Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fenway Open Studios: Creative Spaces, Part 1

To visit each studio, you enter from above, where there's a narrow landing, which is open to the main space. Some artists display their work up there, others use it for storage, and some have built out a small extra room up there. You descend a flight of wooden stairs to reach the large main room. Some studios have a kitchen and bedroom tucked under the landing and the outside corridor. 

The first studio we visited was a work of art in itself, full of pale, elegant objects, carefully selected and arranged. It was also the one I described in the previous post, which had its lower windows covered with white panels and artwork so the Mass Pike isn't visible:

A couple lives here. Their living room is on the right; the workspace is on the left. 

They collect sculpture.

The artist is an abstract painter who often works on paper.

I think this table might double as his work surface.

A painter's studio seen from the landing.

 This artist paints local scenes, including this great view of a building I know and can't place (help!). 
I thought it was 416 Marlborough Street, but no.

In a studio, you can't always tell if you're looking at a still-life composition or random stuff.

During the ope

During open studios, some artists provide refreshments. Some have wine and cheese.
Some get rid of leftover Halloween candy. Some put out quite a spread.
Some have a plate of cookies. And this one offered Ritz crackers.

The corner studios often have the original fireplaces. 

Ready to work.

An artistic kitchen: just look at that spice rack and the curated fridge art.

A still life for sure.

We were less sure why the Tin Man was lounging on the sofa in this fireplaced studio.

Nearby we spotted this. It's probably a little over two feet tall.

This artist invited guests to work on this painting. I added a few brushstrokes under 
her direction and loved how it felt. She invited us to take a drawing class with her.
I hope that works out.

1 comment:

  1. How fun to be in the 'belly of the beast', where real art happens!


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