Little Beach Gallery named for Hyannisport strand
Written by, Amanda Converse May 15, 2009
When Jen Villa moved back to the Cape from Santa Barbara in March, it was not only because she found herself “missing the summer breezes of Cape Cod,” but also to start a new adventure by opening an art gallery at 529 South St. in Hyannis. The Little Beach Gallery, named after the little beach on 5th Avenue in Hyannisport, will act as a venue for local artists to display their work, and provide customers with a unique piece of Cape Cod to display in their homes. Villa spent the first 22 summers of her life in West Hyannisport, where she “acquired a deep love and respect for the ocean,” as well as her first experience working in a gallery – Yankee Accent in Osterville. She took this passion to California and the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where she studied visual journalism, and freelanced with a local newspaper. Villa fills her Hyannis gallery with artwork that she says would fit into her image of a perfect beach house. The gallery itself feels like a beach house: relaxed, light and airy. It even has white rocking chairs on the front porch, where you can relax, sip iced tea and have a chat. Beyond her personal connection to the village, Villa said she chose Hyannis because “there is a lot of room to grow the artist community here.” She noted the Town of Barnstable’s artists’ working studios as well as other private galleries on Pearl Street as an inspiration, and said she “wanted to hop on board with the revolution.” Villa will join the Town and the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District for their art events this summer by hosting featured artists and trunk shows. All of the artists are from or have a connection to Cape Cod. “Although the artwork is thematic, there is some variety,” Villa said. In addition to photography and painting, the gallery features some nontraditional artwork, such as embroidered silk, wood carved pieces, and solar plate etchings. These works will be featured at the grand opening celebration when the Little Beach Gallery officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.
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Coffee Obsession, Inc. has grown and evolved over the years and is currently enjoying its fifteenth season on the Cape. When asked, our customers say that it is the unique and personalized service that separates Coffee Obsession, Inc. from every other coffee shop. Therefore, it is our number one priority to continue providing our customers an excellent product with the outstanding personal service that has kept them coming back for over three quarters of a decade.