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Boston’s Open Studios

This fall, we’ve seen an abundance of Open Studio events happening across the city.  Just as each neighborhood has a variety of artists, each neighborhood approaches their Open Studios in a unique way.  The Jamaica Plain Open Studios in September showcased artists who work with wood, ceramics, fiber arts, printmaking, mixed media and painting..  In Roxbury earlier this fall, the 18th  annual Open Studios event showcased artists who work in graphic design, leather, jewelry, painting, and enamel panels. There have also been Open Studios in the Fort Point area, in the  South End, in Dorchester, Roslindale and just last week, in South Boston.

Why have Open Studios become so popular?  Turns out, bringing a larger number of artists together for a weekend event creates a groundswell of excitement around artists in the community.  It is a very friendly and accessible way to connect local artists directly with current and future art lovers as well as individuals who may not be comfortable going to a more formal art gallery.   With Open Studios, individuals have the chance to meet artists in their work space, witness the creative process up close, and better get to know the artist whose work they may end up purchasing.

Open Studios have also become an opportunity for a neighborhood to showcase the creativity and vibrancy that might otherwise be hidden behind the closed doors of private spaces. Visitors explore the area, often surprised at number of artists and other cultural hidden gems in the neighborhood and the amazing works being created nearby. The positive effects go well beyond the artists, leading people to discover restaurants, cafes and other offerings in the area.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out an Open Studio this season, it’s not too late.   Fenway Open Studios and the 30th Annual Allston Arts District Open Studios  are happening this weekend on November 12 - 13, 2016.  East Boston Artists will host their Open Studios December 3, 2016 and the Artists Group of Charlestown will let the public in for their Open Studios on December 3-4. 

Open Studios are a fun way to spend the afternoon with family and friends. For a full list of Open Studios around Boston or to become involved in an Open Studio, visit the Boston Open Studios Coalition’s website here.

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