CENTURY-OLD OYSTER SHACK BECOMES AN ART GALLERY
The Frying Pan Gallery was opened in 2009 in a 100 year old oyster shack on Wellfleet Harbor that had previously been boarded up for over 50 years.
The building was saved from the wrecking ball by Cape Cod steel sculptor/architectural designer Steve Swain. Steve had just completed designing and building the neighboring restaurant Pearl and was looking for the next project.
SWAIN FAMILY CREATES WELCOMING ART SPACE IN WELLFLEET HARBOR
Steve's wife, local musician Sarah (Sarah Swain & the Oh Boys) joined the project in it's infancy. Sarah is also founder of the local non-profit Cape Wellness Collaborative and the annual Cape Cod Women's Music Festival. As the Swains worked to create the space, the gallery grew from a part-time endeavor into a beloved feature of the Wellfleet harborfront and a full-time occupation for both.
The gallery is curated and run by Sarah, who is passionate about creating a welcoming art space that features the work of Steve and the 20+ local artists; painters, jewelers, ceramicists, photographers, glass artists including:
Along with their 3 kids, Lucy, Jessie, and Stanley, the Swain family share a passion for great local art as well as the Cape's unique ocean community and its inhabitants, both on land and sea.
Many people followed the family's trip in 2017-18, when they lived on their 41' sailboat Flying Fish, and shared their adventures to the bottom of the Bahamas and back, collecting data and raising awareness about ocean plastics along the way.
The Frying Pan Gallery is proud to support local nonprofits Center for Coastal Studies, WOMR, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, WCAI, and Cape Wellness Collaborative.