Dress up Downtown Campaign: About the Artists

Mary-Ann Agresti

Mary-Ann Agresti‘s interest in public art is based in both her roles as an artist / architect in Hyannis. Professionally, she has been designing public oriented architecture and furniture for over 20 years. All of the projects she works on expressing an understanding of the historic and cultural context of the site, as wellas designing with durable and meaningful materials. She has been a lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design’s Interior Architecture program since 2005 and has had a design and printmaking studio in Hyannis since 2009. In addition to designing academic buildings internationally, she invests her skills close to home projects like the Sea Captain’s Row mural on Pleasant Street and the installation “Nature Frames” to be installed in the spring of 2017 along Main Street.

“Between Here + There”– Her box inspiration: This box is located where so many cross to be invited to the harbor and welcomed to Main Street. It also is located at a place where the train tracks once extended to Hyannis Port -hence Old Colony. I am inspired to paint in layers revealing the traces of what created this unique intersection: travel, the harbor and the marketplace.

Vinnie Arnone

Vinnie Arnone was born and raised on the beaches of Cape Cod. He graduated from The School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has worked within the graphics industry in San Francisco, New York, and continues to work for clients all over the US including ones close to home. In 2005 after designing Tote bags &Koozies for his wedding, he decided to start a line of high quality, made in the USA souvenir items for the Cape & Islands under the name CABO CADO. He is currently living the dream with his Wife & Dog near the Cape Cod Canal.

“International Maritime Cape Cod”and “Love Live Local” – His box inspiration: “I wanted my designs to be simple, nautical and specific to Cape Cod and the Hyannis waterfront. It took inspiration from the universal nautical flag alphabet as well as Puerto Rican poster art of the early 1980’s.” Box 1, on Main Street: “International Maritime Cape Cod” Box 2, by Aselton Park, “Love Live Local”

Tim Ellis Cole

Tim Ellis Cole creates detailed, linear paintings and illustrations that evoke a sense of the environment's dynamic impact on the minds of those who live as a component of the world, rather than in alienation. The innate forms and patterns Cole creates are all defined by what and where he may be at the time. This relationship between creative process and environment defines the studio moniker, "Partner Projects." Repurposed materials bring the environment physically to the the art it influences. Cole explores this in a new project screen printing directly on salvaged cedar shingles from the Kennedy Compound for the JFK Hyannis Museum. Zane Fischer, former Art Critic of the Santa Fe Reporter, described Cole's work as "clearly prolific" in Cole's first art show in 2004. Cole continues to produce abundant work for commercial clients, public art initiatives and in his mixed media and illustration projects.

His box inspiration: As this year marks JFK's centennial, Tim Ellis Cole is creating work that relates back to JFK's protecting the arts for the future with the Nation Endowment and his environmental preservation efforts that ensured protected beaches by creating the National Sea Shore on the Cape. Cole's"All Together Now" melds organic patterns of water and vegetation as interchangeable, leaving room to let the painting breathe and develop casually in the process "Victura" uses a more deliberate approach in presenting JFK on a solo sail in an environment he loved enough to ensure it didn't get trashed. Cole's work is directly influenced by what JFK preserved and the exploration of style and form is validated by the importance JFK placed on art and artists.Plan as Cole might, ultimately he is just along for the ride, learning from the nebulous aspects of creative process.

Mellissa Morris

Mellissa Morris is an expressive abstract artist working with painting, collage, drawing and printmaking techniques. She is inspired by imagery from the natural world; clouds, rain, flowers, lightning, trails, mountains, roots, trees and butterflies are some of the images used as metaphors in her work. These images become archetypes for deeper and more meaningful expressions of her personal experiences and the means in which she explores the depths of her spirit.

The eldest daughter of seven children, Mellissa Morris has lived her entire life on Cape Cod. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, with a Masters in Fine ArtsPaint, she currently has a working artist space at the Old School House Art Studios in Barnstable. You can find her and her work at her owned and operated restaurant The Little Sandwich Shop on Main Street, Hyannis.

Her box inspiration: Growing up on Cape Cod you learn about the sea captains, the lore of mermaids and pirates, and how to appreciate the quiet beauty of the beach. For the dress up Main Street electrical box project I chose elements that remind me of how magical, beautiful, and how strong our community and people are.

“Seagulls and Stars”: The seagulls are like the locals they are here year round making the best use of all the available resources. Seagulls are both landand sea animals they source out the best environments for safety and nourishment. I found this fitting for our community and the location of Down Town Hyannis. The inclusion of stars hints to the whimsical, creative, and artistic side of the Cape and its people.

“Hydrangea-ical”: is an ode to the folk tales of the Cape. I was told as a child that the Hydrangeas at the gates of homes were to ward off evil spirits and to welcome home the fishermen from long trips out to sea. Hydrangeas are also a symbol of gratitude and abundance.

Amy Neillbegan

Amy Neillbegan her artistic career as a photographer. Her work has ranged from conceptual portraits, urban street scenes and the Cape Cod landscape. Her work has hung at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the 1650 Gallery, the Darkroom Gallery, and the 33 Contemporary Gallery, among others. Her artwork is held in public and private collections throughout the country. Amy studied photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. With the Museum Schools open and transparent self-study process Amy also concentrated on painting, stained glass and film. She holds a certificate in Interior Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Amy is the Director of Education at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, MA.Her work there consists of educational outreach, arts administration, cultural affairs, programming, and arts advocacy.

Her box inspiration: The mystery and intrigue of street art will always fascinate me. There is something about the anonymity of the artists that has me looking at art in a whole new way, in almost a scavenger hunt style; why was this spot chosen? What does it mean? Who did it, and
why? There are hundreds of street artist’s names that I may never find out, but they certainly have inspired me. Street art tells a story, honors history, can be political, interactive and inspires us just by walking down the street. So much of street art is about stencils. Artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy can convert a space overnight, and suddenly theneighborhood is transformed. Their style has influenced my design of creating a stencil and using it as a technique to layer and execute quickly. The ocean is the subject I chose to bring to the streets of Hyannis. In this style of creating art quickly mirrors how quickly the seascape can change right before our eyes.

Jackie Reeves

Jackie Reeves uses mixed media to bring together figurative and abstract elements in her art. Her career began in graphic design and illustration which led to a focus on mural painting for15 years. She has created hundreds of murals in private homes, businesses, schools and community centers. Currently, drawing, painting and collage are her primary means of expression; however, she continues to stay involved in public art around Cape Cod.

Reeves has an MFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and exhibits her work in museums and galleries throughout New England. She has been profiled in publications including the Boston Globe, Art New England and Artscope Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod's Fellowship award for Visual Arts. Born in Montreal, Reeves has been resident of Sandwich since 1995.