Open Studios

Spring 2016 Open Studios

June 17-19

Twice each year the artists of Fort Point open their studios to the public. Join us for a weekend of art! FPOS_SP16_color














June 17: Friday Preview select studios open 4–7pm
June 18–19: Saturday and Sunday studios open 12–6pm

Twice a year, FPAC artists open their studio doors to share the arts, industry and culture of this unique community, with the public.

FPAC’s Spring Open Studios event features the work of over 80 artists, crafts people, and designers. Works are on view in studios, galleries, on the streets and in the water around Fort Point. Explore the historic warehouse buildings that are home to painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, potters, weavers, graphic and industrial designers, dancers, musicians, performance artists, and more.

Open Studios is organized by Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), one of the original and largest arts communities in New England that pioneered the concept of Open Studios in Boston. All buildings are in easy walking distance of each other. Studios are open on Friday evening for a special preview, in addition to Saturday and Sunday hours. Free participatory art-making activities for all ages will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at multiple locations. (see programming and galleries below)

Maps of the Fort Point area listing locations of studios, galleries, and events of interest will be available at information booths at the corners of A and Melcher Street and Binford and A Street, as well as at the community’s two artist-owned co-operative buildings at 300 Summer Street and 249 A Street, and at Midway Artists Studios at 15 Channel Center Street.

FREE PARKING!! Central Parking Lot across from 249 A Street, access via Binford Street, thanks to Gillette/P&G

FPAC MEMBERS: register for Open Studios here! Spread the word! include our hashtag #FPACOS on Instagram and Twitter, and use these shortened links to our website page and Facebook event page



Buildings: 300 Summer Street, 249A & 259A Street Cooperative, 315 A Street, 369 Congress, 63 Melcher Street, and Midway Studios at 15 Channel Center Street
Friday Preview, June 17, 4:00-7:00 pm: selected studios open (preview artists will be marked with a *on FPAC web listing and directories)
Saturday + Sunday, June 18 + 19, 12 noon to 6:00 pm



Why Chromasome, by Lindsay Baer
This installation examines cisgender expectations: plants growing from a male and female mannequin will ultimately merge the figures into one, inviting viewers to engage with personal complicity in the cisgender system.
Location: Harborwalk, near Necco Court

Beacons: A Puzzling Voyage, by Emily Cobb
Seek out each of the five colorful beacons around the neighborhood! These interactive sculptures–made with bright paint and reclaimed junk–are inspired by way-finding, geometry, and visual perception. Explore the puzzles, illusions, and brain-twisters contained in each one.
Location: Check #fpacpublicart on social media for location clues!

Shimmer, by Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss
Fluorescent and jewel toned plexiglass activates the Congress Street Bridge and changes the public perception of a familiar urban environment.
Location: Congress St. Bridge

Double Trouble, by Ken Reker
This mixed-media/found object assemblage sculpture examines our titanic love affair with plastic and petroleum-based products.
Location: Gillette Dock on the Harborwalk, near Necco Court


Starry Night by Lisa Greenfield and Daniel J. van Ackere
The ‘A’ Street underpass is transformed into a place to linger, combining creativity, public access, and state- of-the-art technology, using fully programmable LED lights.
Location: A Street beneath Summer Street.

PYR2014 by Don Eyles
Boston cobblestones, floating on water in the shape of a pyramid, mark past and future histories.
Location: Fort Point Channel, south side of Summer Street Bridge

Channel Center Garage, installation by Joanne Kaliontzis + Spalding Tougias Architects
Painted perforated metal panels enclose this 9-story parking garage which also serves as a backdrop for the neighborhood’s newest park. Light and shadows play inside and outside during the day, and mesmerize with flowing color LED lights at night.
Location: off A Street + Iron Street, near Channel Center development park


PATTERNS: SOUTHER Artist Talk and Interactive Off Loom Beading Demonstration
Join local jeweler Souther as she demonstrates the many techniques of off loom beading. Supplies will be available for participants to try one or more of the many techniques.
Location: Made in Fort Point, Fri. 4–7pm

ARTISTIC ENERGY: THE BRONX Screening of the Bronx Artist Documentary Project
In 2014, Daniel and Judy Hauben embarked on a project that aimed to shed light on the largely unsung visual arts community of the Bronx. Partnering with the Bronx Documentary Center, they engaged 30 Bronx-based photographers to photograph 82 visual artists at work in the borough. This 23-minute film, produced by YesTheBronx, wonderfully captures the spirit and vitality of this community.
Location: Boston Button Factory 50 Melcher St., Fri. 7pm

FILM PREMIER A Visitor’s Guide to Reorientation on Spectacle Island
A film project by Maria Molteni, Sue Murad, and Hermione Spriggs. The 20- minute film invites arrivals into a disorienting topography where mythic, birdlike Sirens embody the island’s instability and simultaneously offer instructive, way-finding remedies.
Location: FPAC Space at the Envoy Hotel Fri. 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9pm

ROBERTO & KATHRYN, vocal jazz/guitar duo featuring Kathryn Howell and Roberto Mighty perform standards from the Great American Songbook with an intense intimacy, mixing in originals
and funky takes on classic rock hits.
Location: The Gallery at Midway Artist Studios, Fri. 5pm; Sat. 1pm, 3pm, 5pm; Sun. 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

HERE’S JOHNNY Elevator Music
HERE’S JOHNNY plays country tunes in the passenger elevator!
Location: Midway Artist Studios, Fri.–Sun.

Come create and take home your own stop-motion animation, try Scratch programming or build a Lego robot!
Hang out with artist Kevin Ferreira and learn about animation, programming,
and robotics. This workshop is funded by the South Boston Community Development Foundation.
Location: Midway Artist Studios #204 Sat. and Sun. 12–3pm

Old-school tailoring: How the traditional interior of a men’s jacket is created, constructed and inserted/attached to the outer garment.
Location: Midway Artist Studios #213, Sat. 2pm

OLGA KARYAKINA SALE International Video Screening
More than 20 international artists are participating in this interactive video project, which explores a declared democracy in a consumer society. Visitors choose which videos to watch
from the categories: Funny, scary, boring, and complicated. Having a free market; do we really have a choice while consuming? Location: Art Under the Stairs, lower level of Gallery at Midway Artist Studios, Sat. and Sun. 2–6pm

Members of the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge 2016 National Poetry Slam Team will read with other members of greater Boston’s performance poetry community. Poets will share original work and samples of that work will be available for purchase. The event is curated by Zeke Russell, a resident of Factory 63 and a member of the 2016 Boston Poetry Slam Team.
Location: Factory 63, 63 Melcher St. Sat. 6pm

Alys Myers and students in the Eighth Grade ArtLaB at the Timilty Middle School in Roxbury. Sponsored by MGH, this interactive sculptural installation addresses the themes of race relations and acceptance.
Location: Wormwood Park on A St.


FPAC GALLERY Members Group Show
Our biannual open studios group exhibition with more than 70 FPAC artists
300 Summer Street, M1
Opening reception: Thursday, June 16, 6:00-8:00 pm (followed by a reception for Wendy Shapiro: Horizon at FP3, 7:00-9:00, art crawl!)
Open during all Open Studios hours

re: development invited artists to reconsider their definitions of development in order to unveil the current realities and the true potential of our shared, private and public spaces. Curated by Maggie Cavallo.
Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, Waterfront Square, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Open during all Open Studios hours
Video Screenings: Risa Horn and John Hulsey, in conjunction with the exhibition re: development In Horn and Hulsey’s works, we see community members engaging with, honoring and protecting their neighborhoods through artistic process and protest.
Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, Waterfront Square Atrium, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Videos on view from 7am-10 pm
Panel and Performance: re: development in dialogue
Curator Maggie Cavallo in conversation with artists in the exhibition, stakeholders and developers, followed by a performance by art collective This Hollow Place
Waterfront Square Atrium, 290 Square Congress Street, Boston, MA
Wednesday, June 15, 5-7 pm, followed by the performance

FPAC’s store and gallery sells and exhibits: paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards, and more, all made by Fort Point artists.
315 A Street, Boston, MA
Open during all Open Studios hours
Special Open Studios Event, Friday, June 17, 4-7 pm: Artist Talk and Interactive Off-Loom Beading Demonstration by local jeweler Souther on the many techniques of off-loom beading. Supplies will be available for participants to try one or more of the many techniques.

Pop-up show and warehouse sale: Photographs, stationery, textiles, tabletop & gifts
25 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA
Open during all Open Studios hours

Paperwork: Cut, Torn & Folded with Laura Davidson, Ian Kennelly, and Mark LeSaffre
249 A Street, Boston, MA
on view during all Open Studios hours

ELEVIN STUDIOS: Photographic works and Mixed Media  Pop-up gallery with photography and mixed-media by Eric Levin, and fine art photography by Lindsay Ahern and Lisa Richov
Midway Artist Studios, 1st Floor, 15 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA
Open during all Open Studios hours

Wendy Shapiro: Sustainable
Eco-friendly landscapes, horizons, clouds and seastorms
346 Congress Street, Boston MA
Opening reception: Thursday, June 17, 7-9 pm
Open during all Open Studios hours

Through the Eyes of Culture: Masks from Around the World

347 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Open during all Open Studios hours

Group Show + Open Studios Group Space: work artist residents of the building, and open studios artists in the lobby gallery and the halls of Floors 2-6 at Midway Artist Studios
15 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA
Open during all Open Studios hours


Use @Fortpointarts on Twitter & Instagram, and FortPointArtsCommunity on Facebook to access updated information about Spring Open Studios and upcoming FPAC events.


Thank you to our sponsors who make public art and open studios possible!

Double Trouble, Beacons: A Puzzling Voyage and Starry Night are funded by the Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Additional funding for Starry Night comes from the Edward Ingersol Browne Trust Fund, a private fund administered by the City of Boston.

Why Chromasome, Shimmer and PYR2014 are supported by a grant from the Fort Point Channel Operations Board with funds from the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License #11419 for Russia Wharf, now Atlantic Wharf. The Fort Point Channel Operations Board is made up of representatives from the City of Boston, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Fort Point Channel Abutters Group, who oversee the implementation of public benefits required from private development along the Fort Point Channel.

Additional support for PYR2014 comes from The Friends of Fort Point Channel, a nonprofit organization committed to making the Fort Point Channel an exciting and welcoming destination for all of Boston’s residents, workforce and visitors.

Additional support for Shimmer comes from the Boston Arts Commission and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

With additional thanks to Gillette/P&G and to the City of Boston

The Fort Point Arts Community, Inc. of South Boston (FPAC) is a nonprofit community organization founded in 1980 and run by neighborhood artists and volunteers. Our mission is to promote the work of our artists to a broad and diverse audience; to preserve the artists’ community in the Fort Point Channel area; to ensure the continuance of permanent, affordable studio space; to build community; and to increase the visibility of the arts in Fort Point.I n Fort Point, artists not only create art, we present two Open Studios events each year, organize art lending programs, run galleries and a store, produce temporary public art, and are active participants in determining the future of our neighborhood. We encourage new ideas, collaboration, connections, and economic growth.

Open Studios is free and open to the public
Free parking thanks to Gillette/P&G 

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