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More Than Just Hand Turkeys: 4 Boston Artists Communities Hold Open Studios In Nov.

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New England's fall palette — cardinal red, burnt orange and golden yellow against a crisp sky blue — is enough to inspire the artsy side in us all. But if your artistic prowess is limited to hand turkeys, the artist communities of several Boston neighborhoods have you covered.

Artists, artisans and small businesses in South Boston, Roslindale, Allston and Fenway hold their open studios this month, offering the public a snapshot of their art and working space. It's a chance for visitors to meet artists, buy artwork, or browse the collections — overall an enriching community experience and good trip on a brisk fall day.

All events are free and open to the public. See below for a list of dates, times, and locations.

South Boston

The Distillery in South Boston will open its doors at 516 East 2nd Street from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 3. The converted 19th-century rum distillery has been home to artists and small businesses for more than 20 years.

While there, be sure to check out the text artist Pat Falco (artwork above). Falco's work was also included among 20 other artists as part of this year's deCordova Biennial.


The 9th annual Roslindale Open Studios also takes place Nov. 2 and 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Studios are scattered throughout the community, so be sure to check out the map for locations. A free shuttle van will be available to take visitors to the various sites.

The event schedule includes live music, arts and crafts for kids and even a wine and cheese tasting on Saturday afternoon.


The Allston Arts District celebrates its 27th annual open studios Nov. 9 and 10 from noon to 6 p.m. Approximately 60 artists will show their works, with everything from painting and drawing to boutique clothing and letter press printing.

A free shuttle bus will be available to cart you between studios along Braintree, Penniman, Franklin and North Harvard Streets. Don't miss the chance to contribute to a mural making project on the third floor of 119 Braintree Street. Children and adults are invited to join.


Fenway Open Studios will take place Nov. 16 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 30 Ipswich Street. The building — also a National Historic Landmark — is owned and run by its resident artists.

During the weekend, the studio holds raffles to raise funds to promote and restore the building. Artists also ask visitors to bring donations of non-perishable food to be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

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