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Some might think of art shows as stuffy and hoity-toity, but the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties are anything but. Stroll along Hyannis Harbor and meet over 95 local artists selling a wide variety of crafts. Visitors can listen to live music, have a picnic, and of course, shop.

Full of unique and handcrafted goods, there’s something for everyone. Decorate your home with beautiful oil paintings and photographs of Cape Cod. Get a delicate suncatcher for the window or a new tote bag for your next beach trip. Find jewelry made from metals, sea glass, gemstones, beach stones, and more. Mariner knotwork and wood carvings are a perfect gift for a family member back home. Pick up a ceramic flower vase for mom’s birthday or a handmade blanket for a newborn.

Established in 2015, the HyArts district nurtures and celebrates the creativity of Cape Cod’s most talented artists, both established and new. It’s an “incubator program” designed to give artists a chance to work and sell their pieces in an affordable gallery space. This gives them the chance to improve their marketing and selling skills, make friends with fellow artists, connect with the public, reach out to new customers, and most importantly, make a living doing what they love.

Located in two spots, Bismore Park and the Harbor Overlook, these colorful seaside studios create a picturesque setting for viewing art. The Bismore Park Shanties are named for the town's seven villages and are painted with images from Barnstable's seven villages. Meanwhile, the Harbor Overlook Shanties are named after Barnstable's beaches.

Bring the family for a gorgeous day out while admiring the works of such talented artists. The shanties and artists rotate each week, so there’s always something new to discover. Browsing is free, but with all the goods on display, don’t be surprised if you walk out with something you didn’t know you wanted.

Come support the arts every weekend, Friday through Sunday, from May 4th to June 10th, including Memorial Day. After that, the HyArts Shanties are open daily until October 8th.

-By Ettractions Digital Content Editor, ALLISON BENNETT

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