Boston’s South End Hosts 28th Annual Open Studios
Over 200 Artists on hand to kick-off Boston’s Fall Open Studios Season
Boston, MA–United South End Artists, Inc. presents South End Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21 from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day.
South End Open Studios is celebrating its 28th anniversary this year. The event, begun by a small group of artists, has grown to encompass 12 major buildings and numerous smaller spaces throughout the South End. Over the last few years, some of Boston’s most noted galleries have also made the South End their home.
The free event showcases the works of more than 200 established and emerging artists creating art in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass and fiber. The public is welcomed into their studios and galleries to meet the artists, talk about the art and purchase art directly from the artists. A number of artists will also be doing In-Studio demonstrations throughout the event including photography, paper quilts, and letterpress printing.
While some of the studios in the South End are open to the public at other times during the year, South End Open Studios is the only time when all of the major art buildings in the South End are open to the public. South End Open Studios is your unique chance to explore the roots of the modern South End and to salute the artists who moved to the neighborhood long before the warehouses were renovated, the lofts were built and the brownstones were gentrified. In many ways it was the energy of the artists that has created what today is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city.
South End Open Studios is free to the public.
A Shuttle Bus will run during the event and will make stops at:
Boston Center for the Arts – 539-551 Tremont Street
450 Harrison Avenue
Piano Factory – 791 Tremont Street
Bates Art Center – 731 Harrison Avenue
Printed guides featuring details on the artists and a map with all studio locations included will be available at the two South End Open Studios Information Tables located at the Boston Center For The Arts (539 Tremont Street) and at the corner of Wareham Street & Harrison Avenue. Click here for an Interactive Google Map for Locations and Directions.
The partial Volunteer Schedule on Saturday and Sunday (11AM to 5PM) will be:
Boston Center for the Arts – 539 Tremont Street
Saturday 11-1 –Paul & Elissa
Saturday 1-3 — Deirdre & Patti
Sunday 11-1 — Carol & Al
Sunday 3-5 — Maureen & Shazia
Harrison Ave/ Wareham Street
Saturday 11-1 — Anne
Saturday 1-3 — Anne
The USEA is a volunteer run non-profit organization made up of artists who live and work in Boston’s South End. Its mission is to support local artists and to help promote the arts in the community by organizing opportunities and events for artists to show and publicize their work, including group shows and exhibits throughout the year. All events are free and open to the public.
In 1986 a group of artists at the Boston Center for the Arts invited friends and neighbors into their studios to view their art. As other artists in the area became interested in the event, the United South End Artists was formed, and the South End Open Studios weekend came into being. Today the event covers a dozen studio buildings and more than 250 artists, encompassing all of Boston’s South End, attracting thousands of visitors from surrounding towns as well as the greater Boston area. In 1996 the USEA was granted 501(c)3 status. The South End Open Studios event allows visitors to see where and how art is made, and to meet the artists. The USEA also sponsors several other art events during the year.
You can also contact us via mail at:
United South End Artists, Inc.
PO Box 181114,
Boston, MA 02118
USEA Board Members 2014
Laz Montano, Co-chair
Hope Riccardi, Co-chair
Kalimah Rahim, Secretary
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