Featured Artists

Art is something that makes you breath with a different kind of happiness -Anne Albers

LET CREATIVITY IN

We support Artists and Small Business! Anisoptera Mercantile’s Artist Series will provide online and in shop venues for artists to showcase, exhibit, perform, and sell their work. We will rotate artists every 2 months to ensure a broad scope of offerings and opportunities.  If interested in participating please see our invitation.

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Featured Artists

Brandy Gibbs-Reily

Artist Biography


Brandy Gibbs-Riley is a Boston-based artist and designer. Her collection of made-to-order luxury décor and textiles is based on her original abstract paintings, mixed media collages, and geometric compositions. Her unique patterns are designed by hand then digitally adapted for print. Process driven, she layers paint, ink, paper, and acetate to create the illusion of shallow depth, transparency, shadow, and light. Melding traditional fine art practices with experimental techniques, Brandy’s work is both timely and timeless. In her art, both personal and commercial, she explores the spectrum (and tension) between minimalist forms and decorative excess.

She finds inspiration in a wide range of sources, including 20th Century
Modernism and historical ornament. The visual narrative of other cultures is particularly important to her, and she has taught and studied design throughout Europe, Australia, and the Pacific. Born and raised in Bethlehem, PA, the city’s 18th century Moravian architecture, Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, and the
graphic nature of now-defunct steel mills have also influenced her work. But perhaps most influential of all are the colors of the mountains and coastal regions of New England, where she has lived for over 2 years.

Brandy strives to manufacture sustainably—making items to order or in small batches—thus reducing waste. The studio does not mass produce, hold inventory, or warehouse overstock. To reduce the carbon footprint left by shipping, everything is manufactured as local to the Boston area as possible,
including the continental United States and eastern Canada.

Brandy’s work has been featured online at Better Homes & Gardens,
Elle Décor, Rachel Ray, and Real Simple, and has also appeared in brick-and-mortar locations, including Boston area West Elm stores and galleries throughout New England.

A former professor of graphic design, she holds a BA in Studio Art from
Bates College and an MFA in Graphic Design from Boston University College of Fine Arts.

For collaborations or commissions, please email brandy@brandygibbsriley.com.

Textiles

Silk Scarf - Ellen

SCARVES

Made from 100% natural silk habotai, these scarves are printed with permanent reactive inks that bond with the cell of the fiber.

All silk is washed prior to being cut and sewn. Finished with a rolled baby hem.

Designed in Lexington, MA. Printed and sewn in Canada. OEKO-TEX certified fabric ground.

Care: Hand wash cold in mild, sulfate-free detergent. Do not wring. Line dry. Iron on silk setting if necessary.

Tea Towels - Salzburg (l) & Lisbon (r)

TEA TOWELS

Made from an organic cotton-hemp blend, these towels are digitally printed with permanent reactive inks.

Sewn and finished by hand, they feature acotton web hanging loop to keep them in easy reach or on display.

Designed
in Lexington, MA. Printed and hand-sewn in Canada. OEKO-TEX certified
fabric ground.

Pillow Cover (inserts incl.) - Emma (l) & Emily Emily (r)

COTTON CANVAS PILLOWS

Sophisticated yet casual, these textured throw pillows are made from tightly woven upholstery weight (275g/m2) 100% natural cotton canvas and printed with vibrant, permanent, fade-resistant reactive inks.

They feature a knife edge,
invisible zipper, and an oversized 10/90 down feather insert for maximum fullness.

Designed in Lexington, MA. Covers printed and hand-sewn in Canada. Inserts constructed and hand-sewn in the United States. OEKO-TEX certified fabric ground.

Cover care: Remove insert before washing. Machine wash cold, delicate cycle, in mild, sulfate-free detergent. Remove from washer immediately once cycle is complete. Do not wring. Lay flat or hang to dry. Warm iron if necessary.

Insert care: Remove cover. Dry clean only.

Framed Print - Forest

LARGE FRAMED PRINTS

Printed with archival, pigment based inks on acid-free and archival Kodak ENDURA Premier Paper.

Solid wood frame. Acrylic glazing.

Designed
in Lexington, MA. Printed and constructed in the United States.

Care: Dust regularly with a clean, soft, dry cloth.

Featured Artist

Jacqueline Michelle Ganim-DeFalco - Cape Ann Designs

Jacqueline began her wearable art journey in 2003 and displayed her work for the first time at the October 2004 Sea Glass Festival which was hosted byseARTSin Rockport, MA.

Inspired by her husband Michael and their mutual passion for history and antique glass collecting, she set about to combine her business and creative skills and attempt to fill a niche focused on hair jewelry. Jacqueline’s Cape Ann Designs creations expanded quickly to include a full array of hair accessories and jewelry created from her own sea glass collection.

Artist Biography

In 2008, Jacqueline’s work appeared prominently inA Passion for Sea Glass,by author Carole Lambert who launched the sea glass movement. Jacqueline became a member of the Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour in 2013. Former Chair of seARTS, she is the founder of the seARTS Wearable Arts Group (2006) and designed annual holiday shows for 8 years here at the Sawyer Free Library Saunders House. These led to the launch of Celebrate Wearable Art in 2011-2017. Her work can be found throughout the Boston area and east coast. 

Recent events include a solo show “A Line in the Sand” conceived by the artists and hosted at the Jane Deering Gallery, April 2021 and juried show “Exuberance” at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Gloucester, MA. 

She participates in select artisan events in support of arts non-profits when she is not creating or marketing for other organizations. In 2018 she received the Discover Gloucester Arts & Cultural Heritage Award. She is co-host & co-producer of Cape Ann ArtWAVES, a weekly artist storytelling program which has receive 11K YouTube views to date and has over 50 artist interviews.

Antique Sea Glass, Gold and Expoy Bottleneck Pendant, Earrings and Barrette

Antique Sea Glass (Rare Color-Cobalt Blue), Silver and Freshwater Pearl Bracelets and Hair Clip

Antique Sea Glass, Gold, and Beaded Earrings and Barrette

Antique Sea Glass Bottleneck Pendant with Silver, Freshwater Pearl, and Beading

Antique Sea Glass Barrettes and Pendants

Antique Sea Glass Hair Forks, & Combs, Bracelets, and Line in the Sand Pendant


BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR UPCOMING ARTISTS AND EVENTS

Oxford Languages defines Art as "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” 

We at Anisoptera Mercantile agree with this definition and add that Art is an influential component in a person’s wellbeing.  If you are joyful, art can enhance that happiness; if you are sad, it can uplift; if you are in pain, it can soothe.

Our Artists Series will provide opportunities for local and national artists to have a presence on our website as well as exhibit their work and hold conversations and workshops with groups in our retail shop. This program will allow individuals to introduce art in its various forms into their lives and into their wellbeing rituals or enhance their current art appreciation practices. This also includes digital art NFTs (non-fungible tokens) by showcasing them in the shop and online.

We are also excited to offer artists a platform for additional exposure and to support this very critical small business community.