Visitors can hear the stories behind works of art this weekend, when local artists open their doors for the Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour.
The self-guided free tour, offered twice a year, takes visitors around scenic Cape Ann, often to out-of-the-way studios where creators welcome the opportunity to talk with the public.
This year’s spring tour takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features 17 artists in 15 studios.
“They will share works from across the fine art and craft spectrum, including pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, mosaics, prints, textiles and jewelry, as well as accessories created in diverse materials such as glass, silk, metals and more,” said Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, a longtime member.
The work of Cape Ann Artisans demonstrates a balance of preserving age-old artistic traditions, materials and techniques with the most contemporary art media, she said.
“Most importantly, the open studios tour presents a wonderful opportunity to dig in, ask questions and find out more from each artist about their inspiration,” Ganim-DeFalco said.
Taking part in the tour for the first time is Deb Schradieck, a new member of Cape Ann Artisans. The watercolor and oil painter is based in Rockport.
“I had been on this tour as a visitor, and I was always impressed by the quality and the variety of the work, and I know they have been around a long time,” she said. “Plus, the idea of having your studio open for the whole weekend really appealed to me.”
Schradieck said that she loves the idea of being there in her own studio when people come in so she can engage with them on a one-to-one level.
“I think most people who buy art want to meet the artist and want to hear their story, and want to know your thought process, your creative process,” she said. “I am really looking forward to that and talking about what I love to do. I really can’t wait.”
The artisans, who have been juried into the organization, are among the established makers on Cape Ann and are active throughout the arts community, both near and far, and work to maintain high standards.
Rockport’s Cynthia Curtis, a ceramic artist, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her studio and her 15th year on the tour. This spring, she was one of 12 artists invited to sell her work in the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Art in Bloom” Marketplace in Boston.
Pam Stratton, whose mosaics decorate both her Rockport garden and studio, has taken her work to new levels with jewelry and 3-D pieces. This spring, she was juried into the Society of American Mosaic Artists’ annual summit in Nashville with her piece “Concentric.”
This past year, Rob Diebboll, an oil painter, has added Cambridge Art Association to his résumé, in addition to a solo show at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester and an invitation to show at Jessica Hagen Fine Art Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island.
Gloucester’s Beth Williams was among a select group of presenters at the International Society of Glass Beadmakers’ annual conference in Las Vegas this past March. She shared a new technique using colored pencils combined with a rekindling of her metalwork, attracting the majority of the attendees to her talk.
An arts advocate, Ganim-DeFalco organized a Spring Wearable Art Fashion Marketplace event as part of Massachusetts ArtWeek this past April. She continually refers back to her interest in fashion as the inspiration for her creations of one-of-a-kind sea glass hair accessories and jewelry.
If you go
What: Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 15 studios in Gloucester and Rockport, with maps available from each artist, at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and online at www.capeannartisans.com/doc/CAA2019Brochure.pdf. Pink banners will be placed outside each location.
How much: Free
More information: www.capeannartisans.com
David Archibald, 9 Woodbury St., Gloucester
Cynthia Curtis, 80 Pigeon Hill St., Rockport
Rob Diebboll and Sinikka Nogelo, 1 Camborne Way, Rockport
Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, 44 Thurston Point Road, Gloucester
Deborah Gonet, 10 Ships Bell Road, Gloucester
Andy Matlow, 10 Way Road, Gloucester
Anni Melançon, 1181 Washington St., Gloucester
Erin O’Sullivan and Scott Place, 52 South St., Rockport
Marcie Rae, 101 Hesperus Ave., Gloucester
Margaret Rack, 8 Ships Bell Road, Gloucester
Mi Robertson, 63 Langsford St., Gloucester
Deb Schradieck, 4 Normanstone Drive, Rockport
Pam Stratton, 16A Prospect St., Rockport
Beth Williams, 17 Pleasant St., Gloucester
Sara Wright, 22 Stockholm Ave., Rockport