An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 14, 2019
The Cape Ann Artisans have deep roots in the community – connecting artistically and in many other ways with both visitors and residents year round. This Fall, for the first time, in addition to welcoming the general public, the Artisans will roll out the red (yellow, and orange) carpet for the Cape Ann Plein Air painters who are part of the week long Plein Air event leading up to the 36th Annual Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios. The Open Studios take place over the Columbus Day weekend, October 12-14 from 10AM-5PM.
Visitors and local art lovers will have early access to many of the Cape Ann Artisans studios the week leading up to the tour as our local artists will “host” the Plein Air painters in and around their studios. This unique collaboration came out of a mutual goal of the CAPA group and the Cape Ann Artisans to work more closely with each other and maximize the experience of the visiting artists and patrons. Marcie Rae, an artisan on the tour, has rallied seven of the CAA to participate in the program. CAA Artists offering hosting to CAPA artists include Andy Matlow, Beth Williams, Cynthia Curtis, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Marge Rack, Rob Diebboll, and Bart Stuyf (currently on sabbatical from the tour.) Each has submitted photos of their neighborhoods to CAPA artists who wish to set up nearby. If CAPA artists are in the ‘hood, Cape Ann Artisans will act as local artistic “hosts” providing access to their studios and a place to call “home” while they are out painting. At the same time, some of the CAA Artists will keep their studios open during the CAPA week for visitors to get a sneak peek before the weekend. Check specific opening days or activities on the Cape Ann Artisan Facebook page or by calling the individual artist.
The Fall CAA Tour includes 15 unique studios locations and 17 artists sharing works from across the fine art and craft spectrum – pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, mosaics, prints, textiles, and jewelry, and accessories created in diverse materials – clay, glass, silk, metals, fibers, yarns, sea glass and more.
Many Artisans have been involved in exciting happenings since the Spring Tour. Here are some of the highlights and details can be found on the “From the Studio” blog.
The Artisans, who have been juried into this tour over time, are among the most established makers on Cape Ann and are active throughout the arts community. This is a unique opportunity to go directly into the artists’ sphere, see the tools of their artistic genre, and hear their stories. The tour is self-guided and takes place in Gloucester and Rockport and all studio locations and details are found on the printed brochures found at major tourist locations such as the Cape Ann Chamber, hotels, the Gloucester Visitor’s Center in Stage Fort Park and online at www.capeannartisans.com.
Both individually and as a group, the Artisans are wired on to the artistic map on Cape Ann. The Tour provides a stage to share the process and the work with the community that has inspired it! As an organization, the Artisans are members of the Cape Ann Chamber, seARTS, the North of Boston CVB, American Craft Week, and Discover Gloucester. American Craft Week Celebrates its 10th year this fall. CAA has also enjoyed sponsorship from many local business partners who can be found on the brochure.
The 2019 Cape Ann Artisans include these artists with several sharing studios:
Twin Lights Studio: Erin O’Sullivan & Scott Place
*Sinikka Nogelo is temporarily sharing space at Rob Diebboll’s studio.