Support Local Artists at These Five Boston Studio-Galleries
Pop by any of these galleries, located in artists’ studios across the city, and invest in the painters and sculptors next door.
Looking to get your collection started? The Artists Group of Charlestown has something for you. Every spring for the past 15 years, the group has held a show at the StoveFactory Gallery, a 19th-century brick factory building that’s also home to 24 design studios. Expect to see both 2-D and 3-D pieces from established New England artists and those just starting out at this year’s event, which runs April 6 and 7, with prices starting below $100 and going into the thousands.
Show open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 523 Medford St., Charlestown, 617-241-0130, artistsgroupofcharlestown.com.
Green is more than just a color; it can be used to express envy, growth, money, and innocence. This month, members of the Brickbottom Artists Association were tasked with showing what green means to them as they prepare work for an exhibition in their gallery, starting on April 18.
Open Thursday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.; One Fitchburg St., Somerville, 617-776-3410, brickbottom.org.
The Distillery Gallery
It’s all about community on the first floor of this converted rum warehouse, which has served as a gathering spot for the artists who live in the neighboring apartment building and elsewhere in the area for the past 20 years. This month, the space is dedicated to Tina Feingold and her art. Working in oil paint, Feingold experiments with layering on different surfaces to create mysterious and evocative pieces.
Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment; 516 E. 2nd St., South Boston, 617-448-6691, distillerygallery.com.
Atlantic Works Gallery
Situated on the third floor of a large brick building along the waterfront, this gallery boasts inspiring views inside and out. Monthly-changing curated shows include works from close to 30 members of the thriving East Boston Artist Group who live and work on-site; there’s even a space along the back of the building and out on the pier for showcasing large sculptures. Want to get even more face time with the artists? Watch them create their masterpieces at the 18th annual Open Studios on April 21 and 22.
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m.; 80 Border St., Boston, 857-302-8363, atlanticworks.org.
Gallery at 249 A Street
Currently home to more than 45 tenants and their families, the 249 A Street Artists Cooperative was one of the first artist-owned live/work spaces in Boston. In 2014 a new gallery space was unveiled in the lobby that hosts special events and features rotating exhibitions, such as the mixed-media paintings of local artist Domingo-Martin Barreres on view this month. Created using a combination of unusual materials such as tar, plaster, watercolors, and shellac, Barreres’s canvases are often reflective of influences from his Catholic upbringing.
Open by appointment and for exhibition openings; 249 A St., Boston, 249astreetcoop.com.