Mike Codair is leaving on a 200mile trek with zero sailing experience as the only person other than a 73 year old captain. These are his last words (potentially) to his friends and family on the mainland.

In case he dies I captured his last words to his friends and family.

Follow mike’s gps location here- https://share.garmin.com/nybqt

I Am More Project

The talented Gloucester’s Portrait Artist has another wonderful event.

We are getting ready for another move – the Burlington Mall exhibit will be closing at the end of Mother’s Day this Sunday, and Monday morning we will be setting up at The Shops at Chestnut Hill (flyer attached with address and dates) on the upper level.

The folks who will be in this exhibit through June 5th are:
1. Erin
2. Donna J
3. Jonathan
4. Arielle
5. Seth
6. Ryan M
7. Jessica and Mila
8. James
9. Ryan
10. Carol
11. Eliana
12. David
13. Margot
14. Patrick
15. Áine
16. Julia
17. Chris C
18. Danny
19. Jerri
20. Jared (first unveiling)

In case you thought we were taking the summer off, think again, because the Simon Corporation (thanks to Erin!) is taking us on for three more exhibits:
• Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua NH – June
• The Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem NH – July
• The Cape Cod Mall – August
There will also be an exhibit at the Briarwood Retirement Community in Worcester for July and August so I’ll be letting you know who is going where.
If you missed the live interview on Boston 25 News they sent me a clip: https://www.facebook.com/IAmMorePortraits/videos/1154639295379764
Jared’s brand-new portrait and essay on hearing loss/tinnitus will be published this week on my blog. You may remember he was the photographer who took the photos for NorthShore Magazine.
That’s it for now, Happy May!
Amy Kerr

I Am More

The Cape Ann Artisans Spring Open Studios Tour Is Just One Month Away!

Spring Tour 2022

It’s right around the corner.  Literally, you can walk or drive down the street or up the highway and enjoy some of the most engaging artists in the region. 

It’s the 39th year of the Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tour and 16 artists spread across 15 studios are looking forward to welcoming art lovers from near and far. Open studios are Saturday June 4-Sunday June 5 10AM-5PM daily. Enjoy pottery, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, mosaics, weaving, sea glass, encaustic, and fine jewelry art. Cant make the tour? Check individual artist websites year round for hours and appointments.

Watch the updated CAA video to get a window into what to expect as you traverse Cape Ann and read the full 2022 press release. Shout out to The Emerson Inn, who allowed the Artisans to take the group photo pictured above from their property!


Rob Diebboll, Painter
Pam Stratton, Mosaics and Mixed Media 
David Archibald, Ceramics
Melody Phaneuf, Painter
Sinikka Nogelo, Painter

Cynthia Curtis, Pottery 
Deborah Gonet, Mixed Media
Rebecca Nagle, Painter and Mixed Media

John Abisamra, Photographer 
Marcie Rae, Jeweler
Deb Schradieck, Painter
Sallie Strand, Painter
Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco,
Sea Glass Wearable Art
Twin Lights Studio, Ceramics
Sara Wright,
Handwoven and Knit Accessories

John Abisamra

“My real passion is to capture the beauty of Cape Ann and its magical light through my camera. I try to capture the uniqueness each season brings.I particularly enjoy photographing during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset and also am drawn to images where nature and man made elements meet. Photography for me is all about capturing a moment in time which may never be repeated.” 

Visit his website here. Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco

Jacqueline has continued to expand her Cape Ann Designs portfolio, adding more statement pendants to the Line in the Sand collection.   She’s also created a line of brooches called “minis” that are smaller and lighter to wear in the summer.  She has also introduced an e-Commerce capability on her website.

Melody Phaneuf

“As a visual artist, I appreciate looking at things, particularly old, tarnished, abandoned things. I collect objects that I can’t resist for paintings. This is a peculiar activity for a person who hates clutter. Nonetheless, my fascination with chronicling visual experience and enthusiasm for storytelling compels me.” Read more here.
To see more of Melody’s work visit melodytheartist.com
Sinikka Nogelo

Sinikka recently made this piece for the Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Artists Group show, “Unexpected 18 – Jacki’s Flowers.” It’s an acrylic, painted and sculpted, titled “Hidden Treasures.” (18”h x 7”d). To see more images of the work, read the blog post here. 

Check out her website.

Studio Locations

The tour is free and self-guided. You can download and print the brochure and map PDFs to plan your trip. The brochure contains information about each artist. Print it out, mark it up, or just keep it on your device.  As you approach each artisan studio on the road a bright, magenta Studio Tour banner will mark the studio location.“It was easy, no hassles re: parking, finding studios, getting in and out, etc” ~ tour visitor

The Artisans welcome Martha Anger of Compass Real Estate as a new exclusive partner to Cape Ann Artisans. People fall in love with Cape Ann When they visit the tour, now they know who to call when they decide to move here!
During the tour consider stopping by the local women owned natural foods shop Common Crow Natural Market for something to eat.

Visit their website and check out their sale flyer for the month.
Please look at our full list of generous partners and support them during the tour. 

Jalapenos Supports Softball Team

We went to Jalapenos on Main Street recently because we enjoy the food and the atmosphere, but also because they were hosting a fundraiser for the Gloucester High Softball team. There was quite a robust turnout and I hope the team met their goal. It’s really nice to see local businesses helping locals reach their goals. I am proud to know that many of Gloucester’s businesses support the community in so many ways.

I tried the steak fajitas and Jim had pork carnitas. I love the salsa and chips (cannot stop munching on those!) and my favorite is a frozen raspberry margarita. Thanks Jalapenos!

***Added news since I wrote this post is that Jalapenos is now offering Great Marsh Brew!**

Dementia Friends Information Session at Sawyer Free Library this Saturday,

Cape Ann Community

The Sawyer Free Library is pleased to host Dementia Friends this Saturday, May 7 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. for a presentation on five key messages about dementia and the small things everyone can do to make a difference for people living with dementia.

Dementia Friends is a global movement changing how people think, act, and talk about dementia. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia. 

This important presentation is a part of the Sawyer Free Library’s ongoing series on dementia: Of Sound Mind. It will take place on the Main Floor of the Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. Registration is not required. For more information, visit sawyerfreelibrary.org or call 978-325-5500.

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