The HYArts district nurtures and celebrates the creativity and talent of established and emerging Cape Cod artists.

Participating Artists

Melanie Chartier

Melanie Chartier is primarily an oil painter. She is a south coast native who earned her Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now U Mass Dartmouth). Following that she was awarded a teaching assistantship at Southern Illinois University where she earned her Master of Fine Art degree. Melanie married and started her family in the Chicagoland area where they remained until 2000. Now Melanie lives in East Sandwich with her husband and daughter and maintains a studio in the HyArts Work Studios, 50 Pearl Street in downtown Hyannis.

Her most recent work ranges from explorations with large shell paintings to her still life paintings utilizing objects as symbols to create meaning. Her new challenge in both instances, is working toward incorporating a balance of representation and abstraction in each piece for the purpose of expanding her visual language.

Contact: You can usually find Melanie at her studio Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30-2:30 and other times by chance. You can also make an appointment by calling (508)685-2001, or e-mail theartist@melaniechartier.com


Carole Ann Danner

Carole Ann Danner has lived on Cape Cod for the past seven years. She works with oils on wood, canvas and encaustic. She has her Masters Degree in Painting from the Mass. College of Art at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.  She is represented by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, and the Harvest Gallery Wine Bar in Dennis, MA. Her work includes figurative, imaginary landscapes, and grid chess piece paintings.

Contact: online or by phone at 508-737-4536. email: caroleanndanner@aol.com  web: www.caroleanndanner.com. HyArts Work Studios, 50 Pearl Street, year round-daily, 2PM-6PM . Other times by chance and appointment.


Jenny Fragosa

Jenny grew up and studied painting in Ohio, and has lived on Cape Cod for eight years. Her recent works include mono-type, encaustic, mixed media, and a continual exploration of material all in an effort to capture movement through layering. Sociology is fundamental to her work. Each work begins by exploiting the rare moments where we are all on the human line. Her background in design has paved the way for a line of one of a kind, hand made accessories. Her love and dedication to the arts forces her to form a proper introduction to each piece.

Contact: (508) 648-0424 or dancingwalls@yahoo.com. Visit www.jennyfragosa.com or at HyArts Work Studios, 50 Pearl Street.


Sandra Ginnis

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Molly Driscoll

Molly Driscoll is a ceramic artist who makes both functional and sculptural pottery, including traditional dinnerware, vases, planters, garden art, tile work and bust size sculptures. She is currently an art teacher at Eastham Elementary School and loves working with children and the arts.

Contact: Molly occupies the seasonal potting studio at the HyArts Work Studios, 50 Pearl Street, and can be contacted at (508) 332-8211 or molly_driscoll@hotmail.com.


Sarah Holl

A professional artist for 20 years and principle of Scargo Pottery in Dennis, Sarah brings her vast experience and passion for art and the community to figure drawing classes at the Guyer Art Barn in Hyannis. Artspace, Sarah’s recently renovated painting studio located at 46 Pearl Street in Hyannis, is an integral component of Barnstable’s HyArts District – a collaborative project between artists and the Town of Barnstable to revitalize the arts in downtown Hyannis. Sarah has had solo shows of her paintings at various galleries including the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Cove Gallery in Wellfleet, Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit. She has taught figure drawing at Cape Cod Community College and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Contact: ww.sarahholl.com; 508-364-7949.


Mellissa Morris

Mellissa was born and raised on Cape Cod. Although all of her images are derived from reality, her art is not representational; she captures the essence of what objects are and what they mean. Mellissa paints from a mystical, magical place within her heart. She explores brain processes, psychology, observational imagery and the depths of our soul. She uses basic geometry to break the picture plane. Instinctual colors fill her palette. Mellissa enjoys when her paintings still seem fresh, but resolved enough that the viewer can engage. Her belief is art is a psychological phenomenon – it evokes our emotions and our thoughts. “Through art we can communicate without words; heal the sick, teach our children, pass down traditions, create new things and express our inner selves.” Mellissa has been painting and making objects for the last twelve years, having taken classes and workshops in mosaics, printmaking, ceramics, quilting, extensive drawing and painting, color theory, composition and design and art history. Currently enrolled in a Post Bachelorette studying Fine Arts-Painting and 2D studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, she received her BFA at UMASS in 2009 and her Associates degree at Cape Cod Community College in 2006. She offers classes at the Guyer Art Barn.

Contact: injasoul@aol.com; 508-566-2880.