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Somerville Open Studios

2015 Registration

Registration for SOS 2015 is open! and will close this Saturday, January 31 at midnight.

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 first planning meeting will be Wednesday, February 4 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 Talk #2: Engaging the Public

How do you get people to come see your art work? Come to the second in a series of FREE talks on SOS for some ideas on how to attract your best clients, the press, gallery owners, critics, curators, bloggers, and dealers.

This event will feature arts marketing specialist Jesa Damora and several experienced artists. It will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at 7 pm at Mad Oyster Studios, 2 Bradley Street. For more information, 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 one of the following roles, please email the 2015 coordinator, Ellie Laramee-Byers at

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.
Coordinator's Assistant

responsibilities include:

  • Helping coordinator with physical tasks such as making sure map book distribution locations are stocked, picking up items for shows (artists' choice, volunteer show) prior to SOS. A car is recommended.
  • Starting in February-March this position will require 10-15 hours per week, leading up to SOS. A stipend will be available.

See art in Somerville all year round

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

From January 7-31, 2015, visit The Sketchbook Show at the Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester Street in Davis Square. The show is curated by SOS's Ellie Laramee-Byers and Rachel Mello.

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 will close 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

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Registration for SOS 2015 Closes
Saturday, January 31 at midnight!

Beyond the Pattern fashion show planning meeting
Wednesday, February 4, 7 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

SOS Talk #2: Engaging the Public
Wednesday, February 18, 7 pm (new date)
Mad Oyster Studios, 2 Bradley Street

SOS Talk #3: Pricing and Selling
Tuesday, March 3, 7 pm

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

Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show
Thursday, April 30
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