How to make the most of a two-day Open Studios Weekend at Western Avenue!
Double the fun this October
Bring yourself, bring your friends, bring your family, bring your pups. This October we get to open our doors to you on Saturday and Sunday. Our goal is to get this spooky month started the right way, wear your Halloween costumes if you feel inclined to. From demos, to poetry readings, Western Avenue Studios and Lofts is the place to be this weekend. Please join us this exciting weekend October 1st and 2nd from noon to 5pm.
If you plan to join us, we do not require guests to wear masks/face coverings while inside Western Avenue, but we do recommend bringing one in case a specific studio or business requires it within their space.
This is a special month for us because we have a show going on in each one our galleries. Buckle up.
Studio Building Galleries
1st Floor Mini Gallery – Spooky, Sci-Fi, Supernatural: A Celebration of the Strange
A combination of borosilicate glass creatures and curiosities and deliciously bizarre paintings. Halloweenly delightful, spooky, fun and otherworldly. Curator: Tracy Levesque. Participating Artists: Tracy Levesque, Peter Zimmerman, Hope Greene, Bruce Wood, Jay Hungate, Bill Hecht, Jack Snell.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Floor Mini Galleries– Roe v. Wade Overturned: Artists Respond
An exhibition with over thirty artists bringing together a variety of styles with work in photography, painting, mixed media, digital art and sculpture; shown in four Mini Galleries. Curators: Michele Boll and Becky Kisabeth Gibbs. Participating Artists: Deb Arsenault, Deb Banerjee, Katie Blue, Peggie Bouvier, Deb Bretton-Robinson, Shoshana Burgett, Karen Chistianson, Katren Cleo, Gwen Corey, Sharon Cox, May DeViney, Margaret Emerson, Hope Greene, Arlene Hammel, Nan Hockenbury, Suzanne Hodge, Wendy James, Joshua Kennedy, Tracy Levesque, Nancy Lesofsky, Kes Maro, Dina Mordeno, Anne Plaisance, Barbara Poole, Laurie Simko, Lee Viliesis, Bruce Wood, Diana Zipeto.
The Loading Dock Gallery is back at it with their Annual New England Regional Juried Show, RedHot. Eclectic, diverse, RedHot burns with urgency. Opening reception from 3-5pm. In conjunction, Lowell’s Eighth annual Poetry Convergence area poets will write poems inspired by individual RedHot works, reading their poems at the Loading Dock Gallery on Saturday at 5PM.
Loft Building Galleries
The Rotating Gallery – (Lofts Lobby)- Untitled a collection of twenty-two works created by several visual artists in residence. Located on the first floor by the main entrance. Contact Maxine Farkas for more information.
Storage Closet Gallery is showing Sylv Litz’s installation, Vibrational Portfolio, represent two distinct bodies of work. These works have the intense beauty of bright jewels, binding up deeply personal themes with a simple poetic grace. Antoinette Indge is the curator and director of the Storage Closet Gallery. Open Saturday and Sunday from noon-5pm, located on the second floor near loft 204.
Food and Refreshments
If nothing has caught your eye on the itinerary yet, rest assured, we haven’t gotten to the food trucks.
On Saturday we have Phoenix Rising Pizza
On Sunday Purple Carrot Bread Company
Open Saturday and Sunday
Our resident coffee shop and roaster, Tiny Arms Coffee, is open from 9am-4pm.
End your visit at our famous Navigation Brewing Company’s outdoor patio. Some of their regular offerings are Pale Ales, IPAs, and Milk Scouts. The brewery will be open from 4pm until 10pm.
Covid-19 and Event Guidelines
In order to bring you a fun and safe in-person event, we have instituted some safety rules for our events. Safety is our number one concern, and we hope you understand. We can’t wait to see you!
- Guests who are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or have been instructed to quarantine by a medical professional should not attend.
- Face coverings/masks are not required but recommended since some lofts or studios, as well as businesses may require them for entry into their space.
- Please maintain a six-foot distance from others, where possible.
- We will have hand sanitation stations at the entries to the building.
There is no charge for this event. This event is dog friendly, we just ask that you keep your pup on a leash.