Catanias Commission Local Artists to Transform Lobby of Cape Codder Resort

For more information, contact:
Joyce Groemmer, Director of Marketing, Catania Hospitality Group
(508) 771-0040 ext. 121

June 6, 2014


For their recent lobby renovation at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, the Catania Hospitality group enlisted the talent of Sandwich artists David McDermott of McDermott Glass Studio and Cris Reverdy of Studio-Brush.

“Anyone can renovate a lobby,” says CEO Bill Catania… “but to create something so beautiful… so unique… it only makes sense to tap into the huge amount of talent we have available on Cape Cod.”

First the Catanias contacted Reverdy to design and build a decorative wall piece behind the reception desk that would reflect the beauty of the Cape. Cris’ concept resulted in a magnificent, mixed media construction that incorporates native sand and shells and makes you feel as if you are standing at water’s edge looking in. “As the wall piece design began to evolve,” explains Reverdy, “I suggested that this same theme be carried to the granite skirt below the counter. This involved cutting the granite and creating a resin filler. Considering this was my first project fusing resin and granite, it was a risk. But, the Catanias bravely embraced my vision and gave me the go-ahead. It’s one thing to come up with a creative, 'out of the box' idea, it’s yet another to have a customer who trusts you enough to take the leap of faith.” Because Cris also enjoys repurposing ordinary items into works of art, she "reimagined” the existing coffee tables by creating inserts beneath the glass to further carry the ocean motif.

An exceptionally talented artist, Cris Reverdy has worked with the Catanias for many years painting faux finishes and murals in the Cape Codder Residence Club; the Beach Plum Spas; and constructing multimedia wall panels in the WaterFire Tavern at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth. Along with her former Yellow-House Studio partner Jackie Reeves, she painted the beautiful murals of Cape Cod Bay that wrap around the resort’s J.F.K. Ballroom.

After seeing Cris’ multimedia design, Debra Catania, Vice President of the Catania Hospitality Group, called David McDermott to discuss her vision of an ocean-themed chandelier for the lobby. “His design was exactly what I was picturing,” she says. The result: a 6’ by 6.5’ cluster of 400 hand-blown pieces of glass, including twelve fish, three scallop shells and one large Whelk shell suspended from the center. The 400 pieces were attached individually to a metal cage, custom-crafted by Turn Wright Machine Works in West Dennis. McDermott has created commissioned pieces for six U.S. presidents and Pope John Paul II among others, and his work is in the collections of several prestigious museums including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Still, this was the first chandelier he and his studio ever created.

"The application of attaching individually hand blown pieces to a cage in this manner is not a new one,” says McDermott who has been glassblowing since 1973."However, the concept of a themed chandelier such as this is unique. It was a collaborative, one-of-a-kind creation by all four members of the McDermott Glass studio: me and my wife Yukimi Matsumoto and fellow artists Bryan Randa and Isabel Green. The chandelier is like a giant Sea Anemone with marine life swimming past. The squiggly forms are ribbed, and the fins of the fish are transparent to refract the LED light shining through". 

The color of the LED lights illuminating both the chandelier and Reverdy’s installations can be changed by remote control to create a special ambiance at different times of the day and for holidays.

This isn’t the first time that the Catania Hospitality Group has worked with local artists.

Steve Catania, Vice President of the Catania Hospitality Group has long supported local artists in the Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa. In 2008, he came up with the idea for the Dan’lWebster Inn’s “Menu Gallery” … a collection of 80 dinner menus, each featuring the work of a different local artist on its cover. The menus were designed to help promote the artists while creating a beautiful presentation for the artistic culinary creations of the Inn’s Chef. Information about each work of art, the artist and contact/purchase information are included inside the menu. 


In 2012, the menus covers were refreshed through a “Call For Entries”. The images of forty-seven Cape Cod artists were “juried in” and are now represented on the dinner 
menus. Once accepted into the Menu Gallery, artists are allowed to display originals in the Dan’l Webster’s Conservatory and also to sell their prints and paintings in the Inn’s gift shop.

Says owner/manager Steven Catania, “We are proud to continue to provide Cape artists  with a unique venue in which to show their work. These beautiful images enhance the dining experience at the Inn, and this exposure has resulted in the sale of several original paintings and prints on display at the Inn.”

The gift shops at the Dan’l Webster Inn and the Cape Codder Resort & Spa are proud to carry the work of local artists: glass items from McDermott Glass, Michael Magyar, Ann Ross, Kelly Hayes and Pairpoint; locally crafted jewelry, soy candles, soaps and books by local authors.