framed paintings hanging on wall

Welcome to the Gallery at FYACS

The Big Yellow House hosts monthly art shows and pop up sales in our front parlor. Gallery shows include juried artist and student artist shows, artist in resident shows, as well as special themed exhibits. 

Call for Art: Contact our Gallery Coordinator

For more information about our gallery space, contact Gallery Coordinator Sara Gravante (sgravante@fyamelrose.org).

Current Exhibit

Emerging Artist Fellows Show

A year of creative growth by a group of high school artists is coming to a close with a gallery show and celebration of their work at Follow Your Art Community Studios (FYACS) at 647 Main Street. Starting with a public opening reception on Friday, May 10th from 6:00-8:00 PM and on display through May, this show highlights artwork by students in the Create
Your Opportunity program.

 

In partnership with the Foundation Trust and with support from the Mass Cultural Council, Follow Your Art Community Studios has mentored seven emerging artists from area high schools, offering guidance on portfolios for future engagement in the arts, and coordinating paid commissions in the community.

Read the press release here.

Coming Soon

Melrose High School AP Art Show - June 2024

Past Exhibits

2024 Annual Student Show

This exhibit represents the growing diversity of the FYACS artist community with works from students of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and mediums. Visitors to The Gallery will be treated to artwork from the full range of visual arts and ceramics classes available at Follow Your Art Community Studios, including Creative Arts, which allows youth to explore mixed media, up to more intensive drawing classes. 

This showcase of FYACS student artists’ creative work is made with generous support from the Melrose Cultural Council and Melrose Cooperative Foundation. Included with this support will be a Visual Tour of the exhibit at a later date this month. 

Read the press release here.

Adrian Valentin Samson

A solo exhibition of accomplished Romanian artist and educator Adrian Valentin Samson opens Friday,March 1st. The collection of Samson’s works will be on view for the public in The Gallery at 647 Main Street through March 31st.

Adrian Samson was born and currently resides in Romania, where he received his artistic training at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University and the Arts and Design University In Cluj-Napoca. This exhibit features a body of work that explores the artist’s culture through imagery about family, human duality, memories, and childhood. Samson’s distinctive technique and use of mixed media on both canvas and paper make this collection resonate.

Read the press release here.  

Annual Members Show: Flight

Follow Your Artisan Gallery Sale

Our annual Artisan Gallery Sale ran Saturday Nov 25th through Dec 16th.  Handcrafted works: painting, prints, ceramics, home decor, accessories, jewelry, and more were sold by 40 plus local artisans.

One Day Melrose

This exhibit was on view November 3rd through November 17th. Community members submitted art to One Day Melrose on October 20th, and they were printed and hung on the walls of Follow Your Art local gallery! One Day Melrose is a digital scrapbook project created by a high school student with the aim to connect our town through art on one single day of the year. All work can be seen on onedaymelrose.com. The gallery was sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video and Mass Cultural Council. This project was completely free and encouraged artists to advertise their work, and to help create a scrapbook showing what each individual person in our town is doing on this single day!

 

Art of Words III

This exhibit was on view October 6th-31st. FYACS’s writers and artists exchanged words and art and prompted each other to respond in their given mediums. 

Hirnamoy Guha & Fanuel Muindi: Paintings and Photography

 

This exhibit featured acrylic paintings by Hiranmoy Guha, a South Asian artist, and architectural street photgraphy by Fanuel Muindi.

Hiranmoy Guha’s artwork is a compelling tapestry of East meets West, a harmonious blend rooted in his native Indian-Bengali traditions while creatively absorbing cultural influences from Thailand, Indonesia, and the US. Hiran’s artwork spans the abstract to the representational, with a thematic versatility that explores realms ranging from nature’s intrinsic beauty to layered social contexts. His paintings have been featured in numerous juried art exhibitions across Massachusetts. Hiran is a retired textile engineer who has been passionate about art since childhood. 

A neuroscientist by training, Fanuel Muindi is also an architectural street photographer who is passionate about showcasing the interactions between people and the built environments around them. He typically uses black and white imaging to strip away the noise found with color which he believes allows the viewer to focus on the essence of the scene. Fanuel’s work has been featured in juried art shows in Boston, Malden, Attleboro, and Melrose.