Somerville Open Studios 2013

Somerville Open Studios 2013When:
May 4 & May 5, 2013
Noon to 6 p.m.
(Though some sites will have previews between 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd.)

Cost: Free!

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Hundreds of Incredible Artists Will Display Their Work

On the first weekend in May, over 400 Somerville artists will open their doors and invite the public into their studios for one of the largest single-weekend open studio events in the nation!

Now in its 15th year, the weekend continues to grow throughout the city, drawing in scores of local businesses and becoming a festive destination. In the US, only New York has more artists per capita than the City of Somerville. During SOS, artists will open all types of working space showcasing every kind of visual media. Throughout the city, a visitor can see glass-blowers, jewelers, sculptors, digitally-based and interactive media artists, painters, photographers, weavers, printmakers, furniture makers, fashion designers, and artists whose media are too new to even have a name.

Two Exciting Events Before the Weekend Festival

Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
(Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early for best seating.)

Live runway presentation showcasing the dazzlingly diverse work of local artists in fashion and wearable art.

Somerville Open Cinema Film Festival presented by SCATV
Thursday, May 2
Doors open 7:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m.
90 Union Square

Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV) will showcase the multitude of fantastic film artists who create their work in Massachusetts. This mini film festival will feature short (under 10 minutes) films and videos made in Massachusetts (especially Somerville) in genres such as documentary, narrative, experimental, animated, and more.

Get a Private Glimpse of How Many Artists Blend Home and Studio Together

Historic converted industrial spaces such as Vernon Street and Joy Street hold more than 100 artists each. Mid-sized buildings such as Mad Oyster Studios, Washington Street Art Center, Central Street, and others count their numbers in the dozens and often mount small group shows inside their buildings. And Somerville’s Artisan’s Asylum is one of the largest maker spaces in the country.

Not to be forgotten or overlooked, many visitors are thrilled to see how the scores of independent artists who have studios in their homes integrate domestic and artistic lives into one. Somerville Open Studios is the only opportunity to get an intimate glimpse into some of these more private artist lives in what becomes equal parts Open Studios and home show.

For Somerville artists without space to open to the public, SOS offers a community space at Arts at the Armory. The Cafe at the Armory will also house a kid’s art show for Somerville’s smallest future artists.

Event Logistics

• Free trolleys to transport visitors from one neighborhood to the next (Saturday & Sunday).
• Mapbooks available at artist-made stands throughout the city.
• Information kiosks located in both Davis and Union Squares.
• Orange balloons mark artist sites.
• Free, no-hassle parking in several city lots: leave your car and ride the free trolley. City resident parking restrictions will also be lifted for this event.
• Some sites and one trolley will be handicapped accessible. Please check mapbook for details.


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