General Event Information

2017 Exhibits and Events

If you are an SOS artist or volunteer interested in submitting work to these shows, please go to this page.

For 2017, our Somerville Museum show has a new name: SOS First Look.
We are also bringing back the Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show after a year's hiatus.

For a complete calendar view, see our Visitor Calendar page.

SOS First Look Exhibit


April 23 - May 20, 2017

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 23, 4-6:30 pm

Somerville Museum 1 Westwood Road (map)

The SOS First Look Exhibit offers the best opportunity to preview the studios and artists' work. All SOS participating artists are invited to submit work, creating a group show that is unparalleled in diversity and excitement. Come to SOS First Look to plan your weekend.

Photo of SOS 2016's Somerville Museum exhibit, by Mara Brod

SOS weekend hours (May 4-7): Thursday 2-7 pm, Friday 2-9 pm,
   Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

Regular hours: Thursday 2-7pm, Friday 2-5 pm, Saturday noon-5pm

SOS Volunteer Show

Photo of SOS 2016's Volunteer Show by Gretchen Graham;
artwork by Rachel Mello.

April 10 - May 12, 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 12, 6-8 pm

Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm St, Davis Square (map)

SOS is created and run by scores of fantastic volunteers from within and around our community. The Volunteer Show highlights work from this dedicated, civic-minded group of artists in Davis Square's popular and locally owned Diesel Cafe. View this show while enjoying tasty treats from our friends at Diesel from Forge Bakery and perusing your SOS map booklet.

Diesel Cafe is open Monday-Friday 6 am - 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7 am - 10 pm.

Inside-OUT Gallery at CVS

early April through May 8, 2017

Sidewalk Reception: to be announced

CVS, One Davis Square (map)

Stroll by the CVS window in Davis Square, and stop to enjoy an exhibition by first-time SOS artists. Artists share their style and story in this highly visible art show, on view 24/7 through the month of April and the weekend of Open Studios.

Photo of SOS 2016's Inside-OUT exhibit, by Nancy Anderson

Beyond the Pattern: The SOS Art In Fashion Show

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:30-9 pm
Arts at the Armory
, 191 Highland Ave. (map)

A live runway presentation showcasing the dazzlingly diverse work of local artists in fashion and accessories.

See our Beyond the Pattern page for more information.

SOS Donut Art Show

April 15 - May 13, 2017
Union Square Donuts, 20 Bow Street

Behold the doughnut. Two glorious ounces of glistening goodness.

Twisted, glazed, iced, filled, topped, or naked, it has been portrayed in various mediums since its (American) invention in the late 18th century. The oozing, dripping, delectable delight is made from flour, sugar, eggs, and milk; but SOS 2017 Donut Art can be made from any medium that can be hung on the wall of Union Square Donuts.

Union Square Donuts is open Monday-Friday 7am-1pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am-3pm.


2017 Kids' Art Show

May 1-15, 2017

Cupcake Reception: Sunday, May 14, 3-5 pm

Arts at the Armory Cafe 191 Highland Ave. (map)

Work by the littlest of Somerville's Future Artists.

Information on this show, including how to submit art, will be posted on the SOS Kids page.

Cinema Somerville Outdoor Film Fest

The Somerville Arts Council and SCATV present an ArtsUnion and Cinema Somerville Film Fest during SOS weekend on Saturday, May 6th from 7:30-9:30pm, held in Union Square plaza or indoors at SCATV (in case of inclement weather).

To celebrate the City of Somerville's 175th Birthday, this year's theme is "Somerville old and new". We are seeking submissions for short films about Somerville, whether it be Somerville music, food, politics, history, etc. The selection committee plans to screen several short films mixing new submitted footage with vintage clips. The screening will total 90 minutes. Please spread the word and for any further questions, please contact Erica Jones at .

Online submission form here

Flatbread SOS Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5 - 11 pm
Flatbread/Sacco's Bowl-Haven, 45 Day Street, Davis Square (map)

Eat Tasty Flatbread, Support SOS! A portion of all pizza sales this night go to support Somerville Open Studios. We will also have a raffle with exciting prizes, including tickets to the ICA and a gift certificate to Blue Cloud Gallery. Come and enjoy the company of your favorite SOS artists and volunteers.

For detailed information about getting to and around Somerville,
visit the Parking and Directions page.