Category Archives: Art

August Cafe show deadline extension

The Armory’s August Cafe show is now seeking submissions!
We got some feedback that a submission deadline on ArtBeat weekend was tough for some people, so we’re extending the deadline for submissions for our August Cafe exhibit, Signage, until 4 pm tomorrow (Tuesday July 18).
If you wanted to submit and just ran out of time this weekend, please submit now!


The theme of this show is “Signage” so, essentially, we are looking for depictions of street signs, indoor signs, guideposts, trail markers, etc. Basically, anything that resembles a sign is eligible (the interpretation of what is and is not a sign can be very broad and creative, but anything you submit should be somehow able to be interpreted as a sign). All mediums are welcome, as long as the work can be hung on the Cafe walls.  (No large free-standing pieces, sorry!)

You can submit by emailing images of the artwork (preferably in PDF or JPG format) to exhibits@artsatthearmory.org.  (Original format will be requested subsequently for all pieces selected

for the show.)  Please mention the artist name, piece name, medium, and size in your email.  

The deadline for submissions has been extended: 4 pm on Tuesday July 18!

Other notes:

  • Maximum 5 submissions per artist.  Please combine multiple submissions into one email.
  • No fee to submit.
  • Deadline for submissions: July 18, 4:00pm
  • Selection notifications: July 18-19
  • Art dropoff for selected pieces: July 26-31 (latest by noon on July 31; we’ll hang the art that afternoon)
  • Exhibit runs: August 1-31
  • Reception: August 5, 2-4pm
  • You are responsible for transporting any selected pieces to/from the Armory.
  • All pieces must be ready to be hung at the time of drop-off.
  • You may also provide artist statements, flyers, and/or business cards for distribution at the exhibit if you wish.
  • You decide whether your work is for sale, and at what price.  Note the Armory takes a 20% commission on all artwork sales.
  • This is an all-ages show; anyone can submit, and subject matter must be suitable for all ages to view.
We look forward to seeing your work!

Sarah Eigen Davis – November Art Exhibit

Join us for an Artist Reception in the Cafe on Sunday, November 6th from 2pm-4pm.davis_1_web-300x232

Sarah Eigen Davis’ current body of work is a collection of watercolors and sketches drawn from and inspired by the community and architecture of her surrounding neighborhood, Somerville MA.  Using these versatile and fluid media, her work captures the spaces and moments of daily life with a sense of vibrancy, activity, and motion.

Sarah Eigen Davis received her BA in Studio Arts from Drew University in 2005 as well as a Master in Architecture from the Boston Architectural College in 2011.  She works in a variety of mediums, from collage to watercolor to pen and ink.

Learn Some Cool Halloween Makeup Tips This Sunday

BITES AND BRUISES – A HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

When:  Sun. Oct. 23, 2016, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

About the class: Come learn essential skills to create your own special effects makeup! In the spirit of Halloween, we will be creating a zombie look involving bruises, scars, and rotting skin effects that can be used in many different Halloween looks.

  • Bite/ face cut: We will construct a bite on arm or neck from scar wax. You will learn how to apply wax to skin, molding it into the desired shape and tooth indents, and painting and adding blood. A cut or scratch may be added to the face.
  • Veins and decay: We will paint on top of the elements we added with wax. We will contour to create deep shadows under the eyes, emaciated cheeks and tendons to the neck, and will discolor the face with veins and the look of decaying skin.

In the last portion of the class, depending on how much time remains, you can continue to work with and explore the materials and skills we learned. You are encouraged to bring ideas of Halloween makeup you’d like to do and the instructor can demo or talk through how to go about bringing those ideas to life.

About the instructor: Sylvia Sword studies Theater at the University of Vermont where she started her journey into the world of theatrical makeup. She is an actor, teacher, and clown in the Boston area and she pursues makeup as an independent artist.

Click here to find out more information and to sign up.

Youth Arts Arise This Fall

The fall 2016 session for Youth Arts Arise, our FREE after school arts program for students 11-16, will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5pm,  October 4th through December 14th(excluding November 22 and 23).

To register, you can either fill in the All LanguagesYAA Form, Fall 2016 or pick one up in person from the office.

We’d  also like to ask you to consider donating to the program to help it continue.  We’re approaching the end of our initial grant funding, and are seeking additional grants but have not secured any yet.  If you’ve enjoyed the program, please consider making a contribution – any amount helps!  You can donate online here (with a note that it’s for Youth Arts Arise), or send us a check with a memo that it’s for Youth Arts Arise (payable to Arts at the Armory, mail to: 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143).
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