The HYArts district nurtures and celebrates the creativity and talent of established and emerging Cape Cod artists.
Gallery Artrio and Bass River Pottery at 50 Pearl on the HyArts Campus, corner of South and Pearl, Hyannis
Hyannis HyArts Arts Campus
The HyArts campus located at the corner of Pearl and South Streets in Hyannis providing artist work and gallery space. The campus includes the historic Guyer Barn, artist in residence Sarah Holl’s ArtSpace, Gallery Artio and Bass River Pottery.
Pearl Street is located between bustling Main Street and the harbor front.
50 Pearl Street was constructed in 1830 as a residential home and has a rich history as a gathering place for local artists. Playwrights and poets congregated at the home for lively readings, and nautical-themed original Vernon B. Coleman murals decorate the basement walls.
Today, 50 Pearl Street is home to Gallery Artrio and Bass River Pottery, recent additions to the HyArts Campus located in the HyArts Cultural District in downtown Hyannis.
Pearl Street plays an important role as part of the Town-owned properties on the arts campus at the corner of South and Pearl, a unique artist live / work space developed by the Town of Barnstable which also includes the Guyer Barn and Sarah Holl ArtSpace.
On the Campus-TIDES!
What is it? A 9 foot clay monolith cast from the sand patterns created by Cape Cod’s coastal waters.
How did this public art happen? Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce received MCC funding for public art placemaking projects along with additional funding from the Mid Cape Cultural council and private donors. The Town identified the site. Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce issued a call to artists. Nine artists submitted proposals. Two juries of outside experts and town liaisons selected Steven Kemp’s Tides monolith. The Coastal Engineering donated engineered installation instructions; installation and site work donated by Maffei Landscaping. The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce gifted this pubic art to the Town of Barnstable. Tides was installed in June of 2015.
Why in Hyannis? The Hyannis HyArts Cultural District celebrates the area’s rich heritage of art, history, and culture. The Pearl Street Arts Campus in the this state designated Cultural District is the ideal location for this place inspired art. Located steps away from Hyannis Harbor this lovely sculpture expresses what inspires our Cape Cod artists. The scale and artistry of the Tides sculpture gives our visitors an opportunity to become inspired themselves.
Gallery Artrio is owned and managed by three artists; Susan Carey, Kathy Edmonston and Colleen Vandeventer, who bring diverse professional backgrounds to the business and come together with a common vision for this new fine art gallery.
As former participants in the HyArts Shanties Program, the artists have watched the Hyannis arts scene develop. “We think it is the right time to bring a fine art gallery downtown and had been looking for the right space,” said Kathy Edmonston of East Sandwich. “Our goal is to offer quality fine art in a beautiful, relaxing environment that showcases the work of the artists in a way we think patrons will love,” said Sue Carey of West Hyannisport. “We had more in mind than a gallery, when we imagined Artrio,” Colleen Vandeventer said. “We want to be active participants in this emerging arts district. So, we will have a working artist studio during gallery hours in the summer. Off-season we will convert more of the summer gallery into working studios. We’ll have Open Studio events, special exhibits and occasional workshops to keep us busy year round.”
Gallery Artrio represents several local painters, as well as handblown glass from McDermott Glass Studio in Sandwich, and hand-wrought jewelry from two design studios.
Bass River Pottery is the work of local potter, Jeanmarie O’Clair. Her work includes sgraffito work, functional stoneware, whimsical sculpture and hand cut artisan tiles along with her original Mermaid Mug and Sea Shell Earring bowls. “Don't wait to use the "good dishes", every day is a good day!” says Jeanmarie, who is looking forward to have her own studio workspace alongside other artists. “To have a studio near the ocean and be recognized as a working artist is a dream come true. The chance to collaborate with other artists and be in the heart of downtown Hyannis is exciting and inspiring. I am looking forward to a busy season!” Jeanmarie’s studio is open to the public, April-November, weekdays, 9:30AM-3PM and always by appointment.
The HyArts Campus located at the corner of Pearl and South Street provides community art space, working artist studios and a professional artist gallery which support and promote the arts through instruction, events, exhibits and performances; the campus includes Gallery Artrio, Bass River Pottery, Sarah Holl ArtSpace and the Guyer Barn. www.hyartsdistrict.com and on facebook at hyartsdistrict.
Vernan Coleman murals found on the walls at 50 Pearl:
The Town purchased 50 Pearl in 2007 and completed extensive renovations to the building, including making it handicapped accessible. There is also a seasonal potting studio in the former detached garage on the property.
Generous funding for the acquisition and renovation of these properties into artist live / workspace was received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program, the Community Preservation Committee, and the Lyndon P. LoRusso Foundation.