Somerville Open Studios April 30 May 1 st 12-6

Somerville Open Studios was born in the winter of 1999 when two Somerville artists, Jonathan Derry and Laura Fayer, decided that there was a need for a city wide open studio event that could provide a venue for artists working out of their homes and small studio buildings, as well as those in larger and established buildings, to exhibit their work to the public. After placing a call to artists throughout the city, an inaugural planning committee was formed to organize the first annual Somerville Open Studios to take place during the first weekend of May that year. SOS 1999 featured just over 80 artists exhibiting at 25 sites throughout the city.

During the event Trolley service is available to help visitors get around. Trolleys will at approximately 15 minute intervals during SOS hours. Signs indicating where stops are located will be posted. The trolley route will be available in the map book and on the downloadable maps.

In the ten years since, SOS has grown to become one of the largest events of its kind in the greater Boston area with over 350 participating artists displaying their work every spring. In 2001 we introduced the first SOS online artist directory to allow visitors to better plan their tour by previewing artist work online. In 2002 the first Artist’s Choice exhibit was held at the Somerville Museum to give visitors a further opportunity to see a wide selection of Somerville artists’ work in a single venue.

In 2004 Somerville Open Studios became a Massachusetts non-profit organization established for the purpose of providing access to artists and exposing the public to the wide variety of art-making activities taking place in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts.

While experiencing steady growth, we have striven to keep the event inclusive and diverse. In this spirit, we welcome artists who are exhibiting for the first time to show next to established professionals. We work hard to make a place for artists working out of their home studios as well as those who are part of large studio buildings. While doing this we continue to look for new ways to build community and make connections between visual artists and the people of Somerville.

About Belinda Jentz

Belinda is a Native of the Midwest she holds degrees from Curry College, BA and Willmar Vo Tech ,Technical degree in Photography. When she's not pursuing her passion and talent for photography she manages a database for a major university in the Boston area. Belinda as well Volunteers her time and talent with Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots and shoots.
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