Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cape Cod 2006 Memories and Seascape Artist Vernon H. Coleman

Karen, Nate, and Jennifer (Me)

Gramps and Grams Coleman
Cape Cod Massachusetts is my heritage and birthplace.  We moved to Utah in 1981 and I have never understood why my parents left the Cape in the first place other than wanting to be among other Latter Day Saint Mormons. My brother Nate, sister Karen, and I went to Cape Cod in July 2006 to see our Grandfather Vernon Ellsworth Coleman and step Grandmother Gloria Coleman of Marston Mills. We had a fantastic time with him and Gloria.  My step Grandmother is a gourmet cook!  She served us some delicious food!  Since my Grandfather is a local, he recommended a perfect list of fun things to do while visiting Cape Cod.
1. Eat a lot of fresh seafood! 
 We ate fresh shrimp, lobster, crab, clam chowder, etc at any local Cape Cod seafood restaurants.  I did not have a preference on the place because generally sea food is expensive where ever you go and it ALL tastes good to me!  My favorite place to have lunch was at the Box Lunch! As for some great places for dessert, we absolutely loved the ice cream from Cape Cod Creamery and Four Seas Ice Cream.
2.  Body surf and lounge at Long Beach and Sandy Neck!
My grandfather recommended those two beaches because they are less touristy.  There are few people on them compared to the public beaches.  The big bonus was the fact that he  dropped us off instead of us having to pay for parking which is around $15.00 a day.
Chatham Light House
4.  Sightseeing and Shopping in Hyannis and Provincetown.  
  I love the vintage shops such as the 1856 Country Store in Centerville and the quaint outdoor stores on Main Street Hyannis and colorful shops on Main Street Provincetown!  I picked up some yummy salt water taffy, a rope bracelet, Cape Cod clothing, Boston Red Sox stuff, cute souvenirs such as magnets, postcards, collectibles, shells, nautical themed decorations, jewelry,etc.  We loved looking at the harbor in Hyannis and was surprised how much we we could do and see in Hyannis and Provincetown.
Hyannis Port
Ferry boats to Nantucket, whale watching, and deep sea fishing boats are usually docked here.   Many years ago, I went with my father on a boat ride to see John F. Kennedy's Home from Hyannis Port. John F. Kennedy Museum is located in Hyannis as well.
 Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown
5.  Visit Plymouth Rock and Mayflower II at Pilmoth Plantation.

6.  Take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.
Around August 2010, Nate and Karen took a Ferry boat ride from Hyannis Port to Nantucket.  They had a lovely time visiting the beaches, walking to the lighthouse, and eating there.
7. Go to Museums, Town Hall, etc to see my Great Grandfather's seascape paintings!

To our surprise in 2006, we planned our trip while my Great Grandfather Vernon Herbert Coleman (1898 -1978) nautical paintings were being showcased at Centerville Historical Museum.  My Great Grandfather was a well known marine seascape muralist artist.  He was also an art teacher on the Cape.  He taught junior high, high school, as well as elementary school children.  I was able to get a couple prints of his famous pieces at the art exhibit and my father has given me a couple original seascape paintings, which I have hanging up in my home.  We were thrilled to see many of his work of arts!  What an incredibly talented artist! I am so lucky to have him as my Great Grandfather!

These were found at Auctions
Hyannisport Marsh with Dunes
 Sandy Neck Cape Cod 
Rocky Coastal Scene

Cape Cod Cove

Crosby's Boat Yard
My Grandfather Vernon E. Coleman found this at a yard sale.
 These are some of my favorite paintings by my Great Grandfather 

He loved painting clipper ships!
I love the sand dunes in this one!
My Dad owns this painting

Some of his large murals are found in Barnstable Town Hall, Pope John Paul II Catholic High School, Center for Creative Arts in Hyannis, Centerville Recreation Building Senior Home, and Osterville Historical Society Boat House.  He has hundreds of paintings that are collected by art dealers, fans of his work, family, friends, etc. 
This large mural can be found at Barnstable Town Hall.
Lastly, there are several breathtaking murals that are found at the  Centerville Recreation Building Senior Home and Pope John Paul II Catholic High School.
Spanish Ship and Clipper Ship in the High School
Captain's Wife on Widow Walk, 19th Century Sailing Vessels, Whale Tail, and Neptune
This was his last clipper painting he did which he gave to my Grandfather Vernon E. Coleman 
There are endless things to do while vacationing on Cape Cod.  My brother Nate during a trip a couple years ago went Whale Watching with my Grandfather.  You can go sailing, deep sea fishing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, exploring dunes, etc.  Cape Cod will always be "my home" as well as have a special place in my heart!


Brett + Aisling + Aedan +Eli said...

Wow! That is SOO COOL! I love the Boston area. PLUS, those paintings are IMPRESSIVE! What a fun job, be a Jr High art teacher, and paint beautiful seascapes on the side. That's really some beautiful artwork. I hope you get the chance to have some passed down to you so you can hange them up in your home. i would be envious. It's amazing how talented some people are.

Van Coleman said...

My grandfather would be proud to know the wonderful tribute to him by his great grand daughter. He taught in all the Barnstable Schools from Kindergarten through Senior High School as well as being the Art Superintendent. His legacy lives on . Thank you Jen. Yes, My children will be blessed with many of his fine paintings in the years to come. Our Coleman Family were the first white settlers in Hyannis in 1616.and settled on Lewis Bay. It is fitting to have such a rich Cape Cod Heritage. My children all were born on the Cape and therefore are true Cape Codders!

Trishelle said...

Oh Jen! This is part of where you get your're an east coaster!! What a beautiful place to be from. I'm totally envious of your fresh sea food hook-up! Beautiful post, Jenn!

Jennifer said...

Yes, I am happy to call myself an east coaster from Cape Cod, Massachusetts! :D I would love to move there someday, but it is too expensive and the Cape is a resort area with not many jobs...

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Gayle Cason said...

Hi Colemans-I was their foster daughter for a while during the time your father was on his mission. Your Mom, Jill, and I were good friends. Your grandfather and mother were my favorite foster parents and they had a wonderful sense of humor. I was also honored to take some art lessons from grandpa Coleman. I never met your step grandmother as travel is difficult for me but I have spoken with your dad and grandfather before he died. Wonderful family! It was a privilege to have been part of their lives!��
Btw my name was Donna G Davis and I now live in Virginia