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Hyphen is a community where multi-talented, differently-thinking, highly-spirited people join together to demonstrate what creativity and inclusion truly means. Located on Cape Cod in the HyArts district of Hyannis, we are a community of artists, performers, designers, makers, teachers, students, and friends who embrace what connects us all.

not my type
July 26 to September 30, 2024
Pat Falco & Yasmin Arshad
For our fourth exhibition, we showcase the text-based works of noted artists Pat Falco and Gateway Arts’ Yasmin Arshad (along with the Hyphen artists-in-residence). “Not my type” demonstrates the power of familiar words and phrases when seen out of context. Letters, words, and phrases take on new and provocative meaning when arranged and re-arranged by these artists. Do we interpret what we see literally or is there another meaning intended?
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Pat Falco

Boston-based artist Pat Falco received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In both large-scale public art installations and original paintings and drawings, his unique commentary on the absurdities of everyday life is presented—inviting the viewer to interpret the meaning behind his presentation. Falco finds inspiration in nostalgic imagery, comics, and signage. Falco’s work has been shown at The Luggage Store Gallery (SF), New Image Art (LA), SPACE Gallery (Portland ME), Parklife (SF), New Bedford Art Museum and the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum. He has organized shows at the Distillery Gallery in South Boston since 2012 and received a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship.

Yasmin Arshad

An artist at Gateway Arts in Brookline, Massachusetts since 1996, Yasmin has devised a personal way of sequencing colors, numbers, and words onto grids. She uses her artistic approach to communicate her own language to the world. Arshad’s work has been exhibited in Massachusetts at The Gateway Gallery, the Berenberg Gallery in Boston, and Drive-by Projects in Watertown, and in New York City at Cooper Union, the Outsider Art Fair, and the Phoenix Gallery. She has also shown at the Museum of Everything in London, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan and Creativity Explored in San Francisco.

Hyphen Artists

The residents of 525 South Street and 15 Newton Street communities exhibit their complementary works in our annex gallery. Each artist visualizes a word or phrase that they often use to give in another level of meaning.

about hyphen

1 in 5 people in the United States have learning or thinking differences. With a shared-purpose and vision, we break down barriers and create community where everyone is included and our differences are celebrated. Hyphen is where people of all abilities join together to demonstrate what creativity and inclusion truly means. Located on Cape Cod in the HyArts district of Hyannis, we are a community of multi-talented artists, performers, designers, makers, teachers, students, and friends who embrace what connects us all. Get involved and add your voice to our movement.

q & a with susan battista, creator-curator

q: Why the name Hyphen?

a: Quite literally, Hyphen is a sign used to join two words or thoughts together to create a new or enhanced meaning—it’s a connection. Hyphen is based on the premise that by joining together, we create something greater than ourselves. Hyphen is a community of multi-talented, differently-thinking, high-spirited people who are changing how differences are viewed. (We are located in Hyannis so there’s that connection to our name too.)

q: Why is Hyphen here?

a: The proverb “it takes a village” is especially meaningful to me and our decision to locate in Hyannis. All of us benefit from positivity, encouragement, and mentorship to reach our fullest potential in life. Hyphen is here in Hyannis to harness the power of this community which is welcoming, supportive, and inclusive.

q: What would you like people to know about Hyphen?

a: What started as a vision has grown into a community of believers. Hyphen will continually build friendship, partnership, and mentorship for our community of extraordinary individuals.

q: What’s next for Hyphen

a: Hyphen is always looking ahead and moving forward. We have no preconceived notions of where Hyphen may go and what Hyphen may do—anything is possible.

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news and events

May 19, 2023
it‘s me, hi exhibition preview
June 2, 2023
Grand Opening

Open to public 5–7pm

June 15, 2023
Private Party: Gateway Arts & Riverview Friends
June 22, 2023
Gateway Arts/Vinfen

Private Event 2:30–4:30pm

July 7, 2023
First Fridays

Open to public 5–7pm

July 14, 2023
Join us

Open to public 5–7pm

July 21, 2023
Stop by

Open to public 5–7pm

July 28, 2023
Self portraits

Open to public 5–7pm

October 6, 2023
First Fridays

Open to public 5–7pm

October 27, 2023
First Fridays

Open to public 5–7pm

October 27, 2023
Riverview Friends event: 2–5pm
November 3, 2023
First Fridays

Open to public 5–7pm

November 17, 2023
Exhibition closing reception

Open to public 4–7pm

March 9, 2024
Overcome by Amy Brenneman at Cotuit Center for the Arts 2 & 5pm
March 9, 2024
Open House for Riverview friends

4–7pm

May 4, 2024
Artist Reception

3–5pm

June 7, 2024
Hyannis Summer Kickoff

Open to public 5–7pm

June 15, 2024
Cape Cod Baseball

McKeon Park, Hyannis

July 28, 2024
Live Love Local Fest

Aselton Park, Hyannis

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Thank You

A special thank you to our community of friends, partners, neighbors, and mentors who, like us, believe that anything is possible: