Photo highlights from Open Studios 2019

We have some fantastic photos from Open Studios weekend (November 2 & 3) to share with you. Click a photo in the gallery below to view it full size.

Thank you for a great Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019!

On behalf of the entire Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019 staff, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU:

  • To all visitors who came by to see art where it’s made in Waltham this weekend! You make this event truly special, year after year.
  • To all of our amazing artists who shared their work with the public this weekend — we hope you had a fantastic time.
  • To all our musicians who filled the halls and studios with their gift of music.
  • To all our volunteers who worked tirelessly all weekend (and beyond!) to make this great event a success.
  • To all our incredible sponsors whose generous support makes this event happen!

Thank you for an unforgettable #WalthamOpenStudios. We hope to see you again next year!

Activities, artist talks and demonstrations during Open Studios

There’s lots to do during Waltham Mills Open Studios. Take a peek at what’s going on while our artists have their doors open:

Artists’ in-studio events, Saturday

12:30 — Demonstration: Oil Painting with Stu Dunkel
See how painter Stu Dunkel works his magic in oil paints as he demonstrates how to paint a pear from life.
144 Moody St., Building 18, 3rd Floor

2:00 — Demonstration: Puppetry with Sarah Nolen
Puppeteer Sarah Nolen will give a hand puppetry demonstration from her new touring show “Judy Saves the Day.”
144 Moody St., Building 4, 2nd Floor, Studio 14

2:30 — Artist Talk: “The Marks We Leave Behind” with Hilde-Kari Guttormsen
In this artist talk, painter and sculptor Hilde-Kari Guttormsen discusses her convoluted path to becoming an artist and explores her artistic practice.
Lincoln Studios, 289 Moody Street, 3rd Floor, Studio 302

4:00 — Demonstration: Electrolytic etching on metal with Monique Rancourt& Wendy Jo New
Learn from two master jewelers how to obtain patterns on metal chemical solutions, including saltwater and electricity.
Monique Rancourt Jewelry Studio and Artisan Gallery, 289 Moody Street, Ground Floor

7:00 — AGX – Saturday Night Party!
Recorded music, indoor and outdoor film projections and snack. BYOB.
144 Moody Street, Building 18, 2nd Floor

Artists’ in-studio events, Sunday

1:00 — Demonstration: Printmaking Techniques with John Thompson
An opportunity to learn what a fine art print is, how they are made, and ask about various techniques in their creation.
289 Moody St, Lincoln Studios, Studios 209/210

2:00 — Demonstration: Puppetry with Sarah Nolen
Puppeteer Sarah Nolen will give a hand puppetry demonstration from hernew touring show “Judy Saves the Day.”
144 Moody St., Building 4, 2nd Flr, Studio 14

2:30 — Artist Talk: “The Marks We Leave Behind” with Hilde-Kari Guttormsen
In this artist talk, painter and sculptor Hilde-Kari Guttormsen will discuss her convoluted path to becoming an artist and explore her artistic practice.
Lincoln Studios, 289 Moody Street, 3rd Floor, Studio 302

3:00 — Artist Talk: From Inspiration to Painting with Suzanne Hodes
Painter Suzanne Hodes walks the visitor through sketches and photographs, tracing her journey to a finished piece.
144 Moody Street, Building 4, Second Floor, Studio 3

3:30 — Activity: “Beginners” Project with Elizabeth Michelman
This is a one hour, performative drop-in project focused on overcoming ambivalence toward creative risk in visual art and writing. Bring or borrow a ball-point pen or archival marker. (No Sharpies, please). When you come in, you will be given paper and a simple task by the artist — you’ll find out more when you get there!
144 Moody St., Building 4, 3rd Floor, Studio 1

Exhibitions, 12 to 6pm

Community Exhibit with McSketchIt Art Club
An exhibit by McDevitt Middle school students inspired by artist-student exchange.
Artists bring their physical work into the classroom, students engage in conversations around the artists’ concepts and processes.
144 Moody St., Building 4, 1st Floor hallway

DONUTS: a form-based show of toroidal art across mediums
Featuring 29 artists, this fun, donut-shaped exhibition embraces a wide array of mediums and artistic approaches, while maintaining a strong unifying element.
Curated by: Anneloes Marina & Angela DeVesto.
Lincoln Arts Projects, 289 Moody St., Ground Floor

Jewelry Edition Volume 5
Jewelry Edition was started by Kat Cole and Laura Wood in 2012 as a new type of opportunity for early career artists to gain national exposure. Over the last six years JE has exhibited 22 artists and traveled their work to different locations including galleries, conferences, institutions, and public spaces.
Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery, 289 Moody St., Ground Floor

Drop-in Activities

The Adventures of Micron the Art Cat
Follow the clues as Micron the Art Cat discovers Waltham Mills and Lincoln Studios art. Pick up your map at building entrance and get a sticker each time you find Micron.

AgX Film Collective Tours
AgX will offer tours of their darkroom, 16mm film printing machines with editing demonstrations, animation stand and vintage camera display. Experience interactive projections and watch member film screenings. Try the draw-on-film station to create your own contribution to create a community film each day.
144 Moody St., Building 18, 2nd Floor

Art Making Space
Grab some craypas and join the conversation with your own words and drawings.
144 Moody St., Building 4, 1st Floor hallway

Can’t-miss musical performances

In 2018 we brought in the talents of many local musicians to add a little something extra to the ambience during Open Studios, and it was a huge hit! So we’re bringing musicians back to Open Studios this year to yet again fill the Mills with the sweet sounds of music.

Keep an ear out for these excellent performances during Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019:

SATURDAY

1:00—Flauto Duo de Metrowest
289 Moody St., Lincoln Studios, 2nd Floor
Sonia has studied with many great flute teachers including Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Anthea Kechley, John Solum and Anton Winkler. Louise studies with Stacey Chou and is a member of the LincolnSudbury Civic Orchestra. Louise and Sonia play wherever and whenever they can.

2:00—6:58
144 Moody St., Building 18, 3rd Floor
This Newton North High School quartet, inspired by Anderson .Paakand Allen Stone, has a R&B/Pop vibe.

3:30—The Campos Borsatto Duo
144 Moody St., Building 4, 4th Floor
Marion Campos Gullotti (6-string guitar and cavaquinho) and Ricardo Borsatto Faria (7-string guitar) play a repertoire mixing traditionalBrazilian Choro and Contemporary famous Brazilian composers such as Hamilton de Hollanda, Cesar Camargo, Yamandu Costa and Hermeto Pascoal. facebook.com/nabanguelachoro/

4:00—Session450
Moody St., Lincoln Studios, 2nd Floor
A blues/R&B group based out of Waltham, performing their original material written by Brad Faucher. facebook.com/Session450

SUNDAY

1:00—Choro da Vida
144 Moody St., Building 4, 4th Floor
A quartet that brings the traditional music, history and culture of Brazil to communities around the Boston area.

2:00—Harpbeat
289 Moody St., Lincoln Studios, 2nd Floor
An energetic yet low volume harp/percussion duo/trio with harpist Shelley Otis, performing a selection of contemporary pop and more traditional Irish tunes. fabiopirozzolo.com/harpbeat-duo-trio

4:00—Nafan
144 Moody St., Building 18, 3rd Floor
A trio performing a collection of world music from Armenia and Southern Italy with Waltham resident Ara Sarkissian and Fabio Pirozzolo.

Artist Spotlight: Todd Cahill of Steamachine Sculpture

Art that moves, art that awes and delights. It’s kinetic, mechanical, steam-powered, detailed, fantastical — the meticulous drawings and moving sculptures by Todd Cahill of Steamachine Sculpture are always fascinating.

Come see Todd’s work for yourself when you tour Waltham Mills Building 18 during Waltham Mills Open Studios.

Artist Spotlight: Sharon Stafford

Artist Sharon Stafford creates sculptural jewelry and vessels. She builds her meticulous wire pieces using a variety of traditional basketry techniques, working traditional methods with contemporary themes and materials.

Find her with the Metalwerx group in Lincoln Studios during Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019.

Don’t miss Metalwerx jewelers at Open Studios

Many of the fine jewelers of the Waltham-based Metalwerx jewelry studio, school, and workshop will be sharing their latest work at Lincoln Studios during Waltham Mills Open Studios.

Join the many talented fine jewelers of Metalwerx as they share their latest work, talk about their processes, and answer questions — it is Open Studios, after all! And as with many of our participating Open Studios artists, much of what the Metalwerx artists will have on display is available for purchase. 

Lincoln Studios is home to a number of talented fine artists here in Waltham, and they open their doors for Open Studios year after year. We’re immensely grateful that they also generously host the Metalwerx fine jewelers in their shared space so we can bring more work by Waltham-based artists to Open Studios in a central and convenient location on Moody Street.

Don’t miss the wonderful artists at Lincoln Studios during Waltham Mills Open Studios!


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Bring the kids to Open Studios!

Waltham Mills Open Studios is always the first full weekend in November, which usually means it’s the first weekend right after Halloween. The kids are restless after all that excitement, so if you need a fun, free weekend activity to burn off all that energy, well, parents, we at Waltham Mills Open Studios want you to hear it from us: Yes, bring your kids!

Open Studios means you’re visiting real art workspaces, which means there’s going to be a lot of fascinating and unusual tools and materials in these workspaces, as well as finished artwork as well as works-in-progress. Kids won’t be seeing art in a sterile, museum setting, but in personal working art spaces where creativity is happening all the time. Behind every studio door there’s a different experience.

Artists are happy to answer questions and demonstrate what their tools are, how they work, and why they use those tools to make their artwork— so this is a great opportunity for kids to get curious about how art is made, and to ask lots and lots of questions. We encourage it!

“Look but don’t touch” is a good rule of thumb when visiting a studio space, as artwork and materials may be fragile. You can always ask the artist you’re visiting if there’s something you’d like to see more closely or if you want to know how something works. In some cases the artist may be happy for you to play with, feel, or pick up something, but again, be sure to ask first.

In addition to visiting working artist studios, there are plenty of other kid-friendly activities happening throughout Open Studio weekend, including:

Workshops, performances, and demonstrations

We always have a number of artist demonstrations, performances, and workshops happening throughout Open Studios weekend, and the schedule will be posted here on our website as well as in the Open Studios booklet. Not all the demonstrations or workshops might be of interest to kids, but many of them are, so take a look at the schedule to see what might be a good fit for your little ones.

Find Micron, the Art Cat!

Micron, the Art Cat!

A scavenger hunt for kids to find Micron as he hides in different places within the Open Studios buildings. There’s a Micron booklet with hints about where he is hiding, and if you discover his hiding spot you get a sticker!

This is the 2018 scavenger hunt for Micron. It’s going to be different for 2019, so don’t try to get a head start!

Live music

We’ll have live music from a variety of musicians all weekend, so if the kids are feeling antsy, they can burn off some steam by dancing and bopping to great live music!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all, big and small, at Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019.

Introducing the 2019 staff

As we kick our planning and coordinating into high gear in these weeks before our big event, we thought we’d take a moment to say hello and introduce ourselves. We are:

  • Coordinator: Alanna Nelson
  • Assistant Coordinator: Wendy Wolf
  • Graphics Coordinator: Andrea Tishman
  • Marketing Coordinator: Maria Photinakis

It’s our pleasure and privilege to work with so many people — from our incredible board and planning groups, artists and volunteers to our sponsors and partners — to bring this event together every year.

We’ve been working hard for several months now to make 2019 our best year ever, and we still do have lots of work ahead of us. But we hope you’ll join us on November 2 and 3 to see what we’ve been working towards all these months, and share with us your experiences and feedback so we can continue to make this a can’t-miss event, year after year.