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Open Studios

Massachusetts has a burgeoning community of artists and craftspeople working in traditional and contemporary media. Here’s your chance to meet artists in their work environments; get insights into how and what they create; and take home a painting, sculpture, a piece of handcrafted furniture, or a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

You’ll be engaged, inspired, and, on occasion, challenged by the art. You’ll see finished art, works-in-process, and art installations in home studios, artists’ buildings, historic structures, galleries, and storefronts. At some open studios, you’ll come across music, arts and crafts demonstrations, and refreshments.

Take note: All open studios are free. Please check web sites to confirm dates, times, and directions.

 

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Greater Boston

 

ARLINGTON

Arlington Center for the Arts: Open Studios
41 Foster St.
www.acarts.org, 781-648-6220

Arlington artists — painters, photographers, potters, metal smiths, fiber artists, and sculptors – empty out their studios for the weekend and show their work at the Arlington Center for the Arts. Artist demos, live music, and food.

Typical dates:  October

2014 dates: October 18-19, noon-5pm

 

BEDFORD

Bedford Center for the Arts Open Studios and Holiday Sale
Individual studios throughout Bedford
www.bedfordarts.org, 781-276-0700

Just 30 minutes from Boston, Bedford is home to many outstanding artists and artisans. Printmakers, photographers, painters, glass artists, jewelry makers, fiber artists, and sculptors present their work for sale. Go online for details about each artist’s work; signage and maps pinpoint studio locations.

Typical dates: November

2014 dates: to be announced

 

BOSTON – ALLSTON

Allston Arts District: Annual Open Studios
1 Braintree St & 119 Braintree St
www.allstonarts.org, 617-254-3505

In a Boston neighborhood named after an artist (painter Washington Allston), 30 or so artists show their work in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, photography, video, sculpture, jewelry, boutique clothing and accessories, digital art, mixed media, wearables, fiber art, water media, faux finishing, typographic design, ink work, and pastels.

Typical dates: November weekend

2014 dates: November 8-9, noon-6pm

 

BOSTON – DORCHESTER

Dorchester Open Studios
Dorchester Park, Dorchester Ave
www.dac-online.org, 617-839-6734

60+ Dorchester artists exhibit in 7 locations throughout Dorchester.

Typical dates: late October

2014 dates: to be announced

 

BOSTON – EAST BOSTON

East Boston Arts Walk &: Open Studios
Atlantic Works building at 80 Border St and other locations
www.eastbostonartistsgroup.org

In addition to Open Studios, artists open their studio doors every 3rd Saturday of the month. Don’t miss the great harbor views.

Arts Walk: 3rd Saturday of every month, noon-6pm

Open Studios

Typical dates: May weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

BOSTON – FENWAY

Fenway Studios: Open House
30 Ipswich St.
www.friendsoffenwaystudios.org, 617-695-9720

Painters working in a variety of styles, from abstract expressionism to post-modern realism, welcome visitors to their studios in this National Historic Landmark building. The studios were inspired by 19th-century Paris ateliers; each is flooded with north light.

Typical dates: November weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

BOSTON – HYDE PARK

Hyde Park Open Studios
Several Hyde Park locations
www.hydeparkopenstudios.org, 617-364-7300

80+ artists will be displaying their work; artist demonstrations.

Typical dates: September weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

BOSTON – JAMAICA PLAIN

Jamaica Plain Open Studios
Throughout Jamaica Plain
www.jpopenstudios.com, 617-272-5354

220 artists in all media showcase their work in their studios and in group shows.

Typical dates: September weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

BOSTON – ROSLINDALE

Roslindale Open Studios
Locations throughout Roslindale
www.roslindaleopenstudios.org

www.facebook.com/RoslindaleOpenStudios

Roslindale Open Studios is an exciting weekend event offering artists and the public a chance to connect with each other in a comfortable community setting. We have home studios and group sites and you do not need to be a Roslindale Resident to participate.

Typical dates: First weekend in November

2014 dates: November 1-2

 

BOSTON – ROXBURY

Roxbury Open Studios
Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St; AAMARP Gallery, 76 Atherton St; and studios in Fort Hill, Dudley Square, and Mission Hill
www.roxburyopenstudios.org, 617- 541-3900, option 2 x327.

Open studios, exhibitions, and artist demos.

Typical dates: first weekend in October

2014 dates: October 4-5

 

BOSTON – SOUTH BOSTON

The Distillery and King Terminal: Open Studios
516 East 2nd St and 570 East 1st St
http://www.distilleryboston.com

This former rum distillery is a prominent force in the Boston art scene. The open studios feature painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, metalwork, jewelry, woodwork, installation, video, ceramics, and fabric work. The Distillery also includes three galleries.

Typical dates: first Saturday in June & first weekend in November

2014 dates: November 1-2, noon-6pm

 

BOSTON – SOUTH BOSTON

Fort Point Arts Community: Art Walk & Open Studios
Congress St, Summer St, Farnsworth St, and A St
www.fortpointarts.org, 617-423-4299

The neighborhood’s sturdy brick and timber warehouses, just across the Fort Point Channel from South Station, are home to artists working in a wide range of media: painting, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, video, digital media . . . Open Studios are a long-standing tradition and attract big crowds. Artists open their studios in spring and fall; in December, the Fort Point artists gather to exhibit in one large open space. FPAC also operates a gallery at 300 Summer St and a store, Made in Fort Point, at 12 Farnsworth St.

Typical dates: early May, third week in Oct, early Dec

2014 dates: Open Studios/Art Walk, May 9-111; Open Studios, October 17-19

 

BOSTON – SOUTH BOSTON

South Boston Open Studios
The Distillery, 516 East 2nd St, and other locations
www.southbostonopenstudios.org

Artists will be showing sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, photography, video, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, fabric and performance art – both finished art and work in process.

Typical dates: first Sunday in June and first weekend in November

2014 dates: November 1-2, noon-6pm

 

BOSTON – SOUTH END

SOWA Artists Guild: First Fridays
450 Harrison Ave
www.sowaartistsguild.com

SOWA (south of Washington Street) has developed as a major arts community – studios, galleries, and cafes — with an eclectic group of artists. First Fridays brings together artists, gallery owners, and art enthusiasts in this vibrant neighborhood.

First Fridays: first Friday of every month, 5-9pm

 

BOSTON – SOUTH END

United South End Artists: South End Open Studios
Locations throughout the South End
www.useaboston.com, 617-267-8862

Artists working in a range of media: oils, watercolors, photography, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media, fiber arts, ceramics, wood, glass, metal as well as the performance arts.

Typical dates: September weekend

2014 dates: September 20-21, 11am-5pm

 

BROOKLINE

Brookline Artists Open Studios
Locations throughout Brookline
www.brooklineartists.com

Artists in their studios and homes: oils, watercolors, mixed media, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and ceramics.

Typical dates: late April weekend

2014 dates: April 26-27, noon-6pm

 

CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Citywide Open Studios
Many locations throughout Cambridge
www.cambridgeartscouncil.org, 617-349-4380
Cambridge is home to hundreds of artists and Open Studios is an opportunity to meet hundreds of them in their studios, live-work spaces, and group shows. Performances, too.

Typical dates: April

2014 dates: April 26-27, noon-6pm

 

CHELSEA

Chelsea Artists’ Collaborative: Chelsea Art Walk
Several Chelsea locations
www.chelseaartwalk.com

Sculpture, painting, prints, furniture, clay, photography, jewelry, and collage exhibited in galleries, loft buildings, the Chelsea City Café, and City Hall. Plus an opportunity to tour a commercial foundry and see how castings are made. Music and poetry at the Temple Emmanuel, too. Free shuttle bus to all locations.

Typical dates: June

2014 dates: to be announced

 

FRAMINGHAM

Fountain Street Studios: Spring Open Studios Weekend & Second Friday Strolls
59 Fountain St
www.fountainstreetstudios.com, 617-750-5003

More than 50 artists work in the historic Bancroft building working in a variety of media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, watercolor, digital imagery, mixed media, and glass. The artists also host Fountain Street Second Friday Strolls when selected studios are open for informal visits.

Open Studios
Typical dates: early April; November/December

2014 dates: April 4-6, Friday, 4-6pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm

Holiday Stroll
2014 dates: to be announced

 

FRAMINGHAM

Saxonville Studios: Spring Open Studios
1602B Concord St
www.saxonvillestudios.com

Every spring, artists in the 19th-century Saxonville Mill open their studios to art lovers, collectors, neighbors, and families. Painting, sculpture, photography, monoprint, glass, and mixed media are exhibited in the large working studios flooded with light. Music and refreshments, too.

Typical dates: December weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

HOLLISTON

Holliston Mill Open Studios
24 Water St
www.hollistonmill.com

Arts open their studios in this 19th-century shoe factory; group exhibitions, music; refreshments.

Typical dates: October/November weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

NATICK

Natick Artists Open Studios
Locations throughout Natick
www.natickopenstudios.org, 508-397-5634

50+ artists — painters, jewelry makers, ceramicists, fabric artists, sculptors, garden artists, woodworkers, and paper artists — open up their studios in artist buildings and homes.

Typical dates: October

2014 dates: to be announced

 

NEEDHAM

Needham Open Studios
Locations throughout Needham
www.needhamopenstudios.com

More than 55 local artists and craftspeople exhibit at 25 locations.

Typical dates: early May

2014 dates: May 3-4

 

NEWTON

Newton Open Studios
Locations throughout Newton
www.newtonopenstudios.org, 617-872-0228

160 artists & craftspeople invite you to their studios. See exciting paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, photography, and watercolors.

Typical dates: May & November

2014 dates: April 5-6, 11am-5pm

 

SOMERVILLE

Brickbottom Artists Association: Open Studios
1 Fitchburg St
www.brickbottomartists.com, 617-446-3410

More than 100 established and up-and-coming artists show their work in their live/work studios: painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, environmental and performance art, glass blowing, ceramics, printmaking, animation, sound, theatre, and music. Artists talk about the creative process and give demonstrations of techniques. Year-round, Brickbottom’s Gallery features Boston-area artists.

Typical dates: late Nov

2014 dates: to be announced

 

SOMERVILLE

Joy Street Open Studios
86 Joy St.
www.joystreetartists.org, 617-625-2572

60+ artists working in sculpture, film, clay, acrylic, oils, metals, analog and digital media, and site-specific installations. November open studios are in collaboration with neighboring Brickbottom Studios.

Typical dates: November

2014 dates: November 22-23, noon-6pm

 

SOMERVILLE

Mudflat Flat Studio: Open Studio & Sale
81 Broadway
www.mudflat.org, 617-628-0589

Now in its 38th year of operation as a ceramics school and studios, Mudflat’s open houses feature the work of some 60 Mudflat artists, showing an exceptional variety of functional and sculptural clay work. Wheelchair accessible.

Typical dates: May and December

2014 dates: May 2-4

 

SOMERVILLE

Somerville Open Studios
Locations throughout Somerville
www.somervilleopenstudios.org, 617-623-5590

More than 300 artists in 100+ venues open their homes, studios, and exhibition spaces. Mid-career and emerging artists showcase work across a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft media – painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, glass, fiber, jewelry, furniture and ceramics. Somerville’s artists and entrepreneurs transform garages, real estate agencies, salons, cocktail lounges, and churches into impromptu and permanent art galleries.

Typical dates: early May weekend

2014 dates: May3-4, noon-6pm

 

SUDBURY

Sudbury Open Studios
Town Hall, Grange Hall, and individual studios
www.sudburyart.org

Open Studios: 40+ local artists show their work: painting, mixed media, pottery, sculpture, photography, fiber, jewelry, printmaking, furniture, and mosaics. Holiday Market features arts and crafts; free arts activities for children on Saturdays, 11:30am-1:00pm.

Typical dates: Mid-October weekend; November/December

2014 Holiday Market dates: to be announced

2014 dates: to be announced

 

WALTHAM

Waltham Mills Artists Association: Open Studios
144 Moody St
www.wmaastudios.org

More than 70 artists showcase their work in their studios in the former Waltham Cotton and Wool factory buildings on the banks of the Charles River.

Typical dates: first weekend in November

2014 dates: to be announced

 

WATERTOWN

Watertown Open Studios
Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street; Turtle Studios, 268 Arlington Street; and studios and galleries throughout the city.
www.watertown-open-studios.org

More than 40 artists: painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and other fine arts and crafts.

Typical dates: November weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

WEST MEDFORD

West Medford Open Studios
59-86 Boston Ave
www.wmos.org

Medford’s diverse community of artists — painters, sculptors, photographers, writers, and musicians – show and discuss their work.

Typical dates: April/May

2014 dates: May 10-11

 

North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

 

ACTON

Acton Open Studios
Throughout Acton
www.actonopenstudios.org; 978-263-5341

Twenty-three artists will show their work: paintings in watercolors, acrylic, and pastel, as well as jewelry, prints, pottery, illustrations, photography, Judaica, sculpture, and hand-knit items. Maps will be available at all studios.

Typical dates: October weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

CAPE ANN

Cape Ann Artisans: Open Studios
Locations in Gloucester and Rockport
www.capeannartisans.com

Follow the magenta banners to the seacoast studios of a dozen plus artists and craftspeople, working in the places that inspire their art.

Typical dates: June and October

2014 dates: June 21-22, 10am-5pm; October 11-13, 10am-5pm

CONCORD

West Concord Designers Annual Open Studio Show
2
3 Bradford St
www.robinoriginals.com/studio.html, 978-369-1925

Clothing, jewelry, and handmade accessories.

Typical dates: October weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

LEXINGTON

Lexington Open Studios
Locations throughout Lexington
www.lexingtonopenstudios.org, 781-862-6040

Lexington artists open their home studios and also exhibit at the Munroe Center for the Arts, the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, the Cary Memorial Library, and galleries.

Typical dates: May 19-20, 11am-5pm

2013 dates:

LOWELL

Lowell Open Studios
Western Avenue Studios and other locations
www.lowellopenstudios.org

Artists in all mediums. Free shuttle bus from downtown to Western Avenue Studios.

Typical dates: October weekend

2013 dates:

 

LOWELL

Western Avenue Studios: First Saturday
www.westernavenuestudios.com
Explore the studios of the two Western Avenue mill buildings and check out their fine handcrafted goods – pottery, jewelry, glass, painting, sculpture, print making.

Open Studios: first Saturday of every month, 12-5pm

 

LYNN

Lynn Open Studios
J.B. Blood building, 20 Wheeler St., and locations throughout
Lynn
 www.lynnopenstudios.com 
See Lynn’s creative side and explore individual studios, artist’s buildings, and arts organizations throughout the city. Open studio maps available at the Lynn Museum and Historical Society, 590 Washington Street.

Typical date:: Saturday before Thanksgiving.

201$ date: to be announced

 

South of Boston

 

NEW BEDFORD

AHA! Nights (Art, History, Architecture)
Locations throughout New Bedford. Maps are at the National Park Visitor Center, 33 William St.
www.ahanewbedford.org

Themed monthly events that bring together museums, galleries, arts organizations musicians, and restaurants to celebrate New Bedford’s diverse arts and cultural scene.

Dates: 2nd Thursday of every month, 5pm-9pm, rain or shine

 

NEW BEDFORD

New Bedford Open Studios
Locations throughout New Bedford
www.newbedfordopenstudios.org, 508-996-8253 x205

Discover the vibrant and growing art community in this port city. Meet the artists and view their work in the studios in which it was made. More than 100 artists exhibit in mills, a former church, and other historic buildings.

Typical dates: September/October weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

ROCKLAND

4th Floor Artists’ 22nd Annual Open Studios

E.T. Wright Building, 379 Liberty St., and Sandpaper Co., 83 East Water St.
www.4thfloorartists.org

80+ artists in painting, printmaking, tapestry, photography, jewelry, interior design, fine metals, mixed media, sculpture, and woodworking. Works for sale, works in progress, demonstrations.

Typical dates: Weekend before Thanksgiving

2014 dates: November 22-23

 

WESTPORT & DARTMOUTH

Annual South Coast Open Studio Tour
Studios throughout Westport and Dartmouth and RI locations
www.southcoastartists.org

This South Coast tour brings together 50+ independent studio artists and artisans who are eager to share their work — oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography, sculpture, basketry, fiber arts, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, jewelry, paper, and mixed media.

Typical dates: July and August weekends

2014 dates: July 19-20; August 16-17

 

Central and Western Massachusetts

 

BARRE, NEW BRAINTREE, NORTH BROOKFIELD, WEST BROOKFIELD, WARREN

Backroads Studio Tour
Locations throughout the region
www.backroadsstudiotour.com, 508-867-8584

Self-guided tour of 17 artists’ studios in six picturesque central Massachusetts towns; demonstrations, interactive demonstrations for all ages.

Typical dates: early October weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

EASTHAMPTON

Cottage Street Studios Open Studios & Holiday Show
One Cottage Street
www.cottagestreetstudios.com

More than 30 nationally-recognized artists and craftspeople; works in fine art, photography, fine furniture, metal and mosaic sculpture, fused glass, ceramics, lighting and jewelry.

Typical dates, Spring Open Studios and Sales: May weekend

2014 dates: June 7-8, noon-5pm

Typical dates, Holiday Show & Sale: November/December weekend

2014 dates: to be announced

 

NORTH ADAMS

North Adams Open Studios
Locations throughout North Adams
www.facebook.com/NorthAdamsOpenStudios

More than 100 artists show their work at the Beaver Mill and Eclipse Mill and in studios and galleries and storefronts throughout downtown. Free shuttle between all Open Studio sites. While in North Adams, don’t miss the opportunity to visit MASS MoCA, the nation’s largest contemporary arts center.

Typical dates: October weekend

2013 dates: to be announced