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 Letter from the Publisher

ome years ago, I fell in love with Provincetown and never looked back. It is not an overstatement to say that many of those who are drawn to live here year-round must accept making compromises. This is, after all, a town that survives on a seasonal economy. There is a dear price to pay for choosing to step off the normal route and settle down at the edge of the world. Life is not simple and many work numerous jobs to secure their place here. Among them are the fishermen and women, whose livelihoods appear to be increasingly threatened by new federal regulations that give advantage to large corporate conglomerates over more humble single entities.

The fishing industry was at one time the backbone of Provincetown’s economy. Not only did it provide purpose and a good living for many in its service, but the generosity of those in its employ aided in feeding many "starving artists" who, lured by the extraordinary light here, lived stark, bohemian lives in impractical accommodation to their muse.

It is with great pleasure that we pay tribute to the history of our "little fishing village" with a lovely painting on our cover by the inimitable Nancy Whorf, who passed away last year after a difficult battle with lung cancer and heart disease.

Nancy was one of the aforementioned artists who chose an unconventional life in order to live in a manner that was true to her pure artistic spirit. Her daughter Julia Whorf Kelly eloquently describes this in excerpts from her memoir Feast or Famine—Growing Up Bohemian in Provincetown.

signature of Patricia ZurWe are also grateful to George Elmer Browne who, besides being a renowned painter and teacher, was an avid photographer whose photographic studies for his paintings, among other subjects, chronicled the fishing industry at the turn of the century. I hope that while in Provincetown you take a moment not only to appreciate the beauty of our fishing fleet but also the resolve of the hardworking men and women who continue to make their living in this way, despite danger and economic hardship. We wish them well.

- Patricia Zur



George Elmer Browne’s photographic chronicles of Provincetown’s fishing industry in the early 1900’s

Remembering Nancy Whorf
Excerpts form Julia Whorf Kelly’s memoir Feast or Famine—Growing Up Bohemian in Provincetown

PHOTOS: left and right: George Elmer Browne ©1915, courtesy Fred Hemley, Shore Galleries
                 center: Nancy Whorf, Loading Up the Wagon, 1999, oil on canvas, courtesy Berta Walker Gallery