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Your Guide to Cape Ann

Given Cape Ann’s artistic history, it is only fitting how many excellent ArtWeek events are being hosted in this part of the state!  Here are a few highlights:


Get ArtWeek started by celebrating Arbor Day and the art of gardening at the waterfront estate of Coolidge Point. Learn about tree care from a master arborist and do a special ArtWeek scavenger hunt!


On the first weekend of ArtWeek, the Bubble Factory will host an afternoon of glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations, complete with a special tour of the studio (and a hand blown wine glass to take home).  The following weekend you can learn more about glassblowing, along with other art forms, at ArtTalk: Conversations with Essex Artists. Artists working in a range of mediums – from glassblowing and sculpture, to poetry and painting — will share their inspirations and influences in a panel discussion and Q&A session. 


Artists in Rockport are will hold an abundance of demos during both weekends of ArtWeek.  Catch demos in ceramics and kiln formed glass, as well as several painting demos at the Tidal Edge Gallery, the White Seagull Gallery, the John Caggiano Gallery, and the Dan DeLouise Studio.  Or for an even more intensive experience, Painter Scott Tubby has taken it one step further, and invites five artists of any level to paint alongside him in front of his studio in a two day plein air session.


The Local Colors Artist’s Cooperative will also be hosting a full schedule of artist demos on both weekends – everything from painting to wood carving to tie-dye and weaving.  For fiber arts enthusiasts, check out a brunch and special talk with author Ann Lee about artistry in fiber, co-hosted by SeArts as a part of the Wearable Art Show.

Finally, if you’re looking to learn more about the history of the arts of this beautiful region, Plug-In Tours will be offering special walking tours focusing on both Rockport and Gloucester, and Rocky Neck Art Colony will offer a guided tour of Rocky Neck (the day after their Plein Air Quick Draw.)

To see more events North of Boston, visit the ArtWeek calendar. And if you’re visiting from another region, don’t forget to check out the discounts available at hotels participating in the new ArtWeek lodging initiative!

Written by Hillary Okun. Read more blog posts here.