>Next weekend is the 22nd Annual Brickbottom Open Studios event, November 21-22, from noon to six.
The Brickbottom Artists Association of Somerville, Mass., has been dedicated to advancing the arts in Somerville and the metro-Boston area for over two decades. The group’s open studios, in which participating artists open their work spaces and their homes to the art-loving public, is a major event in the local arts scene. Nearly 80 artists opened their studios last year and are expected to do so again.
Sadly, though a member, I won’t be showing this year, as I’m too wrapped up in the new books project.
BUT!! Hordes of talented and exciting artists will be exhibiting, and the event is not to be missed. You can view original artwork in the studios where it is created. Talk with the artists, learn about their creative processes, observe demonstrations of their work. All media are represented from painting and sculpture to photography, digital art and environmental and performance art. Glass blowing, ceramics, printmaking, animation, sound, theatre and music will round out the multi-media event. Genres range from abstract to realistic and everything in between.
Of course, much of the work will be available for sale, including many affordable works ideal for that unique holiday gift.
The event is free. It’s indoors. Parking and snacks are available. Take a refreshing break from Thanksgiving preparations and spend an afternoon or two immersed in the vibrant, contemporary art scene of Somerville.
Click the links for more info, and remember:
Brickbottom Artists Open Studios 2009
1 Fitchburg Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Also, just two blocks away, are the Joy Street Studios which will open more than 50 of their studios on the same weekend.
I will take advantage of not being a participant to be a visitor, catch up with my colleagues and their work, and report on the event here.