Top Five Art Scenes in Boston

Chosen by yours truly.

Jessica Reynolds

It’s been beaten that local is green and that green is the new black for years, so now that it’s actually cool, it’d be cooler of you, as a Bostonian, to show your support for these five galleries, located in and around this city. Each offers the alternative Friday night out from the bar scene (and usually still provide the booze).

As an artist and advocate for what’s local, here are my five picks of their upcoming exhibits, in no particular order, except for the first one because it’s happening TONIGHT:

1) ORCHARD SKATESHOP: 156 HARVARD AVE, ALLSTON MA

Not your typical gallery, but it has hosted some of the raddest artwork I’ve seen over the years. Tonight is the opening reception of new work by San Fran based, Mike Kershnar. He’s not a local artist, but go support your local skateshop. It is a 21+ reception, as PBR is provided. Earlier in the evening there will be a pro skateboarder autograph signing with PJ Ladd (Plan B), Levi Brown (Element), and Donny Barley (Element).

2) LOT F GALLERY: 145 PEARL ST #4, BOSTON MA

In the front living room of a financial district studio apartment, you will find this gallery, and on March 2nd there will be the opening reception of MISSASPROPRIATION. It will show works by Thomas Buildmore and Scott Chasse and runs until March 30th.

3) THE DISTILLERY: 516 EAST SECOND ST, BOSTON MA

This converted rum distillery has had a strong influence on Boston’s art scene for more than twenty years. BETWEEN THE SHEETS: a look inside the artist’s sketchbook runs until March 22nd, showing napkin notes to scribbles, the first step to the artist’s process. Featured artists include Fran Azzarto, Aimee Belanger, Scott Chasse, Kenley Darling, Alison Davis, Pat Falco, Hans Guggenheim, Derek Hoffend, Jay LaCouture, Eric D. Love, Joyce McDaniel, Michael Mullaney, Shana Paleologos, Micaela Ruiz, Lisa Scollan, Mary Sherman, Beth Redmond Walsh, Davis Wooddell, and Dana Woulfe.

4) MASS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN’S BAKALAR & PAINE GALLERIES: 621 HUNTINGTON AVE, BOSTON MA

This show ends soon (March 3rd) so check it out before it leaves! EDIFICE AMISS: CONSTRUCTING NEW PERSPECTIVES. “Recontextualized architecture” by Lead Pencil Studio and David Henderson makes for an altering walk-through gallery experience.

5) LINCOLN ARTS PROJECT: 289 MOODY ST, WALTHAM MA

Always presenting local work, their current show MATCH: Artist Couples will run until March 10th. In lieu of V-day it started February 8th, but is love ever outdated? You should keep an eye on LAP for sure to notice the many up and coming artists of Boston.

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