The following was submitted by Porter Mill:
The back half of the old factory building at 95 Rantoul Street, now known as Porter Mill, stood empty for a year and a half before being bought by George Vernet of Vernet Properties in Salem, MA (the building has since been sold to Ted and Kate Richard). Though the space was once home to a number of artist studios under the name of RedBrick Art Center, Vernet had plans to develop it into condominiums, until a group of local artists persuaded him to fill the space with art and artists once again. Since re-opening in June 2011, and after many renovations, Porter Mill has become the largest and most vibrant artist studio building north of Boston.
After the original twenty-two studios filled with artists and the waiting list grew, Vernet developed the second floor, which was unused, into an additional twelve studios and a classroom, which were completed in February 2012. The second floor studios filled in three weeks and the population of artists in the building grew to fifty, representing illustrators, jewelers, mixed media artists, musicians, painters, printmakers, photographers, and more. The first floor gallery space hosts rotating monthly exhibitions with First Thursday opening receptions which welcome the community in to this vibrant building. Workshops and classes are also offered at Porter Mill and available to the public.
On Saturday, June 16th, explore this amazing building as Porter Mill hosts its 2nd Annual Summer Open Studios in collaboration with Beverly Arts Fest and Endicott College Center for the Arts. From 10:00am – 4:00pm peruse the four floors of studios and first floor gallery exhibition. Meet the artists, ask questions, and purchase original works of art. A free trolley will be bringing art enthusiasts from Porter Mill to Cabot Street to enjoy Beverly Arts Fest. From 5:00pm -7:00pm guests are invited to the Gallery at Porter Mill to enjoy art, refreshments, and live music by Ali Manion and Friends.