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Somerville organizations open studios and shops this weekend for holiday shopping

Posted by Your Town  December 5, 2013 11:42 AM

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Tis’ the season for art, food, and shopping local! This weekend, multiple Somerville and other area art organizations open their studios and set up shop to provide shoppers with a unique, holiday shopping experience.

The following open studios and artist markets will be taking place throughout the weekend:

Mudflat Open Studios
Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Holiday Arts and Eats Festival
Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Vernon Street Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
4th Annual Holiday SLAM
Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Holiday Vintage Market
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Mudflat Open Studios

Lynn Gervens, the executive director of Mudflat Studios, said over 100 ceramic and clay artists will be showing and offering their works for sale at their open studios this weekend. The annual holiday sale offers a variety of art.

“A lot of it is functional ceramics, cups plates bowls, tea pots, etc. But then there’s also people doing more abstract works as well, such as sculptures,” Gervens said.

Gervens said that shopping by attending holiday open studios and markets is a great way to not only get gifts for loved ones, but to also invest in the community. She encourages everyone to get out and see what artists have to offer this weekend.

“It’s always great to support local artists. You get to see the work they do and where they’re making the work,” Gervens said. “People love coming to Mudflat and other open studio events to see the work places. You get to snoop around the artists studios!”

Mudflat Open Studios will be taking place at 81 Broadway in Somerville, near Sullivan Station. Open studio hours are on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the weekends of Dec. 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information and to see a list of participating artists, visit their website.

Holiday Arts and Eats Festival

The first annual Holiday Arts and Eats Festival at Assembly Row will feature over 25 New England food trucks and over 60 Etsy artisans. Participating food trucks include The Bacon Truck, Kickass Cupcakes, the Pasta Pot, Frozen Hoagies, Boston’s Baddest Burger, Bon Me, Pennypackers, and more.

The event will also feature photo opportunities with Santa, live music, and plenty of holiday cheer. Friday night, with the Holiday Arts and Eats After Dark event, is targeted towards the 21+ crowd, where there will be beer, heated wine, and the regular markets. Saturday and Sunday includes many family-friendly events and activities appropriate for the whole family.

The Holiday Arts and Eats Festival will take place on Friday night (21+ only) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at Assembly Row. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event’s website.

Vernon Street Open Studios

Vernon Street will open its doors for its annual open studios event this weekend. Heather Balchunas, one of the event’s coordinators, said nearly 80 artists will participate by opening their studio doors and inviting participants to witness their creative process. She said that it’s great that the event coordinates with the holidays because it provides an excellent opportunity for area residents to enjoy a very unique shopping experience where they can find everything they need in one stop.

“It’s really great quality, and it’s great for the holidays. You can find things in all different price ranges,” Balchunas said. “You can get a scarf, jewelry, a print, or photograph. There’re a lot of different types of things that can suit a lot of tastes.”

Vernon Street Open Studios will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. at their studios, located at 6 and 20 Vernon Street, Somerville. For more information or to see a list of participating artists, visit their website.

4th Annual Holiday SLAM

The Saturday Local Artist Market (SLAM) will once again be taking over the back room in The Burren to celebrate the holidays. Every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas, about 18 artists will display their works for sale at The Burren in Davis Square.

Mary Keane, the event’s organizer, said it’s a great shopping experience. Between the awesome art and the $5 lunch special offered by The Burren, she said it’s a great experience you won’t ever find in a mall.

“It’s a very lively atmosphere. There’s blue grass music in the afternoon from about 2 o’clock on in the front room,” Keane said. “You can have a drink, walk back with your drink and browse the market as well.”

SLAM will take place on Dec. 7, 14, and 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Burren in Davis Square. For more information, visit the event’s website.

Holiday Vintage Market

The Holiday Vintage Market, an almost-extension of The Davis Flea market that takes place during the summer, will take place this Sunday. Greg Ghazil, the organizer, said it’s geared specifically towards gift-shopping, enabling shoppers to come and browse a variety of reclaimed, repurposed, rediscovered, and reconnected wares. The website states, “You’ll never know what you’ll find at the market and that’s the way we like it.”

“It was really successful last year,” Ghazil said. “I think people are in dire need of something unique, either in what their gift choices are for people or their shopping experiences. Especially around here, people would way rather see the person and shake the person’s hand and develop a relationship with that person [when buying presents].”

The Holiday Vintage Market will take place on Sundays Dec. 8 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory, located at 81 Highland Avenue. For more information, visit the event’s website.

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