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UPDATED Nov. 7: Residents were invited to the 25th Arlington Open Studios, an event supported by the Arlington Center for the Arts, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

Open Studios, Nov. 12

The event took place at three sites -- Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave.; the Arlington Community Center, 27 Maple St.; and the ACA itself, 20 Academy St.

Residents were able to speak with artists and to purchase a wide range of their works, a newsletter said: paintings, photographs, fine jewelry and sculpture.  Additionally, there was live music performed on the Town Hall steps and a poetry reading in the ACA's Shaira Ali Gallery.

For ore information about this multilocation event, including a list of participating artists, click here >> 

For details about the poetry reading, see below:

The poetry reading was slated for 1 to 3 p.m. on the third floor of the ACA, 20 Academy St., and is set to feature four of the poets from the Arts Arlington Red Letter Poem's Project, started by the immediate previous poet laureate, Steve Ratiner; he and current Poet Laureate Jean Flanagan hosted this reading. 4redpoets.openstudios23

According to an email to YourArlington from Flanagan, the project aimed to highlight local poets and to create a sense of community in readers of poetry.

"It also shines a spotlight on our town as a vibrant center for a whole range of the creative arts.  In such difficult times, it is simply a great pleasure to come together and enjoy poetry and music," Flanagan wrote.

Steven Cramer, Charles O. Hartman, Nathan McClain and Lee Varon were featured poets that afternoon. Additionally, an accompanying violin performance from Elizabeth Burke was scheduled.

"The Open Studios of the Arlington Center for the Arts has given us a perfect venue and support for many years to celebrate poetry and to give members of our community peaceful moments to reflect on the spoken word," Flanagan wrote.

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Another poetry reading event was slated for Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Community Room of Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave. Residents were invited to join poets Mary Buchinger and Hilary Sallick at 7 p.m. for selections from each of their books. This reading was hosted by local poet Steven Rapp and Flanagan.


This news announcement was published Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, based on information from the ACA. It was updated Nov. 3, to add information about the poetry reading and comments from Arlington Poet Laureate Jean Flanagan; Nov. 6, to add information about a related event; Nov. 7, for wordsmithing; and Jan. 25, 2024, for time references.