Join Us for a Seaside Christmas at the Cottages

Two days of gift shopping and holiday entertainment at the Orleans Art Cottages. There will be a wide selection of art and artisan crafts including, paintings, handmade quilts, handmade and painted scarves, reclaimed wood home decor, photography, jewelry, stained glass, paper arts, handmade dolls, handmade tile coasters, and more.
Besides shopping enjoy:
Photos with Mrs. Claus both Fri. & Sat. (Next to Cottage 4)

A Petting Zoo with Yule goats

Ornamenting decorating for kids (Cottage #1)

Free refreshments

Street Easts of Orleans will also be on premises for yummy food.
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Seaside Christmas Artists and Artisans

Cottage #1 - Barnwood & Bangles
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We are a mother, father, daughter, husband team creating handmade furniture and home decor.  Our love for creating pieces that are one of a kind has developed over many years and each piece we create is a labor of love.  We believe in a simpler time when pieces were made with hard work and sweat and a little bit of tenderness!  Each of our items are designed, cut out, put together and painted by us - no patterns or pre cut wood is used!!  We use reclaimed wood and vintage items in most of our projects as we love to make the old new again! 

Please visit us at to learn more.  You can also find our up to date items on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Cottage #2 - The Knotty Cod
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The Knotty Cod specializes in handmade, customized decorative knotting, featuring rugs, dog leashes, coasters and more. Marine grade lobster rope - meant to withstand the sometimes stormy Atantic is used. The ultra tough doormat is mold and mildew resistant, slip resistant, east to clean, and very good at removing dirt and mud from shoes.

Please visit them at
Cottage #3 - Ellen Peterson
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Being a 6th generation native to Cape Cod, I grew up with my Grandmother teaching me to sew. Walking with her in nature, she always pointed out the flora and fauna at the shore, inspiring me to really notice the colors of our surroundings. This inspires my quilt making. I have found whimsy in the children's designs that I put in my baby quilts. Each quilt is one of a kind. The fabric is my paint box. The creating is my passion.

Over the past 25 years I have taught countless women to quilt, through Adult Education, and Quilt Retreat Weekends.

My grandmother was a great recycler... I was asked a few years ago to come up with a reusable tote. The square bottom Schlep Bags were born. This year I am adding beautiful necktie pillows to the Cozy Home line, made from recycled silk neckties.
Cottage #4 - Roberta Anslow
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Anslow’s work is a homage to the beauty of Cape Cod and the nature that surrounds her.
She developed an affinity for the sea as a young girl summering with both sets of grandparents in Orleans and sailing with her father on Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay.  As an adult, she extended her passion to exploring the warm waters of the Caribbean and South Pacific. Her work in is a homage to the beauty of Cape Cod and the nature that surrounds her above and below the sea.

Photographing the water and beaches of Cape Cod is a study in rejuvenation. Each day, every beach is renewed, refreshed, and reborn. As a self-taught photographer, she specializes in original, natural light photography and digital art collages. She favors large format photographs and to maintain complete control over the quality of her work, she does all her own canvas and fine art printing in her studio. 

Anslow has exhibited her work throughout New England, including Cape Cod Arts Association, Danforth Art Museum, Cambridge Art Association, Concord Art Association, Hyannis Town Hall, Post Road Art Center, and the Wayside Inn Gallery.
Her photograph printed on aluminum entitled “Primordial Pond” is part of the Danforth’s permanent collection and the photo “Chatham Harbor Sunset”, is featured on the cover of the 2017 Cape Cod Life Annual Guide.

Her work is available is on a wide range of hand made products, including large canvas prints, fine art prints, note cards, and ceramic tiles/coasters.

For more information, please visit: roberta
Cottage #5 - Beverly Roberts
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Beverley Roberts, owner, artist, designer of Mijiza Images Mijiza means "she works with her hands”.

Mijiza Images is the creative outlet which weaves together my feel for texture and color, flowing into pattern, design, and structure. I have been working with a variety of natural and manmade fibers for over 30 years creating wearable art. My preferred fabrics are 100% cotton & 100% silk.  Each of my pieces are handmade with freestyle artwork using a variety of natural eco-friendly pigments.   I am forever inspired every day by the breathtaking vistas of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where I am blessed to call home. Visit her website at:
Cottage #5 - DRI Rossi Paper Art
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Adriana Rossi is a Yarmouth based artist that has been a paper lover since she was a child living in Brazil. She started practicing the art of Origami  twenty years ago and has been selling her work and teaching this Japanese technique to people of all ages during the last fifteen. She developed a modern jewelry line incorporating cork as well as paper into unique collage pieces. Among her other works are cards, magnetics, still life and more; all featuring her paper creations.
Cottage #5 - Maria Polygalova
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Hand making and crafting have always been a part of my life. I knitted, crocheted, sewed and embroidered since I was a kid. More than year ago I found these beautiful dolls and understood immediately that I want to make them. For me there is a whole world of creativity within making those small fleece bodies and then turning them into a fairy, a Hawaiian girl or even making real people's portraits. Every doll is completely handmade and designed individually.
Cottage #6 - Karen Dewhirst
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My double sided stained glass mosaics are made of premium stained glass and displayed in custom frames I construct myself. Vintage frames are also used.  Unlike window glass, which is smooth, the art glass I work with has visual character through intentional, imperfections which add textural beauty. No two sheets are identical. Each piece of glass is painstakingly hand cut and ground for safety. Local and European sea glass I gather is sometimes used. Over time a patina will form. This natural occurrence  increases the beauty of the piece.
Cottage #7 - Pat Schomer
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The vibrant colors of the pure pigments in Pat's pastel paintings offer a fresh, bright look at our peaceful dunes, beautiful beaches, and street scenes as  well as some of the livelier local spots on the Outer Cape.

Pat lives year 'round in Eastham where she works in her studio.   She is inspired by the light and atmosphere so unique to Cape Cod. Her original paintings, quality prints and note cards offer a variety of ways to enjoy her work .

Pat has previously enjoyed living and painting on St John, USVI , where she continues to visit often , capturing that same spirit and love of color. Her work can be seen at Fresh Brook Gallery in Wellfleet, and at several shops and galleries on St John.
Cottage #8 - Margaret Covell
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I started making gemstone jewelry more than 18 years ago, as a creative outlet from my "corporate" jobs. My dream was to make more jewelry and less management presentations. In 2015, when I left the corporate world, I was finally able to make Blue Chick Jewelry a central focus of my life.

Through my designs, I strive to celebrate life's simple joys – catching the changing light of the sky over the marsh, discovering a tumbled piece of sea glass while beachcombing, enjoying a much deserved dessert, listening to a favorite song, the feeling when you are first captivated by a new friend. I choose specific stones and create unique designs to capture these moments. Some pieces are delicate and others are bold. I especially enjoy requests for custom jewelry. I use top quality materials including a wide range of precious and semiprecious gemstones, pearls, shell, sterling silver, gold, silk, suede and leather, and I hand select each strand of stones. My husband and I are Orleans residents and the Cape has been a major source of inspiration ever since I spent my first summer on Nauset Beach more than 40 years ago. Visit her website at: