About Folly Cove Studio LLC 


Folly Cove Studio LLC is a space for people to evolve their small businesses or nonprofits, and for artists to create new work. Founded in 2022, the goal of Folly Cove Studio is to support makers across disciplines with practical tools.
Folly Cove Studio is located in an area where an artist movement took shape called the Folly Cove Designers, a group made up mostly of women. The designer-craftsmen group was active from 1938-1969.

About Manship Artists Residency 


Manship Artists Residency is dedicated to the preservation of an environmentally and historically significant site that has been given new life as an international, interdisciplinary artists residency for the benefit of the community and visitors to Cape Ann. Manship Artists Residency values those who challenge us to think differently and aims to create an environment where creativity and questions are encouraged and where all are welcome, especially underrepresented and underfunded artists.


The Team

Nancy Steele

Nancy Steele is the founder of Folly Cove Studio LLC and director of The Folly Cove Intensive. She has devoted most of her career to helping creative people develop healthcare solutions. In her 31 years at Pfizer, Nancy served as the VP Corporate Strategy and held a number of business development and operational roles. While at Pfizer, she founded a subsidiary to improve the management of chronic conditions and set-up a number accelerators to source new technologies from digital health start-ups. Nancy serves on the faculty of the MIT Catalyst Program and is a mentor at Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll).


Rebecca Reynolds

Rebecca Reynolds is the Executive Director of Manship Artists Residency and its Founding President (2015-2019). Rebecca is a museum professional and arts administrator with 30- years of experience. She served as a curator and art consultant specializing in American sculpture, as the founding director of Forest Hills Educational Trust and its public art program, and was a member of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts.

Photo by Sash Ludwig

Maureen Aylward

Maureen Aylward is the Program Manager for The Folly Cove Intensive. For over ten years, Maureen was the executive producer of a live storytelling program, Fish Tales, in partnership with the Gloucester Writers Center and the Gloucester Stage Company. She is currently an independent media and show producer, writer, and consultant through her company MUZOT Creative LLC. Maureen was an adjunct professor of business communications and sustainability at Endicott College and taught business sustainability online courses in the Executive MBA program at Northeastern University.