Creative Life


Creative Life airs every second Monday at 8:40am and 5:45pm.

Our series Creative Life offers an audio tour of arts, culture, and inspiration on the Cape and Islands. Our region is rich with creative diversity, and so are the stories we tell.

Creative Life is edited by Jay Allison.

Creative Life is made possible by The Circle of Ten, ten local businesses and organizations committed to local programming on WCAI.

Photo by Davis Land

Lobster traps become lamps, boat hulls become wall sculptures and portholes become ice buckets. All that happens in a 30 by 50 foot space with 40 foot ceilings in South Chatham. Scott Feen founded his company, the "Atlantic Workshop: Repurposing Redefined" five years ago and thinks that he's made 5000 pieces so far.  

Drumming Out PTSD

Jul 6, 2015
Jonathan Earle

Dave Brown, a Vietnam War veteran, lived with undiagnosed PTSD for decades. Instead of getting help, he dealt with the lingering stress of combat by staying really, really busy – working multiple jobs, raising a family, and mastering hobby after hobby. Most of those hobbies came and went, except one – drumming. 

Josh Swartz

The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra had their final performance of the 2015 concert season in May. They performed the Carmina Burana—a piece straight from the “Top 10” hits list of classical music. But there’s more to it than meets the ear.

Mark Bramhill

Alex Valentine had his career-defining moment of clarity early in life. He was five, watching a production of “Annie” with his mother. It was there, at the Zieterion Theater in New Bedford, where Alex realized that he must be on stage. 

Now 36 years old, Alex has trouble recounting just how many plays he’s been in. Along the way he’s discovered – as does almost everyone, eventually – that to make a living while pursuing your dreams it might require a miracle.

Lucy Kang

 Irreverent. Visionary. Provocative. Jay Critchley’s performance art has been called many things. Since his reinvention as a “born-again artist,” Jay has made his own unique creative mark in Provincetown and beyond.

As he confronts his years of artwork for a retrospective, he muses on his unorthodox path to art – one that takes him through unemployment, a battle with town hall, and a love affair with sand.

Reinventing DIY on Cape Cod

May 4, 2015
Phoebe Flanigan.

Doug Butler is something of a Renaissance man: he’s an inventor, a tailor, an engineer. And whether he’s imagining gadgets from the future or reconstructing items from the past, he’s always making something.

Minor Key

Apr 20, 2015
Mary Quintas

Bryson Alexander is a Contemporary Classical music composer.  He’s composed nearly 40 pieces of music…and all by the age of 16 - without knowing how to read or write music.  For our Creative Life Series, Mary Quintas brings us his story from North Truro.

Bryson is also a self-taught accordion player and composer.  You might find him busking in Provincetown, or playing with the band Johnny and the Washashores.

In the Unlikeliest of Places

Mar 30, 2015
Mary Decker

Cape Cod was once home to a thriving punk scene. But, in recent years younger generations have fled to greener pastures for more affordable lifestyles and other young people. There is however one relic from the Cape’s punk heyday.

Annabel Lang

It's hard enough to be  an independent musician but Peter Donnelly has also faced a unique set of challenges on the way to finding his voice. 

Story of a Wedding Cake

Mar 2, 2015

A lot happens in Lisa Raffael's cake shop. You might see a couple nervously deciding between red velvet and oreo cookie cream wedding cake; Or Lisa, working late into the night on a complex design of Fenway Park crafted out of sugar.

Lisa has baked for countless Cape Cod weddings. Anna Stitt went to visit Raffael in her shop to find out just what goes on behind the scenes of those perfect plastic-looking wedding cakes and what's it like for an artist to have their work disappear almost immediately?