SOS 2018 Calls for Art:
SOS First Look, Volunteer Show, Cracked: The Nut Show

SOS has three shows coming up that artists and volunteers can submit work to:

We encourage all SOS 2018 participating artists to submit one work to the SOS First Look show at the Somerville Museum. The show will be open for several weeks before SOS weekend. Many visitors go to this show first to decide which studios they want to visit. You can drop off your art between April 11 and 14. The reception will be Sunday, April 22 from 4-6 pm.

Our annual Volunteer Show at Diesel Cafe is open to all people who have ever volunteered for SOS, from 1999 to the present. Deadline is March 31. The reception will be Thursday, April 26 from 6-8 pm.

Cracked: The Nut Show, featuring nut-related art, will hang on the walls of Q's Nuts. This show is open to all SOS 2018 participating artists. Deadline is April 6.

This page has full information on participating in all three shows.

Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show Planning Meeting

Fashion designers, tech people, backstage folks, and anyone else interested are invited to the final planning meeting for SOS 2018's Beyond the Pattern fashion show.

The meeting will take place Thursday, April 26 from 7-9 pm at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue.

For more information, call Consuelo Perez at 617-669-8598, or email her at .

Volunteering with SOS

If you are looking to get more involved with SOS, volunteering can be a fantastic avenue. Not only does it help you meet and network with other artists in Somerville, but it also does things like gain you entry to our volunteer show (happening at the Diesel Cafe this year!) and it helps to keep Somerville Open Studios affordable. Every part of SOS is volunteer run. From show coordinating to filling map stands, volunteers keep SOS moving forward!

Currently we are looking for volunteers to fill the following roles. If you are interested in taking on any of these jobs, email coordinator Ellie Laramee-Byers.

  • Volunteer Coordinator: if you have a knack for pairing and recruiting volunteers for different positions, this job is for you! VC would work closely with the event and assistant coordinators.
  • Sponsorship: Are you outgoing? Do you like connecting with businesses and helping to keep SOS affordable and accessible to artists? This position includes approaching local businesses and helping to find sponsors for ads in our mapbook.
  • Volunteer Show Coordinator: If you are interested in helping to coordinate a show for Somerville Open Studios, our volunteer show may be an awesome place for you to start!

See art in Somerville all year round

March 2018

April 2018

May - June 2018

If you know of a current or upcoming art exhibit in Somerville that isn't listed here, please send e-mail to .

... and visit some other Open Studios, too

Many neighborhoods and towns near Somerville have their own Open Studios. Here are some upcoming events for 2018:

Before SOS
After SOS


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Important Dates

Art Drop-off for Volunteer Show
Wednesday, March 28, 7-9 pm
Mad Oyster Studios, 2 Bradley Street

Deadline for submitting to SOS Volunteer Show
Saturday, March 31

Deadline for submitting to Cracked: The Nut Show
Friday, April 6

Art Drop-off for Volunteer Show
Friday, April 6, 7-9 pm
Saturday, April 7, 10 am - noon
Mad Oyster Studios, 2 Bradley Street

Art Drop-off for First Look Show
Wednesday-Friday, April 11-13, 6-8 pm
Saturday, April 14, 10 am - noon
Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road

SOS Kids' Art Show Cupcake Reception
Saturday, April 21, 2-4 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

SOS First Look Show Reception
Sunday, April 22, 4-6 pm
Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road

SOS Flatbread Fundraiser
Tuesday, April 24
Flatbread/Sacco's Bowl-Haven, 45 Day Street

Volunteer Show Reception
Thursday, April 26, 6-8 pm
Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm Street

Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show Planning Meeting
Thursday, April 26, 7-9 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

Beyond the Pattern Tech Rehearsal
Wednesday, May 2, 6-9 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show
Thursday, May 3, 7-9 pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

SOS Friday Night Preview
Friday, May 4, 6-9 pm
At 34 selected locations all over Somerville

Somerville Open Studios 2018
Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6
At 86 locations all over Somerville

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