Paintings, Products, Classes, and News by Johanne Cassia

First Edition
August 2010
In This Dab of Paint...
Lighthouse Moved
Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery
Open Directed Studio
Country Living Magazine
Lighthouse Moved
Did you know that the Ipswich Lighthouse moved to Edgartown in 1935?   As a historical painter, I wanted to put the lighthouse back in Ipswich.  My tribute to our "Lighthouse" can be seen in my painting as the header of News Brush.
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Dear Reader,
It has been a wonderful summer and there are many more beautiful days ahead. We hope you have had the opportunity to do some of your favorite things.

It has been a momentous year for us in so many ways. I have enjoyed painting with "Beginner" and "Adventurous Artists" in my new "Studio in the Barn".

Frank, the Innkeeper, has hosted so many wonderful "guests" in our historic B&B home.  The Rogers and Brown House B&B and my work were featured in Country Sampler Magazine.

News Brush has been incubating for some time. We hope you will enjoy news from the artists brush, guest news, historic anecdotes and special events in the Barn and the B&B.  We thank you for forwarding our newsletters to family and friends who may have interest in paintings, lodging, classes, history or news about a fun event.
Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery
We celebrated our tenth anniversary this past October. Yes, we opened our barn doors on Halloween. We opened with "Ghost theater" videos for our customers. We had mysterious, delicious refreshments and lots of antiques and primitives for sale.

As the world changes, so have we. We have listened to our customers and recognized the products they want to purchase. Since I taught myself to paint six years ago, my work has continued to outsell everything we offer in the shop. We now sell my greeting cards, tote bags and giclee canvases. I continue to accept commissions and welcome inquiries for special occassion pieces. Primitive house portraits and seacoast villages are unique special gifts for a special loved one. Commissions range in size and price, so please contact me for details. Johanne 978-356-8838. 

The original "Lighthouse" panel shown in the header is available framed or unframed.  It is painted in oil on wood. It measures 48" X 23 1/2" unframed. Full size and small editions of the piece may be ordered with canvas margins for stretching or framed.

Yes, the paintings in the Windward Grille, Essex Ma, are mine and they are for sale.

We are planning another "Open House" in the barn in early October to celebrate the addition of traditional hand made American Art.  You will meet developing artists and get to see the wonderful pieces they have created. I am currently creating several new pieces that will be available at this event for purchase.
Open Directed Studio
This past October I offered "classes" for the beginner and adventurous painter. We began painting our house portraits. By Thanksgiving, all the paintings were complete and ready for hanging.

The Thursday morning class overflowed into Saturday morning group. We now offer "Directed Open Studio" on Saturday mornings from 11-1pm.

In September, October and November, we will add special class sessions for special projects.  Projects will include painting canvas floorcloths, pet mats, boxes and more.

Please call Johanne for more information: 978-356-8838.

Country Living Magazine
We were excited and honored to be featured in the January 2010 issue of Country Sampler. You may go online or call the magazine to get a copy.
"Bed, Breakfast and Beyond", was a ten page article describing our 300 year old home and my decorative artwork. Contact us at our website for weekday B&B specials.

Visit my website to purchase online or come into our shop to see out traditonal art and homegoods.

My committment is to continue the tradition of historic art as a way to connect us to the land, the community the history and the culture of our ancestors who developed our country.
We hope you enjoyed NewsBrush.  We would appreciate any comments or suggestions from you to help us improve it.  Please forward to family and friends who may have interest. If you have news you would like to share or would like to drop by the studio to see what's painting, just let us know.
All the best,

Johanne Cassia
& Frank Wiedenmann