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Somerville Open Studios

In April, SOS Means "See Our Shows"

Our main event is in May, but we've got plenty of art to show you in April.

Volunteer Show: Photo by Maureen Moreira.

At Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square, our SOS Volunteer Show features art by the many volunteers who are making SOS happen this year. The show will be on display through May 20.

In Davis Square, the Inside-OUT Gallery displays works by 14 artists who are participating in SOS for the very first time this year. You can visit this gallery at any time of the day or night, since it is located in the windows of the Davis Square CVS. The SOS exhibit will be showing there through May 4. We'll have a Sidewalk Reception outside the windows on Monday, April 27, 5:30-7 pm. (Rain date: Tuesday, April 28)

Inside-OUT Show: Photo by Heather Balchunas.

Our biggest group show is the Artists' Choice Exhibit at the Somerville Museum. We've invited every SOS member artist to submit one work of art to this exhibit. It's a good place to survey the breadth and variety of art that SOS has to offer, and to plan which studios you want to visit in May.

During SOS weekend, it will be open Thursday 2-7 pm, Friday 2-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. The show runs through May 8.

Our Kids' Art Show at the Armory Cafe presents work by the littlest of Somerville's future artists. It will be on display through May 8.

Finally, SOS will present its Art in Fashion show, Beyond the Pattern, at the Armory for one night only, Thursday, April 30. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show gets underway at 7:30.

Artists: Use our graphics to promote your open studio

Our new SOS Promotional Graphics page provides downloadable, customizable templates for making postcards, yard signs, and Facebook banners.

A big thank you to Jason Chase and Ellien Laramee-Byers for designing this year's graphics!

SOS is looking for volunteers!

Somerville Open Studios is a volunteer organization. When you choose to give your time to SOS you help your artist community. We are currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions. If you think you would like to take one of these roles, please email the SOS 2015 volunteer coordinator, Nancy Anderson, at

Map Book Distribution

Do you live near a map book stand? Donate some time and adopt one for the SOS season starting around April 8th. Responsibilities include:

  • keeping a map book stand in your neighborhood full.
Poster Distribution

responsibilities include:

  • Hanging posters at businesses around Somerville and other surrounding towns.
Information Booth Staff during SOS weekend

responsibilities include:

  • Manning an information booth for a 2 hour shift on May 2 or 3 during the hours of 12pm-6pm in Davis Square or Union Square.
  • Giving visitors information on how to get to studios, trolley schedules, and providing maps where requested.
Trolley Coordinator

responsibilities include:

  • coordination of trolleys on the weekend of event.
  • picking up and putting out the trolley stop signs before SOS begins.
  • Making sure trolley drivers know their route and helping them to stay on a schedule to ensure properly spaced trolley wait times.

(The Coordinator's Assistant role has now been filled. Please welcome Emily Marden to SOS.)


SOS is grateful for our wonderful Sponsors

2015 sponsors coming soon

See art in Somerville all year round

You don't need to wait until SOS 2015 in May to see art in Somerville.

Through May 10, visit The Birds and the Bees at Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester Street in Davis Square. Annie Silverman curated this show. A book talk with artist Rosamond Purcell will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 7:30-8:30 pm.

Through May 16, visit IN(sight)BOUND: sketchbooks showing the creative process, featuring work by Brickbottom Artists Association members, at Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg Street. SOS artist Pier Gustafson and Tim Fish curated this show.

Through May 31, visit Metal and Fire: The Children of Vulcan at The Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Boulevard. SOS artist Ecco Pierce co-curated this show along with William Turville.

Check out current and future exhibits of the Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery, Nave Annex, Washington Street Art, Muskat Studios, Inside-OUT Gallery in Davis Square, Micro Museum in Union Square, SCATV Gallery, Somerville Museum, Ready Room Microgallery at Artisan's Asylum, and Tufts University Art Gallery. Something is happening almost every week at one or more of these venues.

Volunteer with SOS!

SOS is run by a wonderful group of volunteers, all artists and art-lovers just like you. Help to keep SOS the great experience it's been for sixteen years.

Want to ride a trolley and point out local landmarks? Prepare a museum exhibit? Help run a fashion show? Find out how you can join the crew! Don't forget: volunteers will meet other artists and wonderful people. Especially at the volunteer thank-you party after the event.

Get Involved on our Volunteer Page

Attention Artists:

Resources and Events for Participating Artists are found on the GET INVOLVED tab.

Interested in participating in SOS? Registration for SOS 2016 opens on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 and closes on Sunday, January 31, 2016. It's never too soon to start thinking about next year's SOS. Sign on to the mailing list (see right column of this page) and be sure to check the appropriate options.

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Important Dates

We have a Calendar with all the member events. Add SOS events to your iCal or google calendar.

First-Time SOS Artists' Sidewalk Reception
Monday, April 27, 5:30-7 pm
In front of the Inside-OUT Gallery (CVS window), Davis Square
(rain date: Tuesday, April 28)

Beyond the Pattern dress rehearsal
Wednesday, April 29, 6 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 pm
(doors open 6:30 pm)
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

SOS 2015 Friday Night Preview
Friday, May 1, 6-9 pm
74 artists at 45 locations all over Somerville

Somerville Open Studios 2015
Saturday+Sunday, May 2+3, noon-6 pm
392 artists at 108 locations all over Somerville

SOS Talk #5: With SOS in the Bag... NOW WHAT?
Saturday, May 16