Part of what has made East Boston a wonderful place in which to live is the neighborhood’s flourishing artist community. The East Boston’s Artist Group at 80 Border St., renovated a decade ago by the East Boston Community Development Corp., is unlike any other art gallery or studio in Boston. Here the building balances unique workspace for artists with a fine gallery in which to display local art shows with weekly, monthly and annual events to embrace community participation and support.
Year after year, no other event tries to engage Eastie residents and expose them to the world of art and culture as does the annual East Boston Open Studios.
This year over 35 Eastie artists invite the community to see their latest creations in their studios, view group exhibitions, attend live music and dance performances and visit the new artist studios across the neighborhood.
The 10th Annual Open Studios, a two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With top notch artists displaying their works ranging from paintings, photography, sculptures and jewelry and crafts, Eastie’s artist community will be excited to show off other artists space that have spawned in recent years.
Open Studios locations include 80 Border Street – The Atlantic Works Building – which features four floors of artist studios; 256 Marginal Street, the Boston Shipyard and Marina – home to Harbor Arts Outdoor Gallery; and 260 Sumner Street where ZUMIX will host an open house on Saturday, May 18.
This year’s Open Studios is also a fundraiser for the Friends of the East Boston Library’s art restoration campaign. Donations will be accepted to fund the restoration of four of the Frederick Leonard King paintings from the 1935 WPA series “Ships through the Ages”.
For additional information, please check the artist studios website at www.eastbostonartistsgroup.org.