Paintings, Products, Classes and News from Johanne Cassia
March 2012
In this Dab of Paint...
Historic Bird Houses
Folk Magazine
Free Painting Class
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Focus on American Goods

We have located more outstanding artisans and have a growing inventory of pieces being made all over the United States. You will see some of these new pieces in this newsletter and many more if you visit Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery.

"Made in America" is our song for all seasons. We are happy to offer you wonderful home goods and art goods made by American artisans. When you visit our shop, you will find an unusual assortment of goods displayed against the antique backdrop of an 1800's barn. If you are a person who really likes a "one of a kind" item or an artfully made piece that you will not see in any other shop, we have something for you.

Olde Ipswich opened it's doors over 12 years ago as an antiques, interiors and garden shop. The shop has expanded into a gallery of home goods, art pieces, paintings, boxes, decorative primitives, carvings, pottery, textiles and seasonal items. More than 80% of the goods in our shop are "Made in America."

We now offer handmade trenchers that have so many uses and look wonderful in the middle of a table filled with seasonal fruits, gourds or candles. They are handcrafted in Ohio. From Tennessee, we have vanity trays that can be placed in many locations to hold personal items. We have added "noodle trays" that cover your stove top giving you added work and display space.

We have beautiful, handmade baskets that can be used to carry your groceries, provide extra storage or give as a gift. These baskets are made in Ghana but we carry them because they are handcrafted and they support a good cause. The purchase of these baskets provides much needed funds to mothers to feed their children in Ghana.

Historic Bird Houses


We recently became aware of a craftsman in Missouri who uses salvaged historic building parts to make birdhouses. These pieces of history are used to make "one of a kind" bird houses that are very special in so many ways. Designed to be used outside, many collectors have incorporated them into their home decor.


We are fortunate to have just received a shipment. One house "flew to Michigan" when the first customer walked into Olde Ipswich and saw our display. The "Sunflower House has a tin flower on it's roof. This flower is the last piece of an 1800's general store in Silver Mines, MO. The tin roof on the "Pink House" is from a barn in Quaker, Mo. The windows and all trim pieces came from an old German town, Washington, MO. All the materials used are from demolished 1800's buildings.


If you love history, you will appreciate that this craftsman and his wife have spent the last 15 years traveling the area where they live saving and reusing every piece of history they could find to create these wonderful pieces of American Folk Art.

Folk Magazine going National

Folk Magazine is a new, fresh, young publication. It is written and published by a bright group of college seniors in Kentucky. From the moment it hit the shelf last October, it has been a "talked about" publication. The articles are "down to earth" the point of view is youthful and invigorating and the photography is exceptional. You must take a look at this new magazine. We have few copies of Issue 3 of Folk Magazine left. We think these first Issues will become collectible because this magazine is about to go national.
FREE Painting Class

New and adventurous artists invited to attend ONE complimentary folk art painting class on March 31. if you have not painted with us before, you are welcome to come and paint free on Saturday, March 31.

This free class will be a two hour class on Saturday, March 31 from 10:30 - 12:30. You may use my paints and brushes. i suggest you bring photo of your home or have a topic in mind for your painting. Please bring an 11" X 14" canvas or canvas board to use for your painting or something similar.

Please note acrylic paint does not wash off clothing.  Men and women invited to attend. Refreshments will be served before class at 10:15. Please contact me asap because seating is limited. Johanne 978-356-8838.
Newsbrush Header Picture

In this Newsbrush header picture, you see primitive, hand crafted, original folk art rabbits hand crafted by the Arnet family. They are known throughout the primitives community as outstanding designers and producers of original seasonal primitives. The oval silhouette paintings were done by me on handcrafted, oval wooden pantry box lids. The embroidered pine needle pillows and mustard wall cabinet are made in Maine.