American Craft Week begins in 2 days: special events at Pauline’s Gifts, goodlinens, and Cape Ann Artisans

 American Craft Week Ocober 5th – 14th, 2018 

Pauline Bresnahan is featured on American Craft Week national site: “Proud to kick off American Craft Week in Gloucester MA. which was VOTED a Top 10 City for Crafters in USA. Thanks for sharing and please watch as I demonstrate Decorative painting on a Lobster Buoy.”

Gloucester listings:

Gloucester

514 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA • Visit website • Jump to events page

Join us for our decorative painting in a LlVE event on @PaulinesGifts Facebook page at 4pm on Oct. 5th. And Oct. 6th. 2018 in Celebration of American Craft Week in Gloucester MA which was VoTed one of the Top 10 Cities this year.

Gloucester

130 Main Street, Gloucester, MA • Visit website

The work of 8 artisans will be on display throughout the week. Please check the website in October for demonstration schedule. TELL A STORY WITH JEWELRY: Join us for a jewelry making workshop hosted by Ellen Szaboon Saturday, October 13th from 1pm-3pm. Space is limited. Contact Ellen at stories@ellenszabo.com to register. Registration closes on October 8th. The workshop is $35.00. The fee includes materials to make a necklace (chain, charms, and beads). If you like, bring special or sentimental beads or charms to enhance the meaning and unique style of your creation.

 

Cape Ann Artisans

63 Langford Street, Gloucester, MA • Visit website

Cape Ann Artisans are part of a vibrant arts community along scenic North Shore of Massachusetts. Open Studio Tours are self-guided of artists’ studios in Gloucester and Rockport, important Massachusetts designated Cultural Districts. Tours are 1st weekend in June and Columbus Day Weekend.

 

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Gloucester makes the list again! America’s Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers

Results from American Craft Week “Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers- 2018” are tallied. Gloucester, Massachusetts, made it again!  view alphabetized list of American Craft Week 2018 Top 10 winners- see photo of a Cape Ann Artisans stop.

And save the dates- annual American Craft Week will be Oct 5-14 in 2018

See my 2017 post “Gloucester Made the USA Top 10 List and you should be in the guide!…Here’s why Gloucester won. It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (read more about the pioneers) ” 

Pauline’s Gifts is ready for ACW 2018!

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American Crafts Week Press Release

IN CELEBRATION
GLOUCESTER SELECTED BY “AMERICAN CRAFT” AMONG TOP TEN USA CITIES AND TOWNS FOR BEST ARTS (ARTISTS) AND CRAFTS (CRAFTERS)!

American Craft Week (AmericanCraftWeek.com) awarded Gloucester as one of the top ten US cities and towns for best arts and crafts. This prestigious award is the result of public voting. Additionally, Gloucester has been selected the past two years by “American Style” Magazine as one of the top ten destinations in the Country for arts!
In celebration of National American Craft Week (October 6-October 15), artists and crafters, as well as businesses who make and/or sell American-made arts and crafts, and who are located in Gloucester/ Cape Ann are planning wonderful public events all week!
In addition to the Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (Capeannartisans.com), which incorporates amazing demonstrations and sales by 22 artists and crafters in 19 locations during the weekend of October 7-9, many Gloucester businesses, studios and galleries will also be providing special events all week long!
Look for the signs in windows everywhere!!
Some of the events in Gloucester include, but are not limited to:
Good Linens (goodlinenstudio,com), 130 Main Street, will exhibit the work of eight artisans and provide a stone carving demonstration by Ann Conneman..
DIVA (Donna’s Infinite Variety of Adornments) (AdornmentDIVA.com), 161 Main Street, will have a week-long sale on all one-of-a-kind pieces made by more than 120 contemporary American jewelry artists.
Local Colors (www.local-colors.org), 121 Main St., is sponsoring a special exhibit entitled, “TINY ART,” in which 16 artists have been challenged to produce work in small sizes and in a variety of mediums. These creations will be on display, and a special reception (public and free) will be held on October 14th from 5-8pm.
Sadie Green’s Jewelry (saidegreens.com), 205 Main St., will be holding a special week-long, 30% off sale on all vintage reproduction jewelry made by American artists.
Calvo Studio (www.DavidCalvo.com) 235 East Main St., a multi-awarded wood carver will exhibit historic and custom work all week.
Art Haven (arthaven.org), 180 Main St, will have an open costume workshop for children on October 15th.
Gallery 53, (rockyneckartcolony.org/gallery-53-on-rocky-neck), 53 Rocky Neck Ave, will show the works of 32 local artists,and on October 7, from 6-8pm, will hold their Season’s End Party with a special exhibit and prizes made by the artists. A different artist will be available each day.

For additional information and updates, go to DicoverGloucester.com and CapeAnnChamber.com.

American Craft Week

Announcement from FOB Donna  DIVA jewelry store on Main Street

CALL TO ACTION!

Crafters! Artists! Businesses selling arts and crafts made by American artists and crafters in America, celebrate American Arts and Crafts Week!  Hi! I am Donna Soodalter-Toman, owner of DIVA (a jewelry store on Main St in Gloucester), and a jewelry maker.  I am so excited to be a participant in American Arts & Crafts’ week in Gloucester (October 6-15, 2017), especially since Gloucester was prestigiously selected among the top ten US cities and town for Artists and Crafters!

 To celebrate this week-long event (Americancraftweek.com), DIVA will profile all American crafters and artists who make their goods in America with a special sale.  Just some of the jewelers include: Lori Bonn, Sally Craig, Sydney Lynch, Chris Ploof, Terry Logan, Laurie Leonard, Dawn Estrin, John Iversen, Mignon Faget, Robert Lee Morris, Amy Kahn Russell, Joyce Fitz, Deborah Armstrong, Elizabeth Garvin, Zoe Chimera, Eileen Sutton, all Native American jewelers, me, etc. etc.

 NOTE!!

For businesses and individuals, throughout Cape Ann, selling American made arts and crafts and who want to participate in some event during this week, please send information to Me, Donna, with the name of your business, contact information and what you plan to do.  For your participation you will receive a logo posting for your window/site noting that you are a participant in American Craft Week.  I will also compile information for press releases, Facebook, your site links, etc., and promote accordingly

 This is a great way to join the celebration, and market Gloucester and Other Cape Ann businesses in October and going forward.  Please send information to Donna Soodalter at DIVA, via email (donnastoman@rcn.com) or phone (978-879-4119-leave message), or drop by (161 Main St.).

PLEASE, to afford time to compile and market, please submit all information ASAP and no later than Monday, 9/25. 

If people have any questions, call or email Donna.

 

 

THIS WEEKEND! Cape Ann Artisans studio tour

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If you’ve gone, go again. There’s always new work to see. If you’ve never been this is a must see event. The 2017 spring Cape Ann Artisans studio tour route features 20 sites, 14 in Gloucester and 6 in Rockport.  Participating artists include Beth Williams jewelry;  Sinikka Nogelo painting and assemblages;  Rob Diebboll painting; Mary Ann de Buy Wenniger’s paintings and prints; Mi Robertson painting and sculpture;  Margaret Rack sculpture;  Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco sea glass jewelry and accessories; Sara Wright handwoven works;  Camilla MacFayden textiles; Bond Street Studio; Marcia Rae; Ruth Worrall; Bart Stuyf; Twin Lights Studio; Pam Stratton; Elizabeth Harty; Cynthia Curtis;  David Archibald; Anni Melancon; and Deborah Gonet.

“For more information, visit www.capeannartisans.com or download a brochure and map. You can also come visit us during the Columbus Day tour, October 7-9 and look for us during the holidays. There will be updated information on our web site.”

Join American Craft Week Oct 6-15 | Gloucester made the USA Top 10 list and you should be in the guide!

Here’s a super easy and great opportunity to share what you do or help your friend’s work get noticed.  Crafters, artisans, makers, retailers, creatives: make sure to sign up before July 1, 2017 when it’s just $25.

Please share. Also, please encourage any under 30 Gloucester to showcase their work. Perhaps they’ll be designated next year’s ‘rising stars’. Participants & Events :: American Craft Week :: HOW TO JOIN  and check out their resource page- “PR power packet page”

Here’s why Gloucester won

gloucester is top 10 town in USA for craft lovers winner 2017

It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (more on the pioneers below.) Pauline Bresnahan participates and drummed up the vote: “Gloucester has always encouraged creativity, individuality and artistic expression. Honored to be able to participate and encourage others to take part in this celebration for everyone who has fallen in love with their art and craft that shows their creativity.”

October is BEAUTIFUL!

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I’ve gathered special events and festivals that run annually each October/Fall in Gloucester and on Cape Ann.  Make sure to look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. Mind you this is only the fall (October!) listings:

Just in October

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air Note that Paint Essex annual Plein Air  (founded in 2012) moved from a summer slot to the fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA”

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 2010 /in Gloucester 2014 – Annual American Craft Week held in October Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 Annual American Craft Week October 6-15  Last year Pauline’s Gifts and Cape Ann Artisans participated. I think we can increase that list a bit! 

Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008)

Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October, also features artisans and makers.

Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5

Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest continuous in the country) featured as part of Artweek Boston 2016

Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Look for fall Premiers

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October

VENERABLE ARTS  TRADITION

Start with a visit to Cape Ann Museum a world class American art museum with a not to miss fine art and archive collections founded in 1873. Just Go! Outsider art and fine craft maker high lights include Folly Cove designers repository,  1893 Columbian Exposition Chicago World’s Fair harbor diorama, Fiesta oars, and the Community of Neighborhoods quilt cycle.

In each and every decade, printed ephemera and guides capture Gloucester’s long proud cultural history. Guides matter. Here are a couple of pioneer examples with a craft emphasis from the 1960s and 1892. American Craft Week is the digital equivalent of a who’s who in the American craft scene.

1960s

“We are told in the print that the American public is hungry for art…untouched by the machine. Cape Ann craft workers can satisfy that hunger…given a chance.” Henry Bollman, 1961

Bollman a ceramicist volunteered to chair the crafts section VIII of the 10th annual Gloucester Arts Festival: Ruth Balch, leather sandals; Henry Bollman, ceramics; Harriet Curtis, weaving and trays; Doris Frankbonner, ceramics and jewelry; Folly Cove Designers, Block Printing; Heather Godfrey, furniture decoration; Max Kuhne, silver leaf; Morris Lubin, Metal work; Reina Martin, silver and gold; Robert Natti, Pottery; Ruth Powers, Rugs

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1960 list craft exhibition: John Black (silk screen); Henry Bollman (Ceramics); Greg Burke (Mosaics); Doris Coleman (Rockport Beach Glass jewelry); Edward Coleman (Rockport Beach glass jewelry); Carol Creed (mosaics); Alfred Czerepak (wood sculpture); Otis Dana (old pine furniture); Preston Donn (stained glass); Anne Daukas (woodwork); Folly cove designers (printed fabrics); Hazel Gaudreau (pottery); Heather Godfrey (hand painted trays and furniture); Thelma Karr (fabric designing); Evelyn Krames (enameling); Sol Krames (enameling); Max Kuehne (silver leaf); Gene Lesch (pewter and soft metals); Moris Lubin (art metal work); Ada Maker (ceramic coffee table); Barbara Marshall (cabinetmaker); Reino Martin (gold and silversmith); Sandra Matheson (cermaics)

1960 craft exhibition

Detail from one of the maps indicating the “General location of artists residing in same place permanently or each summer.” This one shows Gloucester Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove area mainly painters and sculptors among them: Paul Manship, Walker Hancock, Leon Kroll, George Demetrios, Virginia Lee Burton, Folly Cove Designers

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The Gloucester Arts Festival scheduled ancillary programming like Cape Ann Festival of the Arts guided hikes and arts and writing exhibitions and contests for Gloucester’s youth.

1892

The Art and Loan Exhibition for The Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Gloucester held August 24-29   featured “a representation collection of the antique and artistic from the many homes on Cape Ann…In connection with the exhibit a souvenir silver scarf pin was sold representing a fishing schooner under full rig with the dates 1642-1892 in raised work, and found ready purchasers…A piece of room paper from the walls of the old Ellery House, the first wall paper used in Gloucester, is exhibited…an interesting bit of fancy work is a frame inscribed in letters worked in silk Hannah Masters her Sampler May 8 1768…Another piece of family work which shows evidence of much labor and painstaking is a Clark family tree worked in silk on canvas in 1832 by Mary B. Clark, mother of Mayor Andrews…” The loan and art committee were reimbursed  $1195.81; the souvenir pins inventory was $211.40. Thankfully the city published a “true and detailed account of the 250th anniversary observance and illustrated these Lane and Beach works. The 1817 view of Gloucester by Capt Beach was loaned by Asa G. Andrews, too. JB Foster was the one and only artist on the extensive exhibition checklist (321 detailed items) that listed his work for sale $100 “At the Wharf Gloucester Harbor”. James Pringle wrote the seminal digitized “History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts” 1892.

1892 art and loan on exhibit for Gloucester MA 250th

American Craft Week

Gloucester Cape Ann: history of fall art fairs and events

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October is gorgeous!  And it’s teeming with parallel exhibitions and cultural events. What an exciting environment to view and buy vital work from living artists and artisans– emerging, mid-career and established.

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air October 10-16– beginning next week!

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.

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Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven, October 29, 2016

Founded in 2012- Paint Essex annual Plein Air moved from summer to fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008) runs Oct 14-20. Busy schedule includes  3D Flight of the Monarch Butterflies co-hosted with Kestrel Educational Adventures and Screenagers co-hosted with Sawyer Free and evenings with filmmakers.

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Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5

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Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, held October 5, 2016. October book reading with Anna Solomon October 13, 2016

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Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest in the country)- Oct 8 and 9th featured as part of Artweek Boston Sept 30-Oct 9

 

Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Premiering this month- Man in Snow, the newest play by Israel Horovitz through October 23rd. GMG Podcast

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Founded in 1873- Cape Ann Museum is a top notch American art museum. The must see exhibit Design/Build closes October 9th. Voicing the Woods- Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker opens October 20. Recent Acquisitions continues into December.

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More scenes from October 2016 Annisquam Arts&Crafts fair, Annisquam Exchange, and Brace Cove Art Market and links to other fall happenings!

 

Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA” October 7th was the last one.

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann October 4th. Look for this fun event next year!

Annual American Craft Week held in October

The list above gathers special events and festivals that run annually each October.  At the same time, look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants.