Artisans Studio Tour celebrates 25th anniversary
The 25th annual Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The tour offers visitors the chance to meet professional artists and watch them work on their creations. Artisans include painters, photographers, sculptors, potters and jewelry makers.
The tour is free and open to the public.
As the tour’s silver anniversary is celebrated, there are four artist members from the original tour who will be included on this year’s tour: Marty Morgan, David Archibald, Anni Melancon and Leslie Wind.
“This is a great opportunity to connect with a variety of artists in their studios where the art is being made,” said Chris Williams, a metal sculptor in Essex. “Seeing the art in a gallery is only half the story; seeing the tools, the materials and the work in progress brings people much closer to it. Many people come back year after year, because there are always new artists and new creations in process. This is also a wonderful family event because kids get excited about art when they can see the creative process right in front of them.”
Visitors to Williams’ studio will have the chance to see a 15-foot-long bull commissioned by the city of Manchester, N.H. Williams’ sculptures grace homes, gardens and estates in New England and beyond.
Other studio hosts include potters Cynthia Curtis, Marty Morgan and Scott Place, who will spin “mud” into useful and decorative objects, each with their own unique and distinctive finish. At Marty Morgan’s studio, visitors will see her large gas “car kiln” which rides on a track so that it can be loaded inside the studio and fired outside. At Beth Williams’ studio, a torch will be use to create brilliantly colored glass beads using traditional Venetian techniques.
Judith Wright on Gloucester’s Sunset Point will show how she takes hundreds of tiny pieces of glass and turns them into complex and delightful images. In Bart Stuyf’s waterfront studio on Gloucester Harbor, flat sheets of copper become whimsical creatures. David Archibald of Plum Cove is known for his gardens as well as his pottery, with an extensive collection of rhododendrons and Japanese maples.
Looking for a place to eat your lunch? “Visitors are always welcome to picnic at my place by the Mill River, where they can watch the swans and egrets,” said Marty Morgan.
Catherine Wygant, who creates jewelry from materials she finds, says visitors are interested in more than just the final product; they are curios about the materials and creative process she uses to make wearable art from everyday items. “Selecting art is as much a creative process as creating the art. The art consumer is exercising their creativity by deciding which piece of jewelry or pottery or sculpture really inspires them, perhaps enough to want to include it in their home or in their wardrobe,” said Wygant.