Seven Cape Ann Artisan Studios to host first ever Summer Mini-Tours| Creatively expanding space to the outdoors to accommodate visitors


The Cape Ann Artisans sorely missed the opportunity to open up their studios in the Spring so they are introducing a new twist for the summer months.  Instead of a full weekend tour, a sub-set of the full group will open their studios for one Saturday in July and one in August.

The participating artists include David Archibald, Cynthia Curtis, and Erin O’Sullivan & Scott Place (Twin Lights Studios) representing the ceramic arts.   They are joined by painter Jillian Demeri, sea glass jeweler Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, glass artist Beth Williams, and Pamela Stratton Mosaics.   The group has self-selected based on their ability to use outdoor spaces and welcome visitors safely.

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The Cape Ann Artisans have been discussing all possible ways to welcome our friends, family, neighbors, and visitors safely after a long winter of making new artwork.  We are thrilled to now be creative in the use of our combined indoor and outdoor spaces to make visitors feel comfortable and to enjoy the exquisite gardens and views of Cape Ann.  Cynthia Curtis will open up an entire end of her gallery to the outside thanks to a newly installed garage door.  Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco will expand into her lower barn space and set up tables to sit outside and enjoy the garden. David Archibald’s luscious garden will be in full bloom.

Visitors can easily group the tour into geographic proximity by visiting the Gloucester artists and Rockport artists in sequence by neighborhood from East Gloucester, to downtown, to Riverdale, Lanesville, and Rockport (or reverse) according to the digital postcard which will be circulated online or can be downloaded from

Artists are all taking appointment by phone, email, and Square appointments for visitors that would like to reserve a specific time.  Appointments will be given first priority if the studio is at Covid-compliant capacity.  Look for our pink flags to way find to the open studios!

All the  Cape Ann Artisans welcome appointments throughout season and hope to hear directly from visitors.

All Artisans will be asking for visitors to be Covid-Compliant, wearing facial coverings, using hand-sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.

Here’s a re-cap:

What:  The Cape Ann Artisans Summer Mini-Tours

Where: Gloucester and Rockport, MA.

When:   Saturday July 18th and Saturday, August 15th 10-5.

Contact: or leave a message with Cynthia Curtis 978-546-6186

Duckworth’s Bistrot Announcement

Duckworth’s Bistrot has recently announced on its Facebook page that the difficult decision was reached NOT to open this summer. Their intimate atmosphere (which is what many of us LOVE about Duckworth’s) makes it impossible to safely social distance for safety. Neither is there appropriate outdoor space available. We will miss Duckworth’s but are in total support of their decision.

In the meantime, perhaps you’d still consider gift certificates for future meals at the bistro.All restaurants and most small businesses are struggling through the pandemic and gift certificate purchases show support. Give it some thought.

Image borrowed from Duckworth’s Facebook page.



SurfSide Pizza Slice for Lunch

I had a craving that a pepperoni “slice” from SurfSide was able to satisfy. As I have mentioned previously, it’s my favorite since it’s the closest thing to the pizza I had as a kid growing up in western New York on the shores of Lake Erie. It did not disappoint yesterday, taking me all the way back to those good ole days. Looks like there’s a new mural going up over there!