Somerville Open Studios 1 Westwood Rd, Somerville, MA02143 Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a non-profit organization that manages and coordinates more than 300 artists and…More 100-plus venues for its annual Open Studios art gallery, a community-wide event held the last weekend of April each year. SOS strives to give local artists exposure and broaden the public's appreciation of art by providing access to local artists' work. This organization provides trolley service to artists' studios throughout the weekend. It also collaborates with Somerville schools throughout the year.
Central Street Studios 57 Central St, Somerville, MA02143 Central Street Studios is a cooperative community of artists' studios available for rent. Central Street Studios…More participates annually in the Somerville Open Studios event and also houses the Boston-area office for the New England Art Therapy Association. Call the office for more information about availability, wait list, etc.
Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of organizing an annual city-wide…More artists open studios event the first weekend of May in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Visual artists working in every discipline of the fine arts and crafts media—painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, fiber, clay, glass, furniture and jewelry open their studios for the art-loving public. Visitors can view the art made within the community, interact with local artists, and see artists' working spaces for free.
SOS broadens the public's exposure to finished works of art and encourages a deeper appreciation of the art-making process. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the contribution that artists make to daily life in Somerville.
In recent years, more than 350 artists have participated in this event at more than 100 sites. An Artist's Choice exhibit held at The Somerville Museum takes place during April-May and often musical events and poetry readings are part of the arts extravaganza as well.
Its origins date back to the 1920s when the building housed the Somerville Historical Society's art collections, but…More this location officially became the Somerville Museum in 1988 after generous donations allowed for renovations.
The Somerville Museum is the only community-based and member-supported institution of it's kind in Somerville. Not unlike the Somerville Open Studios (SOS) project, which the museum participates in every year, the space is designed to be a reflection of this community's diversity. Exhibits range from work by local visual artists to historical presentations in a community context and coolaborative efforts with the Somerville Public Schools.
Additionally, the museum serves as a meeting place for cultural organizations and has hosted musical performances.
Somerville Museum encourages people to bring their creative/research ideas to the table for possible exhibit, even if they have no prior experience curating for museums. Please visit the Community Curatorial Program page of the museum's website for more information.
Mudflat Studio 149 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 NOTE: Mudflat is currently renovating their new location: the old Broadway Theater at 79 Broadway in East Somerville.…More Open since 1978, Mudflat Studio is part of a Boston -based, national non-profit organization that has been in existence for more than 40 years. Holding over 20 classes per week for all levels and ages, Mudflat also conducts classes at schools, senior centers, and other locales nationwide, and is always accepting new students. Private classes and workshops arranged by age group are available as well. As part of Somerville Open Studios, it holds two yearly sales, one in May and one in December, featuring the work of students and faculty alike. Each workstation in the spacious downstairs classroom features a spinning wheel, and the hot kilns are constantly churning out new works.
Davis Square 37 Davis Sq, Somerville, MA02144 Davis Square is a commercial district located between Tufts University and the Somerville-Cambridge border. It is home…More to cafes, restaurants, theaters, clothing and sundry shops. Office space and high-end housing also is available. The Square also hosts festivals each year, such as the Art Beat, Honk! and Open Studios.
Vernon Street Studios 6 Vernon St, Somerville, MA02145 Vernon Street Studios, which opened in 1973 and was one of the first artists' communities in the Boston …More area, is housed in a historic, 19th-century brick building. Owned by the Rogers Foam Corporation, which is still in operation, and with entrances at both 6 and 20 Vernon Street, the large, brick structure is as colorful as it is teeming with creativity. It is home to more than 100 artists. With 94 large, airy studios and an old-fashioned wooden staircase that creaks with each step, the center has been participating in Somerville Open Studios every May since 1974.
Madison Floral 63 Innerbelt Rd, Somerville, MA02143 Opened in 2000, and located in the Innerbelt industrial park, Madison Floral is more like a horticultural catering…More service than a flower shop. Open by appointment only, and not accepting walk-ins, Madison crafts its huge arrangements in a 4,000 square-foot studio. It specializes in large contracts for commercial events or huge weddings.
Aikido Tekkojuku of Boston 561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA02143 This Aikido studio, opened in 2004 to honor the death of a treasured sensei, holds classes for both children and adults.…More This facility is also a club offering membership for open-mat times and sparring. It prides itself on maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect for all students regardless of their background.
Abrazos Press 11 Miller St, Somerville, MA02143 Abrazos Press is a professional print and teaching studio founded by Annie Silverman, Sandra Butler, and…More Nina Wishnok. At this printmaking facility, people can come and rent space for their projects. The studiomates, who run workshops and do their own work, can also help renters with their projects. The building has open studios every other year, at the end of April. The studio is trying to do some book binding as well, and a collaborative project with some of the other artists in the building. Stop in and say hi to Ursulina, the studio dog. The studio holds classes in woodcut and book art, and is considering teaching one in computer arts.
Brickbottom Artists Association 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville, MA02143 Operating out of a large, eponymous former warehouse on Fitchburg Street, the Brickbottom Artists Association is one of…More the oldest artists' associations in the country. This nonprofit organization offers creative workshops, classes and full art programs. Also housing a contemporary art galley, the association is part of the Open Studio program, an endeavor to expand and preserve the arts in and around Boston.
Sityodtong Muay Thai & MMA Academy 100 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 This mixed martial arts Mecca offers a wide range of fighting styles, from American Boxing to Pilipino Kali Escrima.…More Open since 1996, basic self defense classes and physical fitness gambits are on offer as well. Men and women, professional and amateur alike train here, but the atmosphere is definitely serious; this is not an aerobics studio.
This rather unique community science and education center is down a quiet street, seemingly miles from the very…More nearby Davis Square. Sprout is "devoted to creating and supporting the community-driven, learning, teaching, and investigation of science."
Through personal crafts, programs and an open studio space, the studio creates programs, research projects and public seminars in the hopes of bringing people together in the name of science.
Blue Tones Studio 561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA02143 Opened in 1995, Blue Tones offers rehearsal space and recording studios for musicians. Featuring a wide array of amps…More and recording devices, this facility caters to musicians who don't have massive amounts of money to spend on recording but are still looking for a quality product. You can rent space by the hour and they are willing to perform live recordings at other venues as well. Call for an appointment.
The Square Nail Studio is a nail salon quite unlike any other. With the interior decorated with rustic colors,…More mismatched chairs and quirky fabrics, this salon has the feel of a log cabin retreat. Candles and music set the mood, and all-natural products eliminate the usual chemical aroma found in most salons.
Opened in 2002, The Square Nail Studio offers manicures and pedicures, complete with massage of the hands and upper arms or feet and lower legs, respectively. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the ambiance warm and inviting, and the products natural and environmentally-safe.
Artisan's Asylum 10 Tyler St, Somerville, MA02143 Located at 10 Tyler Street, Artisan's Asylum is a community driven, nonprofit artists workshop. Committed to "removing…More barriers to making things," the Asylum solicits skilled local artisans to teach classes and open studio hours are common. Courses cover a wide range of subjects from automotive wiring to silk-screening and sewing. It also maintains a fabulously detailed and illustrated website with the newest schedules and most recent photos.