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 few years back 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 than the annual East Boston Open Studios.
This year over 50 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 two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 from noon to 6 p.m.
This is the sixth Open Studios since the CDC renovated the artist studios.
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; 100 Condor Street – home to the new Cavity; Lab Gallery, 175 McClellan Highway – home to Future Labs, a growing artist community with over 20 artists and a number of businesses; 202 Maverick Street – home to Casa de la Cultura – where a group exhibit will be hosted; and 256 Marginal Street, the Boston Shipyard and Marina – home to Harbor Arts Outdoor Gallery.
Other locations include the Condor Street Urban Wild, where permanent public art by B. Amore and Leigh Hall enhance an urban park with beautiful vistas along a formerly polluted industrial site; and 260 Sumner Street–the new firehouse home of ZUMIX, which will host an open house on Saturday, May 19.
For additional information, please check the artist studios website at www.eastbostonartistsgroup.org.