Hull Artists Hosts 24th Annual Open Studios Tour

A must stop on the Tour is Jocelyn Dana Thomas' studio in a barn  adjacent to her house.  The multi-talented artist works with paintings, fused glass jewelry, cards, clocks, and more.  (Bart Blumberg).
Open Studios 2019 2 by Bart Blumberg Cover

40 South Shore artists showcase their unique creations across the Hull community

Marianne Buckley Curran shown in her home studio with her paintings.
Photo by Bart Blumberg – Hull Artists, a regional arts association of more than 90 fine artists and craft artisans, presents its 24th annual Open Studios Tour, from July 12 through 14, and August 16 through 18, 10 am to 4 pm, at select locations and private home studios across the Hull community.  Select studios are open on Friday evenings from 6 to 8 pm during the tour series.  An Open Studios Tour Kickoff Reception launches the series on Friday, July 12, 5 to 7 pm at Gallery Nantasket, 121 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, featuring refreshments, a meet-and-greet with exhibiting artists, Open Studios Tour map of participating artists exhibiting throughout the beautiful seaside community.  Admission to events are free and open to the public, children and families are welcome, free street-side parking is abundant. 

“More than a thousand visitors attend Open Studios annually, it is the highlight of the local arts calendar,” shares Hull Artists President Bart Blumberg.  “The artists look forward to sharing their art, while visitors enjoy becoming acquainted with the artists at their studios and designated tour sites.  It is a rare opportunity to enjoy such broad diversity in art and artisan crafts while making personal connections with the creators.” 

Since 1996, Hull Artists has sponsored the Open Studios Tour, a signature summer art event on the South Shore.  Annually 40 exceptional artists showcase original work in their homes, studios and in select community locations, much available for purchase. Visitors experience their work up close and enjoy meeting the artists. The dazzling array of creative media on display includes oil and acrylic, pastel, watercolor, photography, fiber art (quilts, knitting, hand-dyed wearable art), sculpture, up-cycled home goods, basketry, and more.  The event is a great opportunity to explore Hull’s hidden treasure neighborhoods, unparalleled ocean vistas and the local retail and restaurant community.

Nanci Jaye’s studio shows off her fabulous mosaic wall hangings and tables shown here in her professional framing area.
Photo by Skip Tull

“Hull’s vibrant arts community is one of the state’s largest assets.  The Open Studios Tour has been the backbone and lifeline connecting artists with their local community,” shared Blumberg.

In early June, the Open Studios Tour catalog of exhibiting artists and locations map is available in dozens of locations around the South Shore, including Hull Artists’ headquarters at Gallery Nantasket, 121 Nantasket Avenue, Hull (on the ground floor of the Ocean Place Condominium retail shops), and online at

One of the most popular stops on the OS Tour is the home and studio of Michael Domina whose home overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
Photo by Bart Blumberg

Founded in 1995, Hull Artists is dedicated to promoting and supporting the locally produced fine art and artisan crafts of its members.  Its Gallery Nantasket exhibits a full range of fine art works, rotated quarterly, including painting media (oil, acrylic, watercolor), pastels, pencil drawings, photography, as well as artisan-crafted jewelry, fiber and fabric arts, clothing, wreaths, baskets, pottery, cards and more.  The artists express their creativity through a variety of materials, including leather, fiber, wood, metal, canvas, glass, clay, paper and shells, many of which are inspired by the land and seascapes of the beautiful seaside community.  Visitors are always greeted by a Hull Artist member at the gallery desk who is well versed in each exhibitor’s work on display.  Hull Artists sponsors exhibits and events and offers workshops in a wide array of creative disciplines. 

Nanci Jaye’s studio shows off her fabulous mosaic wall hangings and tables shown here in her professional framing area.
Photo by Skip Tull

For more information visit, email [email protected], or follow Hull Artists and Gallery Nantasket on Facebook and Instagram.

About Hull Artists

Founded in 1995, Hull Artists is a tax-exempt, nonprofit arts association of more than 90 fine artists, craft artisans and patrons from around the South Shore region and beyond, whose mission is to promote locally created fine art and artisan crafts, and Hull as a seaside arts destination.  The organization produces exhibits and events open to all artists and the public, develops partnerships with local businesses, and offers workshops in a variety of creative disciplines.  Gallery Nantasket, Hull Artists’ retail gallery, offers member-created fine art and artisan gifts on display, open year-round, on the ground floor of Ocean Place Condominiums, 121 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, across from Nantasket Beach.  The gallery’s summer operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm.  For more information, visit, email [email protected], call 781-780-1188, or follow Hull Artists and Gallery Nantasket on Facebook and Instagram.

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