Somerville does not have a museum of fine arts, a symphony hall, or a Brattle theater. And yet, we sometimes have the impression of being the artistic hub of the Hub.
The small town that could have cinemas, theatrical spaces, a dozen concert halls and twenty galleries and hundreds of artists. Until Sunday, sculptors, painters, photographers, fashion designers, jewelry makers and more will showcase their talents at Somerville Open Studios.
Because there is literally too much to see in a weekend, we’ve put together a few suggestions for you. But don’t hesitate to dive deeper with maps, profiles and timetables on somervilleopenstudios.org.
Beyond the sartorial art and fashion show, Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
To kick off the event, Thursday’s fashion show features live models, a runway and all. It will make Somerville feel like being in Paris (and I’m absolutely sure any Parisian would tell you). From stylish and whimsical adult clothing to playful and practical children’s clothing to recycling and glamor, the show will spotlight many emerging talents from the region, including JoAnne Coppolo, Martha Friend and Consuelo J Perez.
Sculpture, jewelry, prints and more, Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler St.
Artisan’s Asylum is the place you dreamed of when you were 10 years old. Do you remember what you wanted to do back then? It’s true: everything! Mad scientists and brave artists of this space create robots and abstract installations. They forge earrings, create cupcake posters, and create hacker art (be sure to stop by Melissa Glick’s booth # 209). Do yourself a favor and marvel at certain wonders.
Fine handmade jewelry, e. original scott jewelry, 199B Highland Ave.
How’s that for a slogan? “We are creating the new legacy. In her workspace, Emily Scott combines art, heart and craftsmanship to create simple and perfect pieces. Her original work ranges from sophisticated to bohemian, and her talent shines in bespoke creations.
Derek Kouyoumjian photography, Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
The Armory will serve as a pleasant hub for the weekend with events and exhibitions. Be sure to check out the footage of Kouyoumjian when you stop. Chances are you’ve seen the work he has done for museums, theater companies, nonprofits, and local media, but here you’ll get a glimpse into the daily life he documented from from New England to Turkey to Venezuela.
Sandpaper scissors, Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
Kolika Chatterjee started the Glass Paper Scissors project as a mixed company. But the glass seemed to take over (who would have thought it was beating the paper and the scissors?). Her reused glass pieces work as “vases, business card holders, succulent planters and popcorn bowls for the Netflix frenzy,” she says. What is its aesthetic? Too difficult to answer in a few words, but she has just completed a set of 30 bowls for the Museum of Fine Arts inspired by Monet.
The green theme, Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St.
Members of the Brickbottom Artist Association meditate on the color green. It means spring and nature and environmental issues. But it also means money, envy, and – don’t hold your breath – extending the green line. The exhibition will feature painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media, and will run until May 18; the Gallery will also have a lot more to see over the weekend.