Ceramic, fabric, jewelry and other Cape Ann artisans open studios to the public

Pamela Stratton working on her mosaics
Pamela Stratton working on her mosaics –Courtesy of Pamela Stratton

The Cape Ann Artisans opened their studios in the summer for mini-tours, and the flow of curious art lovers was so strong and enthusiastic that the group’s Fall Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios Tour has been scheduled. It will happen October 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eleven artists in the Rockport-Gloucester area will welcome guests to see unique works in brilliant colors and one-of-a-kind creations.

An information-packed, printable brochure and map are easily available as a pdf; the brochure helps you plan a drive among art studios of your choice.

Appointments are encouraged; a full list of artisans and their contact information is found below.

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Pam Stratton’s mosaics, devised from stone and glass, are on display in her beautiful garden, Koi ponds, and mosaic studio. Her wall pieces, jewelry and sculpture make wonderful gifts.

Fiber arts are presented by Sara Wright and Linda Hogan. Wright will display her hand-woven and original hand-knit clothing and home décor items, including scarves, sweaters, coats, shawls, lap robes and coverlets. She uses traditional techniques along with clever novelty yarns in brilliant, contemporary colors. Hogan has created dazzling works in textiles under the name Blueberry Cove Quilts for 40 years, and she is a newcomer to the Cape Ann Artisans.

Ceramic artists include David Archibald, Cynthia Curtis, and Erin O’Sullivan and Scott Place. Archibald is in his fourth decade of this work, using a signature combination of two to four glazes to devise unusual reds, greens, and blues.

Curtis is the go-to artist for local people and visitors who cherish the flora and fauna of the sea. Curtis creates coral vases, undersea lamps, lobster and starfish ornaments, scallop and clamshell dishes, and melted beach glass.  O’Sullivan and Place also shape contemporary pieces with heavy dependence on ocean and undersea images.

Jillian Demeri, watercolorist, and Sinikka Nogelo, painter and sculptor, work in the Cripple Cove Studios in East Gloucester. Painter Deb Schradieck works in watercolors and oils in her Rockport studio.

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Jewelry artists include Marcie Rae and Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco of Cape Ann Designs.  Rae makes jewelry and art for wall hanging from glass enamel and fine silver.  Ganim-DeFalco heads to the beach to find sea glass, which she uses, along with pottery shards, to make wearable art that relies on the beauty of nature.

Visitors must wear masks, practice social distancing, and use hand sanitizer, which will be available at studios.

Artisans on the tour:

David Archibald  davearch12@comcast.net    978-283-5746
Cynthia Curtis   cynthiacurtispottery@gmail.com  978-546-6186
Jillian Demeri   jilliandemeri@gmail.com  978-578-3761
Jacqueline Ganim DeFalco/Cape Ann Designs jackie@capeanndesigns.com 978-283-8333
Linda Hogan  blueberryquilter@comcast.net  978-546-2838
Sinikka  Nogelo  snogelo@yahoo.com  978-761-3003
Scott Place & Erin O’Sullivan/ Twin Lights Studio  twinlightsstudio@msn.com  978-546-1352
Marcie  Rae  marcieaugust03@gmail.com  603-765-7764
Deb Schradieck   deb.schradieck@gmail.com  508-951-6441
Pam Stratton  pamstratton63@gmail.com  508-284-0086
Sara Wright   sarawright.fiberwrights@gmail.com  978-590-4786

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