Introducing the SCA Mobile App!

The South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour runs annually on the third weekend of July and August on the South Coast Region of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The SCA Mobile App is an electronic version of our printed brochure map, giving visitors to our studios a new way to explore the tour. With over 75 artists on the tour, Sponsor galleries and our Sponsors- there is something for everyone to see. Many of our artists demonstrate their process during the tour, giving you a glimpse into the lives of working artists and a chance to see how the work is created. 

The App is FREE to download & use for iPhone & android users.

You can also view a version on the web! Scroll through the various tours, view the artists with in-depth profiles all on your computer. Another new way to explore the tour and view the brochure! https://pocketsights.com/tours/organization/South-Coast-Artists-1651/

App Features

• Organized into Different ‘Tours’: All Artists, July Artists, August Artists, Tiverton Artists, Little Compton Artists, Westport Artists, Dartmouth Artists and supporting Galleries.

 *PLEASE NOTE: When viewing the list of artists in the various tours, the numbers assigned within the app may vary. To coordinate the number listing on the printed brochure, please see the number listed within the artist description. There it will read “#4 on the brochure Map”.

• View all of the artists on the tour, descriptions of their work, additional photos of their work & studio, and links to their websites & contact information right in the app. (Swipe left on individual profiles to see additional images- double tap to see full size images.)

• Getting directions to studios is easy without having to enter in an address! Just click on the ‘Get Directions’ link within the artist description and the address will open in Google Maps.

• You can Like/Share studios directly to Facebook to comment on your experience and let other people know about the tour.

• Ability ‘Favorite’ Studios (much like circling your favorite on the map) this allows you to quickly remember the studios you wish to visit. Tap on the heart icon on the bottom right of an image and you will be able to easily recognize your favorite studios.

• Viewing in the ‘All Artists Tour’ automatically directs you to the closest studio location. You can also search for a particular artist within this tour (there is a navigation bar at the top of the screen).

• Other tours are in a list format, based on the various categories. If you are interested in seeing all of the artists showing in July (for example), just scroll & open to the July tour, and view all of the artists showing in that time.

We hope you enjoy the new app!

Getting to Know Susan K. Barker

How did you get started making art? As a descendant of two artists, John H. Twachtman and Worthington Whittredge, a creative spirit is a family tradition. Worthington Whittredge spent his summer in nearby Tiverton Four Corners, RI. I started working with silver in the late 70’s and was inspired again in 2006. It was after a bead show with my daughter Nina and I realized I could forge small, intricate silver pieces and combine glass beads and create unusual necklaces.

What influences your art? My study as a horticulture judge has brought me a tremendous depth of knowledge of all flower and leaf forms which guide me in my necklace designs. Also living by the sea, I understand marine life and the different fish and am able to capture what I see. 

What do you hope someone takes away from experiencing your art? A smile on ones face when they look in the mirror and see a “Susan Barker necklace” around their neck.

Please tell us about your process: I buy my silver in large sheets which I saw into various shapes. The final steps are to engrave numerous fish scales, delicate feathers, or tiny veins on the different silver pieces. Then I go over to my bead table of over1000 beads and start creating a necklace. I concentrate on the theme of the silver design and add different shaped and colored beads. Adding clasps in the final step.

What inspires your work? I have two studios with different surroundings. The summer by the sea and the fall and winter in the mountains.

When do you create your art? What is your studio practice? I work about three days a week and create about 100 necklaces a year, plus I make about two dozen silver earrings. My daughter Nina makes the bracelets. She is able to take a flat piece of silver and with heat and controlled blows of her hammer form an amazing bracelet. 

How long have you been a member of SCA? I have been a member since 2006.

Do you have any upcoming exhibits?

  • South Coast Artists Tour July 20 -21, 2019 
  • South Coast Artists Tour August 17 -18, 2019
  • NH Monadnock Art Tour October 12 -13, 2019 

How can people find your work? I do not sell my jewelry in stores. I will gladly show my jewelry if someone contacts me. Please visit my website for details: www.susanbarker.com

Contact Information:

Phone: 603 209 5755 (best to email me)

Email: susan43barker@gmail.com