Open Studios: Arts at the Armory

I remember when I moved to Somerville about four-and-a-half years ago and first drove by the Armory, which we called the castle at the time. It wasn’t anything then, but it was in the process of becoming what it is now, a gathering space for residents that really feels like the heart of the community in many ways. It provides nourishing food at the weekly farmer’s market and similarly nourishes our minds and souls with by hosting events like Somerville Open Studios.

Almost immediately upon entering the Armory, we stumbled upon Teeru Bihani, who is behind Blue Helix Designs, a beautiful jewelry line.

Teeru uses colorful stones and delicate metals to create statement pieces and more simple every day jewelry. Her booth was mobbed and we ended up picking up a Mother’s Day present from it.

There were so many wonderful artists at the Armory, all displaying their hand-crafted wares. One other artist that really caught my eye was Courtney Chelo who makes collages and other crafts under the name Closer to the Ocean.

Courtney’s art was so different, whimsical and imaginative. We really liked her map cutouts, which she said gave her some wicked callouses, but were, of course, worth it.

Photos by Mike Swartz

 Did you go to the Armory for Open Studios? Who was your favorite artist?

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