General Event Information

2016 Exhibits and Events

Somerville Open Studios

It's here! The 18th annual Somerville Open Studios (SOS).
Over 350 local artists are opening their studios and workshops to the public this weekend.

All SOS events and locations are entirely free. There's no charge. There's no catch. Just come experience art and be part of the community!

Saturday + Sunday, April 30 + May 1, Noon - 6:00 pm
Artist Directory

Preview selected sites Friday, April 29, 6-9pm
Friday Artists

or try out our
Mobile Optimized Artist Directory

2016 Artists' Choice Exhibit


April 17 - May 21, 2016

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 17, 4-7 pm

Somerville Museum 1 Westwood Road (map)

The Artists' Choice Exhibit offers the best opportunity to preview the studios and artists' work. All SOS participating artists are invited to submit work, creating a group show that is unparalleled in diversity and excitement. Come to the Artists' Choice Exhibit first to plan your weekend.

Photo by Mara Brod

SOS weekend hours: Thursday 2-7 pm, Friday 2-9 pm,
   Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

Regular hours: Thursday 2-7pm, Friday 2-5 pm, Saturday noon-5pm

SOS Volunteer Show

Photo by Gretchen Graham; artwork by Rachel Mello.

April 8 - May 20, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 6-8 pm

Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm St, Davis Square (map)

SOS is created and run by scores of fantastic volunteers from within and around our community. The Volunteer Appreciation Show highlights work from this elite group of artists in Davis Square's popular and locally owned Diesel Cafe. View this show while enjoying tasty treats from our friends at Diesel from Forge Bakery and perusing your SOS map booklet.

Diesel Cafe is open Monday-Friday 6 am - 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7 am - 11 pm.

Inside-OUT Gallery at CVS

April 1 - May 2, 2016

One Davis Square (map)

Stroll by the CVS window in Davis Square, and stop to enjoy an exhibition by SOS artists on the theme of "Greetings from Somerville / Wish You Were Here." Artists share their style and story in this highly visible art show, on view 24/7 through the month of April and the weekend of Open Studios.

Photo by Nancy Anderson

This year's Inside-OUT artists are Julie Angela Theresa, Jim Baab, Stan Eichner, Emily Garfield, Pauline Lim, Rachel Mello, Jennifer Park, Sunday Studios by Jamie, and Christina Tedesco.

2016 Kids' Art Show


Arts at the Armory Cafe 191 Highland Ave. (map)

April 25 - May 7, 2016

Cupcake Reception: Saturday, May 7, 12 noon - 2 pm

Work by the littlest of Somerville's Future Artists.

SOS Weekend cafe hours:
    Saturday, April 30: 8am - 6pm
    Sunday, May 1: 11am - 6pm
Regular cafe hours: 8am - 6pm, Monday-Saturday.

Visit the Armory online at

For more information on this show, including how to submit art, see the SOS Kids page.

What I Make; How I Made It

April 5 - May 2, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 29, 6-9 pm
Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler Street (map)

A curated show by Miranda's Hearth. This juried exhibition displays a variety of work as well as the story behind it, in conjunction with #WhatIMake: The Conference on April 16. Meet the makers at a reception on Friday, April 29, from 6-9 pm.

Cinema Somerville Film Fest: Somerville Shorts

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7-9 pm
SCATV, 90 Union Square (map)

SCATV's free outdoor film festival in Union Square plaza showcases 15 locally-made short films in a variety of genres. The event will have local food vendors selling delicious treats. If it rains, the festival will move indoors to the SCATV studio. Co-sponsored by SCATV and the Somerville Arts Council's ArtsUnion series.

SOS Bike Tour

Sunday, May 1, 2016, meet at 12 noon
Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Boulevard (map)

Join fellow cycling enthusiasts on an art tour through Somerville. Riders will meet at the Nave Gallery near Teele Square at noon, and stop in four neighborhoods for 30 minutes each to visit local artists before riding on to their next stop. The tour will end at Artisan's Asylum and Aeronaut Brewing Company. Co-sponsored by the Somerville Bicycle Committee.

End of SOS Celebration

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 6-8:30 pm
Bantam Cider, 40 Merriam Street (map)

Come unwind with fellow artists and the community. We will be giving away a free registration to the 2017 Somerville Open Studios, t-shirts, and there will be Bantam's delicious cider!

Past Events

Flatbread SOS Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 5 - 11 pm
Flatbread/Sacco's Bowl-Haven, 45 Day Street, Davis Square (map)

Eat Tasty Flatbread, Support SOS! A portion of all pizza sales this night go to support Somerville Open Studios. We will also have a raffle with exciting prizes, including tickets to the ICA and a gift certificate to Blue Cloud Gallery. Come and enjoy the company of your favorite SOS artists and volunteers.

For detailed information about getting to and around Somerville,
visit the Parking and Directions page.