February 7, 2010

Watertown & Belmont Open Studios 2010

April 24-25, 2010  -  artist's application deadline March 1, 2010

Open Studios, where artists open their workplace to the public to view, discuss, and purchase their art, have a long tradition throughout neighborhoods and communicites in greater Boston. This spring, Watertown and Belmont join this tradition with the inaugural Watertown & Belmont Open Studios to be held April 24-25, 2010.

This inaugural event has been organized by a committee comprised of artists from both Watertown and Belmont, working in collaboration with representatives from the Arsenal Center for the Arts and the Belmont Gallery of Art. In addition to artists opening their studio spaces in these communities, some will present their work as visiting artists at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown while others will present together in various locations in both towns.

Artists participating in the Open Studios weekend will also be eligible to submit work to group exhibitions, one at the Belmont Gallery of Art (April 1-30, 2010) and one at the Arsenal Center for the Arts (April 15-May 28, 2010). Artists receptions for these shows will serve as kick-off celebrations to the Open Studios weekend.

More information inculding a comprehensive application form can be found at the W&BOS website. Application deadline is March 1, 2010.

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The First Annual Watertown and Belmont Open Studios will take place from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th. This event will showcase local artists within the two towns and is free and open to the public. Open Studios serve as a great way for the community to access culture and the arts, offering the opportunity to view work, speak with the artists and purchase artwork.

In conjunction with the Open Studios weekend, art facilities in both towns are hosting group shows. The Belmont Gallery of Art Group Exhibition will be on view from April 1-30 during regular gallery hours. In Watertown, the Arsenal Center for the Arts Group Exhibition will be ongoing from April 15-May 28. Receptions for each show will kickoff the weekend Open Studios activities. On Thursday, April 22nd, the Arsenal Center hosts an Opening Reception and on Friday, April 23rd, the Belmont Gallery of Art hosts an Artists' Reception. Both celebrations run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with music provided by local classic rock band, Perfect Crime and are free and open to the public.

More information about Watertown and Belmont Open Studios including lists of participating artists and a map of venues for both communities can be found at the WBOS website.