Cape Ann Artisans Tour Puts Spotlight on Gloucester’s Creative Community

By Carol Thistle

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(Image via Goodmorninggloucester.com)

When it comes to the arts, Gloucester enjoys a proud reputation of excellence across the nation. Look no further than American Style magazine, which has named the city one of the country’s top 10 Art Destinations for the past two years.  This weekend, Gloucester’s art scene will share in a broader event with Rockport at the 2014 Cape Ann Artisans Tour.

The Artisans are celebrating 31 years of Studio Tours with their second free event of 2014. This weekend’s tour, which will take place daily between 10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11th continuing through Monday, October 13th, features 23 participating studios and 26 artisans, including new participants Pat Lowery Collins (painter), Camilla MacFayden (fiber artist), and Ruth Worrall (potter.)

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Participating artisans will welcome residents, visitors and fellow artists to showcase their craft and creative process. The self-guided tour includes stimulating, unique pieces from a wide range of mediums – ceramics, textiles, encaustics, handmade jewelry, mosaics, stoneware, and fine paintings, to name just a few of the diverse offerings. Many pieces are available for purchase. A free raffle offers one lucky winner a gift certificate for use at any of the Cape Ann Artisan’s studios, plus other prizes.

Visitors can obtain tour guide maps at Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park Welcome Center, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the North of Boston Visitors Center, and at various destinations in Rockport and Gloucester. Maps also may be downloaded at www.capeannartisans.com. Look for pink flags and bright magenta banners outside the participating studios.

For further information contact Pam Stratton, President: 978-546-7582.

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