#20YearsofSOS is an occasional series of public events leading up to our 20th annual Somerville Open Studios, which will take place on May 4-6, 2018.
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7 pm: SOS Kickoff Party
Somerville Open Studios will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018! Please join us as we kickoff next year's event at one of Somerville's newest art spaces - the ArtFarm! The party starts at 7 pm on Thursday evening, October 26.
ArtFarm is Somerville's next great public space: a self-sustaining art and urban agriculture laboratory. Rooted in the aspirations of SomerVision, ArtFarm commits to our continued innovation and affirms Somerville's responsibility to current and future generations. Please join us in supporting this investment in community utility, infrastructure for arts & culture, environmental sustainability, and economic development. ArtFarm is getting all dressed up for our kickoff, this Thursday night is the perfect time to visit!
Explore the ArtFarm's gorgeous greenhouse while enjoying libations and music from local Somervillens. We have beautiful pumpkins for carving, delicious cheesecakes from 7ate9, and local music legend, Keytar Bear! This is also your chance to learn about upcoming SOS events and how you can participate and make our SOS 2018 event a success! All are welcome, bring your friends, family and kids too! Stay tuned to our Facebook event page for updates on food and music.
- Pumpkin carving contest*
- Creative costume contest*
- Live music from Keytar Bear!
- Local snacks from 7ate9 Bakery and other local eateries
*limited amount of pumpkins, and prizes will be awarded!
ArtFarm is located at 10 Poplar Street. If you are coming by car, parking is available and regular GPS should get you to us with no problem. If you are coming by MBTA, take the 80, 87, or 88 to "Glass Stop" at Somervile Avenue and Medford Street, which is right across McGrath Highway from ArtFarm.
We can't wait to see you all!
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 7 pm: Singularity Black
Come join SOS and Somerville artist Jason Chase on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7-9PM, at Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, and experience the blackest black paint Singularity Black. You probably don't remember how you got into art, but we think you will remember this year of #20YearsofSOS event series, of which this is, if we may, quite a 'singular' act.
A little background: In 2014, a UK lab allowed a single artist to secure the exclusive rights to a black carbon nanotube pigment that absorbs over 99.9% of light. This exclusivity created an international uproar among artists. Soon, artists around the world will gain access to Singularity Black as Boston-area NanoLab, Inc. releases the blackest American-made paint available off-the-shelf without any exclusive license precluding it from the art community following an inaugural collaboration with Somerville artist, Jason Chase.
In Jason's own words,
On Sunday July 23, 2017 I unveiled the first American-made artwork coated in carbon nanotube black paint. I was contacted by the Massachusetts firm NanoLab, Inc. and asked to create a work that could be coated with their new paint called Singularity Black (originally developed for NASA). The sculpture revealed this month is the first of many pieces I will make with this new "blackest black" paint. The research scientists with NanoLab, Inc. and I will attend this event to answer technical questions about Singularity Black its availability to the public. Being the first artist to use this technology, I want to share it with my fellow artists and collectors. It is important to create access so artists can use it. Artists are always the ones who take new materials and push them to new limits. This super black paint and its possibilities have been stunted by not being available to experiment with. Starting with my work those days are over. I am looking forward to sharing my ongoing studio research in how to use and control it.
I will also be curating the first show of works using Singularity Black and look forward to discussing that as well.
In many ways, this event is the very essence of who we are at Somerville Open Studios and we hope you will join us!