ARLINGTON, MA — It’s a whole new Open Studios event this weekend in Arlington. Each year for nearly two decades artists from all over have come to Gibbs to share their work with Arlington residents. This year, with Arlington’s Center for the Arts between locations, the event goes on to the relief of lovers of art and early Christmas shoppers alike.
“I think it will be a really fun day and it really will show people that Arlington is a kickin’ place,” said Pam Shanley of the Arlington Center for the Arts.
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And there will be a number of firsts. Not least of which: This is the first year the event won’t be held at Gibbs, which Shanley admits feels strange.
Some 18 years ago the Arlington Center for the Arts started an Arlington Open Studios event at Gibbs, home of the Center for the Arts to showcase the work of area artists in all sorts of mediums: From poetry to paint to woodwork. Since then the Open Studio’s festival has grown from 20 artists to 80.
Saturday Oct. 14 you’ll find artists of all feather at the Central School and at Town Hall. The center will provide a guide so you don’t get lost.
“It’s a really great way to immerse yourself in a variety of arts. From jewelers to people working in wood, fiber, people who draw, paint, small things big things — photography. It’s like a smorgasbord of art. You don’t have to buy anything you can just look, look, look,” said Shanley, director of the Arlington Arts Center and Open Studios.
Shanley is particularly excited about the raffle this year. About half of the artists donated artwork to the raffle. Tickets are 3 for $5 10 for $10 or 25 for $20.
She recommends you start at the Central School tour there and then follow the signs along the 3 minute walk to Town Hall to tour there.
Shanley, who has been coordinating the town’s open studios since it began said her…