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December 1& 2 Brings Flurry of Markets and Open Studios to Union Square and Beyond

The first weekend of December Somerville is throwing out all the stops as busy artisans show off how you can fulfill all your holiday shopping needs.


Union Square Winter Craft MarketSaturday, 11 am to 4 pm, Union Square Plaza and inside Precinct. Handmade gifts produced by local artisans.



Global Marketplace– Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Third Life Studio,  33 Union Square. A festive array of global Fair Trade Arts and Crafts from women’s artisan empowerment programs in India, Kashmir, Rwanda, Ghana, Guatemala and El Salvador.


Washington Street Arts Center– Saturday, Noon to 5 pm. WSAC, 321 Washington Street. Open Studios event with first gallery viewing with new works by Danielle Festa.



Artisan’s Asylum – Saturday, Noon to 5 pm. 10 Tyler Street. Open studios at the maker space with a variety of artisans.



Holiday Vintage MarketSaturday,   1 -8pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Uniun Warehouse, 3 Sanborn Court (beside Journeyman). A winter location for the Davis Flea featuring vendors of  vintage and antique furniture, clothing, jewelry, posters, music, ephemera, collectibles and more. Also taking place December 8-9


Vernon Street Open StudiosSaturday and Sunday, Noon to 6 pm. 6 &20 Vernon Street.   Mid-career and emerging artists working across a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft media will exhibit and sell their work just in time for the holiday season.

Mural Dedication Event at Vernon Street Studios scheduled for Sunday December 2 at 11:30 am. Art panels were recently created and installed on the outside of the building on Central St and will be publicly celebrated at the event.


Local is for Lovers Market Sunday, December 2, 11 am to 5 pm. Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Avenue. Sponsored by Somerville Local First.  Gifts from local artisans and retailers.



Wrap Around  – Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 pm.  Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd. Benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, the annual sale of handmade goods. Also taking place  December 8-9 and December 15-16, 1-5 pm.

SLAM (Saturday Local Artists Market)
Saturday, Noon to 4 pm. The Burren, 247 Elm Street. Local artists in a variety of media.  Taking place on the 8th, 15th and 22nd as well.

Mudflat Holiday Open Studio and SaleSaturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. 81 Broadway. Works from nearly 100 clay artists.  Opens Friday, November 30 from 6 to 10 pm and continues through Sunday December 9.


Katherine Martin Widmer School of Painting Exhibit –  Sunday,  2 to 5 pm. 40 Quincy Street. End of the term exhibit of student work.



Bloc 11 Artist Reception – Sunday, 5 to 7 pm. 11 Bow Street. Map drawings and other works on paper by Emily Garfield.



5th Anniversary Party and Open studio for Abrazos Press
Sunday, Noon to 6 pm, 11 Miller Street.  Woodblock and mixed media prints and printmaking demonstrations.



Karen Aqua Studio Show and Sale – Sunday, Noon to 6pm.  Miller Street Studios, 11 Miller Street.  Despite her passing over a year and a half ago, animator Karen Aqua’s legacy lives on through her films and artwork.  Over 180 of Karen’s color pastel drawings have been lovingly framed and displayed and will be available for viewing and sale .  Also copies of the DVD compilation of Karen’s films.

Blue Cloud GallerySaturday 11-7, Sunday 11-5. 713 Broadway. Handcrafted items by over 100 artists on sale at this store. Also get your tickets to  the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations Tour here. while they last.  December features jewelry by Lisa Trachtman.

Christian Waeber Open Studio/Moving SaleSunday, 11 am to 6 pm. 86 Glen Street. Local photographer concentrating on urban environment and still life.  The subject of many of his works is East Somerville and the Big Dig by night.



Somerville Winter Farmers MarketSaturday, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, Armory, 191 Highland Avenue.  The season opener of the local food market.  A good place if you’re planning a holiday feast or making your own food gifts. Continues every Saturday through April 13, 2013.



This event isn’t in Somerville but it’s just across the border and looks amazing so squeezing them in!

Stove Factory Holiday Boutique and Open Studios

Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. 523 Medford Street in Charlestown. Three floors of studios and shopping.

Somerville Design Profile: Emma Weisman & Emily Garfield

For the Design Annex by Diana Limbach Lempel

This Saturday, December 3, 2011, Union Square Main Streets hosts a Winter Craft Market on Union Square plaza and inside Precinct. It’s a great opportunity to check off some holiday gifts, shop local, and see what some amazing Somerville artists and crafters are up to! For a sneak peek, here is a special installment of our creative business profile series, featuring a couple of awesome Somervillians whose work will be on display this Saturday. We’re excited today to share the first craft visual artists in the series. Meet Emma Weisman and Emily Garfield! We especially love Weisman’s Little Monster character (as much as she does!), and Garfield’s detailed imaginary maps.

Emma Weisman

DA: Why is Somerville the right place for your business?

EW: Somerville is a great place for my business because there is so much support for local artists. I’ve participated in Somerville Open Studios for four years in a row, and love the strong sense of community. There are so many creative people in Somerville, and it is very inspiring! It makes me work harder to put myself out there, to show and sell my work, and to meet other artists.

DA:What is the hottest thing about your business right now?

EW: The hottest thing about my business right now is my Little Monster character. I’ve been focusing on children’s illustration for the last two years, and slowly Little Monster has emerged as a funny, scruffy, darling little creature. I feature him in “Little Monster Guides” – – framable instructional comics that are sweet gifts for a child. Little Monster’s Guide to the Perfect S’More is my favorite.

DA: What do you hope your business will be known for in the future?

EW: I would love to continue with Little Monster, eventually writing some full length children’s books about him. Eventually, I would like my business to be a pleasant mix of illustrating children’s books and doing illustration commissions for children and adults alike.

DA: Are there any other projects you’d like to share with us?

EW: My favorite project I’ve been working on recently is Little Monster Customized Alphabets. The customer gives me favorite, personalized words for each letter of the alphabet (S is for Somerville, A is for Art, etc) and I make an 11×14 illustration in which Little Monster is depicting each word. These make great unique baby shower gifts!


Emily Garfield

DA: What makes Somerville the right place for your business?

EG: I’m originally from New York City, and while it would seem to make sense to move back there to be an artist, I’ve found a lot more opportunities here. The things I do are generally considered craft, and there’s a lot of interest in that here. I’ve also found it easy to get involved and meet artists, and that leads to a lot of opportunities that I probably wouldn’t find in a more competitive art environment.

DA: What is the hottest or newest thing at your business right now, the piece or project you’re most excited about?

EG: I’m always coming up with new things, so the very newest things haven’t yet had enough time to get a response! So far people have been excited about my new map-design holiday cards — besides craft fairs, I’m also selling them at Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball Square and 13Forest Gallery in Arlington. I also continue to experiment with my singed flower designs, and recently completed a few large necklaces that have attracted some attention.

DA: What do you hope that your business will be known for in the future?

EG: Although I also do jewelry and other crafts, I think the map drawings are the most unique and interesting project I’m currently working on, and there are still a lot of ways I could go with the idea.

DA: Are there any other favorite projects that you would like to tell readers about?

EG: In terms of maps, I think that the woodblock prints are my most recent project, but I’m particularly interested in the large maps I’ve been working on lately. They’re the same level of detail as my usual ones but about four times the size.

Somerville Shift Your Shopping

Somerville is alive with a bounty of holiday shopping this season! From December 2 though December 11, an array craft markets and retailers make Somerville the place to find something for everyone on your gift list. Move away from the crush of the malls and go local, supporting neighborhood entrepreneurs as you uncover unique items for sale all around the City.

Union Square Main Streets has teamed with Somerville Local First to promote this ten-day campaign and to gather the calendar of happenings.

At the array of local craft markets you’re able to connect directly with the artisan who made the piece. At area stores and open studios its likely you can interact with the business owner to get advice on their products. As at the farmers market, the local shopping experience is a fun, community-building event. Leave the car at home, invite your friends, and shop local before shopping anywhere else.

Shopping local has benefits that last all year long. Joe Grafton, Executive Director of Somerville Local First explains, “Shifting from non-local to local spending has a profound impact on the local Somerville economy because of the multiplier effect – a larger share of your dollars will stay in the region and work to strengthen Somerville and the surrounding communities.”

Look below for the list of Union Square events.  Click for the Somerville Local First Shopping Guide and more details on the Somerville Shift Your Shopping page.

Thanks to Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, Shift Your Shopping even has it’s own toe tapping theme song! Hmm along to the ditty all week long!


Union Square Winter Craft Market, Union Square Plaza and inside Precinct, 66 Union Sq. 11 am to 4 pm. Annual event presented by Union Square Main Streets with nearly two dozen craft vendors.

Artisan’s Asylum Grand Opening, Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street. 1 pm to 5 pm. Visit the new, expanded facilites and studios with tours, exhibits and food throughout the day. Class registration and sales of Asylum gift certificates and 2012 unlimited classes passes.

Artisans of India 2011 Holiday Marketplace, Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square. 10 am to 6 pm. Global Fair Trade Crafts including festive scarves and imports from Indian women artisans of Barefoot College & SEWA.Libana CDs and songbooks as well as food, fun and performances by Libana throughout the day. (Continues on Sunday.)

WSAC Winter Open Studios, Washington Street Art Center, 321 Washington Street. Open studios 12 pm – 5 pm, exhibit reception 6 pm – 9 pm. Studios of more than twenty visual artists presenting this day lots of art, snacks, and affordable small works for gift giving.

Maple Syrup Brunch, The Independent restaurant, Union Square, 10 am to 4 pm. 20% of proceeds from this annual brunch featuring an array of maple syrup glazed menu items will support the Somerville Maple Syrup Project sponsored by Groundwork Somerville.


Holiday Fiesta, 561 Windsor Street. 12 pm to 4 pm. One of the hottest addresses in Somerville is throwing open the doors as Taza Chocolate, EH Chocolatier, QRSTs, Bay State Fencing, Albertine Press, Centrepoint Architects, aMorton Design, Reverse Architecture, Landing Studio and many other businesses welcome you to celebrate the season. Stop by for holiday shopping and socializing. (NOTE: SUNDAY IS THE CORRECT DATE)

Everyday Glamour, 440 Somerville Ave, 2nd floor. 5 pm to 9 pm. New collections unveiled from e. scott originals jewelry and CarrieSewFancy clothing

Artisans of India 2011 Holiday Marketplace, Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square. 11 am to 6 pm. Global Fair Trade Crafts including festive scarves and imports from Indian women artisans of Barefoot College & SEWA.Libana CDs and songbooks as well as food, fun and performances by Libana throughout the day.

 See the complete calendar of events happening across Somerville so you can take part in Somerville Shift Your Shopping Week.