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Save the date! Fall 2016 Open Studios

October 14-16

October 14: Friday Preview select studios open 4–7pm
October 15-16: Saturday and Sunday studios open 12–6pm

REGISTER FOR OPEN STUDIOS HERE

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Spring 2016 Open Studios

June 17-19

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Spring 2016 Open Studios a success!!

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

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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 http://bit.ly/1srssYT and Facebook event page http://bit.ly/1U7K3mT ____________________________________________

PROGRAMMING AT A GLANCE

FORT POINT OPEN STUDIOS 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

LIST OF PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

TEMPORARY INSTALLATIONS 

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Photo: Lindsay Baer

Why Chromasome, by Lindsay Baer

“Why Chromasome examines the concept of the ​
“desirable,” particularly as it pertains to our own bodies. The installation reclaims the mannequin, an object that exemplifies our expectations of the “default” form and/or the form we should strive to attain – one that is thin, white, able-bodied​, neurotypical, cisgender, and adheres to the outward appearance and mannerisms ascribed to its assigned gender. Plants will grow from the two bodies – one male and one female – until what was previously two distinct containers becomes a singular harmonious entity.” 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!

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Shimmer, by Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss
Fluorescent and jewel toned plexiglass activates the Congress Street Bridge spanning Fort Point Channel and changes the public perception of a familiar urban environment. #shimmerfortpoint

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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

PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS

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.

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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

EVENTS OF INTEREST

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

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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

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

KIDS CORNER AT STUDIO FERREIRA! 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

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PHILIP & ANH SAWYER 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

ZEKE RUSSELL PRESENTS: POETRY READING 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

MAKING ART COLOR BLIND . . . ? 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.

GALLERIES IN FORT POINT

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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

THE GALLERY AT ATLANTIC WHARF

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re: development the exhibition invites 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

re: development – the discourse 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

Please join us for re: development – the discourse on June 15, 5-7 pm in the Fort Point Room at Atlantic Wharf. Followed by a live performance by That Hollow Place! 

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Artistic processes such as filmmaking, video, socially-engaged and activist art utilize time as a method for exploring important social issues. In these works by Risa Horn and John Hulsey with the City Life/Vida Urbana Arts Committee we are introduced to a cross-section of Boston residents engaging with a language of neighborhood and home through such media. Horn’s Moving Colors of Life is a dance narrative created and performed by artists living along the Fairmount Cultural Corridor. This work interweaves African, ballet, modern and hip-hop dance styles to describe a type of “community commerce” specific to these communities. In Hulsey’s 72 Hours, Letters to Bank of America and Redlined, Boston residents and community organizers challenge the powers-that-be and draw attention to issues of foreclosure, displacement and trace the history of Redlining in our region. Art can be our access to the details, nuances and truths that make up the City of Boston. As a form of research, these works provide us with the opportunity to think deeply about how to design and define development in our region. Videos on view during all Open Studios hours. 

MADE IN FORT POINT

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.

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


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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

FP3 GALLERY

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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

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Through the Eyes of Culture: Masks from Around the World 347 Congress Street, Boston, MA Open during all Open Studios hours

MIDWAY GALLERY

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

CONNECT WITH US

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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 Art Commission and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

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

ABOUT THE FORT POINT ARTS COMMUNITY 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 

Need directions? Information on getting here by T or car here Got more questions? Email us at info(at)fortpointarts.org