Resting on the shore of Cape Ann, Gloucester, MA is one of the most historic travel destinations in the country. Its early days saw it as a fishing and seaport. While it embraces that history, modern-day, Gloucester has become a hub for tourism, craft beers, relaxation, and the arts.
Craft beers and delicious food
Cape Ann Brewing Company is a family-owned brewing sensation and favorite eatery. Their craft beers include the Fisherman’s Brew (red), the Second-Mate (pale ale), a Vanilla Nut Taps (cream ale), a Chili Stout (American stout), and eight other craft brews drawn from a secret, family recipes. Additionally, their menu offers a variety of fresh fish plates, smoked-meat sandwiches, and a curiously robust variety of macaroni and cheese dishes.
However, the best part of the Cape Ann Brewing Company is not its custom beer. Neither is its macaroni and cheese selections. The best aspect is how it masterfully serves as a family-centric hub for its loyal patrons; such as the staff from Lipkowitz Dental Associates, seeking good food, relaxation, and a rotating line of entertainment activities. From trivia to open mic nights, Cape Ann Brewing company hosts a variety of concerts and live acts from the surrounding region. Anyone just rolling into town will do themselves a solid by making it a regular part of their stay.
Quaint shopping, jewelry, art, and gift shops are what travelers will find along Gloucester’s main street. Shoppers will love the warm, tidy 19th-century architecture, but most of all, they will adore the shops. Also, down the street is Hammond Castle with a rich history.
– The Cave
The slogan is “cheese, chocolate, and wine.” In this, they do not disappoint. Of course, chocolate lovers will rave about the place. Similarly, wine enthusiasts will be delighted. However, it is the cheese that really stands apart. The daily tasting table offers some of the most tantalizing cheese samples from around the world. However, for travelers, samples include a variety from local New England farms. With over three dozen different varieties, The Cave specializes in the promotion of fine cheeses from local producers, themselves artisans. For any traveler fortunate enough to walk through the doors, The Cave offers everything from tasty samples to hearty gift baskets.
Lexicon Gallery and Studios
In the same manner, Cape Ann brewing company specializes in fun and The Cave specializes in the delight of one’s palate, Lexicon Gallery & Studio is the signature art gallery, offering a rotating collection from some of the most talented artists across the globe. For travelers, Cape Ann Brewing’s live acts cater to the ear. The Cave is the mouth’s delight. Lexicon Gallery and Studio, however, strive–quite successfully– to be an event for the eyes.
As a high-end gallery, Lexicon Gallery and Studios offers shoppers a stunning selection from established and up-and-coming artists around the world.
For pendants, rings, and all manner of hand-crafted gemstones set in all manners of precious metals, shoppers will find a beautiful selection of jeweled memories. Especially mesmerizing are some of the recent pieces by New Mexican artist, Tao. A sterling cuff bracelet, for instance, is an amazing piece–as are the gold overlay and anodized silver flutter earrings.
Pottery and sculpture
Next up are the pottery and stone selections. Irina Okula’s clay shard pots, for instance, are works of, well, art, and the recent ceramic stoneware perfume bottle by Diane Koch-weser is a masterpiece. Previous pieces within the studio have included vases from Martha Grover.
Previous works include incredible oil paintings from the much sought-after Janis Sanders. Additionally, customers were wowed by glass-shard paintings from the esteemed Dr. Eleanor Ruth Fisher. These are not paintings. They are glass shards–in the form of paintings, and they are simply stunning.
Upon entering the studio, what people find is that although it is an art studio, it is actually best described as a very talented gift shop, one stocked by renown, award-winning artists. The exhibit variety is so immense, and the price points are so varied that shoppers can definitely find something for themselves or for a loved one’s birthday or wedding. However, because the pieces are so unique, the gifts work well as house-warming gifts in that they are one-of-a-kind heirlooms in the making capable of accentuating the spirit of any home.
Simply put, the studio celebrates people. In the same way, it celebrates favorite, local businesses such as The Cave and Cape Ann Brewing Company, it promotes and hosts works from a variety of artists from around the country, inviting them to the studio to display their collections, demonstrate their processes, and meet their fans. Past artists have included Larry Elardo, “the texture guy,” who spoke with art fans and collectors and answered questions about his process.
More recently, the “Surf’s Up” exhibit allowed art lovers the opportunity to meet, greet and buy works from Cynthia Curtis, Mary Taddie, Bonnie Maller, and Dr. Eleanor Ruth Fisher. With its spirit of inclusiveness and eye for solid talent, the Lexicon Gallery and Studio is a true gem in the Gloucester community.
The studio is a regional favorite and hidden gem that has been featured in a variety of publications and news outlets. For anyone looking for a refined night out, Lexicon Gallery and Studio host a variety of night-time events. From women’s nights out, with wine and cheese, to art shows to craft demonstrations to weekly sip and strolls, shoppers will enjoy what they see–and love what they take home.