Of all the fabulous shops on Cape Cod—and there are many—the Artful Hand Gallery is our go-to resource for virtually every kind of gift as well as personal indulgences. The shop’s web site says they represent “a select group of American artists, both emerging and established.” Since 2003 the shop has showcased the very essence of the Cape Cod spirit through art and fine crafts.
Owners Liz and Joe Porcari have a sensational eye for talent, and as such manage to coax the best work out of the most creative artists you’ll find anywhere. Much of what you see in The Artful Hand is exclusive to them in the area. Jewelry, gifts for babies, glass, wall art, tabletop items, ornaments, candles, metalware, travel goods, books, cards and calendars…I want it all.
A favorite find was a photo collage by the super-talented Boston photographer Max Mattei. His “Cape Cod Alphabet” print incorporates ingenious photographs of natural elements found on the Cape. Love Boston? You’re in luck. Max just completed a “Boston Alphabet” too.
(Photograph: Max Mattei)