Somerville is home to hundreds of artists and each year they showcase their work during Somerville Open Studios, which takes place May 2-4 in 2014. While the event is still months away, registration to participate as an artist is open until January 31. You can sign up online or at one of the in-person registration events that Somerville Open Studios is holding.
Tonight Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing hosts Marketing I: Why Participate in Open Studios? to help potential participants decide whether the event is right for them. Damora, the former Somerville Open Studios marketing coordinator, will be joined by Somerville artists Resa Blatman, Ellie Laramee-Byers, Stan Eichner and Skunk as she discusses the value of participating in Open Studios.
The free talk takes place at Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and there will be an opportunity to sign up for Open Studios after the discussion. If you can’t make it tonight, you can also sign up in person tomorrow at Diesel Cafe (257 Elm St.) from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
In addition to the in-person sign-ups, Somerville Open Studios will be hosting other marketing talks leading up to the big event in May. Any artist living or working in Somerville is invited to participate in the weekend. Most artists show their work in their studios, but if the space you use is unsuitable for such an event, you can apply to exhibit in one of the community spaces.
In addition to participating in Somerville Open Studios as an artist, you can also volunteer to help plan and run the event. Open Studios needs help with sponsorship and ad sales, poster and guidebook distribution, proof reading, exhibit support and much more.
Somerville Open Studios is one of my favorite weekends of the year and you can see my coverage of the event (and many other artists living and working in the city) here.