Gallery 456

Project Description

This storefront gallery is always open at 456 Broadway in Chelsea.  View from the sidewalk displays that tell the stories of yesterday, today and tomorrow in this dynamic city.

The site is the former retail location of the Salvation Army Thrift Store.  The City of Chelsea purchased the building in 2017 and plans are underway to redevelop the site. Until construction starts, Gallery 456 is a lively use of the big windows that shine out on to Bellingham Square.   

Curator Call

We're seeking local artists, activists, archivists and historians to present exhibits. Each show is approximately 6 weeks. Stipends are available. 


current exhibit

Mark morelli

Mark Morelli is a Chelsea based editorial photographer. For over 20 years he's documented the urban landscape. In this exhibit he uses a special digital display to bring his large portfolio to life. The collection of tiny moments of his travels through his home city create a rich portrait of a city ever in flux.  

PAST exhibits

Black History

Chelsea Black Community (CBC) celebrates Black history with an exhibit on civil rights and the celebration of Black voices.


The annual Chelsea Empty Bowls fundraiser of the Chelsea Hunger Network will be virtual this year. View the display of bowls decorated by members of the community that you can purchase on-line to support the group's essential work. In companion posters, learn more about the crisis of food insecurity in our city.

Brighter together

A presentation by the Jewish Arts Collective (JArts), this exhibit shares the message of hope in times of darkness. The highlight of the exhibit is a light sculpture by Clint Baclawski, a Boston-based contemporary artist working with photography, technology, light, and space. The exhibit will be on display during the days of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. 

Read about the show in an article by Cate McQuaid in the Boston Globe.


Inspired by Nuestra Mesa and complex feelings of loss around the pandemic, a team of Chelsea youth composed a series of poems.  They used the same framework of Nuestra Mesa by looking through nine aspects of nature to explore nine experiences of mourning.  They'll presenting their poetry in several forms: as posters, in spoken word videos, and in a mini 'zine.


Participating Artists:

Branden Garcia

Lydia Debendecitis

Lana Pineda



Assisted by:

Amanda Arsenault

Max Pro

Claudia Paraschiv

chelsea pride

The Chelsea LGBTQ Coalition celebrates Pride with a display. 

They were joined in July by Chelsea Youth calling for support of Black Lives Matter. In August residents were reminded to complete their census. 


City of Chelsea

500 Broadway

Chelsea, MA 02150

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