Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 12:00p -
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 6:00p
1 Fitchburg St.
Somerville, MA 02143
Brickbottom and Joy Street Open Studios
November 23 & 24, 2019, 12-6 pm
1 Fitchburg Street, Somerville MA 02143
It’s Brickbottom’s 31st – and 32nd – Anniversary!
In the mid-80s, 100+ artists pooled their money to buy and develop an abandoned grocery warehouse and finally moved into their new live-work spaces in 1988. Every year since, Brickbottom artists have opened their studios to the public on the weekend before Thanksgiving, showing and selling work in a wide variety of media and formats. One year early on, the founders held two open studios weekends – which is why we’re celebrating our 32nd annual Open Studios in our 31st anniversary year! Over 60 Brickbottom Artists Association members will show their work on November 23 & 24, 2019 – in our Gallery, the “Directory Show” features one representative piece from each artist to help visitors prioritize their studio visits. And block away, the artists of Joy Street Studios will open their doors as well, many offering live demonstrations as they create new work.
Our Open Studios event provides opportunities for visitors to talk with artists in their workspaces. Our artists work in every medium and format: sculpture, painting, photography, fiber… 2D, 3D, virtual, experiential, and everything in between. Visitors interested in starting or growing a collection of art by local artists will find work in every price range. Free performances throughout the buildings on both days add to the fun and offer more ways for visitors to engage with art and artists.
Free, accessible, and bike-friendly Brickbottom and Joy Street Open Studios are open to all and free to attend. Located between Lechmere T station and Union Square, Somerville, we are easily accessible by foot or by bus routes 80, 87, 86, 88, and 91. There’s ample free street parking on Chestnut and Linwood Streets, and bike parking outside the front door. Brickbottom is fully wheelchair accessible.
Snacks on Site! Somerville’s The Biscuit will set up their pop-up shop in the Cannery lobby, providing low-cost, delectable pastries, sandwiches, coffee, and sodas to keep visitors well fueled for the day’s experiences with art.
• Brickbottom Artists Building is housed in the former cannery, foundry, and bakery of the A&P Grocery chain.
• Brickbottom is one of the largest and most well established live-work artists' building in the US. The building was purchased in the mid-1980s by a group of artists seeking stable and affordable space and converted to 150 livework lofts ranging from 800 to 3000 SF in size.
• Brickbottom has held Open Studios every year since 1988.
• The Brickbottom Artists Association promotes and supports its members and their work through art openings, BAA gallery shows, membership benefits, and other programs.
• The Brickbottom Gallery is a non-profit exhibition space established in 1989.
High-resolution images for print media use can be accessed through https://brickbottom.org/press/