Come to the 31st Fort Point Arts Open Studios!
Having worked in and been part of the Fort Point Channel for many years, it’s with much appreciation every year that I get to Open Studios.
What do I know? Let’s just say I was half way through college when I watched the Summer Street Bridge being torn down from 337 Summer Street during my photo internship with Eric Roth in the very early days of the Big Dig.
On Friday October 15th you can attend various preview openings at Selected Studios:
Event of note is photographer Eric Levin’s Opening Event at 7PM:
Elevin Studios will host an open studios kick-off party in their street-level studio featuring works by photographer, Eric Levin. Open bar sponsored by Skyy Vodka Infusions. 10% of art sales and $5 suggested donation will go to “BULLYING… We’re Kitckin’ It!” to help prevent bullying in local schools.
On Saturday Oct. 16th and Sunday Oct. 17th from 11AM-6PM: All Studios are open
Read on for some of our favs, and only some. Be sure to go online at FORTPOINTARTS.ORG and explore the list of over 150 artists opening their doors to the public. Anything in green, we’ve linked to the artist’s info to make things easy. Keep in mind, while some of these artists sell year round, Open Studios is typically full of better on-site deals. POTTERY: LINDA HUEY, great items, affordable, Linda’s work is all organic form. (her soap dishes and small pins have been great gifts that I have purchased in years past) GIFT + GREETING CARDS: BOB’S YOUR UNCLE , from cards to giftwrap, browse their site. CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY: CAROL STOLTZE , Carol’s pieces combine metals and natural stones as the perfect compliment. INSTALLATION AT 319 A Street: SPIRITED MAGAZINE, artist/stylist/fashion designer Amanda Antunes presents her launch edition of the magazine in installation form. (find her on the 3rd floor in the rear building) PHOTOGRAPHY: BOB PACKERT, photography and mixed media incorporating Packert’s fashion and fine art work. (Last year everything displayed was for sale, interestingly you could find unique pieces not typical of Packert’s commercial style – can you say artistic value?) PHOTOGRAPHY: STEPHEN SHEFFIELD , is described as a photographic illustrator. Though his doors will not be open this year, Sheffield has a huge piece of art in a restaurant that is opening Friday 10/15. The Island Creek Oyster Bar in the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square. BIG! 12 ft high by 37 feet wide. Go check it out.
For many years it’s been a great place for me to shop for holiday gifts that are one of a kind (think Jewelry, Pottery) feasible items from the most amazing and talented artists.
Bring your Camera! the Public Art is just phenomenal! My #1 as of late is STARRY NIGHT (bridge near 326 A St.) If you can see it at dusk, do it! 4800 Blue LED lights on the underside of the Summer Street Bridge will WOW you.
Map it out, wear comfortable shoes and plan to do a bit of walking. The artist’s buildings span from the 259 area of A Street, Wormwood up to 337 Summer and around Congress Street.
Have a plan, bring a bottle of water, dress in layers – some studios are hot, literally and you’ll step back outside this weekend into the mid 50’s overcast streets. (bring an umbrella, there is a chance of rain)
Bring Checks, Cash and Credit Cards. You’re dealing with a wide range of artists and payment methods. Also pack a measuring tape, you may need it if you find something you love and are not sure of the size.
Lastly, Plan on spending the day, the whole day. Because it’s totally worth it!