Newton Events: Open Studio, Book & Author, BoxART

Photo by Sharon Schindler

Newton Open Studios What is happening in Newton? So many great things!


On Friday, May 11, the Friends of the Newton Free Library’s Book and Author Luncheon with Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff will speak at the newly renovated and quite lovely Boston Newton Marriott. Let’s put a table or two together! Join us!


Spring Open Studios: May 19 & 20, 2012, 11 am to 5 pm, free

About NOS from the website:

Newton Open Studios produces community arts events that bring together the artists and residents of Newton. It is a non-profit, funded by artists registration fees and donations from generous individuals and businesses, and in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Newton Cultural Council. Newton Open Studios is an affiliate of Newton Community Pride.

Here is a link to an interactive map (you can use it to find artists by media) and a printable map that will be available soon.

We have some favorite artist friends who are participating and at our favorite coffee shop, L’Aroma, so that is a huge plus. A latte and some art? Sign me up! Photographer Sharon Schindler, Glass artist Suzi Wilder and Zeina Kahhale (ceramics and paint) will be a t location 11 (L’Aroma Cafe, 15 Spencer Street).


More art in store for Newton residents! You know those really ugly utility boxes? Well, they won’t be unsightly for long – The NewtonSERVES BoxART Project is here! I am so excited – I noticed in Boston that artists had taken over the Utility boxes and thought it was a great idea – so did someone else!

The goal of the NewtonSERVES BoxART project is to transform common, bland, green or gray utility boxes into visual, graphic and distinctive works of art. DPW, the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs and Newton Community Pride have joined forces to collaborate on and to promote this pilot program.

The NewtonSERVES BoxART Committee encourages artists (students as well as experienced artists) to share their creativity with the community. Vibrant public art creates an inviting environment and a sense of place. “We seek artwork that ‘enlarge, enliven and enlighten’ our experience of the world. The images chosen should offer some positive benefit – delight, fantasy, sociability, amenity, memories, healing emotion or a sense of joy… a sense of well-being.”

The NewtonSERVES BoxART Committee is seeking proposals that are positive, original and creative and may (but are not required) to reflect the following:

  • The immediate environment creating a sense of place – Newton/village
  • The character and culture of Newton
  • The history of Newton

Download the Request for Proposal (RFP)

Download the Request for Brochure (PDF)

More Information: email: or call 617 527-8283.


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