Artist Spotlight:
Maryanne Grebenstein – The Abbey Studio


We are incredibly lucky to have a rich art community in Marblehead and I recently had the pleasure of visiting with an amazing local artist and Discover Marblehead business member, Maryanne Grebenstein, owner of The Abbey Studio. Maryanne specializes in fine Calligraphy. If you’re like me and don’t know much about the art of Calligraphy, I urge to you visit her studio. Not only is Maryanne extraordinarily talented, she is equally kind. I was fascinated with the whole process and had so many questions, and she happily answered every one of them.

The Abbey Studio is filled with amazing original works of art, each painstakingly hand-crafted. It’s remarkable to see the detail that goes into each of Maryanne’s pieces. The lettering alone is exquisite, the hand-drawn illustrations that accompany them are equally stunning. She uses the same materials and techniques that have been used for centuries, making her work that much more incredible. It would be easy to cut corners with today’s advancements in printing, but she stays true to the art form. Some projects take upwards of a week or more. The gold-leaf gilding process alone can take days. As she pulled out pieces to show me, her passion for the art of Calligraphy was apparent as she described the intricacy that goes into creating them.

The Abbey Studio specializes in works of art such as manuscripts, hand-lettered documents, invitations, poetry, personal gifts and more. Each piece is beautifully handmade and is one of a kind. If you’re interested in learning more about the art of Calligraphy, register for one of her many class offerings or stop in for a Merry Meeting Open Studio demonstration, which is free to the public.

“Using the same materials and techniques that have been employed by scribes for centuries, we transform your words of tribute into a work of art that you and your loved ones will admire and treasure. “ – The Abbey Studio

For More Information:

The Abbey Studio
84 Washington St
Marblehead, MA 01945
781- 740-9000


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