Galleries : Belushi Pisano: Set for summer
As the recession continues, Island businesses begin to make change. One art gallery in particular, the Belushi Pisano Gallery, relocated this year to Edgartown, at 26 Kelley Street, due to effects from the hard economic times. So far this season, the gallery is attracting more walk-in visitors than at its past location in Vineyard Haven.
The economic downturn was not the only reason owner Jessica Pisano packed up the gallery's artwork and headed for Edgartown. Limited parking and an expensive rent also contributed to her decision.
Visitors and customers stand to benefit from the move to a smaller space: the art is more affordable. "Now that the art is less expensive, our gallery is much more user friendly to the financially conscious client," said Veronica Modini, gallery assistant.
Due to the gallery's relocation, it has also undergone significant changes. While the location in Vineyard Haven had three large rooms, the new gallery has one.
Ever since the Belushi Pisano Gallery first opened in Vineyard Haven, it has featured contemporary fine art by both local and national artists. Paintings, mixed media, sculpture, photography, glass, and jewelry, fill up the walls and space of the gallery now, giving it a friendly atmosphere that attracts many.
"We can fit a lot of art in this space, and we are constantly moving things around to make the flow of the work harmonious and cohesive," said Ms. Modini.