Artists will Open Studios for Holiday Gift Shopping

East Boston artist Neil Wyatt inside his studio at the Atlantic Works Building at 80 Border St. The artists from the East Boston Artist Group will open their studios this weekend for a special holiday event.

East Boston artist Neil Wyatt inside his studio at the Atlantic Works Building at 80 Border St. The artists from the East Boston Artist Group will open their studios this weekend for a special holiday event.

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 over 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.

However, residents usually have to wait until spring to catch a glimpse of the artists’ new creations.

Well, the 35 plus Eastie artists are getting into the Holiday spirit and will open up their studios for a weekend-long event.

The community is invited to join the artists for their 1st Annual East Boston Artists Group Open House and Holiday Sale at the Atlantic Works Artist Building. The event will take place Friday, December 5 from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, December 6, from 12-6 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, from 12-4 p.m.

Artist Nick Costopoulos said the event is an opportunity to meet a small group of local artists and craftspeople in their studios. There will be jewelry, fine art photography, paintings, crafts, poetry.

“A few of us at the Atlantic Works Building got together and thought it’d be nice to have a holiday gathering to get our little group of artists known in the community,” said Artist Nick Costopoulos. “I met with Jay Woodstock, Darlene DeVita, and June Krinsky-Rudder to see about getting this organized. Friday evening will be a “meet and greet” for a few hours. Saturday and Sunday will be open studios for folks to come see where we work. There will be art available for purchase and free refreshments.”

Atlantic Works Building, 80 Border Street is located along the harbor, a short walk from the Maverick Square T stop on the Blue Line. Free Parking is available at the Atlantic Works building and along Border Street.

For additional information, please check the artist studios website at www.eastbostonartistsgroup.org.

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