somerville artists

E-Som Market: March – Bow Market Sneak Preview!

Are you as excited as we are about Bow Market opening up in Union Square? For our next E-Som Market, we’ve put together a little sneak preview for you! You’ll have the chance to meet some of the makers and vendors who’ll be setting up shop there, including some of our favorite E-Som regulars like Buenas, Peston, and maca! […]


ArtBeat 2000-2017: Costumes by A.C. Kemp

This month’s Inside-Out gallery show is a retrospective of A.C. Kemp’s eighteen years of costumes for the annual Somerville ArtBeat festival. Each year since 2000, A.C., who emcees the festival’s Elm Street stage, has created a new costume to go with that year’s theme—an art bee for “ArtBeast,” a costume covered in Monarch butterflies for […]


Artist Julie Ann Otis On Reframing As Opportunity

There was a time when Julie Ann Otis would deny that her art is political. But when a colleague put the question to her several years ago, she had to face the truth. “Every single piece that I went back and read … I was like, ‘Oh, that is so political,” the Somerville-based artist and […]


Dinosaurs and Armored Cats and Giant Robots—Oh My! | SCOUTV Episode #10

“People have pegged me as a whimsical sculptor,” says Somerville’s Hilary Scott. “I enjoy faces, I enjoy making large things. I think of myself as a problem solver.” At his home on Browning Road, you’ll find cats (and mice) gearing up for battle, along with rocket ships, sea creatures on the ceiling and dinosaurs in the yard. […]




Home is Where the Hardware Is

If you’re a desk jockey (like us), the phrase “working from home” probably means something akin to “wearing flannel pants and eating cereal out of the box while you shoot off emails.” But for Somerville’s creative class, working from home can encompass everything from tying on an apron and baking for hours to firing up the […]


SCOUT PICK: Art, Tech and Virtual Reality Meet in “Interdisciplinary”

“We’re not all on a straight and narrow path, us creative people,” Danielle Festa laughs. “You do a little bit of what you’re passionate about, you do a little bit of what’s practical to make money.” Festa is the founder of Creative Living Works, an online networking and skill-sharing platform where people in different creative industries share […]


Fiber Arts, Herbalism and Mysticism at Craftwork Somerville

When I first meet Amy Lou Stein, the plan is to chat about Craftwork Somerville, the makerspace she opened in October at 259 Highland Ave. But before long, we’re talking about Kraftwerk, the German electronic music pioneers. “It was amazing!” Stein gushes of the band’s recent run at the Wang Theater. “They got three standing ovations. I was shocked.” This […]


FRIDAY: Firkins, Feminist Fibers, Fun, Friends

This weekend, a new art exhibit at Aeronaut is turning their standing Firkin Friday into Feminist Fiber Friday. For more than two years, local artist Iris Nectar has been running a blog highlighting woman-identified makers in the textile arts, and in January she began planning an exhibition that would bring their work out of from behind the […]


Artist Rachel MacCabe Begs for Space Saving Decency

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: Like it or hate it, space saving is illegal in the City of Somerville. That said, this unrelenting winter has made it tough for some to obey that rule. As blizzard after blizzard pummeled our city, even the most law-abiding citizens realized that they could save a ton […]