The Mary Heaton Vorse House in Provincetown Will Become a Hub for Food, Art and Conversation

An 18th-century house once owned by journalist Mary Heaton Vorse will serve as a hub of food, art and conversation this year. Provincetown Arts Society has expanded their programming beyond fine arts to encompass culinary and other events; furthermore a local philanthropist is contributing funds toward funding this effort.

Two years ago, The Society was established to assist local artists and arts groups, such as culinary, film, stage performance, painting and literature. Since its launch, its work has been expanding its offerings for long-term sustainability.

One of its latest initiatives involves collaborating with Rice Polak Gallery’s curator Gene Tartaglia and an impressive roster of artists whose works address social or political themes; these will curate an exhibition to be shown both at home and gallery space.

Vorse’s own writings encompass an expansive spectrum of subjects. Her journalism was influential, while her fiction captured an emerging world characterized by shifting attitudes towards marital relationships from those based on dominance-submission to more egalitarian models of friendly equality. Vorse also wrote stories addressing domestic life at a time when domestic life attitudes were becoming less hierarchical, prompting stories like hers about domestic life as attitudes shifted away from that traditional framework to one with more egalitarianism between spouses.

At one point in her late 30s, she was a widowed mother of two living between New York’s bohemian Greenwich Village and Provincetown beach house. Her time between both locations was divided between labor movements, suffrage campaigns, Provincetown itself, leading the fight against nuclear waste dumping off Cape Cod coastline, supporting Episcopalian minister who opposed Vietnam War as one of first religious figures to do so, among other endeavors.

Ken Fulk was delighted when her grandchildren approached interior designer Ken Fulk about purchasing and renovating the Commercial Street home for their grandchildren; Fulk immediately responded enthusiastically: “I was very excited” as soon as he saw that it “had great energy about it”. Fulk had recently restored another Provincetown Colonial for his own family; for this project he employed woodworker and historic construction specialist Nathaniel McKean to rebuild this Commercial Street property.

Vorse not only installed kitchen equipment that would fit seamlessly in his original kitchen, he built a new porch and installed a bronze likeness of Vorse created by renowned portrait sculptor Penelope Jencks – known for her portraits of public figures – which had previously created busts of Eleanor Roosevelt at Riverside Park and granite likeness of Upton Sinclair for Amherst College. Nate McKean created an entranceway door facsimile as part of this renovation process to mark this renovation project’s new entryway.

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