Thanks to Pauline Bresnahan for promoting Gloucester and MA.
Our neighbors in ME have a lot of listings.
Now in its eighth year, American Craft Week is the country’s largest celebration of handmade American craft. It will take place this October 6 – 15 2017 in galleries, festivals, museums, libraries and artist studios across the country. Learn more at americancraftweek.com.
Craft in America premieres its newest episode, NATURE, this Friday, April 21 on PBS. (Check local listing for time.) One of the featured artists is Iowa City basket maker extraordinaire, Mary Merkel-Hess. Learn more about this new episode and the wonderful craft artists it features: www.craftinamerica.org.
See the winners of the 2016 Rising Star Competition, naming 30 exceptional craft artists under the age of 30. See them all at www.ACWshowcase.com
Katherine Bagley is a North Shore native who has lived in Gloucester for 22 years. She works out of her home to make handcrafted jewelry using mostly sterling and Argentium silver, as well as copper, sea glass and colorful beads.
She first started making jewelry fresh out of high school when she apprenticed with a silversmith in Boston. After setting up a workshop in her apartment, Katherine honed her skills with many self taught methods and sold her work in various stores on the North Shore.
A move to New Hampshire in 1986 gave her the opportunity to become a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen where she had her work in the retail shops across the state as well as taking part in the League’s annual 10 day Sunapee Fair. She also was a juried member of the Valley Artisans in Epping, NH. Katherine furthered her skills at the Manchester Institute of Art where she took classes from silversmith Elizabeth Nutt and participated in various jewelry workshops within the NH League studying under Pauline Warg. Her work was accepted at the New Hampshire Gallery of Art Spring Show.
Katherine and her husband returned to Gloucester with their 2 year old son in 1992. Jewelry took a back seat in her life for many years as she was busy being a mom. She returned to her craft 3 years ago and is thrilled to have her tools out of the boxes and into her hands. “It is so fun to be able to take a piece of wire or a sheet of metal and turn it into something completely different, something with form and beauty and wearability.” She has been pleasantly surprised that the skills of working with metals have been imbedded in her memory even after so long so that the re-entry into silversmithing has been a real joy.
Katherine has shown her work for the past two seasons at the Rocky Neck Gallery as well as Flatrocks Gallery in Lanesville, Fish Fish Gallery in Rockport and the Newburyport Art Association where she has been accepted into two juried shows and has shown work in their gift shop. She looks forward to continuing in the creative process and seeing where this path will take her.
Her latest work is a series of earrings and necklaces called “Redeemed by Fire” and can be found at the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival held at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. The festival is being held Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 4:00 through December 29.
What are you doing tonight? Do you love antiques, sit glued to the TV when American Pickers, Pawn Stars and Storage Wars are on? Do you get up at 5am to be ready for yard sales? Want to go shopping at a venue that has unique one of a kind items? Looking for a special gift for someone? What if that place let YOU be in control of how much you pay? If any of this sounds like fun, you should head over to 1 Lexington Ave in Magnolia tonight for the auction being held by Cape Ann Auction. The sale is filled with antiques, jewelry, coins, furniture, glass & china and much more. It starts at 6pm, but inspection starts at 4pm and there’s a lot of things to see so you should get there early.
Here’s a YouTube quick preview video
Without a doubt, this is our best auction of the year! The phrase something for everyone is often overused, but with this auction, it definitely rings true! If you like historical antiques we have hand signed presidential documents: Is fine art more your thing? We’ve got a great selection. How about antique furniture? Yep! Jewelry? Ditto! Glassware & China? Check!
Pictures and details available at www.capeannauction.com
19 Central Street
The Man Cave on the left..
Mimi is an artist driven gift, jewelry and fine art store located at 19 Central Street in Manchester. It was started in Ipswich in the summer of 2007 with locations in Ipswich and a bit later Manchester. Having closed the Ipswich store about three years ago Manchester has become their flagship store.
Co-founders Mia Nehme and her daughter Claudia Bowman say that they search for gifts and fine art that are made or designed by artists, and they feature the work of several local painters and artisan gifts. In addition they carry glassware, silverware, scarfs, by several vendors including Ekelund, Simon Pearce, Le Jaquard Francais, Mariposa and more. Then there is an extensive selection of jewelry.
In the having something for everyone department, Mimi has gifts from $10.oo on up, Yankee Swap gifts to art work and gifts for very special occasions. For men they have created a “Man Cave” at the back of the store where they sell primarily shaving and smoking items.(Actually the “Cave” is a nice display case). They have a jewelry selection with pieces from various local artists. Aron Leaman of Gloucester, a artist who works in glass produced a number of glass globes with actual Singing Beach Sand inside. Mia highlights this to say that because they deal directly with many of the artists special orders even with design changes on some items can be requested.
From time to time Mimi holds special events in which their customers are invited to hear from, see and learn about particular vendors or artists work.
Mimi’s website is at http://www.mimigiftgallery.com, the store is at 19 Central Street just across the street from the Town Hall. Check them out!
Out of the five artists represented at the Pop Gallery Artist Cooperative yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Betsy Frost as my second interview.
Pop Gallery is located at 67 Main Street and will be open for tonight’s Block Party.