This Weekend in the ‘Ville: Vernon Street Open Studios!

Somerville Artists and ArtisansSo I’m a little late posting this seeing as the Vernon Street Open Studios is today, November 6th and tomorrow, November 7th 12:00 noon – 6:00 PM each day with after-party events each evening (food donated by Dave’s Fresh Pasta and Highland Kitchen), but I just came from visiting the Open Studios and thought, why didn’t I post this before? And more egregiously, how have I lived in Somerville for 6 years and not been here before?! Terrible. No excuse. But I remedied the situation this afternoon and I’m posting now. You still have 1 more day to check out the Open Studios tomorrow and I highly recommend you go.

I’ve always admired the buildings at the corner of Vernon and Central. (I’ve loved old industrial brick buildings since I was a kid and found them both fascinating and slightly scary.) I’ve driven or walked by 6-20 Vernon Street probably hundreds of times and I’d heard that there’s vibrant arts community there, but it took a nudge from my artist friend Dorothy who has a studio at Vernon Street and who reminded me via Facebook about the Open Studios event this weekend for me to make a point to stop by.

“Located in an historic 19th-century brick industrial building, Vernon Street housed the first group of artists in Somerville to open their studios to the public in 1975. The Open Studios event allows attendees to learn about the creative process, interact with artists in the spaces where they create, purchase original artwork, and discover new talent.” – Vernon Street Studios Website.

Events like this make me so happy to live in Somerville. Go to check out the art and meet the artists. I met Mara Brod, a photographer, whose work I was drawn to because of her series on Somerville. Go because you love old industrial buildings and adaptive reuse. (Part of the fun of the afternoon for me was wandering the halls and walking down the oversized wooden staircase at the 20 Vernon Street entrance.) Buy some art. Meet your neighbors. Enjoy Life in the ‘Ville.