Open Studios

October 13–15, 2017

Friday Preview: October 13, 4-7 PM
Open Studios Weekend: October 14 & 15, 12-6 PM

See artist listings, demos, performances, and more in our official brochure!

Participating Artists Preview

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Full press release here

The weekend of October 13-15, Fort Point Arts Community’s numerous galleries and artist buildings will welcome the public to enjoy FPAC’s Fall Open Studios, its 38th annual Open Studios event.

Fort Point is Boston’s oldest artist community and home to several galleries, including the FPAC Gallery (300 Summer Street), the Midway Gallery at Midway Artists Studios, 15 Channel Center, 249 A Street Gallery, and the Atlantic Wharf Gallery at 290 Congress Street.

 

New Floating Public Art: Iceberg by Gianna Stewart

As featured in Boston Magazine!

In conjunction with Fall Open Studios, FPAC will unveil its newest public floating art project in Fort Point Channel: Iceberg, which will measure approximately 12’ length x 10’ width x 10’ height. Created by local artist Gianna Stewart, Iceberg is a visual reminder of the effects of climate change on a local and global level. Iceberg is funded by the Fort Point Channel Operations Board, and will be on view after October 8th.

Gianna Stewart is a Boston-based artist with a passion for public art. Her first large public installation, Toll With Me, featured 8,500 bells installed on A Street for FPAC Spring Open Studios 2015. She has created site-specific outdoor works for the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, 8Nights8Windows in downtown Boston, and “The Local” commission on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Currently, a Magical Amass of 122 colorful cast plastic tents hang in a skylight at the Nashville International Airport and nine giant Samaras gently spin over Battery Whitman on Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor. Recipient of this year’s Mary Shannon Award for Public Art from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, she received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University and BFA from Seton Hill University.

Gallery Shows and Public Art Installations

Fall Open Studios gallery shows include FPAC’s member show at 300 Summer Street, group shows at Midway Gallery and Channel Center, and an additional exhibition at The Gallery at Atlantic Wharf.

In addition to galleries, studios, and floating art art, Fall Open Studios highlights Fort Point’s public art installations. Works on display:

The Smallest House in the World by Jeff Smith
This house has a sink, a shower, a gas stove, and a solid waste system. It has a wind turbine and a greywater system which irrigates a flower box where herbs and vegetables are grown.  At 25 square feet, everything is at your fingertips. This house fits in a van. A regular-sized van.  Location: Wormwood Park

Art on the A Street Fence
Enlivening the streetscape and connecting the neighborhood, FPAC artists present self-portraits and visions of self. October 6 – 16, 2017, in conjunction with FPAC’s Fall Open Studios event. With special thanks to the US Post Office for ongoing support of FPAC’s public art programs. Location: A Street

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.

Learn more about public art here!

 

Getting to Fort Point

Fort Point can be reached by the Red Line at South Station or Broadway, the Silver Line at Courthouse, and is easily accessible from RT 93 and The Mass Turnpike. Studios are within easy walking distance of each other.

Free parking is available all weekend at Central Parking Lot across from 249 A Street, access from Binford Street. In order to park, pull a ticket from the lot when you enter. Free parking barcodes are available on our Open Studios brochure. Just insert your ticket, then scan the barcode as you leave. You can also use the barcode on your phone here!

Raffle Prizes & Letterpress Posters

In addition to the many artists and galleries opening their spaces to the public, we’re excited to offer more than $3000 worth of raffle prizes from local partners and sponsors. Prizes include:

  • A one night stay for two at the Westin Boston Waterfront
  • The Envoy Hotel package, including accommodations, a walking tour of the neighborhood, and tickets to the Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Dinners at local restaurants, including Blue Dragon, Barking Crab, Empire Restaurant & Lounge, and more
  • Makeup consultation & full face by MAC makeup artist Jason Gavann
  • Behind-the-scenes tour and beer sampling at Trillium Brewing Company‘s Canton facility
  • and more!

You can also buy a limited letterpress poster commemorating Open Studios, generously donated by Stoltze Design. Posters and raffle tickets will be available at our info booths, distributed throughout the neighborhood.

About FPAC

The Fort Point Arts Community builds cultural vibrancy in Boston by cultivating an empowered community of artists, organizations, and supporters. FPAC promotes the work of our artists to a broad and diverse audience, advocates for art opportunities, develops permanent and affordable live-work studio space, and ensures that art is an essential part of the life of a creative city.

 

For information on previous open studio events, click here.