Cristina Sola | Barry’s Barn and Sola Gallery II
After years of operating the Sola Gallery in Provincetown and then moving to Lemon Tree Village in Brewster, gallery owner and feature artist C. Barry Hills opened the current Dennis location of Barry’s Barn and Sola Gallery II in East Dennis in 1981. Gallery director Cristina Sola explains that the gallery “is a cohesive mix of fine art, jewelry, and décor from artists and artisans that compliment each other’s work.” Sola carefully selects all the featured artists in the gallery.
Unlike many galleries, Barry’s Barn and Sola Gallery II do not hold grand opening or artist showcases. Instead, the partners opt to maintain a gallery that has a consistent inventory of work for people to purchase from artists who work well within the unified atmosphere Sola tries to create. “For instance, we’ve always featured an Asian section of work and have specialized in antique Japanese woodblock prints,” says Hills.
Like many artists on Cape Cod, Hills and Sola find inspiration from the light on Cape Cod, which possesses a famous artistic quality. “The art community here is thriving in part because of the quality of light Cape Cod has to offer. It has drawn artists for years, landscape artists especially,” says Sola. “The different ways in which the light can be captured in a piece of art, such as reflections off the bay, make the Cape a beautiful place to paint and to create really amazing pieces.” – Hannah Monahan