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23rd annual Open Studios returned in-person

Porchfest Stage at Town Hall steps; indoor events require vaccination proof

ACA 2021 Open Studios

UPDATED Nov. 13: The Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) held its 23nd annual Arlington Open Studios on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event returned to a primarily in-person format, with lots of new features and visitor favorites. The ACA requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or recent negative PCR test from all artists and event attendees ages 12 and older for all indoor parts of Open Studios. Read the full policy here >> Masks are required of all visitors to town facilities.

Free and open to the public, this festival was on the largest event footprint to date in the heart of Arlington Center.

3 locations, library book sale

The ACA presented more than 50 participants this year featured at three locations near Arlington Center (Town Hall at 730 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center for the Arts at 20 Academy St. and First Parish Unitarian Universalist at 630 Mass. Ave.).

The Robbins Library is the host for  book and art sale in its community room and fourth-floor conference room.

Participating artists are presenting a range of mediums including painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, glass, fine jewelry, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture. ACA’s six studio artists will be opening their doors to provide a peek into their creative spaces on the fourth floor of the ACA facility. 

In addition to visual arts, the day features ACA’s  first Porchfest Stage on the steps of Town Hall, featuring four Arlington Porchfest acts. Poets from the Red Letter Poems project read from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Lyons Room, secons floor, at Town Hall.

The readers are Fred Marchant, Martha Collins, Lloyd Schwartz, Teresa Cader, Enzo Silon Surin and Steven Ratiner, town poet laureate.

Visitors will discover all of the creativity that lives right in their neighborhood, and meet artists from Arlington and beyond. With unique artwork at every price point, it’s a great opportunity to shop local and support the arts.

For more info about this event, including a complete list of this year’s featured artists, please visit​

Participating artists represent a range of mediums including painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, glass, fine jewelry, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture.

This news announcement was puboished Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, and updated Nov. 13.

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