It’s the Spring season for artists’ open studios. You feel it in your creative bones. Perhaps you even smell it: the whiff of acrylic paint and turpentine, the melting of glass and firing of kilns. In April and May, all over the state, artists are opening up their studios to the public, a unique opportunity to experience newly made art in the place it’s made. It’s also a chance, should you be interested in purchasing art, to support a working artist directly.
To kick things off, we thought we’d share images from artists taking part in one of the largest organized open studio events in Massachusetts – the Somerville Open Studios (April 30-May 1, 2011).
Along with Somerville Open Studios, here are the other open studios events in April and May (and let us know if your’s isn’t on the list):
Potters Place Spring Show and Sale in Walpole (April 29-May 1, 2011)
Brookline Artists’ Open Studios (April 30-May 1, 2011)
Fort Point Arts Community (May 6-8, 2011)
Cambridge Open Studios (COS East, May 7 & 8; Central, May 14 & 15; North/West, May 21 & 22)
Needham Open Studios (May 7-8, 2011)
Newton Open Studios (May 14-15, 2011)
Dedham Open Studios (May 15, 2011)
SoWa Art Walk (May 15, 2011)
Lexington Open Studios (May 21-22, 2011)
The Distillery and King Terminal in South Boston (June 5, 2011)
Go to Somerville Open Studios for a full list of participating studios, venues, and artists.
Images: Bekka Teerlink, THE BIRDS WILL BE THE FIRST TO DIE (2010), oil on canvas, 36×48 in; Resa Blatman, WOVEN (2010), oil, glitter and beads on cut-edge panel, 32h x 59w in; Ariel Freiberg, KEY TO YOUR HEART (2009), oil on canvas, 60×84 in; Keith Maddy, CRISS CROSS DANCE, mixed media on vintage textile, 8×8 in; Christina Tedesco, MOVING (2011), mixed media (gesso, sharpie, and wood); Suzanne Lubeck, SOMERVILLE: ON THE BANKS OF THE MYSTIC RIVER LIES THE CITY OF SEVEN HILLS, ILLUMINATION AND INNOVATION, mixed media, oil, encaustic, 18×18 in.
All artists featured above are participating in Somerville Open Studios. Resa Blatman, Ariel Freiberg, Suzanne Lubeck, and Keith Maddy will all exhibit work at Vernon Street Studios. Christina Tedesco and Bekka Teerlink are exhibiting work at Mad Oyster Studios and as part of the Artists’ Choice Exhibit at the Somerville Museum.