424 Commercial Street

424 Commercial Street, Peggy Prichett's apartment, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

424 Commercial Street, Peggy Prichett’s apartment, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

James Balla and Albert Merola, by Irene Lipton (2014).

James Balla and Albert Merola, by Irene Lipton (2014).

Peggy Prichett pottery, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Peggy Prichett pottery, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

The Albert Merola Gallery, under Merola (right) and James Balla (left), reached the quarter-century mark in 2012 as one of the most respected galleries in town, showing Fritz Bultman, Pat de Groot, Donna Flax, Michael Mazur, Tabitha Vevers, and John Waters, among others. Balla and Merola opened Universal Fine Objects, at 432 Commercial, in 1987. They moved here and changed the U.F.O. name, Provincetown Arts explained, because “too many people came in looking for the art of aliens.” The space earlier served as the Zoltan Gluck Art Gallery and East End Gallery, run by Allegra Printz and Art Spivack. The potter Peggy Prichett and her husband bought the property in 1983. She built a clayworks here in 1990. (Her apartment and an example of her pottery are pictured.) The artist Susan Baker also lived here.


More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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