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Volunteers wanted for Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019

We’re in high gear behind the scenes putting all the details into place for this year’s Waltham Mills Open Studios. But we couldn’t make this event a success without our wonderful and amazing volunteers!

Volunteers at Waltham Mills Open Studios help our visitors and participating artists both before the event and on Open Studios weekend, by doing things like:

  • Hanging up posters and distributing postcards before the event
  • Helping with day-of-event setup and post-event teardown tasks
  • Taking photos and videos of all the great moments happening during the event
  • Helping event visitors find their way to our Open Studios locations
  • Distributing materials during the event, like program booklets and maps

(Did we mention our volunteers are amazing?)

It’s fun and it’s a great way to learn more about our vibrant arts community here in Waltham, and we could always use your help. Want to be a volunteer? Fill out your email address in the form below, and we’ll be in touch with you soon — and thank you!

Artist Spotlight: Monique Rancourt

Monique Rancourt's handmade artisan jewelry

If you’ve ever walked along Moody Street, you’ve undoubtedly seen Monique Rancourt’s Artisan Gallery — its distinctive storefront with an incredible variety of handmade artisan wares of all kinds within.

What many visitors don’t realize is that Monique’s space is also her workspace, where she makes all of her powerful and distinctive creations that you also see on sale in the front of the gallery.

When you walk along Moody Street for Waltham Open Studios and pop in to Monique’s store to say hello, take advantage of it being Open Studios weekend — don’t miss a tour of her fascinating working space. After all, this is where she makes the incredible work, and that’s where the magic really happens.

Inside Monique Rancourt’s jewelry studio
The various tools of the trade for jewelry creation, on the bench in Monique Rancourt’s jewelry studio

Call for musicians to perform during Waltham Mills Open Studios

We’re looking for musicians of all types and backgrounds to bestow our event with even more energy and interest with live music during Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019, November 2 & 3. And yes, this is a paid opportunity.

If you are a musician or a musical group interested in playing an approximately hour-long set during our weekend event, we’d love to hear from you.

Please email us directly at wmaaopenstudios@gmail.com for more information and we’ll coordinate with you on how you can perform for the nearly two thousand visitors we’ll see during Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019 — and thank you!

Sponsor 2019 Waltham Mills Open Studios

Supporting a vibrant arts community and a fantastic, free, family-friendly event in Waltham isn’t just a feel-good venture, it brings grateful customers to your door and gives your business added visibility and impact in greater Boston. We couldn’t bring Waltham Mills Open Studios to the public year after year without the generous support of our amazing sponsors.

If you’d like to become an Open Studios sponsor, please contact us at wmaaopenstudios@gmail.com .

Our heartfelt gratitude to the businesses and organizations who have sponsored our event in the past and continue this year. This list is growing, so we would love to edit this post and include your business here.

Platinum Sponsors

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Boston Ballet 2018 Ticket Giveaway!

Enter the Waltham Mills Open Studios raffle for a chance to win a pair of orchestra-level tickets to the Boston Ballet. Three sets of tickets will be raffled off, a pair for each of their upcoming performances of: CinderellaCoppelia, and Nutcracker. Find the free raffle locations at all entrances and in numerous locations as you visit Waltham Mills Open Studios 11/3/18-11/4/18.

Please note: The ticket vouchers must be redeemed in person for the best available seats for any day/time of the show you win. Each voucher is for 2 seats to a specific performance and may not be exchanged for a different performance. Winners will be notified by email and vouchers will be mailed to the winners.

 

Live music! New addition to Open Studios!

This year we are excited to present a new musical element to all 3 buildings during Waltham Mills Open Studios! Local musicians will perform throughout the each day starting at 12:30 on Saturday and 1:00 on Sunday. Check out the schedule below!

Music Performances:

Saturday

12:30 Moody Street Blues Band  144 Moody St., Parking lot

Members of the Waltham American Legion Band playing New Orleans style jazz along with soft rock and popular marches.

www.walthamlegionband.org

1:00 Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra  144 Moody, Building 4, 4th Flr

The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, a civic symphony of the
MetroWest area provides the Waltham community with the opportunity to perform in and attend excellent classical concerts. www.wphil.org

2:30 Wendy Darling and the Lost Boy 289 Moody St., Lincoln Studios, 1st Flr

Performing acoustic folk/rock covers and original music with harmonic vocals, intricate guitar work and a great groove.

bankerp.wixsite.com/wendydarling

3:00 Paul Gwiazdowski 144 Moody St., Building 4, 3rd floor, Studio 21

Paul Gwiadowski, award winning composer and guitarist will play selections from Villa-Lobos and his own compositions.

4:00 Campos Borsatto Duo  144 Moody St., Bldg 18, 3rd Floor

Marion Campos Gullotti and Ricardo Borsatto will play traditional Brazilian music from the late 1800s through early 1900s called Choro,
the foundation of contemporary Brazilian music.

facebook.com/nabanguelachoro/

Sunday

1:00 Impromptu + 1  289 Moody St., Lincoln Studios, 1st Floor

Dylan Jack (drums), Eric Hofbauer (guitar), Anthony Leva (bass)
Three good friends exploring and expanding tradition.
dylanjackmusic.com | erichofbauer.com | anthonyleva.com

2:30 Trio Por do sol  144 Moody, Building 4, 4th Floor

Adam Bahrami, Catherine Bent, and Marion Campos Gullotti.
Performing music by contemporary Brazilian composers, including original music by Catherine Bent.  |  catherinebent.com

3:00 Paul Gwiazdowski 144 Moody St., Building 4, 3rd floor, Studio 21

Paul Gwiadowski, award winning composer and guitarist will play selections from Villa-Lobos and his own compositions.

4:00 Brad Faucher  144 Moody St., Bldg 18, 3rd Floor

Performing solo blues guitar. Brad Faucher is a musician, music teacher, short film producer, and live music producer living in Waltham, MA.
brad_faucher@hotmail.com

 

(Photo credit: Michele McDonald, Artwork by Myk OStrowski)

Artist Demonstrations, Workshops, talks, and performances 11/3-11/4 during Open Studios

We are pleased to be offering free workshops, demonstrations, artists talks, and performances from 12:30-5pm both days during Waltham Mills Open Studios.

Plan your visit to include some of these special in-studio events!

Saturday & Sunday

12:30 Slowing Looking Down with Pat Mattina
Your eyes, and what you know, will be working for you as you visit with a single painting in the studio. Prompts will be provided beforehand. 
A brief conversation will follow. 
144 Moody St., Building 4, 2nd floor, Studio 5

1:00 Oil Painting demonstration with Viktor Butko  (Saturday only)

An hour long demonstration of representational still life painting.
144 Moody St., Building 4, 4th floor, Studio 2

1:00 Japanese (Kumihimo) Braiding on a Takadai with Lyn Christiansen

An introduction to the ancient art of interlacings or braiding. Lyn will talk about the anthropology and history, and demonstrate braiding on the advanced Japanese stand called a “takadai.”

144 Moody St., Building 4, 2nd floor, Studio 9

1:30 Puppet Show with Sarah Nolen

A short hand puppet show and puppet process demonstration.
144 Moody St., Building 4, 2nd floor, Studio 14

2:00 Collage Demonstration with Michele Vitti  (Saturday only)

Michele will show you see how to make a small collage with found and decorated paper. 144 Moody St., Building 4, 1st Floor, Studio 4

2:00 Trying on History (Sunday only)

Join The Costume Company as we journey to colonial America! Come try on period accurate costumes and learn a little bit about how colonial families dressed. Make sure to bring your cameras!
144 Moody St., Building 4, 1st Floor, Studio 9

2:30 Demonstration:  Making Prints—Woodcuts and Etchings
John Thompson and guest artists from MassArt will provide an interactive demonstration on various printmaking techniques.
289 Moody St, Lincoln Studios, Studios 209/210

3:00 Make Animation without a Camera with AgX Film Collective

AgX is dedicated to filmmaking on film. By drawing, coloring, stamping, lettering, or stickering, anyone can contribute to a 16mm film that will be transferred to video. Animation principles will be introduced and free play is encouraged. Children invited, accompanied by an adult.

144 Moody St., Building 18, 2nd floor at AgX

3:30 Water and City Reflection talk with Suzanne Hodes

Learn how Suzanne combines sketches, photos and memory to create her paintings.  144 Moody St., Building 4, 2nd floor, Studio 3

4:00 From Travel Sketches and Photos to Finished Painting, a Talk with Michael Wilson  (Saturday only)

Michael will discuss how travel sketches and photos are used to create finished paintings.  This talk is inspired by a recent trip to Southern France. 144 Moody St., Building 4, 2nd floor, Studio 11

4:00 Forest of Collective Thought with Sarah Leon

Participants will join in a drawing exercise inspired by the writing game called “Exquisite Corpse.” Sarah will also talk about the recurring theme of nature, and the surreal in her work.

144 Moody St., Building 18, 2nd floor, Sarah Leon’s Studio

4:30 Line Shaft Machinery demonstration with Todd Cahill

A demonstration of line-shaft driven antique machinery with power transmission similar to the kind used at the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill.
144 Moody St., Building 18, 2nd floor, Todd Cahill’s Studio

Drop in Art Activities, 12 to 6pm

Collaborative Wings a participatory art installation comprised of over 300 “feathers” each one celebrating diversity and inclusion in our community.  Visitors are invited to create their own “feather.”
Lincoln Studios, 289 Moody St., 2nd Floor

The Adventures of Micron the Art Cat

New treasure hunt for kids and follow along the adventures of Micron the Art Cat as you travel around Open Studios. Maps available at all entrances.

Art Making Space

Grab some craypas and fill the hearts with your own words and drawings.  144 Moody St., Building 4, 1st floor hallway

Exhibitions, 12 to 6pm

Community exhibit with McDevitt Art Club and Opportunities for Inclusion
Opportunities for Inclusion serves people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the community. 
McSketchIt is an after-school art club for 6–8th grade students from McDevitt Middle School in Waltham.

144 Moody St., Building 4, 1st floor hallway

A Binding Thread: An Exhibition in Fibers

Exhibiting Artists: Chelsea Revelle, Janet Kawada, Sarah Meyers Brent, Michéle Fandel Bonner, Stacey Piwinski, and Shayna Fratini
Lincoln Arts Projects, 289 Moody St., Ground Floor

Waltham Mills Open Studios and the Boston Ballet Ticket Giveaway! 2017

Please complete this brief survey and join our email list to enter to win vouchers for 2 orchestra level tickets to a Boston Ballet performance of Obsidian Tear 11/3-11/12. Ticket vouchers must be picked up in person at Waltham Mills Open Studios on 11/4/17 or 11/5/17 and redeemed in person at the box office for ballet tickets. One entry per email, additional entries can be made via social media (see our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for details). Entries must be received by Midnight EST on 11/2/17. Winner will be notified by email on 11/3/17.

You can find another free raffle to enter during Open Studios weekend at all of our locations for 3 pairs of tickets to the Boston Ballet spring performance of “Parts in Suite” March 9 to April 7, 2018.

Waltham Mills Artist Association Announces 41st Waltham Mills Open Studios Taking Place Nov. 4th-5th

Participants from Waltham Mills Artist Association, Lincoln Studios and Metalwerx to Showcase New Collections

Waltham, MA — October 25, 2017 — Waltham Mills Artist Association (WMAA), an organization comprised of more than 85 artists working in a range of mediums, announces its 41st Waltham Mills Open Studios which will take place Nov. 4th-5th from noon – 6:00 p.m. ET both days at 144 Moody St. and 289 Moody St. in Waltham, MA. The free event features pieces by nationally recognized and emerging artists from WMAA, Lincoln Studios and Metalwerx. Works will range from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture to jewelry, textiles, glass, photography, woodworking, film and more.

Visit Art Where It’s Made at Waltham Mills Open Studios

During the event, the following artists and organizations will showcase their collections along with many others:

    • AgX Film Collective: AgX is an artist-run film lab and collective whose members make and screen work while teaching the art of the photochemical filmmaking to others.  AgX films have been featured in the Boston area at the Waterworks Museum and at HUBweek 2017.
    • Suzanne Hodes: Hodes is an accomplished artist with pieces in The Boston Public Library, MOMA Library, Rockefeller University, Wolf Block Boston, and many other notable locations. She works in a broad range of mediums – oil, collage, watercolor, etc. – and themes – portraits, landscapes, etc.  
    • Lynda Schlosberg: The well-known local artist is a graphic designer and fine art photographer published in Boston Home, ArtBeat, and more, and reviewed in The Boston Globe, and Artscope, among others. She draws from quantum theories and philosophies to paint abstract images.

 

  • Metalwerx: Studiomates from the innovative school and studio for jewelry making and metal arts will participate in Waltham Mills Open Studios, this year in a different location in the Lincoln Studios Building to showcase their latest jewelry styles and other metalsmithing items.

 

Celebrating the Arts in Waltham, MA

In addition to having the opportunity to meet the artists and see their work Waltham Mills Open Studios, there will be a range of other art-focused activities available to attendees.

 

  • Grand Opening of The Telephone Museum: The Telephone Museum will pay homage to Alexander Graham Bell and the evolution of the technology. It contains telephone artifacts dating back to 1875 as well as an interactive MakerSpace where children and young adults can discover electricity and engineering.

 

    • When: Nov. 4th noon E.T. – 6:00 p.m. ET and November 5th from noon ET – 6:00 p.m. ET
    • Where: 289 Moody St., Waltham, MA
  • New England School of Photography (NESOP) Fall Open House: NESOP will be hosting its Fall Open House to showcase faculty work and connect with aspiring photographers wishing to learn more about its Professional Photography Program and avocational photographic workshops.
    • When: Nov. 4th from 11:00 am – 2:00 p.m. ET and Nov. 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET
      • Faculty Exhibit on view Nov. 4th and 5th at noon ET – 6:00 p.m. ET
    • Where: 274 Moody St., Waltham, MA
  • Performances by The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra (WPO): The WPO will stimulate the sense of hearing for Open Studios attendees while they view the various forms of art on view.. WPO musicians reign from Waltham, MA and the surrounding area and include players of varying ages and professions.
    • When: Nov. 4th and 5th at 3 p.m. ET
    • Where:  144 Moody St., Building 4, 4th floor

Throughout the event, there will be an ongoing raffle to win eight tickets to the Boston Ballet for a physical interpretation of art and dance. Onsite at Waltham Mills Open Studios, there also will be an art space for all, including children, to draw inspiration from their surroundings to create masterpieces.

Waltham Mills Open Studios is a tradition rooted in both Waltham’s and WMAA’s history, dating back to when the association began in the 1970s. The event is made possible through the generous sponsorship of those dedicated to the arts and through a thriving and supportive Waltham community. Find the full list of sponsors here.  

Waltham Mills Open Studios is accessible by Commuter Rail (Fitchburg line), MBTA Bus (70, 553, 556, 558), and the Charles River bike path. It is close to many of Waltham’s best restaurants and shops along Moody Street. Free parking is available at RTN Credit Union (600 Main St., Waltham, MA) during Open Studios.

For more information visit www.walthammillsopenstudios.com.

 

About The Waltham Mills Artists Association

The Waltham Mills Artists Association (WMAA) comprises more than 85 artists working in a wide range of media who occupy studio space in two buildings at 144 Moody Street in downtown Waltham, MA. The larger WMAA building was named The Ira B. Gordon Center for the Arts in 2011 for Ira B (Sonny) Gordon, a prominent local businessman, and a leader in the transformation of the downtown Waltham area. His family has named the building after Sonny in recognition of his commitment to the arts and his leadership role in developing a community in which artists could flourish. The WMAA hosts Waltham Mills Open Studios annually every Fall to welcome the community into studios to see where art is made.