The Fall Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tour – October 10th and 11th

The Cape Ann Artisans are pleased to announce that the well-loved 37th Annual Fall Open Studios will be held this October on two days, Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th from 10AM-5PM.  The summer Mini-Tours were well-received and as such, the group will consist of eleven of the artists who are able to accommodate visitors within the parameters of Covid-19.  

The participating artists include artists from many genres that will appeal to art lovers and adventurers who look forward to weaving their way around the coast.  In the category of Ceramic Arts, the Fall group includes David Archibald, Cynthia Curtis, and Erin O’Sullivan & Scott Place (Twin Lights Studios).  With 43 years under his belt, David continues to explore combinations of two to four glazes yielding unusual forms of reds, celadons, and blues.  Cynthia’s popular ocean-inspired creations include coral vases, undersea lamps, berry bowls, lobster and starfish ornaments, scallop and clamshell dishes, mugs, and wedding platters, some with melted beach glass.  Erin and Scott look to the ocean’s creatures for their inspiration and serve up pottery and sculpture with a contemporary flair.

Visual artists include Jillian Demeri, watercolorist, and Sinikka Nogelo who creates in several media – as a painter and sculptor. Both Jill and Sinikka are located at Cripple Cove Studios in East Gloucester.  Rockport-based painter Deb Schradieck works in watercolors and oils.   Linda Hogan and Sara Wright represent the fiber arts.  Linda has created under the name Blueberry Cove Quilts for forty years but is new to the Artisans group.  Sara Wright will display her handwoven and original handknit accessories for wardrobe and home, created using contemporary application of color and texture with traditional textile techniques and novelty yarns.  Mosaic and nature lovers will enjoy exploring Pam Stratton’s beautiful garden, Koi ponds, and Mosaic studio.  Pam uses stone, glass, and other materials to create wall pieces, jewelry and sculpture.  

Jewelry artists include Marcie Rae and Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco of Cape Ann Designs.  Marcie’s jewelry and small wall pieces of glass enamel and fine silver use ancient and contemporary techniques and tools to transform metal into evocative forms and images.  Using historic sea glass and pottery shards, Jacqueline creates distinctive, functional wearable art that celebrates the natural characteristics of the materials and reflects the natural beauty of the region,

Visitors can easily group the tour into geographic proximity by visiting the Gloucester artists and Rockport artists in sequence by neighborhood using the tour map which can be downloaded at    Appointments are strongly encouraged and will be given first priority.   The full list of Artisans and their contact information is found below.  Weather permitting, artists will take advantage of their outdoor spaces to offer a waiting area and additional viewing of the work.

Visitors will be expected  to be Covid-Compliant, wear facial coverings, practice social distancing, and use hand sanitizer which will be available at each studio.

Hoop Nets, Cunners and Lobsters

NOTES from the Firehouse: The Annisquam Historical Society

I hope that you enjoy the second post in this series from the Annisqum Historical Society’s Notes and Findings.

See Post #1, The Lobsterman Cometh and the Bugs Goeth, here

This is such a wonderful glimpse into the Annisquam Historical Society’s extensive collection of photographs dating back to the days of glass plate negatives.

Take some time and view their impressive collection here:

I am very grateful to David W. Teele & Betsey B. Horovitz for sharing this information with us. I am hopeful that they may continue to share some of their findings and extensive research.  What a joy it is to see these images and take this trip back in time.

What is a cunner net, and why do you need one?

We hold many images of men lobstering from dories; virtually every image shows a metal hoop net with a bail. Even the image below, in which somebody is posing for aspiring artists, shows the net (as well as, apparently, a diving board on the nearby float). The model sports a handsome moustache plus a white shirt, collar, necktie, and vest, uncommon apparel for a working lobsterman. He may well have been a fellow artist…. Read more in the PDF screen grabs below

Trapper John and Captain Pete Mondello Solve ALLLL The Worlds’ Problems In The Fog Before Heading Out Lobstering #commercialfishing #lobster #gloucesterma

Captain Joe and Sons Wholesale Lobster Company

Order your lobsters 978-283-1454

We are open every morning at 5AM

Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Co since 1953

95 East Main Street Gloucester MA

www.wholesalelobster.comfor pictures and videos from our dock!

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