ArtWeek is starting soon in the greater Boston area with festivities gearing up Friday April 26th. ArtWeek began in 2013 with 28 events throughout the city.
Just six years later the festival has grown by leaps and bounds. This year it will showcase over 550 events in over 120 communities across the state.
This yearly festival has opportunities for all ages and art abilities, which include a kickoff Color-by-Number event at Joe's on Newbury Street.
Other drop-in events on kickoff Friday include the Post-it Note Challenge at the Franklin Public Library; the Community Craft Mosaic at Somerset Public Library; and the Watercolor Greeting Card at Western Avenue Studios.
A favorite nighttime attraction each year is the "Light up the Night" display. Local landmarks, including the Prudential Tower, South Station, Channel Street Garage and the Zakim Bridge, will be set aglow in multi-colors to highlight the diversity and creativity local artists share with the community.
ArtWeek features all types of art, not just canvas and paint. Watch performances from Jazz musicians, glass blowers, and culinary artists. There will even be pop-up fashion shows.
Don't live near Boston? ArtWeek's website has a destination area where you can check for local participation. Search for events in Cape Cod and the Islands, Central Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, and North and South Boston.
Best of all, most of the events are free, and the rest are capped at a maximum of $50 per person. So get your paint, paper, ears, eyes, and belly ready to explore all types of art in your community!