabeth Pearl, have just had major museum shows. The work is diverse in style and medium. Behind every studio door is a surprise.

Moss takes part in the weekend and opens his combination living space/studio, a warm space tucked away down Young’s Court.  He jokes, “It makes me really clean my house and my studio.”

Jokes aside, artists need all the exposure they can get, he says. He picked Columbus Day weekend because it’s the last big weekend before the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday axis and there is always a good crowd in town. And recently the open studio weekend has coincided with the beginning of Women’s Week, another bonus.

“Open studios are very important,” he says. “Just because you have a gallery, that’s just the start. People love to meet artists in their studios. We have people who come back year after year.”

For many artists the open studios offer several advantages. They get to meet art fans and make a personal connection. Chances are good they will make some sales. They get to show a variety of work they might not be showing in their gallery setting. And it’s a way for the artists themselves to grow.

“A lot of artists have never been good at marketing themselves,” he says. “They are not always comfortable talking about themselves. This is a low-key way for them to begin to do that.”

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Biography from Marin-Price Galleries:
MICHAEL MOSS, Provincetown, Massachusetts

M.A. Boston University, Graduate School of Arts, Boston, MA
B.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Solo and recent Group Shows include:
"ROYGBIV, 50 Established Cape Cod Artists Explore the Color Spectrum", Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, 2009
"Artists of Provincetown," Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA, April-June 2008
Michael Moss Solo Show, Marin-Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD, June 2007
"Bernard Corey and Friends", Marin-Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD, September 2007
"The Romance of Scenery", Boat Meadow Gallery, Dennis, MA, July 2007
“Paintings of New England”, Marin-Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD; 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
Elizabeth Rowley Gallery Solo, Orleans, MA (July 2006)
Boulevard Studio Gallery Solo, Newport, RI (May 2004)
Landmark Gallery, Boston, MA (2004, 2000)
“Summer Conversations”, Boulevard Studio Gallery, Newport, RI, June 2003
125 High Street Gallery, Boston, MA (2002, 2000)
Hull Lifesaving Museum, Hull, MA (2001, 2000), purchase award

Selected National Juried Shows:
2008 Cincinnati Art Club, 40th Annual National Art Competition, "Viewpoint 2008", Cincinnati, OH
2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, “Impressions of New England”, Annual National Juried Exhibitions;
Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2007 Cincinnati Art Club, 39th Annual National Juried Exhibition, "Viewpoint 2007", Cincinnati, OH
2007 Will's Creek Survey 8th National Juried Exhibition, Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD
Frank Fotia and Patricia Hilton Award; Jimmy Hadra Award
2007 Visual Arts Alliance 24th National Juried Exhibition, Houston, TX;
Honorable Mention
2006 38th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, "Viewpoint 2006," Cincinnati Art Club, Cincinnati, OH;
Honorable Mention
2006 Central Coast National Fine Art Competition, Morro Bay, CA;
Third Place
2006 3rd National Juried Show, "A National View at Grandview," Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA
2006 Madison National Annual Juried Show, Madison, GA
2006 Visual Arts Society of Texas, 38th Annual National Exhibition, Denton, TX
2006, 2005 Red River Valley Museum National Juried Exhibition(s), Vernon, TX
2006, 2004 National Spring Open Juried Exhibitions, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2005 Cincinnati Art Club, 37th Annual National Juried Exhibition, "Viewpoint 2005," Cincinnati, OH
2005 2nd National Juried Show, "A National View at Grandview," Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA
2005 70th Annual National Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
2004 Red River Valley Museum National Juried Exhibition, Vernon, TX;
Certificate of Merit for Artistic Excellence
2004 Oklahoma Art Guild National Juried Exhibition, Oklahoma City, OK;
Award of Excellence
2004 Hilton Head Art League National Juried Exhibition, Hilton Head, SC;
Honorable Mention
2004 National Small Works Show, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA
Selected Regional Juried Shows:
Provincetown Art Association and Museum Juried Exhibitions:
Summer 2009 (Juror’s Choice, Painting)
Winter 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Fall 2005 (juror: curator, American Folk Art Museum, NYC),
Fall 2004, 2003, 2001; Spring 2003, 2002, 2001
2005 Regional Small Works Painting Exhibition; The Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY (all NE and NY)
2004 - Honorable Mention; 2003- Juror's Choice Award
2003, 2002, 2001 Spring Juried Exhibitions, Cape Cod Art Association, MA
First Place (oil)
2002 Summer Juried ‘En Plein Air’ Exhibit, Boulevard Gallery, Newport RI
Members Choice Blue Ribbon Award
2002 Annual All New England Exhibition, Cape Cod Art Association, Best in Show
All New England Exhibition(s), Cape Cod Art Association, MA; 2004, 2003, 2001
Forbes House Museum, Milton, MA “River Arts Juried Exhibition(s)” 1999, 1998
Milton Art Museum, Milton, MA, Annual Juried Exhibition(s), 1996, 1995

Publications and Articles include:
"Open Studio weekend is alive and well, thanks to Michael Moss", Provincetown Banner, Oct. 9, 2008;
(interview with 2 color reproductions); pp. 34-35.
Artist's Profile, "Michael Moss", Cape Cod Life Magazine, Arts Edition, Spring/Summer 2006,
(interview with three color reproductions); pp. 84-85.
"Added Inspiration: Atlanta Artists Center", Points North Magazine, September 2005,
full-color reproduction of 'Floaters #14' from national show; p.66.
Cover Artist, 2005 Provincetown Pocket Book, Express Communications
"94 Degrees at the Bay," full-color reproduction, Provincetown Banner, Nov. 17, 2005; p.46.
"Moss painting included in national juried show", Provincetown Banner, Oct. 27, 2005; p.39.
"Moss works show in Texas", Provincetown Banner, Mar. 3, 2005; p.34.
Contributing Artist, 2004 Provincetown Pocket Book, Express Communications
"Groton's (NY) Main Street Gallery exhibits 32 exquisite works by regional artists,"
Sunday Post Standard, Syracuse, NY; Dec. 19, 2004; (review)
"Michael Moss takes Provincetown to Newport", Provincetown Banner, May 20, 2004; p.40.
Cover Artist, “ABC Community and Special Events Guide for Rhode Island,”
Island Publications Magazine; vol. 2, Fall/Winter/Holiday 2003
“Small Wonders”, Ithica Times, vol. 26, December 17, 2003; p.28. (review)
“Small Works, Big Show,” Sunday Post Standard, Syracuse, NY;
December 14, 2003; p.28. (review)
“Painter Michael Moss,” (interview with photographs);
In Newsweekly, vol. 12, issue 48, July 2003, p.9.
“Art Scene” (with photographs), Provincetown Magazine, July 2002, May 2001
“Portrait of an Artist: Michael Moss; Painting in the Moment” (interview
with photographs), Provincetown Magazine, June 21, 2001, pp. 54-57.
“King for a Day” (half-page color photograph), Patriot Ledger Newspaper, South Shore, MA
June 16-17, 2001
“A Festival in the Street to Celebrate Local Artists” (with photograph),
The Boston Globe, Boston, MA, May 28, 2000
“Outdoor Artists Have Indoor Show” (interview with color photographs),
The Boston Globe, Boston, MA, March 26, 2000
“Picture Perfect” (front page color photograph) The Enterprise Newspaper,
Brockton, MA, November 9, 1999

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