Arts


Upcoming Exhibit Aims To Tell Our Stories Through Our Stuff

What if you could collect an object of personal importance from every Somerville resident? That’s the driving question behind “Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville,” an upcoming exhibition at the Somerville Museum. Bess Paupeck, who’s part of the first cohort of community curators at the museum, has been dreaming up this exhibition for about a decade. […]


One Person’s Scrap is Another Person’s Craft

When Marina Speevak walks into Somerville schools, some kids call her “the beautiful lady.” It’s not a bad moniker for Speevak, who runs a creative reuse center called the Beautiful Stuff Project that helps people reappropriate scrap materials from local manufacturers into craft projects. The walls of the building are lined with all sorts of […]


Food Art Celebrates Local Eateries—And It’s All For A Good Cause

We love eating food, looking at food, and talking about food. But food art is still considered a “low subject” by many creatives, artist Kendyll Hillegas explains. That perception kept Hillegas away from creating food art for a long time, she says. But while she was largely bedridden with an autoimmune disease, she found solace […]




Reanimating Community with AniMAtic

The animation community in Greater Boston is bigger than many people realize—a misperception that’s due to a lack of communication among creators, according to animators Alex Salsberg and Ian Connell. That dynamic is what they’re trying to solve with AniMAtic Boston, a Somerville-based event series and online community. Salsberg and Connell became interested in building […]


Local Artist Paints the Town with Message of Togetherness

At 6 a.m. on a sunny Saturday earlier this fall, Somerville resident Liz LaManche arrived at the spacious Kendall Plaza, bearing an arsenal of string, chalk, and paint rollers. She began with the chalk, sketching out long straight lines. She enlisted an assistant to act as a human compass, holding one end of a string […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Arts & Entertainment

Best Comedy Show: Winter Hill Brewing Company’s BEER ME! 328 Broadway, (617) 718-2337 winterhillbrewing.com Read our article on BEER ME! here. Jewelry Design: e. scott originals 199B Highland Ave., (617) 776-2814 escottoriginals.com Read our article on e. scott originals here. Events Space: Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave., (617) 718-2191 artsatthearmory.org Music Venue: ONCE Somerville 156 […]


‘Nuestro Arte’ Showcases Work From Latino Artists

Nelson Salazar has worn many hats in Somerville, from executive director at the Welcome Project to graduate student at Tufts. Art is a passion for him, which he finds time for in between his two jobs. He started the “Nuestro Arte” exhibit last year, aiming to highlight work from Latino artists. “Nuestro Arte” will be […]


‘Are You Buying?’ Explores the Price of Advertising

Catherine Siller is used to commanding the attention of people around her—especially on harsh truths they might not often face. The Somerville-based dancer and multimedia performance artist interrogates beauty standards in her newest work, “Are You Buying?,” which will be performed in an empty storefront window by Downtown Crossing. The theatrical piece combines an interpretive […]


Zombie Apocalypse Game Aims to Build Community Resiliency

What’s the magic ingredient to turn disaster preparedness into public art? According to Rebecca Michelson, it’s zombies. “What’s most important for people to know is that there is a massive zombie apocalypse coming, and they need to be aware that it’s on its way, and preparing is the first priority,” she says. Michelson and her collaborator […]