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June 20, 2013

Cape Ann tour takes you where the art is this weekend

The Cape Ann Artisans, now celebrating 30 years, is holding the first of its two 2013 open studio tours this weekend.

The free self-guided tour follows the coast around Gloucester and Rockport, and provides visitors with an inside glimpse of an artist’s working space. The tour takes place Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The studios are marked with bright magenta Studio Tour banners and signs to guide visitors inside.

The Cape Ann Artisans 30th anniversary studio tour includes 23 studios. The group, which was honored with a major exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum, is now comprised of 26 artists working in more than 15 mediums.

The organizers note that many of these studios are hidden gems on Cape Ann, such as David Montgomery’s painting studio on the Annisquam River and David Archibald’s collection of rhododendrons in Lanesville.

There are six new studios on the tour, with the artists juried in by their peers to ensure the quality and diversity of the tour. The newcomers are Mike Foley, a granite sculpture; painter Rob Diebboll, noted for his beach scenes; Jacqueline Ganim DeFalco, who makes jewelry from sea glass; and young artist Julia Garrison, who is keeping alive the Folly Cove Designers’ tradition of block printing at the Sarah Elizabeth shop in Rockport.

“Having Julia Garrison carry on that tradition is really special,” said Marty Morgan, a founding member. “Having young artists in the group adds a new energy.”

Diebboll said he and his wife had taken the studio tour a few times, after which a friend suggested he should apply to become part of the group. He was thrilled to join in on the 30th anniversary. This weekend, his new studio at his Rockport home in the South End will be open to visitors who can see the variety of his paintings, many which reflect beach scenes.

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