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Somerville Open Studios

2015 Registration

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Call to first-time SOS artists:
Exhibit your work in the Inside-OUT Gallery

If you are participating in SOS for the first time this year, the Somerville Arts Council's Inside-OUT Gallery would like to display your work. The Inside-OUT Gallery is located in the windows of the Davis Square CVS, and is seen by thousands of passersby every day.

Visit this page for information on how to submit your work to this juried show. Submission deadline is Thursday, March 5.

SOS Talk #3: The Price is Right, or:
How Much Will you Pay me for This Banana?

How do you price your work? How does value accrue to art, and fall away from it? Come to the third in a series of FREE SOS Talks for a wide-ranging discussion of this topic, from the 17th century to the current day.

This event will feature arts marketing specialist Jesa Damora and art writer, critic, and artist Franklin Einspruch. It will take place on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 pm at The Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Boulevard. For more information, please visit this page.

Artists and Designers Wanted for SOS Fashion Show

The SOS 2015 fashion show, Beyond the Pattern, invites all Somerville clothing and wearable art designers to participate. This live runway show will take place on Thursday, April 30, and the next planning meeting will be Wednesday, March 18 at 7 pm at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. For full information on how to participate and submit your work, please visit this page.

SOS is looking for volunteers!

Somerville Open Studios is a volunteer organization. When you choose to give your time to SOS you help your artist community. We are currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions. If you think you would like to take one of these roles, please email the SOS 2015 volunteer coordinator, Nancy Anderson, at

Map Book Distribution

Do you live near a map book stand? Donate some time and adopt one for the SOS season starting around April 8th. Responsibilities include:

  • keeping a map book stand in your neighborhood full.
Poster Distribution

responsibilities include:

  • Hanging posters at businesses around Somerville and other surrounding towns.
Information Booth Staff during SOS weekend

responsibilities include:

  • Manning an information booth for a 2 hour shift on May 2 or 3 during the hours of 12pm-6pm in Davis Square or Union Square.
  • Giving visitors information on how to get to studios, trolley schedules, and providing maps where requested.
Trolley Coordinator

responsibilities include:

  • coordination of trolleys on the weekend of event.
  • picking up and putting out the trolley stop signs before SOS begins.
  • Making sure trolley drivers know their route and helping them to stay on a schedule to ensure properly spaced trolley wait times.

(The Coordinator's Assistant role has now been filled. Please welcome Emily Marden to SOS.)

See art in Somerville all year round

You don't need to wait until SOS 2015 in May to see art in Somerville.

From February 21 through March 14, visit the Bite: Food as Art exhibit at The Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Boulevard. On Sunday, March 1, the Nave Gallery will present a Coffee Mandala Making Workshop with artist Julia Tenney from 1-3 pm, and an Artist Talk from 3:30-5 pm. Closing reception is Saturday, March 14, 3-5 pm.

On April 10-12, 2015, visit Miller Street Open Studios, next to the Beacon Street Star Market. This event happens in every odd-numbered year.

Check out current and future exhibits of the Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery, Nave Annex, Washington Street Art Center, Inside-Out Gallery in Davis Square, Micro Museum in Union Square, SCATV Gallery, Somerville Museum, Ready Room Microgallery at Artisan's Asylum, and Tufts University Art Gallery. Something is happening almost every week at one or more of these venues.


SOS is grateful for our wonderful Sponsors

2014 sponsors coming soon

Volunteer with SOS!

SOS is run by a wonderful group of volunteers, all artists and art-lovers just like you. Help to keep SOS the great experience it's been for sixteen years.

Want to ride a trolley and point out local landmarks? Prepare a museum exhibit? Help run a fashion show? Find out how you can join the crew! Don't forget: volunteers will meet other artists and wonderful people. Especially at the volunteer thank-you party after the event.

Get Involved on our Volunteer Page

Attention Artists:

Resources and Events for Participating Artists are found on the GET INVOLVED tab.

Interested in participating in SOS? Registration for SOS 2015 opened on Monday, December 15, 2014 and closed on Saturday, January 31, 2015. It's never too soon to start thinking about next year's SOS. Sign on to the mailing list (see right column of this page) and be sure to check the appropriate options.

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Important Dates

We have a Calendar with all the member events. Add SOS events to your iCal or google calendar.

Inside-OUT Gallery submission deadline
Thursday, March 5

SOS Volunteer Show submission deadline
Sunday, March 8

SOS Talk #3: The Price is Right, or: How Much Will you Pay me for This Banana?
Wednesday, March 11, 7 pm (new date)
Nave Gallery, 151 Powder House Blvd.

Beyond the Pattern fashion show planning meeting #2
Wednesday, March 18, 7 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

SOS Talk #4: Exhibit Design and Merchandising
Thursday, April 2, 7 pm

SOS Volunteer Show opening reception
Tuesday, April 14, 5:30-7 pm
Bloc 11 Cafe, 11 Bow Street

SOS Artists' Choice show opening reception
Thursday, April 23, 7-9 pm
Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road

SOS Kids' Art Show reception
Saturday, April 25, noon-2 pm
Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave.

Beyond the Pattern dress rehearsal
Wednesday, April 29, 6 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

SOS 2015 Friday Night Preview
Friday, May 1, 6-9 pm

Somerville Open Studios 2015
Saturday+Sunday, May 2+3, noon-6 pm

SOS Talk #5: With SOS in the Bag... NOW WHAT?
Saturday, May 9