If you’re cruising down Route 66 in Chatham, you can’t miss Art Park.
“When we originally bought Art Park, the exteriors of these homes were so dilapidated and bad that we had the idea to make it like an outdoor gallery space ... to have large scale works of art on the walls where people could walk through and kind of see it,” said Art Park owner Arthur Andersen. “That evolved into the homes actually being the gallery space.”
Andersen and Heidi Bryson purchased this once-blighted mobile home park four years ago, and have been transforming it into a gallery of innovative rental dwellings ever since. Arthur has always had an eye for design — he’s been overhauling unique spaces for years — and Art Park was a chance to get creative on a larger scale.
Today, the spaces are filled with hand-crafted installations made by Arthur — like a maple bar table and custom chandelier. But the homes are far from the only works of art there.
Arthur and Heidi say the place is a “no-kill” art shelter, displaying pieces from anyone and anywhere. Art Park has massive paintings, a giant hand sculpture, and even a glass bottle tree.
“We are establishing a creatives in residency program where people can just come up and spend time here ... to do what you need to do,” said Andersen. “And then have an exhibition space for them, so they can come in — and you can be the cook, you know, and do the super cooking, or the artist, the painter, the comedian.”
When all is said and done, the real dream is for the property to be a thriving community gathering spot. The work might be hard and time-consuming, but when it comes to making art happen, Heidi and Arthur don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
If you are interested in displaying and selling your art on the property, or renting a home, you can visit artparkhomes.com.