What is the Somerville Open Studios you ask? Here is a brief description from the SOS website:
“Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of producing an annual open studio and related events in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Through its programming, SOS gives access to the work of visual artists living and working in the city of Somerville. We provide opportunities to view art made within the community; to interact with local artists; and to have access to artists’ working spaces. Our goal is to broaden the public’s exposure to, and appreciation of, finished works of art as well as the art-making process. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the diverse artistic experience available in Somerville.”
Sounds like fun, huh? Well, it really is! This will be my first year participating, but I attended the event the last two years. Basically, artists in Somerville open up their homes and studios for the public to come see and if they want, purchase their work. The website is a great resource, and you can plan your routes ahead of time by searching artists by medium, area, name, etc. There are downloadable maps on the website and hard copies all around Somerville showing the spots of participating artists and orange balloons in front of their spaces to help guide you as well. Don’t love walking? Somerville will be providing free trolleys to take you to and from different parts of the city! It is very well organized and is a lot of fun. So, if you are in the area, please stop by and say hello and check out some amazing work from our local artists.