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Spring 2017 Open Studios

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Artists across the map.

Abstract map of Lowell, Mass. by Jennifer Carland, one of the artists participating in Western Avenue Studios Open Studios

Open studios events are great opportunities to experience and support artists working in your very own neighborhood. Check out these Spring Open Studios events in Massachusetts*.

East Boston Open Studios, April 22-23, 2017
West Medford Open Studios, April 29-30, 2017
Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, April 29-30, 2017
Brookline Open Studios, April 29-30, 2017
Lexington Open Studios, April 29-30, 2017
SoWa Artist Guild First Friday Open Studios (monthly, first Friday), May 5, 2017
Mudflat Open Studio & Sale, May 5-7, 2017
Western Avenue Studios (Lowell) Open Studios (monthly, first Saturday), May 6, 2017
Motherbrook Arts & Community Center (Dedham) Open Studios, May 6-7, 2017
Needham Open Studios, May 6-7, 2017
Somerville Open Studios, May 6-7, 2017
Fort Point Open Studios/Art Walk, May 12-14, 2017
Cambridge Open Studios, May 13-14, 2017
Cape Ann Artisans Tour, June 3-4, 2017
Cottage Street Open Studios, June 10-11, 2017
Chelsea Art Walk, June 17-18, 2017

Find more throughout the year on the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Open Studios page.

* List not necessarily comprehensive. If we missed any open studios events in MA between now and the end of June, let us know in the comments.

Image: abstract map of Lowell, Mass. by Jennifer Carland, one of the artists participating in Western Avenue Studios Open Studios.

Spring Open Studios Gallery

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Among the life forms springing forth this time of year: an abundance of Massachusetts open studios.

For artists participating in one of the numerous open studios in April, May, and June, it’s a time to welcome friends, fans, and strangers into your work space to see your art (for some advice when doing so, read a past ArtSake post). For others, artists and art-lovers alike, it’s a chance to support your local creative community and get a glimpse into the fertile landscape of Massachusetts art-making.

See a Gallery of Open Studios Artists

Click the diagonal arrows to view in full screen.

And check out the list of upcoming events, below (if your open studios is missing, let us know).

Brookline Open Studios, April 26-27, 2014
Cambridge Open Studios, April 26-27, 2014
Lexington Open Studios, April 26-27, 2014
Mudflat Open Studio & Sale, May 2-4, 2014
Needham Open Studios, May 3-4, 2014
Somerville Open Studios, May 3-4, 2014
Western Avenue Studios (Lowell) Open Studios, May 3, 2014
SoWa Artist Guild Art Walk & Open Studios, May 4, 2014
Fort Point Open Studios/Art Walk, May 9-11, 2014
West Medford Open Studios, May 10-11, 2014
South Boston Spring Open Studios, June 1, 2014
East Boston Open Studios, May 2014, date TBA June 7-8, 2014
Chelsea Art Walk, June 14-15, 2014
Cottage Street Open Studios, June 14-15, 2014
Cape Ann Artisans Tour, June 21-22, 2014

Also of note:
Boston College Arts Festival, April 24-26, 2014
ArtWeek Boston, April 25-May 4, 2014
Harvard Arts First Festival, May 1-4, 2014

Images: Amy Ross, WHEN THE FOREST IS LEFT TO HER OWN (2013); Katrina Majkut, A GIRL’S GOTTA SEE THE WORLD (2013); Alexandra Photopoulos, CHAISE (installation view); Adrienne Sloane, SPLASH II; ceramics by Kyla Toomey; Anne Nydam, ASPIDOCHELONE; Bruce Myren, THE WASHINGTON ELM FROM GARDEN AND MASON STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA, JANUARY 2014; Amy Ross, DAY TRIPPER (2011); Maureen O’Connor, TWO DUCKS ON FLORAL 1 (2004); Kate Childs, SUNRISE LAKE (2014).

Fellows Notes – Dec 13

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Put your seasonal worries aside and read this news from past MCC Fellows/Finalists. It’s flavored with a hint of nutmeg!*

Julie Levesque and Joshua Meyer are both being exhibited by Rice Polak Gallery as part of Aqua Art Miami (12/4-12/8).

Laura Andel (who won an MCC Artist Fellowship in 1999), is a 2013 fellow in Music/Sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Earlier this year, she won the First Prize at the composition contest of the Argentina Music Council, a partner of the International Music Council and Unesco for her 50-minute work khartes.

Congratulations to Simeon Berry, whose poetry collection Ampersand Revisited won the National Poetry Series Award and will be published by Fence Books!

Mary Jane Doherty‘s documentary Secundaria has been accepted into Cuba’s International Film Festival (Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano 2013, 12/5-12/15). Early in 2014, the film will screen as part of the Dance on Camera Film Festival at the Film Society at Lincoln Center in New York (2/2/14).

Janet Echelman was recently profiled on the Harvard Arts Blog.

Eric Gottesman revisits the controversial Ethiopian novel Oromaye in the exhibition One Needs To Listen To The Characters One Creates at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC (thru 12/13, artist talk 12/17, 7 PM).

Scott Listfield has work in Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult show in New York (thru 12/21). He’ll also be in the second Crazy 4 Cult book; book signing at the gallery on 12/14, 12-4 PM. He also has prints in Gallery 33’s dinosaur-themed show Feathers (thru 1/5/14), in Amsterdam.

Caitlin McCarthy‘s scientific drama screenplay Wonder Drug is included in the prestigious Black List’s Real Time Top List. Black List spotlights excellent, as-yet-unproduced screenplays.

Nathalie Miebach‘s work is featured on the cover of American Craft Magazine (with a great article by Joyce Lovelace).

Andrew Mowbray‘s exhibition Another Utopia is at LaMontagne Gallery in Boston (thru 12/21, artist talk 12/14, 1 PM). Read a review of the show in the Boston Globe.

Mary O’Malley is part of 13 Forest Gallery’s 6th Annual Holiday Show, Plenty (thru 1/10/14). She’ll be taking part in Open Studios at Porter Mills in Beverly (12/14, 10 AM-4 PM). She’ll be in the December Holiday show Off the Grid at Artstream Studios in Dover, NH (opening reception 12/6, 5:30-7:39 PM). Finally, she’s one of the artists in Still Life Lives! at Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 1/12/14).

Daniel Ranalli has a major exhibition of new work at Gallery Kayafas in Boston: New Snail Drawings (thu 1/18/14, opening reception 12/6, 5:30-8 PM).

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze’s work was mentioned in the Boston Globe’s Pick of the Day about an exhibition she’s in, All Things Considered VII: National Basketry Organization Juried Exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum.

Sarah Slifer Swift will present new dance work as part of the Third Life Studio Choreographer Series in Somerville, 12/13, 8 PM.

Laurel Sparks is the curator of See with Fingers, an exhibition at the Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College (thru 12/20).

Congratulations to Michael Teig, whose second poetry collection There’s a Box in the Garage You Can Beat with a Stick has been published by BOA Editions.

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Image: from the BOTANICAL STUDY series by Mary O’Malley (Drawing Fellow ’06).

* In text form.

Open Studios: Planting Season, Harvest Season

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Open Studios – when artists say, “Hey, world, this is my stuff and this is where I make it!” (in not so many words) – proliferate in Spring and Fall, planting season and harvest season.

Our advice about Open Studios, to makers and lovers of art, and also, pretty much everybody: Go. And, if you’re an artist taking part in Open Studios, you might be curious to read artists’ advice about opening one’s studio to the public, in a past ArtSake post.

The painting pictured above is Relaxed Fit by Kait Brink. Kait is one of the artists participating in Cottage Street Studios Spring Open Studios in Easthampton, June 1-2, 2013. Below are images from three other participating artists: Red Medallion from Lynn Latimer Glass Studio, Tournesols 3 by Annie Steiner, and Sylvia’s Ball Jar, part of Briana Taylor‘s Vessel Series.

More upcoming Open Studios listed below. Also, see the list of Open Studios throughout the state at the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

Cambridge Open Studios (East/Central Cambridge), May 18-19, 2013 – if you’re so inclined, use the New Art Love Open Studios mobile phone app to help navigate
East Boston Open Studios, May 18-19, 2013
Cottage Street Open Studios, June 1-2, 2013
South Boston Spring Open Studios, June 2, 2013
2013 Chelsea Art Walk, June 15-16, 2013
Cape Ann Artisans Tour, June 22-23, 2013

Images: Kait Brink, RELAXED FIT (2012), watercolor on paper, 14×18.5 in, Lynn Latimer, RED MEDALLION, 13 in. carved; Annie Steiner, TOURNESOLS 3, oil, 32x30x1 in; Briana Taylor, SYLVIA’S BALL JAR, acrylic and paper on canvas, 18×24 in.

Watertown Open Studios

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The third annual Watertown Open Studios is coming on Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11th from 11:a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Features more than 40 artists. Group shows and activities will be located at 268 Arlington Street, Watertown at Turtle Studios and the Elks Hall, and individuals will be opening their studios, homes and galleries throughout the town. Learn more.


Image credit: Photographs courtesy of Watertown Open Studios.

Here’s a listing of open studios in your area.

Porter Mill Open Studios

Monday, June 11th, 2012

On Saturday, June 16th, Porter Mill, a vibrant artist studio building housing over fifty artists, will host its 2nd Annual Summer Open Studios in collaboration with Beverly Arts Fest and Endicott College Center for the Arts. From 10:00am – 4:00pm the public is invited to explore the four floors of studios and first floor gallery exhibition.  A free trolley from Porter Mill to Cabot Street will also be available. From 5:00pm -7:00pm guests are invited to the Gallery at Porter Mill to enjoy art, refreshments, and live music by Ali Manion and Friends.

For more information contact Bea Modisett.

Gallery and Studios at Porter Mill
95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Image credit: Photograph of artist Jessica Berger’s studio and Andrew Houle’s studio space courtesy of Bea Modisett.

Be Open – Mass. Open Studios

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

It’s Spring, and to us that means it’s time to open wide your eyes and place them in front of work by a local artist – such as one of the many artists taking part in Open Studios throughout the Commonwealth.

And if you ARE an artist: we asked a few individuals who are about to open up their creative workspaces, What’s the most important thing to keep in mind as you’re preparing for your open studios?

Nick Ward, Distillery Boston, June 3
I think that a lot of people would default to advice about being sure to present work nicely, have work that is ready to buy and hang, using good lighting on the work and having a price list handy, but I always try to focus on a more basic element of opening my studio up to the world. I try to prepare to make hundreds of people feel comfortable in my private space. People are, after all, coming to meet artists and see art in a relaxed environment, and so often they are met with awkward small talk or – even worse, artists who pay them no attention at all. I always find the idea of opening my studio space to the world stressful, so I try to plan for all sorts of different visitors. I try to be ready to chat with those who are interested, to know who wants some space to look without interruption, and to be sure to approach and welcome everyone that comes through my door. Seems simple but I have found that so many artists miss the mark and make visitors feel less than comfortable.

Rachel Mello, Mad Oyster Studios, May 4-6
Be Open! Open Studios offer great opportunities, for showing your work, hearing feedback, meeting people in your community and artists from other communities, and so much more. If you stay open to all the many ways you can enjoy and benefit from Open Studios, you’ll have a great time. If you narrow your focus down on only one thing – whether you make sales, or whether you get a gallerist interested in your work, or whatever it is you’re hoping for – you risk missing other great opportunities and interactions.

I find it helps to think of Open Studios like Opening Day of the baseball season. Yes, it’s always nice to win your home opener, but whether or not you do does not decide what happens for the rest of the season. I’ve had people call me back two weeks after Somerville Open Studios to say they couldn’t get a certain piece out of their mind, and they want to come back and buy it. I’ve gotten group show invitations from galleries months after SOS passed. They had walked around, taken notes, and called me when they needed someone. I might have said it was a flat year, only to learn later that great things were happening I didn’t know about. Be friendly and nice and polite to everyone. And then, when it’s over, enjoy the fact that your studio is clean for a few weeks!

Colleen Kiely, Vernon Street Studios, May 5-6
Keep in mind that many visitors may feel a bit intimidated looking at art, so make an effort to greet every visitor warmly and make them feel welcome in your studio.

Here are upcoming open studios events in the next few weeks (and let us know if yours isn’t on the list). And find more at the Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism’s Open Studios page.

Somerville Open Studios (May 4-6, 2012)
Potters Place Spring Show and Sale in Walpole (May 4-6, 2012)
Brookline Artists’ Open Studios (May 5-6, 2012)
Needham Open Studios (May 5-6, 2012)
SoWa Art Walk (May 6, 2012)
Fort Point Arts Community (May 11-13, 2012)
Cambridge Open Studios (COS East/Central, May 12-13; North/West, 19-20, 2012)
East Boston Open Studios (May 19-20, 2012)
Lexington Open Studios (May 19-20, 2012)
Newton Open Studios (May 19-20, 2012)
Dedham Open Studios (May 20, 2012)
The Distillery and King Terminal in South Boston (June 3, 2012)
Studios at Porter Mill in Beverly (June 16, 2012)
Ongoing: Western Avenue Studios, Lowell (every first Sat.), AHA! New Bedford (every second Thurs.),

Images: Nick Ward, PORTRAIT OF MARGAUX WITH MORNING HAIR (2011), Oil on board, 48×48 in; Rachel Mello, KNOWING WHEN (front), THE SECRET (behind) (2012), Oil on hardboard cut to silhouette (painted obverse and reverse) each piece individually: 20×30 in; Colleen Kiely, GONE TO FEED THE ROSES #8 (2012), archival marker, graphite and gesso on museum board, 32×40 in.

The Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Robbie Heidinger and the Hilltown 6.

It sounds like a bluegrass band. Or a gang of outlaws. And in fact, the Hilltown 6 is not without a similar, hill-based mystique.

The Hilltown 6 is a collection of nationally recognized clay artists who live and work in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Among them is Robbie Heidinger, a ceramic artist who won an MCC Crafts Fellowship in 2009, and was a panelist in this year’s Artist Fellowships Program. She and a group of other hilltown artists and guests will open up their studios, kilns, and settings for an annual pottery tour and sale on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 2011, 10 AM to 5 PM.

The members of Hilltown 6 are Robbie Heidinger, Christy Knox, Michael McCarthy, Hiroshi Nakayama, Mark Shapiro, Eric Smith, Constance Talbot, and Sam Taylor.

You can see the artists’ work and work spaces, as well as demonstrations at several venues. Also, three of the studios will feature guest artists: Robbie Heidinger will host photographer David Leith; Mark Shapiro will host potter Jeffrey Lipton; and Christy Knox will host clay artist Karin Noyes.

For a map and more info, check out the Hilltown 6 site.

Images: plate by Robbie Heidinger; dancing vases by Christy Knox; vase by Constance Talbot; stoneware ceramics by Hiroshi Nakayama; Robbie Heidinger firing the soda kiln.

Miniature Travel Guide to the Republic of Art Awesomeness in MA (This Weekend Edition)

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

So, you want art this weekend. You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a handy dandy guide to your art-seeking travels.

Your starting point is Taunton, Massachusetts, on Sat., June 4, 2011, for the Dighton Cow Chip Festival. There, you’ll behold chainsaw sculptor “The Machine” Jesse Green as he lives out his slogan – “Carving Dreams into Reality” – by sculpting (live, in real-time, and using the previously mentioned chainsaw) a cow sculpture that’s to become Taunton’s newest fixture.

Then, make your way due north until you reach the cool waters of the Charles River, where the Cambridge River Festival (Sat, June 4) can offer you music, puppetry, dance, theatre, improv, a parade, children’s programming, and all manners of interactive and creative fun.

Cross the Charles River to Boston – specifically, to the Rose Kennedy Greenway. There, FIGMENT Boston (June 4-5) awaits you. FIGMENT Boston is a part of the national FIGMENT project, a “forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines.” Over 80 artists are participating in FIGMENT Boston this year, including live video installation, interactive music performance, architectural dance installation, and many, many other interesting projects that are too hard to compact into a reasonable sentence. May we humbly suggest this event is likely to be far out.

Next, head north to Salem, MA. You’ll find the Salem Arts Festival, a weekend-long (June 3-5) celebration of visual, performing, and literary art. You can take a magic carpet ride, learn bellydance, do improv, and see tons of art.

Now, I understand that, with four festivals already under your belt, you’re weary, hungry, possibly a touch over-festive. But you must persevere. For a little over 30 miles from Salem is the formidable city of Lowell, where you’ll breathlessly rush through the doors of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. There, the Lowell National Historical Park hosts an evening of Irish dance and fiddle music Saturday night, featuring master artists and their apprentices, from the MCC’s Traditional Apprenticeship Program. Read more at our sibling blog, Keepers of Tradition, on this fascinating evening of solo, duet, and group performances.

You may rest now.

It’s Sunday morning (almost noon – you slept late). Rise, and see art.

First, head to South Boston, where there’s a Spring Open Studio at the Distillery & King Terminal (Sun., June 5, 2011). See the current participating artists and check out some previous work by some of those same artists in an older post we did about their Fall open studios.

Finally, make your way, by roller skate, rickshaw, unicycle, or – if need be – an easier mode of transport, to the Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford. A show of MCC Fellows just opened (see pictures of the opening on our Facebook page). If you want a sense of the range and vision of work being produced by visual artists in Massachusetts, you have arrived at your destination. While you’re there, use your cell to call a special number for audio commentary by the artists.

There. You’ve reached the end of our guide. But feel free to expand the map.

Image: Gallery view of paintings by Monica Nydam, from a show of MCC Fellows at Tufts University Art Gallery.

Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios June 18-19

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Cape Ann is home to a thriving arts community, one of the oldest in the country. For twenty-eight years Cape Ann Artisans has been inviting the public to visit their studios during their Open Studio weekends.

This year’s spring tour will be held June 18th and 19th from 10 am to 5 pm each day. The self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunity to meet fifteen professional artists and see their work in the setting in which it was created.

The work represented includes: pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, jewelry, hand-made glass beads and weaving. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte 127 and at each of the artisans. A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location.

Artists include David Achibald, Leslie Bartlett, Cynthia Curtis, Anni Melancon, David Montgomery, Marty Morgan, Marge Rack, Mi Robertson, Twin Lights Studios (Scott Place and Erin O’Sullivan), Pam Stratton, Bart Stuyf, Beth Williams, Judy Wright, Sara Wright.

For further information call 978-281-3347. Many studios are open year round.

Image credit: All photographs courtesy of Cape Ann Artisans. From top to bottom: Beth Williams making a glass bead; Marty Morgan throwing on the potter’s wheel; Anni Melancon with pots hot out of her kiln; Bart Stuyf working on a copper bird.