By Gail McCarthy
---- — Columbus Day weekend brings two opportunities where art and commerce combine to provide both shopping and insight into the Cape Ann art scene. An added bonus for those attending both events is taking in the fall foliage as they drive around to visit sites.
The events are the 29th annual Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show and the 30th anniversary of the Cape Ann Artisans Tour. Both are free. Many use these events as a way to get started with holiday shopping while benefitting the local economy because most of these goods are made by Cape Ann residents.
Annisquam Arts & Crafts show
The Annisquam Arts & Crafts show will feature an expanded collection of fine arts and crafts over Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Annisquam Village Hall at 36 Leonard St. in Gloucester’s Annisquam section.
The exhibitors are: Nancy Adams, Helen Beal, Julia Bishop, Kathy Bucholska, Suzanne Brown, Amanda Cook, Joanne Crawford, Ben Cunningham, Lee Cunningham, Phil Cusumano, Margaret Derby, Leon Doucette, Janet Egan, Dennis Flavin, Rose-Marie Glen, Kerry Gorton, Carl Gustin, Peter Herbert, Andrena Huntsman, Susan Kenna, Bobbi Kovner, Ellen “EJ” Lefavour, Camilla MacFayden, Greg Marchant, Connie Mason, Stephanie Mason, Giovanni Pagnotti, Robin Paine, Daphne Papp, Judith P. Norton, Chris Pullman, Kristin Petty, Linda Steele, Ellie Stevens, Evy Stewart, Ken Tarr, Dona Shea, JP Ware & Elz Spofford, Kirk Williamson and Ann Mechem Ziergiebel.
There will be a silent auction for the oil painting “Crane Beach 1998,” by award-winning artist Dorothy Arnold.
The event benefits the Annisquam Village Church. For more information, call 978-281-4552.
Cape Ann Artisans 2013 Fall Studio Tour
For 30 years, Cape Ann Artisans members have invited the public to visit their studios during their open studio weekend, traditionally held over the Columbus Day weekend, from Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents an opportunity to meet 26 professional artists and see their work in the setting in which it was created. Several artists will demonstrate their working process. Many of them are inspired by the granite-strewn landscape as well as the seashore.
Anni Melancon, a Lanesville potter, said her latest work is a series called “Lucky Rocks,” which are vases inspired by the large round rocks found on local beaches. Mike Foley uses those same granite rocks to carve sculptures and household objects such as soap dishes. Featured in his studio will be a just completed spiral seashell of Rockport granite. Pam Stratton uses granite boulders for outdoor garden mosaics, filling the crevices with brightly colored glass. Local granite also forms the base for Judith Wright’s mosaic bird baths.
The influence of Cape Ann’s beaches, in particular the idea of foot prints in the sand, is also found in the work of Scott Place, a potter in Rockport. Another Rockport potter, Cynthia Curtis, imprints beach treasures, from shells to sea urchins and dried starfish, directly into the clay to create her stoneware “Sea Fossil” collection.
Pat Pandolfi, a former Rockport resident now living in California, bought one of Marty Morgan’s porcelain wall hangings. “Every time I look at this piece I’m back walking around Halibut Point Quarry, watching the light change the color of the rocks,” she said.
Beth Williams, one of three jewelers on the tour, spends time in Venice every year learning new ways to form and embellish glass beads. This season she is featuring a collection of multi-colored, fringed sea anemones. Jacqueline Ganim- DeFalco finds the materials for her jewelry by hunting for them on the beach, using sea glass and weathered pottery fragments to create wearable art.
Julia Garrison, a new member, now runs the Sarah Elizabeth Shop in Rockport, using its historic Acorn press to print her carved block designs on paper, fabric, clothing and table linens.
“High quality handmade works of art bring joy to the people who use them — just as they do for the people who make them,” commented Christine Jones, a children’s book author.
On the studio tour this year are:
Pottery: David Archibald, Marty Morgan, Anni Melancon, Scott and Erin Place, Cynthia Curtis
Jewelry: Meredith Anderson, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Beth Williams
Sculpture: Margaret Rack, Mi Robertson, Mike Foley, Bart Stuyf
Painting: Pia Nadel, Sinikka Nogelo, Terry Del Percio Piemonte, Rob Diebboll, Elizabeth Harty, David Montgomery, Mace Wenniger, Mary Ann Wenniger
Weaving: Sara Wright
Mosaics: Pam Stratton, Judith Wright
Block printing: Julia Garrison
Photography: David Piemonte
Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Route 127, and at each of the studios. A magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location. For more information, call 978-281-3347. Download the brochure and map at www.capeannartisans.com.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or email@example.com.