South End Open Studios 2017 will take place on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, from 11am to 6pm, in Boston, MA. Free and open to the public.
United South End Artists, Inc. will present this annual event, now in its 31st year. The South End Open Studios has provided a once-a-year, back-stage pass that invites visitors to explore and enjoy the creative environment of Boston’s largest and most exciting community of working artists.
With locations throughout the South End neighborhood, over 200 artists will showcase their work, with local galleries displaying work by national and international artists. Free shuttle service will be available to transport visitors to studios and galleries.
Printed guides with maps are available free for pick-up at South End Open Studios 2017 information tables, locations including Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. and the sidewalk area of 560 Harrison Ave.
Taking the South End Open Studio Tour
Once known as a parcel of neglected warehouses in Boston’s South End, the SoWa Art & Design District has experienced a dramatic renaissance, blossoming into a world renown retail & arts community. The SoWa Artists Guild is a non-profit association of professional studio artists at the heart of the SoWa Art & Design District.
At 450 Harrison Ave: Kathy Burdon, at left, with Kate Flynn at right and Kate’s oil paintings.
With a two-year waiting list for artists’ studios, 450 Harrison Avenue is home to the SoWa Artists Guild and the center of the district’s bustling SoWa First Fridays arts scene. Whether it’s in one of the forty-something galleries downstairs or in the three floors of studios above, there’s plenty of art on view year-round at 450 Harrison Avenue…and here are a few more highlights of my studio tour:
At 551 Tremont St: Sloat Shaw and her paintings and prints on view.
To learn more about her work, visit: https://useaboston.com/sloat-shaw/
Photo of me at left with Sloat Shaw taken by Marilyn Mase
United South End Artists History
In 1986 a group of artists at the Boston Center for the Arts invited friends and neighbors into their studios to view their art. As other artists in the area became interested in the event, the United South End Artists was formed, and the South End Open Studios weekend came into being.
Today the event covers a dozen studio buildings and more than 250 artists, encompassing all of Boston’s South End, attracting thousands of visitors from surrounding towns as well as the greater Boston area. In 1996 the USEA was granted 501(c)3 status.
To learn more about South End Open Studios 2017, the participating galleries, and the artists, visit: United South End Artists Boston
“Bird’s nest,” by Kathy Burdon, 2014, oil, 10 x 10
To view more of Kathy Burdon’s work, visit: http://www.kburdart.com
“Soho IX,” by Ann Strassman, acrylic on cardboard, 48 x 52
To view more of Ann Strassman’s work, visit: http://www.annstrassmanart.com