Design Destination: JS Gallery

Text by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz Photography by Jeffrey Katz

 

JS Gallery
Wellfleet, Massachusetts

There are a number of reasons to recommend Wellfleet—a small Cape Cod town that sits halfway between the elbow and the tip of the peninsula—as a perfect spot for an early fall visit.

The oysters are delectable. The town’s square dances and its soft-serve are legendary. It’s home to a nationally respected theater, a wildlife sanctuary, an impressive number of modernist houses, a drive-in, a mini-golf course, and, with the exception of neighboring Provincetown, more art galleries than any other town on the Cape.

In the warmer months, Wellfleet is also the place to see the work of Jeff Soderbergh. Soderbergh, a self-taught artist and craftsperson, designs and fabricates furniture using sustainable and reclaimed wood, metal, and stone. From May to early November, visitors to JS Gallery can see unique pieces like his ring chair, patchwork maple table, and cabinet made of antique ­floorboards.

Along with his own work, Soderbergh showcases the output of other artists. Currently on view are pieces by Newport, Rhode Island–based sculptor Mike Hansel, painter David Gonville, and Mary Chatowski Jameson, whose Marine Botanical pressings and collages are created from seaweed and other organic elements collected along the northern Atlantic coast.

11 West Main Street (lower gallery),
Wellfleet, Mass., (401) 845-9087,
jeffsoderbergh.com.

Check the website for hours of operation.

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