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Event Information

2024 Open Studios Event

Somerville Open Studios 2024 took place on Saturday + Sunday, May 4-5, 2024, from 12-6 pm each day, at the studios and homes of more than 350 Somerville artists.

One small group show, The Book As Art – Unbound, will remain on display at the Somerville Public Library through May 29, 2024.

Stay tuned for next year’s SOS, May 3-4, 2025. Registration will open in mid-December, 2024.

Exhibits and event details

SOS 2024 included these exhibits and events that showcased Somerville artists. All SOS events and exhibits are always free of charge.

We expect to present similar exhibits and events next spring for SOS 2025.

  • SOS 2024 First Look Exhibit

    Somerville Museum • 1 Westwood Road (Map #E5)
    Thursday, April 11  – Saturday, May 11, 2024

    SOS First Look show 2024
    SOS First Look show 2024

    This show is open to all 2024 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.

    SOS weekend hours:
    Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 11 am – 6 pm

    Post-SOS hours, May 9-11:
    Thursday 2-7 pm, Friday 2-5 pm, Saturday noon-2 pm

    The Somerville Museum is fully accessible, with an elevator at street level.

    (If you are an SOS artist looking for information on picking up your First Look art after the show closes, please follow this link.)

  • SOS 2024 Volunteer Small Works Show

    Forge Baking Company • 626 Somerville Avenue (Map #E3)
    April 12 – May 20, 2024
    Opening reception: Thursday, April 18, 5:00-6:00 pm

    The SOS 2024 Volunteer Small Works Show displays small works of art by the people who work hard to make Somerville Open Studios happen every year.

    2024 SOS Volunteer Show

    List of artists displaying art in this show

  • SOS 2024 Inside-Out Gallery Show

    CVS Windows • One Davis Square (Map #E1)
    April 19 – May 20, 2024

    This year’s Inside-Out Gallery show celebrates the silver anniversary of Somerville Open Studios, with artists reflecting on what SOS has meant to them over the past 25 years. To view some of the selected responses, visit somervilleartscouncil.org/insideout/SOSExhibit2024

    The show includes works by Aliza Arzt, Clint Attebery, Jim Baab, Robert Boyer, Liv Cappello, Alison Drasner, Stan Eichner, Yildiz Grodowski, Michael Kersh, Pauline Lim, Melissa London, Charles Daniels Photography, Samantha Paris Estes, Julie Peck, Judith Prager, Hilary Scott, Nicholas Shectman, and Stephanie Vecellio.

  • SOS 2024 Locavore Shows

    This year, SOS presents two small Locavore group shows at locations around Somerville.

    At Neighborhood Produce, 691 Broadway in Ball Square (Map #E2), the theme is Community. The show is displayed in the store window, so you can see it from the sidewalk at any time from April 19 to May 12. Here’s a list of artists exhibiting in this show.

    At the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Avenue (Map #E7), the theme is The Book As Art: Unbound. We show art that uses the book as content and/or medium to explore and transform our idea of what a book can be. The show is on display from May 1 – 29 during regular library hours. Here’s a list of artists exhibiting in this show. A reception will take place on Tuesday, May 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

    Photo: Ron Newman
  • SOS 2024 Kids’ and Teens’ Art Show

    Rooted Armory Cafe • 191 Highland Avenue (Map #45)
    May 1 – 12, 2024
    Closing reception: Sunday, May 12, 4:30-6:30 pm

    Art by Somerville children and teens is on display in the Armory cafe from May 1 through 12. For more information, visit the SOS Kids page.

  • Artwear: The SOS 2024 Fashion Show

    Crystal Ballroom • 55 Davis Square (Somerville Theatre building)
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 • Doors open 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm

    The term Artwear refers to clothing and other wearables designed as conceptual or fine art. Artwear operates outside of the boundaries normally presented in fashion to favor an approach that prioritizes style and vision.

    In past years, SOS has provided the public with a fashion show titled Beyond the Pattern to kick off open studios weekend. This show made it possible for textile artists to be included in open studios in a way that was more conducive to their art form than a studio opening or a gallery.

    This year, the SOS fashion show was held at the Crystal Ballroom in Davis Square on Thursday, May 2nd. The Crystal Ballroom is directly above the Somerville Theatre. Doors open at 6pm for cocktail hour with the show beginning at 7pm. The venue will have a full bar and runway seating. The event is free for the public to view original textile art by Somerville artists! 

    For more information, including a list of participating designers, please visit the Artwear page.

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Maps

SOS 2024 maps are now available online.
static map (jpg) / static mapbook (PDF)
We also have an interactive online map.
Printed maps are available at streetside kiosks all over Somerville.

Updates to artist listings

Laura Quincy Jones has been added to the list of artists showing at the Armory (Map #45).

These artists will not be open for SOS 2024:

Although already-printed SOS maps include a red marker E6 for an exhibit called “Locavore: Art Unleashed”, we will not be holding this show in 2024.

Puzzled?

For our 25th year, here’s a fun way to discover artists and other parts of SOS that you normally might not come across – a series of puzzles, one released each week.

Solving the puzzles may take you through the SOS artist listings, give you cause to visit some of the permanent public artwork throughout town, or just challenge you to think creatively.