Arts Abound Newsletter

WE ARE OFFERING WATERCOLOR CLASSES
It is spring and it is a wonderful time to learn to paint or to improve your painting skills. Both Sue Ingram and Karen Keough are terrific teachers, each with their own technique and style, so don’t hesitate to sign up for both classes! They are filling up quickly so register soon…

Email artsaboundmagnolia@gmail.com to sign up.

HELPING OTHERS

We are currently holding a raffle to help the heartbreaking situation in Ukraine. Sue Ingram’s beautiful sunflower watercolor is being raffled off and all of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Airlink. Airlink is a highly respected nonprofit whose mission is to work with aviation and logistics partners to transport relief workers and emergency supplies for reputable non-governmental organizations responding to rapid-onset disasters and other humanitarian crises around the globe.

Please come in to Arts Abound to buy your raffle tickets. No purchase necessary.

Recently, Arts Abound held a raffle to raise money for the Open Door Pantry, Gloucester’s food bank for the less fortunate. The prize was a basket of items donated by many of our artists, including Donna Ardizzoni, Stephanie Mason, Sue Wheeler, Karen Keough, Sue Ingram, and Tin Can Sally. There were several mugs, a beach towel, notecards, a Magnolia bag, earrings, and more. We raised more than $200 for this wonderful nonprofit. Many thanks to the artists who donated their crafts, and to the many customers who bought tickets.
Magnolia resident Amy Bealin is a generous and talented individual. Besides being a great athlete, mom, wife, teacher, and researcher, she loves to create pottery. She brought her bowls, plates, lamps, and candle holders to sell at Arts Abound. She donated all the money from her sales (minus expenses) to the Food Project. To date we have given this nonprofit more than $250. We continue to sell her pottery and hope that you will come in and support this wonderful organization. Arts Abound donates all of her pottery sales as well.
NEW FEATURED ARTIST

Arts Abound is pleased to announce that Judy Salah Plank is our newest Featured Artist. Come visit Arts Abound at 21 Lexington Ave in Magnolia Village in Gloucester, Massachusetts to view Judy’s amazing artwork. Her colorful, bold images are perfect for brightening up any room.

Judy’s Artist Statement
Massachusetts-based artist Judy Salah Plank has lived a life inspired by everything creative. She spent her professional years as the lead graphic designer for brands such as Adidas and Reebok, followed by an award-winning career curating her own tropical decor galleries and painting murals along the east coast. Judy now paints in a style all her own. It is her mission to create art that fills her life with light and her hope that this light shines a little color into your life as well.

IDEAS FOR GIFTS
One of Donna’s popular photos of Magnolia beach. As always, her stunning photos are available on towels, fleece blankets, canvas, metal or prints.
We have the best Magnolia pier tee shirts! The first row is long-sleeved, while the second row is short-sleeved.
Laurinda’s photograph, Crashing Wave, looks wonderful printed on metal.
Lisa’s amazing ocean-inspired pottery. Berry bowls (with the holes) are a great way to wash your fruit and serve in the same bowl. Comes with a plate for underneath the bowl.
Ellen’s amazing glass sun catchers, including her new Dr. Who pieces, are perfect for your window!
Susie’s Magnolia paintings and notecards depict the beauty of Cape Ann!
 SHOP LOCAL
Gallery hours listed on website; or available by appointment.
 Our address:
Arts Abound
21 Lexington Ave
Magnolia Village in Gloucester, MA  01930
(603) 359-2173
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Arts Abound raffle for Ukraine

We are holding a raffle for this beautiful sunflower watercolor by Susan Ingram. She is super talented and teaches painting locally.
All the proceeds will be going to Airlink, which is a nonprofit organization providing airlift of emergency supplies and relief workers for 130+ aid organizations responding to disasters and other humanitarian crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, occurring around the world. The organization works with airlines, logistics partners, and donors to provide medical care, food, shelter, access to clean water, and other essential assistance to communities in crisis.
Please stop in to Arts Abound to buy your raffle tickets. $5 each or three tickets for $10. No purchase necessary. Let’s all help out the desperate folks in Ukraine. Thanks.

New product from Ardizzoni Photography

Hope all are staying warm during this cold weather.  Ardizzoni Photography has new blankets.  These blankets are smaller than the larger ones.  They are 30 x 40 and are very warm.  You can use these blankets for babies or a lap blanket.  Here is a couple of examples of the blankets.

If you would like to purchase please email at donna@ardizzoniphtography.com or call or text me at 339-234-0776.  This blankets will also be available at Arts Abound, 21 C Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA  01930.  Thank you or shopping local.

Article in the Manchester Cricket about Arts Abound

Wander into Arts Abound on Lexington Street in Magnolia, and you’ll find a quiet world of local art.  Fine art photography, watercolors and paintings, hand painted silk clothing, gifts, jewelry, and even home accessories.  There are two common threads running through the shop—local creative talent and Susan Wheeler.

First, Susan Wheeler.  An artist herself and a former pastry chef, the idea of opening a retail store with a cooperative bent and filled with unique, hand-crafted things just felt right.  Wheeler had been coming to Cape Ann regularly from Vermont to visit her mother, Vivian, 93, who had moved to Magnolia in 1980.  Eighteen months ago, she moved here permanently, and as she got to know Lexington Avenue and its retail community, Wheeler first thought there might be room for a creative meeting place to run art workshops, offer graphic design and maybe some retail items for purchase.

Home Arts Abound
Susan Wheeler, owner of Arts Abound in Magnolia, is on a mission to promote and discover local artists on Cape Ann, with a cooperative approach to retail.

There was an open retail space, so in November 2019 with eight artists, she went for it.  Wheeler said she found it “thrilling and interesting” to find artists, curate the items and “keep it interesting.”  The shop, she said, got off to a good start with holiday shopping.

“I started with an open mind,” said Wheeler.   “But there’s so much artistry here on Cape Ann.  It hasn’t been a problem finding talented people who make beautiful things.”

Nearly two years in, Arts Abound has established itself and evolved.  The store in the spirit of other Cape Ann retailers focused on local artists, like Local Colors, the artists’ cooperative retailer on Main Street in Gloucester or Gallery 53, the juried art gallery run by members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, also in Gloucester.   Today, Arts Abound has 23 artists on her roster, nearly all from Cape Ann.  They help Wheeler by offering their pieces on consignment, and Wheeler promotes and sells their work.  And she is an enthusiastic promoter of their work, their talent, and their artwork.

The journey It hasn’t been without challenges.  Less than six months into her new venture, the pandemic hit and like most businesses, Wheeler adapted.  She offered hand-sewn masks (selling hundreds), offered appointment-only shopping, personal shopping and home delivery.  She also put plans for workshops and education on the back burner and took on freelance graphic design projects.

“The pandemic hit businesses hard, and we were lucky to have supporters and get through,” Wheeler said.  “I think about how great everyone was.  Even with selling masks, which we made and left outside for people to pick up and pay on the honor system, every single person paid.”

Wheeler has also really gotten to know her retail neighbors along Lexington Avenue, where by chance nearly all are women-owned and the community is tight.  There’s Shakteau Interiors, All Purpose Flowers, Jennifer’s Hair Salon, among many others.  This summer, the neighborhood brought back its popular Sunday Magnolia Farmer’s Market, which closes down Lexington Avenue, brings in music, and most retailers set up displays on the sidewalks outside.  It’s a real community feel.

Wheeler packs the space with all manner of artists, spanning painting, photography, pottery, glasswork, silk-screen, collage, and more.  Besides Wheeler’s own work, there is Stephanie Mason, Brenda Malloy, Melissa Cox (the photographer, who is the artist behind Local Colors in Gloucester), Karen Keough, Lisa Knebel, Tin Can Sally, Donna Ardizzoni, Dave Fernandes, Erik Hahr, Alissa Cohen, John Abisamra, Alan Bourgault, Kaitlyn Manley, Christine Gauthier-Kelley, Derek, Miriabilio, Hermit Hill, and Larry Parsons.

Home Arts Gauthier
Hand painted silk, by Manchester artists Christine Gauthier-Kelley.

“We’re not just a local independent store,” she said.  “Of all the artists featured here, and just about all of them are local.”

Home Arts Tin Can Sally
Gloucester artist Sally Seamans (“Tin Can Sally”) works with recycled cans to make art and jewelry.

Looking ahead, Wheeler is excited about continuing to celebrate the work of local artists.  She’s also excited to reconnect with some of her original ideas about making a space for people to mix and learn with artists’ workshops and reception that boost a bigger sense of community.

From the Gloucester Daily Times

Magnolia art gallery returns with much local art  

Arts Abound, a Magnolia gallery and gift boutique, is celebrating a grand re-opening with new handcrafted items and original artwork. Store owner Sue Wheeler is an artist who paints colorful cold wax and oil, and acrylic sea, floral, and abstract pieces. The featured artist is Eve Perkins, who creates whimsical beach and maritime illustrations of Gloucester and Manchester. The gallery features photographer Donna Ardizzoni’s popular beach towels in a choice of local scenes as well as works by local photographers Laurinda Butcher, John Abisamra and Melissa Cox and others.

Also featured is Gloucester’s Stephanie Mason, who is known for her fish mugs, ornaments, and place mats, and Tin Can Sally (Seamans) who makes earrings using tin cans from all over the world. Rocky Neck’s Brenda Malloy features her hand-painted magnets and cards. Other Cape Ann artists are Gloucester’s Sue Ingram with local paintings of florals and seagulls, Rockport’s Deb Schradieck who paints watercolors of Rockport and Gloucester, and Manchester’s Christine Gauthier Kelley who creates hand-painted silk scarves and shawls. The shop features many other handmade items including ocean-inspired pottery, “Glosta” and Magnolia caps and tees, handblown glass and jewelry.

“Thank you for supporting neighboring artists and small businesses challenged by the pandemic,” said Wheeler. She also noted that the Magnolia’s farmers market will start the first Sunday in June on Lexington Avenue. Arts Abound is located at 21C Lexington Ave., in Magnolia village.  For hours and more information visit www.artsaboundmagnolia.com.

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-675-2706 or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com at least two weeks in advance.

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New item at Arts Abound

The the beauty of the Boulevard decided to make a beach towel with the gorgeous tulips on the Boulevard.

Thank you Sue Wheeler, owner of Arts Abound, 21 C Lexington Avenue, Magnolia Gloucester, MA for carrying my towels.  If you need any gift or a hand made treasure for yourself come on down.

 

Arts Abound Newsletter

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we don’t want you to forget to honor the moms in your life! Could be your biological mom, your step mom, your adoptive mom, the woman next door who acts like your mom, your dog mom, and so much more. Show them you care by giving them a gift of appreciation. Arts Abound has all kinds of gifts that are appropriate for your mom.

Please remember to shop local and to support small businesses as they are struggling to survive. Arts Abound has new items to share with you so come on in and see what you think!

SPOTLIGHT

Donna is one of our photographers and an awesome volunteer. She helps us in so many ways on a daily basis and we so appreciate it. She also creates amazing local towels made with her gorgeous local images…come in and see them!

John, another one of our photographers, recently got his image selected to be on the cover of Cape Ann magazine. Congratulations John! Come in and see his other intriguing regional photos.

Ideas For Gifts

Is your mom always picking after others?  Our metal hand is the perfect gift for her… attach it to the wall and can can hang her, keys, windbreaker, etc. on it!

our pampering gifts baskets make wonderful gifts.  We can personalize them for you.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we don’t want you to forget to honor the moms in your life! Could be your biological mom, your step mom, your adoptive mom, the woman next door who acts like your mom, your dog mom, and so much more. Show them you care by giving them a gift of appreciation. Arts Abound has all kinds of gifts that are appropriate for your mom.

Please remember to shop local and to support small businesses as they are struggling to survive. Arts Abound has new items to share with you so come on in and see what you think!

SPOTLIGHT

Donna is one of our photographers and an awesome volunteer. She helps us in so many ways on a daily basis and we so appreciate it. She also creates amazing local towels made with her gorgeous local images…come in and see them!

John, another one of our photographers, recently got his image selected to be on the cover of Cape Ann magazine. Congratulations John! Come in and see his other intriguing regional photos.

IDEAS FOR GIFTS

Handcrafted items make the best gifts for Mother’s Day. Below is just a sampling of what we offer…

Our new, bright fabric added to our mask collection.
Face mask material

Is your mom always picking up after others? Our metal hand is the perfect gift for her…attach it to the wall and she
can hang her mask, keys, windbreaker, etc. on it!

Our pampering gift baskets make wonderful gifts. We can personalize them for you. This one contains a Mother’s Day card, handmade organic soap and hand cream, Tin Can Sally earrings, and a glass nail file.

One of Donna’s very popular towels, printed with her local photographs

Elizabeth’s beautiful scarves are a sure hit!

Glosta and Magnolia caps make great gifts for locals and
tourists alike

Mike’s hand carved wine and glass holder, along with the handmade cribbage board, is sure to be a hit with many moms!

Heather’s beautiful hand-painted silk scarves

Flowers for Mom…Sue’s textural painting of spring florals

These delightful glass sun catchers are perfect for any window!

E-COMMERCE SITE

Check it out! We offer shipping and curbside pickup. Choose from a variety of handcrafted and unique items. We can also arrange a FaceTime tour of Arts Abound should you want to see a more extensive offering of our products.

Shop ARTS ABOUND online store

https://artsaboundmagnolia.com
ARTS ABOUND
May Hours

Monday closed
Tuesday 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 10am – 3pm
Thursday 10am – 3pm
Friday 10am – 3pm
Saturday 10am – 3pm
Sunday – by chance

and by appointment…call (603) 359-2173

21C Lexington Ave
Magnolia Village in Gloucester, MA

Our Fabulous Artists
Sue Wheeler (owner), Donna Ardizzoni, Stephanie Mason, Brenda Malloy, Melissa Cox, Karen Keough, Lisa Knebel, Tin Can Sally, Deb Schradieck, Sue Ingram, Ellen Garvey, Christine Gauthier-Kelley, John Abisamra, Hermit Hill, Good Gaud Design, Kaitlyn Manley, Eve Perkins, Heather Bell, Erik Hahr, Larry Parsons, Brandy Brouillette, Laurinda Butcher, Susie Field, and Audi Souza.

First day of spring on Saturday

The weather is supposed to be nice on Saturday, take a walk down Lexington Avenue and come and visit me outside Arts Abound, 21 C Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA.  Come in and see the great handmade beautiful artwork, cards, glass wares, beach towels and jewelry.

Arts Abound would like to announce the winner of this great photo

Arts Abound located at 21 C Lexington Avenue, Magnolia Gloucester, MA would like to thank all who bought a raffle ticket for the this great photo during the last few weeks.

The talented photographer, Laurinda Butcher’s Egret photo captured this beautiful bird.   The proceeds of this raffle went to the Open Door, and the winner is Dr. Dorothy Ganick.  We are all happy Dorothy won.  She is a great friend to Arts Abound and to all she meets..  Congrats Dorothy.

The photographer Laurinda Butcher’s Egret photo winner was announced yesterday.  The proceeds of this raffle went to the Open Door.

When you need a great gift or something for yourself come in in a browse around.  The art is all from local artist.  Again Arts Abound thanks you for your support.  Remember to shop local.

Have you seen the new hand made items at Arts Abound?

Arts Abound, 21 C Lexington Avenue, magnolia, Gloucester, MA  01930, has some great handmade art works.  This gallery is a wonderful little store to shop safely and enjoy the local artwork.

Blanket

Glass Ware

Pillow and beach towel

Beautiful photo from Laurinda Butcher

Store

You can take a change to win this great photo and the proceeds go to the Open Door.  Photo by Laurinda Butcher