2024 Open Studios Event
Somerville Open Studios 2024 will take place on Saturday + Sunday, May 4-5, 2024, from 12-6 pm each day.
We expect SOS 2024 to be similar to SOS 2023, which occurred in May 2023 and is described below.
Come back to this page next year for more information about SOS 2024.
2023 Open Studios Event
Somerville Open Studios 2023 took place on Saturday + Sunday, May 6-7, 2023, from 12-6 pm each day. Visit some of our 300+ member artists and experience art across the city. To prepare for the event, view or download a map and view a directory of participating artists. Printed maps will also be available at locations across the city of Somerville. There will be a trolley service during the days of the event to make it easy for you to get around.
Exhibits and other events
As in prior years, SOS 2023 will include exhibits and other events that showcase Somerville artists. See more information below.
- SOS 2023 First Look Exhibit
Somerville Museum • 1 Westwood Road (Map #51)
Friday, April 21 – Saturday, May 13, 2023
This show is open to all 2023 SOS registered artists. We strongly recommend viewing this artist choice non-juried group show – many studio visitors plan their trip based on what they see here. A great sampling of works by our member artists.
Pre- and post-SOS hours:
Thursdays 2-7 pm, Fridays 2-5 pm, Saturdays noon-5 pm
SOS weekend hours:
Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, 11 am – 6 pm
The Somerville Museum is now fully accessible, with an elevator at street level.
- SOS 2023 Locavore Show: Good Enough to Eat!
Neighborhood Produce display window
691 Broadway • Ball Square (Map #26)
Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, May 14, 2023
Whether we have too much, just enough or too little, food is a crucial part of our daily lives. It brings us together with its luscious smells, textures and variety. Here in Somerville our community works together to ensure that everyone has enough to eat and enjoy. We are blessed to have food from all over the world, available all year round, which we can be found at supermarkets, neighborhood markets, food pantries, farmers markets and community fridges.
The focus of this Locavore show is on the provision of food and groceries. This includes portrayal of the food itself, as well as food insecurity, sourcing food, shopping or providing food.
SOS 2023 artists featured in this show are Aliza Arzt, Jim Baab, Sarah Dudek, Stan Eichner, Julia Emiliani, Mas Graher, Suzi Grossman, Michael Kersh, Dominique Lecomte, Melissa London, Jane Long, Debra Olin, Nevena Pilipović-Wengler, Katya Popova, John Rice, and Mary Sullivan.
The Locavore show is viewable from outside the store window, and is therefore accessible.
Neighborhood Produce is open Wednesday through Sunday, 8 am to 8 pm.
Somerville Arts Council and the Inside-OUT Gallery present
An SOS Artist Members’ Showcase Exhibit
Tuesday, April 18 – Wednesday, May 17, 2023
CVS display windows, One Davis Square (Map #11)
Bounce Somerville: a hub of creative energy. It is an active pulse that reflects, engages, and responds to our environment. It is through this mantra that Somerville Open Studios community has adapted, pivoted, and now ready to bounce back with its trademark rigor, bringing art to the masses. In the spirit of this theme, we ask applicants to explore ways the art can bounce, reflect, bloom, or change direction. Artists are invited to interpret this theme in a variety of ways– such as lively depictions of urban life, reflective landscapes, playful sculptures, or cerebral abstract explorations. Whatever the medium, we look forward to seeing your creative interpretations.
So, it’s time to bounce back and spring forward into another exciting Somerville Open Studios weekend.
This year’s exhibit features SOS 2023 artists Sandra Allik, Aliza Arzt, Clint Attebery, Jim Baab, Nina Berkowitz Bock, Robert Boyer, Sarah Carlson, Lily Chylek, Jonathan Donahue, Alison Drasner, Ario Elami, Samantha Paris Estes, Rachel Sheerah Freudenburg, Yildiz Grodowski, Gina Halstead, Dominique Lecomte, Adam Leveille, Pauline Lim, Claire Lima, Melissa London, Monique McNally, Karen Molloy, Julie Peck, Nevena Pilipović-Wengler, Judith Prager, Sebastian Rizzon, Hilary Scott, Amy Stein, Emily Valenza, and Renee Zale.
- SOS 2023 Volunteer Small Works Show
Forge Baking Company, 626 Somerville Avenue (Map #45)
Wednesday, April 12 – Sunday, May 14, 2023 7 am to 5 pm.
Forge Baking Company hosts a show of small works by current and recent SOS volunteers: Aliza Arzt, Seth Berkowitz, Sarah Carlson, Aram Comjean, Daniel Coughlin, Jonathan Donahue, Alison Drasner, Nina Eichner, Stan Eichner, Martha Friend, Pam Greene, Yildiz Grodowski, Melissa London, Jane Long, Morgane Mathews, Michele O’Brien, Rajiv Raman, Julia Tenney, Catherine Weller, and Tori Weston.
Our show is on the back wall of Forge Baking Company.
Forge is open every day from 7 am to 5 pm. Forge is fully accessible.
- SOS 2023 Kids’ and Teens’ Art Show
Rooted Armory Cafe, Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue (Map #56)
Tuesday, May 2 – Saturday, June 3, 2023
The SOS Kids’ Art Show is back for 2023, now including Teens as well! This year’s theme is BOUNCE! Budding artists are invited to interpret this theme however they choose. Can colors bounce? What if your house bounced? What if you bounced?! Kids and teens 18 and under will keep this theme in mind as they submit their own interpretations of BOUNCE!
Rooted Armory Cafe is open Tuesdays-Fridays noon-7:30 pm, Saturdays 9 am-7:30 pm, and on Sunday, May 7 during SOS, 12-6 pm. The cafe may also be open evenings, other Sundays, or Mondays if special events are scheduled there.
There will be a Closing Reception on Saturday, June 3, from 1-2:30 pm.
Search by artist name, address or medium
SOS 2023 maps are now available. We have links to both online/interactive and printable maps.
Updates and corrections
The following artists withdrew after we produced the printed SOS 2023 map, and will no longer be open during the SOS weekend:
- Susan Livada, Ann Hirsch, and Anne Russell (Mad Oyster Studios, map #65)
- Diane Machado (map #34)
- Hanna Bernbaum (map # 64)
- Joyce Wu (map #16)
- Terry Dovidio, Barbara Elfman and Lucy Walker (Vernon Street Studios, map #60)
- Photos by Charlie Daniels at The Nave Gallery (map #2) will not be open. The other exhibit at this location, STEM CURES by Ayman Halaseh, will be open.
The outdoor Firefly event at SomerNova (map #71) will be open Saturday only, May 6, from 3 – 10 pm. (The artists at SomerNova’s indoor Studio for Sculptural Arts, map #72, will be open regular SOS hours all weekend.)
Mudflat Pottery School (map #88) will be open Friday, May 5, 6-10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm.
Jane Sherrill (Vernon Street Studios, map #61) will be open Saturday only.