Arlington Open Studios returns on Saturday, November 13 in a mostly with lots of new features and visitor favorites.

Over 50 participants will be featured this year at 3 locations in Arlington Center. The Robbins Library will offer a Book & Art Sale as a new addition to the event. Six Studio Artists will open their doors to visitors. Participating artists will present a range of mediums including painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, glass, fine jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture.

As a bonus, this year’s event will feature a Porchfest Stage on the steps of Town Hall and poetry readings from the Red Letter Poems Project.

For more info visit: https://www.acarts.org/arlington-open-studios

GO OUT DOORS – ARLINGTON  2021, on view for Fall 2021, continues to grow last year’s “Go Out Doors-Neighbors” collaborative public art campaign featuring upcycled, artist-decorated doors installed on bike and nature trails. The goal of the project was to “celebrate reconnection with nature, our senses, and healthful outdoor activity” to the succor of our neighboring communities emerging from COVID-19 isolation.

Featured artists and locations include: Janice Hayes-Cha on the Mystic River Parkway, Jacky Pullman at Robbins LibraryJill Strait at Broadway Plaza, Laurie Bogdan at Uncle Sam Visitor Center, Adria Arch at Old Schwamb Milland Jason Rudokas and Laurie Bogdan, representing ArtLinks Arlington on the.

Inspired by the En Plein Air exhibition on NYC’s High Line, The Umbrella Arts Center’s original “Go Out Doors” installation was displayed on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord in summer of 2020. By fall, additional commissions cropped up as surprising waypoints of delight on paths across neighboring Concord Center, Arlington and Lexington — symbolically connecting three towns, three bikeways, three cultural districts, and three visitor centers.
In 2021, Go Out Doors – Neighbors projects have continued to spread, with new art doors installed or planned in Carlisle, Westford, Concord, Arlington, Lexington, Medford, Groton, Minute Man National Historical Park, and eight villages in Newton including Auburndale; Newton Centre; Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Waban and West Newton.
Go Out Doors asks: “How can we, as artists, draw more people outside to explore nature? What might we discover if, on foot or wheel, we find ourselves on a path through the woods – hidden from the roads we travel daily? What happens if we leave our electronics behind and find that steps from the front door a sensory world awaits?  What happens if we walk and bike daily to and from school and work? Or just for fun? What might we feel? What might change?”
Designs have emphasized local wildlife and environmental stewardship themes, or forms of healthful outdoor activity and companionship. Doors evoke inspiration, whimsy, irony, reflection, connection, curiosity, spirituality, local culture and history, and/or joy.

The Arlington portion of this project is supported by Arlington Tourism and Economic Development, the Arlington Cultural District, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Mass Cultural Council, and the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture.

Find more information about this year’s new Arlington artdoors, artist information, photos, and an interactive map of the doors around town at http://artsarlington.org/doors !