In the past, a high point of my year was the weekend devoted to Cambridge Open Studios. People would visit my studio, say nice things about the paintings, enjoy wine and cheese as they sat around and talked with each other and me, and, often, buy a piece of artwork or two.
This year, however, every sensible precaution to stop the spread of COVID-19 dictated that traditional open studios would not be possible. So local arts organizations improvised and created amazing online opportunities for art lovers and artists to interact safely.
Two major benefits of this approach are that each open studio event can be made available to a greater number of artists (not just those who live or work in Cambridge, for example) and, instead of open studios being a two-day event, it has become a two- or three-month celebration.
This year I have had the opportunity to participate in three open studio events, listed below. Cambridge Open Studios includes presentations by groups of four artists who present and discuss their work. Click here to see the November 17 presentation in which I participated.
And Fort Point sent out videographers to record artists who wanted to do demonstrations. Click here to see my 20-minute demo, with my comments, as I create a 20”x20” landscape oil painting.
All three open studios run through Dec. 31. Enjoy!
Cambridge Open Studios organized by the Cambridge Arts Council
22nd Annual Arlington Open Studios organized by Arlington Center for the Arts
Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios organized by Fort Point Arts Community