Celebrate 40 Years of Artistic Brilliance with Cape Ann Artisans: The Ultimate Fall Tour

Sep 11, 2023Arts & Culture, Feature Story, Press Release

Special 40th-Anniversary Events: A Close Collaboration with Cape Ann Museum and Rocky Neck Art Colony

The calendar says it’s fall, but Cape Ann Artisans have added an extra hue of celebration this year. Marking their 40th anniversary, the artisans have truly gone above and beyond. Alongside their annual Spring and Fall Tours, this year showcases unique partnerships with Cape Ann Museum and an upcoming retrospective exhibit at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

A Personal Encounter with Art and Artists

At the heart of the celebration is the much-awaited Fall Tour, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, from 10 AM to 5 PM. This isn’t just another art show; it’s an intimate experience. You’ll have the chance to visit 17 individual studios spread across Gloucester and Rockport and engage in meaningful conversations with the artists.

A One-Stop Preview

If you’d like to get a quick overview of the artisans’ work before setting out on the tour, there’s an exclusive 40th-year exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck beginning September 28th. This collective display features 43 current and former artisans. Some, sadly, are remembered posthumously, including Bart Stuyf, renowned for his playful metal sculptures and infectious laughter.

Buy and Support

On display at the Rocky Neck Exhibit from September 28th through October 29th will be representative pieces from each artisan. Many of these works are up for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will support the Rocky Neck Art Colony. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 1, from 4-7 PM. The Cultural Center will also be open Thursdays through Sundays, 12-5 PM.

More Opportunities for Interaction

Beyond the Fall Tour, Cape Ann Artisans have been busily engaged all summer, curating and participating in various shows:

  • Pam Stratton’s “Empty Nest” was showcased at the Rockport Art Association in July.
  • Sallie Strand curated several exhibitions, featuring works by fellow Cape Ann Artisan Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco.
  • Rebecca Nagle and Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco were both selected for the “Cape-to-Cape” show at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.

Plan Your Visit

The Fall Tour is self-guided, offering the freedom to explore at your own pace. A map and brochure can be your starting point, available in print or online. Brochures are also accessible at major tourist outlets such as the Cape Ann Chamber, Discover Gloucester, the North of Boston CVB, and local hotels and restaurants.

Event Details

  • What: The 40th Annual Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios and Celebration
  • Where: Gloucester and Rockport, MA
  • When: Fall Tour: Sat & Sun, October 7-8, 10 AM-5 PM
  • Upcoming Special Events:
    • September 28-October 29: 40th Anniversary Exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 12-5 PM
    • October 1: Opening Reception at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 4-7 PM
    • October 21: Cape Ann Museum and CAA Talk, 2 PM at Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA

For More Information

Please feel free to contact info@capeannartisans.com or leave a message with Cynthia Curtis at 978-546-6186. You can also find additional details online [Media Advisory here].

Celebrate creativity, enjoy an intimate art experience, and become part of a 40-year-old legacy with Cape Ann Artisans this fall. Your cultural calendar is about to get a whole lot more exciting!

Participants’ Names and Media

Current Members *

  1. *John Abisamra          Photography
  2. *David Archibald       Pottery
  3. *Cynthia Curtis           Pottery
  4. *Rob Diebboll            Painting
  5. *Danette English        Pottery
  6. *Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco  Jewelry
  7. *Deborah Gonet         Mixed media
  8. *Rebecca Nagle          Painter
  9. *Sinikka Nogelo         Painting
  10. *Erin O’Sullivan-Place Pottery
  11. *Melody Phaneuf       Painting
  12. *Scott Place                Pottery
  13. *Marcie Rae               Jewelry
  14. *Deb Schradieck         Painting
  15. *Sallie Strand             Painting
  16. *Pam Stratton             Mosaics
  17. *Beth Williams          Glass jewelry

Past Members **

  1. **Kurt Ankeny-Beauchamp   Painting
  2. **Baraka Berger         Printmaking
  3. **Bonnie Bishoff       Clay
  4. **Judith Cooper         Drawing, Printmaking
  5. **Terry Del Percio     Painter
  6. **Jayn Gardner          Blockprint
  7. **Rob Logan              Painting
  8. **Andy Matlow          Sculpture
  9. **Anni Melançon       Pottery
  10. **David Montgomery Painting
  11. **Marty Morgan         Pottery
  12. **Eileen Mueller        Painting
  13. **Kate Nordstrom      Mixed media
  14. **David Piemonte      Photographer
  15. **Karen Ristuben       Sculpture
  16. **Don Rittenburg       Pottery
  17. **James Seavey          Pewtersmith
  18. **Paul Swigart           Digital Print
  19. **Marilyn Swift         Painting
  20. **Judith Wright          Mosaics

In Memorium ***                   

  1. ***Judith Goetemann Silk
  2. ***Peter Natti             Stained glass
  3. ***Robert Natti          Sculpture
  4. ***Bart Stuyf             Sculpture
  5. ***Joan Swigart         Painting
  6. ***Lynn Swigart        Photography