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.

 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.

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.

2015 dates: October 16-7

 

BEDFORD

Bedford Center for the Arts Open Studios and Holiday Sale
Individual studios throughout Bedford

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.

2015 dates:

 

BOSTON – ALLSTON

Allston Arts District: Annual Open Studios
1 Braintree St & 119 Braintree St.

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.

2015 dates: November

 

BOSTON – DORCHESTER

Dorchester Open Studios
Dorchester Park, Dorchester Ave.,

60+ Dorchester artists exhibit in 7 locations throughout Dorchester.

2015 dates: October

 

BOSTON – FENWAY

Fenway Studios: Open House
30 Ipswich St.

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.

2015 dates: November

 

BOSTON – JAMAICA PLAIN

Jamaica Plain Open Studios
Throughout Jamaica Plain

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

2015 dates: September 19-20

 

BOSTON – ROSLINDALE

Roslindale Open Studios
Locations throughout Roslindale, Facebook

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.

2015 dates: November 7-8

 

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

Open studios, exhibitions, and artist demos.

2015 dates: October

 

BOSTON – SOUTH BOSTON

The Distillery and King Terminal: Open Studios
516 East 2nd St and 570 East 1st St

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.

2015 dates: June 1 & November

 

BOSTON – SOUTH BOSTON

Fort Point Arts Community: Art Walk & Open Studios
Congress St, Summer St, Farnsworth St, and A St

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.

2015 dates: May 15-17;  October 16-18; December

 

BOSTON – SOUTH END

SOWA Artists Guild: First Fridays
450 Harrison Ave.

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

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.

2015 dates: September 19 & 20

 

BROOKLINE

Brookline Artists Open Studios
Locations throughout Brookline

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

2016 dates: April

 

CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Citywide Open Studios
Many locations throughout Cambridge

Cambridge is home to hundreds of artists and Open Studios is an opportunity to meet them in their studios, live-work spaces, and group shows. Performances, too.

2015 dates: May 9-10, 12-6pm

 

CHELSEA

Chelsea Artists’ Collaborative: Chelsea Art Walk
Several Chelsea locations

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.

2015 dates:  June 13-14

 

FRAMINGHAM

Fountain Street Studios: Spring Open Studios Weekend & Second Friday Strolls
59 Fountain St

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
2015 dates: April 24-26; November/December

Holiday Stroll
2015 dates:

 

HOLLISTON

Holliston Mill Open Studios
24 Water St

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

2015 dates: October

 

NATICK

Natick Artists Open Studios
Locations throughout Natick

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

2015 dates: October 17-18

 

NEEDHAM

Needham Open Studios
Locations throughout Needham

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

2015 dates: May 2, 10am-4pm; May 3, 12-4pm

 

NEWTON

Newton Open Studios
Locations throughout Newton

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

2015 dates: Open Studios, April 11-12; juried Art Fest, November

 

SOMERVILLE

Brickbottom Artists Association: Open Studios
1 Fitchburg St.

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.

2015 dates: November

 

SOMERVILLE

Joy Street Open Studios
86 Joy St.

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.

2015 dates: November

 

SOMERVILLE

Miller Street Open Studios
11 Miller St.

Community of artists, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, animation, clay, bookbinding, installation, and public art. Friday night is After Dark, an evening of art, live music, and refreshments.

2016 dates: April

 

SOMERVILLE

Mudflat Flat Studio: Open Studio & Sale
81 Broadway

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.

2015 dates: May; Open Studio & Pottery Sale, December

 

SOMERVILLE

Somerville Open Studios
Locations throughout Somerville

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.

2015 dates: May 2-3

 

SUDBURY

Annual Art Around Town
Town Hall, Grange Hall, and individual studios

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.

2015 dates: October

2015 Holiday Market dates:

 

WALTHAM

Waltham Mills Artists Association: Open Studios
144 Moody St

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.

2015 dates: November 7-8

 

WEST MEDFORD

West Medford Open Studios
59-86 Boston Ave

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

2015 dates: May 16-17

 

North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

 

ACTON

Acton Open Studios
Throughout Acton

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.

2015 dates: October 17-18

 

CAPE ANN

Cape Ann Artisans: Open Studios
Locations in Gloucester and Rockport

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

2015 dates: June 20-21, October 10-12, 10am-5pm

 

LEXINGTON

Lexington Open Studios
Throughout Lexington

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.

2015 dates: May 2-3

 

LOWELL

Lowell Open Studios
Western Avenue Studios and other locations

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

2015 dates: October

 

LOWELL

Western Avenue Studios: First Saturday

Explore the studios of the two Western Avenue mill buildings and check out their fine handcrafted goods – pottery, jewelry, glass, painting, sculpture, print making.

Dates: first Saturday of every month, 12-5pm

 

South of Boston

 

NEW BEDFORD

New Bedford Open Studios
Locations throughout New Bedford

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.

2015 dates: South studios: October, North studios: November

 

ROCKLAND

4th Floor Artists’ 22nd Annual Open Studios
E.T. Wright Building, 379 Liberty St., and Sandpaper Co., 83 East Water St.

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

2015 dates: April 11-12; November

 

WESTPORT & DARTMOUTH

Annual South Coast Open Studio Tour
Studios throughout Westport and Dartmouth and RI locations

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.

2015 dates: July 18-19, August 15-16

 

Central and Western Massachusetts

 

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

Backroads Studio Tour
Throughout the region

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

2015 dates: October 4-5

 

EASTHAMPTON

Cottage Street Studios Open Studios & Holiday Show
One Cottage Street

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.

Open Studios and Sales 2015 dates: June 13, 10am-5pm; June 14, 12-5pm

Holiday Show & Sale 2015 dates: December

 

NORTH ADAMS

North Adams Open Studios
Locations throughout North Adams Facebook

http://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.

2015 dates: October

 

 

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