Mission Statement: At The Gallery on Main we are dedicated to offering our community a creative space in which to celebrate, encourage and promote the artistic expression of a talented Cape Cod community through the lens of visual and performing arts. Our mission is to introduce and support a wide synergy of talent through the arts that depict our shared history, culture, voices and landscape. Together we will create a space where art and expression can bring out the best in people.

About Us

This photo was taken at The Old Stone Dock, Surf Drive, Falmouth, MA
Karen Rinaldo believes that art is the great communicator.
Don Cross believes that music is the great communicator.

They are of course both right. Imagine if these two lifelong artists and their talents joined forces, for good and for Falmouth? Well they just did.


A Makerspace: an Article by Troy Clarkson, Falmouth Enterprise Columnist

The concept for this incubator for the arts came when Main Street mainstay Jan Collins Selman, an artist of local renown herself, decided to retire and vacate the space she occupied on Main Street nestled between two other Main Street institutions, Blast from the Past and the Country Fare Restaurant. She approached Don about his interest, given his success with his knife-sharpening store/art gallery in North Falmouth. He sought a partner who would both appreciate the importance of a local venue for the arts and understand the value of supporting local artists. Karen had recently displayed in his gallery, and although they had not worked together before, they both “saw an opportunity to build an opportunity,” as they both nearly simultaneously noted to me, demonstrating the synergy that already exists with this phenomenal partnership.
Karen acknowledged the special nature of this merger of a musician and an artist into a partnership, appropriately suggesting that the gallery is the result of “two forces coming together” and that, as a result, the work on display is as varied as the community itself. From maritime illustrations by the seafaring Barry O’Neill to the colorful images of Michael Helfen, from the vivid visions through the camera lens of Kevin Doyle to the recycled genius of Sue Beardsley, from the bucolic landscapes of Ryan Young to iconic Falmouth images by Karen herself, the inaugural displays at Rinaldo and Cross are as varied as the tiles that make up Falmouth’s mosaic of humanity itself. It is truly the humanity of our community on display and a feast for the senses not to be missed.
Karen encapsulated what the Gallery on Main means to her—and to her adopted hometown—by steering me to lyrics from the Frank Sinatra song “The House I Live In.” Its message of the simplicity but profound importance and value of the people and places who make up a community underscores the value of having a truly local space for this truly important purpose. Sinatra said,
The things I see about me, the big things and the small
The little corner newsstand and the house a mile tall
The wedding in the churchyard, the laughter and the tears
The dream that’s been a-growin’ for a hundred and fifty years
The town I live in, the street, the house, the room
The pavement of the city, or a garden all in bloom
The church, the school, the clubhouse, the million lights I see
But especially the people
That’s America to me.
- An excerpt of ‘The House I live In’ by Frank Sinatra -

You can replace “America” with “Falmouth,” and that says it all. People like Karen Rinaldo and Don Cross—that’s Falmouth to me.