Cape Ann Artisans to Hold 22nd Annual Fall Tour

Cape Ann Artisans will hold their 22nd Annual Fall Tour on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Columbus Day Weekend, October 8-10, 2005, from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. each day. This self-guided tour presents a unique opportunity to meet fourteen professional artists and see their work in the setting in which it was created. The work represented includes jewelry, pottery, painting, pastels, sculpture, photography, mosaics, fabric art and glass beads. The studio tour follows a scenic route along the coastal roads of Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts.

The Cape Ann Artisans, while diverse in their art and expression, share a common sense of place, drawing their aesthetics and inspiration directly from their environment. The quarries, the woods, the rocky coastline, and the evanescent light emerge in their work. Each of the artisans feels fortunate to be able to share these gifts with Studio Tour visitors over the Columbus Day weekend as they offer artworks of superb quality and excellent value.

Located on Gloucester’s Mill River, Marty Morgan’s new work includes stoneware and porcelain tile ‘quilts’ to hang on a wall. High above Pigeon Cove in Rockport, Cynthia Curtis fuses beach glass into her pottery glazes, reflecting the colors of the sea. At both pottery studios someone will be demonstrating on the potter’s wheel. Karen Ristuben’s glass and metal sculpture often incorporates granite from the quarry adjacent to her Rockport studio. Demonstrations in glass sculpture techniques will be ongoing at Ristuben’s studio. In his home studio overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Bart Stuyf has added copper, bronze, and silver jewelry to his collection of whimsical metal sculpture. Visitors to Beth Williams’ in-town studio will see glass beads made in the traditional Venetian method. In her East Gloucester studio, Marilyn Swift will feature watercolors inspired by the rocky coastline and tranquil marshes of Cape Ann. This diverse artisans group also includes Leslie Wind (jewelry), Mi Robertson (sculpture and watercolors), Judith Goetemann (silk painting and batik), Cynthia Curtis (pottery), Judith Wright (mosaics, oils, and pastels), David Archibald (pottery), Lynn Loscutoff (painting), and Les Bartlett (photography).

The Tour is self-guided and free of charge; handicap accessibility varies by location. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and the Rockport Information Booth on Rte 127. .

A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location.

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