(preview by critically acclaimed videographer/occasional painter, Nick Ward)
“Every spring, the artists and craftspeople of South Boston open their doors to share their work and their studios with the community. The Distillery is a beautiful mid-nineteenth century converted rum distillery where artists have been setting up shop for more than twenty years. As a hub of creativity and the arts, The Distillery has housed many nationally and internationally renowned artists and artisans. Located in the heart of South Boston, it includes two galleries, dozens of artists’ studios and live/work lofts, as well as creative small businesses. As you walk through the building, you will notice that it comes alive with all of the creative energy and even the corridors serve as remarkable display spaces. As you explore the various studios, you’ll notice that each one is unique, reflecting each artist’s creative personality.”
When: Sunday, June 2nd from noon to 6pm
Where: The Distillery building, 516 E 2nd street in South Boston
I must admit, the South Boston Open Studios have always held a warm place in my heart. Aside from the people that now feel like family, I was amazed from my very first visit many moons ago. The Distillery is everything you could hope for from an artist building–meaning, the inhabitants aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Truly (live)/work spaces, there is an undeniable energy that is conjured up from the haphazard canvases, saw-dusty floors, and walls littered with inspirational source materials. Everyone is always up to some new and exciting project and they are more than thrilled to tell you all about it.
In short, the artists of the The Distillery truly embody the very best of what it means to be a working artist in Boston.
You can find a pictorial look at a prior South Boston Open Studios here.
Such a great community. 30+ artists. 1 building. See art. Buy art. Don’t miss it! ♥