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Somerville Open Studios 2019

The Soul of the City

Press Advisory

Somerville resident and long-time SOS supporter Ron Newman expresses it best: “I want to see the art that is created by the people of my city.”

On May 3, 4 & 5 Somerville Open Studios celebrates its 21st year as more than 300 artists across the city open their studios during one of the largest single weekend open studio events in the nation.

Somerville bursts at the seams with art. From fashion to film to interactive art, there is something for everyone. The annual SOS weekend continues to inspire and enchant the art-loving public as artists open their doors in this family friendly event. Visit home studios and commercial buildings to see a wide range of artists, artwork and creative space. Some participating artists show in the community space at Arts at the Armory, Saturday and Sunday at 191 Highland Avenue. Organized entirely by participating artists and their loyal supporters, this citywide event showcases both established and emerging artists working across a broad range of fine art and craft—painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, jewelry, clay, glass, furniture, and installation art—anything you might want to explore is here in the ‘Ville.

Begin your visit at the First Look Exhibit of participating SOS artists at the Somerville Museum at 1 Westwood Road. Map Guides are available at the museum and can be used to locate artists whose work interests you at the show. Map Guides are also available in artist-made map stands across the city. Free trolleys circulate the city Saturday and Sunday.


  • Thursday, May 2, Beyond the Pattern Fashion Showat Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, 7-9 PM
  • Friday, May 3, Sneak Preview, some artists open from 6-9 PM, see the website or Map Guide for exact information.
  • Saturday May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 12 Noon-6PM Open Studios visit artists in their studios!


  • FIRST LOOK SHOW at Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road
    Every SOS artist has been invited to contribute one work to this show, which will be on display from April 18 through May 17.
    Open SOS weekend: Friday, 5-9 PM, Saturday and Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
  • Inside-Out Gallery, in the windows of the Davis Square CVS.
    SOS artists exhibit works on the theme of "Art and Soul".
    On display from mid-April through mid-May.
  • Locavore Show at Ivy Realty, 20 Holland Street in Davis Square.
    SOS artists exhibit works on the theme of HOME.
    On display from mid-April through mid-May.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Exhibit at Bloc Cafe, 11 Bow Street in Union Square.
    Art by SOS volunteer artists who have contributed time and effort in organizing Somerville Open Studios.
    On display from April 15 – May 16.
  • SOS Kids Art Show, April 29-May 12, Arts at the Armory Café, 191 Highland Ave.

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If you have questions about this year's event, please contact us at publicity@somervilleopenstudios.org

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