Cousen Rose Gallery

— Ralph Stewart

71 Circuit Avenue
Oak Bluffs
MA, 02557
(508) 693-6656

Going on 33 years, Cousen Rose Gallery, located at the end of Circuit Avenue, continues to host an eclectic array of art. The gallery, which started off as a partnership between Zita Cousens and friend Stephen Rose, a landscape painter from Falmouth, has evolved into Ms. Cousens’ singular vision. While Ms. Cousens is loyal to her cadre of long-time artists, she keeps an eye out for the up-and-coming. Her signature mixture of paintings, photography, prints, books, jewelry and pottery offers a glimpse into Ms. Cousens’ own various passions. Gallery proprietress by summer, counselor at Boston Latin School the rest of the year, she is an avid skier, traveler, and self-professed “foodie.” She acknowledges that her dual career is a necessity to engage her mercurial nature.

Now in her third location on Circuit Avenue, Ms. Cousens seems to have found her niche. She bought the gingerbread building that houses the gallery 15 years ago, and says its location just beyond the thick of the summer throngs is ideal. Nearly every week on Saturday evenings throughout the season, she unveils a new exhibition.