Before moving into their gallery space four years ago, Bob and Phyllis Totaro had their eye on their current location on Main Street for 20 years. “I said I would never open a gallery on the Cape unless it could be in this location,” says Bob Totaro, who opened Chatham Fine Art with his wife, Phyllis. “And miraculously, we heard it was going to be available,” says Phyllis. “It was really good timing.” The location appealed to them not only for its central location, but also for its long history as an art gallery—famed Cape Cod artist Marguerite Falconer opened the gallery in 1968. The couple, who are celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary in 2016, are not new to the gallery business. They operated J. Todd Galleries in Wellesley for 33 years and sold the name in 2015. At Chatham Fine Art, Bob and Phyllis represent about 50 artists and their gallery displays about 500 pieces at any given time. They offer a diverse range of pieces, from a series of Robert Stark paintings featuring a lone red sailboat to colorful and whimsical paintings of poppies by Anne Salas. “We didn’t want to have another rose-covered cottage with a lighthouse,” says Bob, who says his gallery offers a mix of traditional and contemporary paintings. “When people walk in they say, ‘Wow, this is different.’ “
Chatham Fine Art
492 Main St.