Creative Life

Our series Creative Life discontinued on October 30th, 2017. It has been replaced by Ways of Life

The Creative Life archive lives on this page. Creative Life offered 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.

A New Life in Ice

May 22, 2017
Schuyler Swenson

Chip Koser of Mashpee is a professionally trained chef who has worked in a number of famous restaurants. But Chip spends less time in kitchens and more time in freezers. Schuyler Swenson brings the story of a man who found a new life in ice sculpting.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.

American Icon Alice Brock Might Surprise You

May 8, 2017

Arlo Guthrie’s song  " Alice’s Restaurant" shone a light on Alice Brock and she  became an icon for many during the 60’s. Alice returned to Provincetown and her friend Viki Merrick, also her former employee,  spoke with her about one of her unusual projects. 

From the Ashes

Apr 24, 2017
Sarah Reynolds/WCAI

Kevin King is an artist, and he’s been painting for a long time in his North Falmouth studio. He paints all kinds of things with different styles and techniques, but he uses an unlikely medium.

Kate Nelson 2012

Monika Woods is a classical clarinetist from Transylvania. After studying clarinet in conservatory for over a decade, she fell in love, started a family, and moved to the Cape in 2006. But the move posed a challenge to her plans for a career as a professional musician. 

Photo by Cape Cod Times.

Brianna LePage always wanted to study two things:  music and medicine.  It may seem that these two fields oppose each other and yet she has combined them for nearly twenty years. 

Photo by Orleans Camera and Video.

Marie Canaves came to the U.S. from Cuba at age 7, when her family fled the Communist Revolution. Marie had trouble adjusting to America. She grew up to become a visual artist, focusing most of her art on the human figure. Then, in 2013 her parents died within a month of each other and soon after, her brother discovered a family treasure that her parents had saved from their time as exiles. This inspired  Marie to explore her Cuban heritage in her art for the first time, and with it, her identity. 

Photo by Michael Ernst.

When Christine Ernst  was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34, she never expected that it would one day spark her own one-woman show.

Photo by Ron Amato

Bobby Miller took photos of some very famous stars in New York City over his forty-year career. During his time in New York, he made a living as hair stylist and make up artist. Since moving to Provincetown in 2001, Bobby’s infused some of the glamour from his past life into portraits of ordinary people on the Cape. But now, he’s thinking about shifting his attention to a totally different subject

Photo Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the New Bedford Free Public Library.

Brooklawn Park in New Bedford has a soccer field, a playground, and asphalt paths winding around a small, grassy hill. It also contains the buried foundations of several buildings, remnants of an estate that no longer exists there. With the help of some friends, a professional archaeologist, and the city government, a local artist named Carl Simmons uncovered these remains. And he’s shared the findings in some unexpected ways.

Fado Singing Might Make You a Better Social Worker

Jan 9, 2017
Photo by Barbara Paulsen 2016

Catarina Avelar spends her days as a social worker in Fall River. At night, she sings fado, a style of Portuguese music known for its tragic lyrics and haunting melodies. And even though she once dreamed of becoming a full-time fado singer, there’s an unintended benefit to Catarina’s double life. The sadness she feels as she helps families struggling with poverty and addiction infuses her singing with emotion. Ironically the job that led her to give up her dream has made her a better singer.