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.

Painting with Memory... and Pushing Back Against the Dark

Nov 14, 2016
Photo by Catarina Martins

Shirley Nisbet is a painter in Falmouth who grew up in England during World War II. She paints large paintings filled with bright colors influenced by her memories. Even though she has some painful memories, she prefers to leave those out of her paintings. 

  For many, Cape Cod means sunshine and sandy beaches. But to one West Barnstable writer and producer, the Cape means foggy cemeteries at night, dangerous riptides, ghost stories and shipwrecks. For over thirty years, Stephen Thomas Oney has been producing Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theatre, a series of radio dramas all set on and inspired by the Cape. Producer Peter Bresnan visited Stephen’s home studio in West Barnstable. 

"The Boat Guy": Forty Years of Craftmanship

Oct 24, 2016

Walter Baron has been making boats in Wellfleet for nearly forty years. Though Walter says he’s added his own touch to the processes he uses for building boats, Walter does not consider himself an artist. He would rather focus on the technical aspects of his boats and his work. But to an outsider, these boats are beautiful, and it’s hard to imagine that the man responsible for creating them would describe them as anything but art. 

The Darkroom: A Photographer Considers His Legacy

Oct 3, 2016

In Peter Simon’s 50-year career, he’s photographed music legends—The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and Bruce Springsteen, just to name a few—as well as Martha’s Vineyard landscapes, the hippie commune he lived on in the 1970s, and so much more.

Now, at age 69, Peter’s thinking about what kind of legacy he wants to leave.  Annie Sinsabaugh reports.

You can see Peter Simon’s legendary photographs on his website or at his gallery in Vineyard Haven. 

A World of Moments: Dylan James Cole, Filmmaker

Sep 19, 2016

To eighteen year-old Dylan James Cole, every day is a new film to make.  Dylan has produced over forty videos on his YouTube page, most of them in only the last two months.  But he's not out to make the next Transformers.  Instead, he's passionate about recording the intimate, mundanely poetic details of daily life: the smaller, the better, the more beautiful.  Abdi Iftin reports from Falmouth.

The Question: On One Artist's Search for Peace

Sep 5, 2016

Nigerian painter, Frank Chike Anigbo, spent over a decade working on an art project he thought would change lives. Instead, the project created an internal conflict that has plagued him for years. Elizabeth Nakano headed to his studio in Barnstable to learn more. 

Scarbie's Schtick: A Queen Speaks from Provincetown

Aug 15, 2016
Sophia Steinert-Evoy

It's been eleven seasons since David "Scarbie" Mitchell began performing his variety show "Lip Schtick" on Commercial Street in Provincetown.  Throughout the years, Mitchell has developed seven different characters to embody throughout the show; all without leaving the stage. He also performs numerous musical numbers (lip syncing and live) and improv bits. But, unlike other drag shows on the main street, David's show comes with an earnest message of self-love and understanding.  Sophia Steinert-Evoy reports.

A Nose for Memory: Antonia's Flowers

Aug 1, 2016


  Antonia Bellanca makes perfume, but not just any perfume.  Her scents are inspired by memories from her own life.  It began with  her former flower shop Antonia’s Flowers.  Dissatisfied with the lack of variety in women’s perfumes, Antonia set out to make her own, and she began with her favorite flower: freesia.  

Photo by Scott Christy

In Falmouth, architect Charles Orr has been patiently working with bonsai for over two decades. Right now he has over thirty active pieces, many of them growing in a workshop he’s built specifically for the trees. While Charles designs houses professionally as an architect, working with the trees has changed the way he looks at design today.

Throughout history, humans have made music to communicate emotions that are difficult to put into words. On Cape Cod, an artist named Michael Page has created an array of brooding soundscapes to give vent to the darkest things inside of him. In this story, Ryan Sweikert takes us on a journey inside the mind of a troubled musician.