This Weekend: Somerville Open Studios

by Lauren Russo on April 29, 2011

Open Studios weekends are a special time here in Somerville. Everyone has a different approach: some painstakingly map out the different studios they’d like to visit over the two days, some just enjoy the art that’s within a two-block radius of their homes and others just appreciate whatever they stumble upon during their usual weekend routine. 

Regardless of your Open Studio style, enjoy the weekend, support the local artists and get out in the sunshine. They haven’t been calling Davis Square the Paris of New England for nothing.

Friday, April 29

“FEAST: A Celebration of Food” at the Brickbottom Artists Gallery

12 – 5 p.m.

The newest Brickbottom exhibition,  “FEAST: A Celebration of Food”, is a visual exploration of the things we eat.  The exhibiting artists have used photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media to examine and discuss the subject.

Saturday, April 30

Somerville Spring Clean-up

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The 2011 Somerville Spring Clean-Up will be held this Saturday at various locations across the ‘Ville.  Organized through a partnership between Xfinity and Groundwork Somerville, the Spring Clean-Up is great way to get outside and help beautify the city. Participants will receive a free t-shirt, a snack and a Mayor’s Fitness Challenge Buck. Participants will be invited to attend a community BBQ in conjunction with the Annual SomerGreen Festival and Barbecue.

Somerville Open Studios

12 – 6 p.m.

The 13th annual Somerville Open Studios will occur Saturday and Sunday.  The work of almost 400 artists will be on display at over 100 locations – to say, “gee, that’s a lot of art!” would be to make a grave understatement.  SOS is always exciting because it’s an easy, free way to gain access to the work of local artists working in different mediums at varying stages of their careers. What’s more, you often get to meet the artists attached to their work.

“FEAST: A Celebration of Food” at the Brickbottom Artists Gallery

12 – 6 p.m.

The Brickbottom Artists Gallery will have extended hours as part of the Somerville Open Studios.

Tom Waits Tribute at P.A.’s Lounge

8:30 p.m.

Coyote Kolb, The Resurrectionists, Tony the Bookie and more will be paying homage to Tom Waits as a benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coaltition. A full set list may be found here.  The show is 18+; doors open at 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $8-10.

Sunday, May 1

Somerville Open Studios

12 – 6 p.m.

“FEAST: A Celebration of Food” at the Brickbottom Artists Gallery

12 – 6 p.m.

Walking Tour of East Somerville

2 p.m.

The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development have organized a walking tour of East Somerville.  The free tour will depart from Mount Vernon Restaurant, which is located at 14  Broadway.

Open Mic Blues Jam at Johnny D’s

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Come show off your stuff at one of the longest-running open mic nights around.

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Courtney O'Keefe May 2, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Once again, Somerville Open Studios was an amazing experience! Kudos to all who participated, volunteered, and organized.

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