Welcome to NOS 2012!!
Start planning your tour of the
May 19-20 Spring Open Studios!
Download a Printable guide!
Check out the interactive map and see the artist list for links to all 180 artists' pages. Many new artists this year, and 100+ NOS regulars with new and exciting work! Painting, prints, photography, jewelry, ceramics, wearable art and much more.
UPDATES to the Printed Guide:
Note, these are incorporated into the printable download guide.
Incorrect artwork was shown for Myra Ableson in the printed guide. See correct artwork on her artist page.
Additional Artist (registered after print deadline): Garrow Throop
Tues. May 15th, 7pm
Join us at the Newton Free Library on Tuesday May 15th for a delightful preview of the art that will be on view during the NOS weekend. Meet dozens of artists and enjoy desserts and fruit! Free (as are all our events!) from 7 to 8:30pm.
Welcome to NOS 2012 – our 15th spring Open Studios event.
In 1985 Newton's Third Annual Beaux Arts Ball was being planned. Newton artist Renee Rubin applied for a grant to organize an open studios event. Because of funding limitations, her application was rejected. It was then that Linda Plaut and Judy Anderson of the Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs became involved. With their support and Renee's efforts, the first Newton Open Studios was organized. Twenty-eight artists at 19 sites participated.
Three years later in 1988, as part of Newton's Tricentennial Celebration, Renee had the chance to organize another open studios event. More than 30 artists at 24 sites took part.
After a gap of nine years, the community's third Open Studios was an important part of Newton's Festival of the Arts in 1997. This event was organized by the New Art Center with help once more from the Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs and in conjunction with the Newton Pride Committee. Participation grew dramatically to more than 60 artists at 25 sites.
In 2000 and again two years later the New Art Center organized and sponsored Newton Open Studios (NOS). The event had grown to 75 artists participating at 44 sites, demonstrating the artists' desire to reach out and contribute to the cultural life of the community.
The following year the New Art Center, limited by resources, asked Newton artists if they would organize the exposition. With the center's guidance, a group of artists, led by Wendy Seller and Renee Rubin, planned and carried out a very successful 2003 event with 91 artists at 52 sites.
Since 2002, NOS has been a dependable, exciting annual event – both for the art community and the public. It has grown into one of the largest open studios events in greater Boston, and in 2006, was recognized by the Boston Globe Magazine in its Brief Guide to the Best Open Studios.
In 2009, NOS officially became part of Newton Community Pride.SInce 2005, NOS has held an annual Fall Art Show at the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street, Newton. For the past 4 years, this has been a juried show, with jurors recruited from area museum curatorial staff. Our Juror this past fall was Catherine French, Director of the Danforth Museum. The work of 35 fine artists and craftspeople is displayed and offered for sale each year during the fall juried show.
Since 2005, NOS has been honored to receive grant funding from the Newton Cultural Council (funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council).
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