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Fall 2014 open studios launched in Boston

September 18, 2014

Arts and Culture

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Twelve neighborhoods comprise the Boston Open Studios Coalition, formed in 1996.

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of Boston’s Fall 2014 Open Studios, which will cover the city’s neighborhoods with paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and fashion. Among the largest Open Studios series in the United States, more than 1,200 artists will open their studios to the public providing a rare opportunity to see the personal environments in which the work is created. All Open Studios are free and open to the public.

“Open Studios is a great Boston tradition that celebrates our residents who create visual art as well as giving everyone a chance to meet the artists who live in their neighborhood and across the city,” said Mayor Walsh. “Open Studios embodies the kind of community that makes Boston such a great place for artists to live and create.”

Twelve neighborhoods comprise the Boston Open Studios Coalition, formed in 1996. The first Open Studios event was launched in 1980 in the Fort Point area of South Boston and 2014 will mark its 34th anniversary.

Open Studios is an ideal opportunity to discover established artists, up and coming talent, collectors, gallery directors, students, and aficionados as well as having the chance to see demonstrations and discuss art with its makers. Many Open Studios will also offer live music and community events near Open Studios locations.

Public service messages about Open Studios will run this fall on electronic billboards at District Hall in the Innovation District, and in The Fenway with animation created by Jin Qu.

Free Boston Centers for Youth & Families vans will be available at the Jamaica Plain and South End Open Studios to help residents reach different locations within neighborhoods. The blue and white Boston Centers for Youth & Families van can be identified by their colorful Open Studios signage. The Jamaica Plain shuttle will start at the Stonybrook MBTA station at the start of each hour. The South End Open Studios shuttle will loop through the South End and stop at the Piano Factory, Boston Center for the Arts, 450 Harrison Ave, and the Bates Art Center.

The Fall 2014 Open Studios schedule in Boston is:

Jamaica Plain Artists

September 20 and 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

United South End Artists

September 20 and 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Roxbury Open Studios

October 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

October 4 and 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fort Point Arts Community  

October 17, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

October 18 and 19, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dorchester Open Studios

October 25 and 26, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

South Boston Open Studios  

November 1 and 2, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Roslindale Open Studios

November 1 and 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Allston Arts District

November 8 and 9, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fenway Studios  

November 15 and 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists Group of Charlestown

December 6 and 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information on specific neighborhoods, dates and websites of the organizations can be found at