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

Hearts Abound at Arts Abound

Join us at Arts Abound this Saturday, Feb 6 from 10-2. Our Featured Artist, Laurinda Butcher, will be outside, with a mask and socially distancing, to speak about her incredible local photos. We will also be having a raffle for her egret print below. Come to 21C Lexington Ave in Magnolia, MA to buy tickets. Proceeds from the raffle go to Open Door, Gloucester’s food pantry. So, you can enjoy seeing amazing art and help out the less fortunate. See you then!

Hearts Abound at Arts Abound for Valentine’s Day

Please come bye on Saturday February  6th, 2021 to meet the featured artist of the Month, Laurinda Butcher, at Arts Abound 21 C Lexington Avenue Magnolia, Gloucester, MA 01930, from 10 til 2:00pm.

Come on in browse this gem of a gallery in Magnolia with local vendors showing their wares.  Lots of great gifts for your Valentine.

artsaboundmagnolia@gmail.com

Sue Wheeler – owner | artist | designer
ARTS ABOUND
21C Lexington Ave
Magnolia Village in Gloucester, MA
(603) 359-2173

WE SELL FACE MASKS!

See you then and thank you for shopping local.

Hearts Abound at Arts Abound

Please remember to shop local and to support small businesses. It’s a tough time to be a shop owner, as you can imagine! Arts Abound has several new artists and a number of new handcrafted items, as well as lots of amazing Valentine’s Day gifts. Come on in and check them out!

Shop Local. Shop Small.

And stay well.

 

Why not start thinking about what gifts to give for Valentine’s Day? Your valentine can be your spouse, partner, best friend, neighbor, teacher…Who would you like to show that you appreciate?

Heather’s gorgeous hand-painted silk scarves

 

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

 

 

Nothing says I care about you like a mask with hearts!

Audi, our Featured Artist, creates amazing painted shells

 

Our gift baskets are the perfect gifts for your valentines. We can personalize them for you. This one contains a Love is Give and Take mug, a heart-adorned mask, a heart magnet, locally roasted Gloucester coffee and of course some local Cha-Chas!

 

 

Ellen’s exquisite hand-blown glass fish

 

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

 

ARTS ABOUND

February Hours

Monday  closed

Tuesday  10am – 3pm

Wednesday  10am – 4pm

Thursday  10am – 6pm

Friday  9am – 5pm

Saturday  9am – 3pm

Sunday – sometimes open; check website and by appointment

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, Alan Bourgault, Hermit Hill, Good Gaud Design, Kaitlyn Manley, Claire Perrault, Heather Bell, Erik Hahr, Larry Parsons, Brandy Brouillette, and Audi Souza.

 

Arts Abound

Now that the holidays are over, if you need any unique gift for birthdays, etc.  please shop locally and take a stroll down Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester MA 01930 to Arts Abound 21C Lexington Avenue, Magnolia Gloucester, MA.  Here are a couple of the items that are new in the store.  Arts Abound still is carry beach towels, blankets, cards, placemats and beautiful stone ware.  Thank you

Arts Abound

Hope to see you on Sunday, Thanks for shopping local
Exciting weekend coming up for folks who enjoy local Cape Ann photography…three Gloucester photographers, all of who sell their photos at Arts Abound on a regular basis, will be visiting our gallery to meet the public and to talk about their inspiration.
Saturday morning John Abisamra will be at Arts Abound with his winter and summer scenes for sale.
Sunday morning Melissa Cox and Donna Ardizzoni will be at Arts Abound talking about their photos as well as selling their puzzles, towels, greeting cards, coasters, and more, which contain their images. Both days promise to be lots of fun so swing buy to do your holiday shopping!

Arts Abound from the Cape Ann Chamber

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Magnolia
This week’s #mylocalma business spotlight is
Arts Abound Magnolia,

Arts Abound features a variety of beautiful and unique artwork from local artists as well as carefully handcrafted gifts such as pottery, hand-painted scarves, hand-carved wooden cutting boards, greeting cards, jewelry, local photography and more. A Glosta embroidered hat designed by owner, Sue Wheeler, is available for purchase in our 33rd Annual Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction. You can view all of Arts Abound’s work online at artsaboundmagnolia.com #shoplocal #capeann #smallbusinesssaturday #meetmeinmagnolia #capeannchamberofcommerce

Arts Abound new on-line store

Please check out new on line store

https://arts-abound-online-store.square.site

 

Arts Abound
• local art
• handcrafted gifts
• custom orders

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Monday 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday Closed

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Arts Abound

 

After several months in the works, Arts Abound is very pleased to announce that we now have an e-commerce site. It is now easier than ever to support local artists and your favorite small business and get your holiday shopping done quickly and easily.

We can ship to you or save you a few dollars and do curbside pickup. There is quite a variety of handcrafted, unique items to choose from. New items will be added periodically so be sure to check back often.

Shop ARTS ABOUND online store

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

This month marks our one-year anniversary of being in business. Without a doubt it has been an interesting year to start a small business! We have loved sharing our art with every customer who comes to the gallery. Arts Abound has also enjoyed meeting so many talented artists and having the opportunity to speak with them about their craft. Family has been very supportive in this new venture, as have friends such as Kathy, our fearless customer service representative, and Donna, our cheerleader/community outreach person. Meeting new customers and seeing old ones continues to be very gratifying. In this current and uncertain economic climate, it is critical to support our small local businesses if you want them to survive. Please remember Arts Abound when you need gifts for friends and family, or for yourself.

MASK MANDATE IN MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts’ residents are now required to wear masks in public places, even when able to social distance. Arts Abound has a great selection of masks and we are making fun, new styles for the holidays.

Read mask mandate article

We’ve Got You Covered!

hand sewn, reversible, washable, stylish, cotton

We can make them with pockets for filters, or without. Please indicate which you would like. Numerous masks are available for purchase at Arts Abound, or preorder here.

After donating numerous masks to frontline workers, they are now available for purchase. Quantity discounts available.

See Gloucester Daily Times article

$15 for regular / $17 w filter pocket

To order
1. Email: artsaboundmagnolia@gmail.com

  1. Choose from fabrics below; we also have some solid colors—black, gray, royal blue, bright yellow, dark green, light green, eggplant purple, and cranberry red.
  2. Indicate if you want a small (will fit most young kids), medium (will fit many adult females) or large size (will fit many adult males). If you don’t find what you are looking for email us and we may be able to offer other fabric styles.
  3. Tell us if you want to pick up curbside in Reading, in Magnolia Village of Gloucester, or to have us ship for small extra charge (provide address).
  4. Pay using cash or by check (made out to Susan Wheeler). We now offer Venmo.
  5. Stay safe!

CELEBRATING CREATIVITY WITH LOCAL ARTISTS, PLEASE BUY LOCAL.

Sue Wheeler

Owner, ARTS ABOUND

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Arts Abound

21 C Lexington Avenue

Magnolia Village in Gloucester, MA  01930

603-359-2171