Arlington Open Studios

Calling all Artists & Artisans! Join the Arlington Center for the Arts for our 22st Annual Arlington Open Studios happening on Saturday, November 14, 2020.  All mediums encouraged, including painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, glass, fine jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s in-person Arlington Open Studios will be replaced by a virtual experience. Since we do not currently know to what scale public gatherings will be possible in November, the Arlington Center for the Arts has decided to reimagine the format of this year’s event. We hope these changes will ensure our ability to present the event and continue to serve artists and the community during these uncertain times. This was not an easy decision to make and the health and safety of our community is our top priority.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – please read and save for reference:


  • DATE:  Saturday, November 14, 2020, 11AM – 5PM

  • LOCATION:  Virtual (ACA Website, social media platforms, YouTube, and participating artists’ respective platforms)

  • ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Arlington and non-Arlington artists of all mediums. This year's event will NOT be juried. All registrants will be accepted to participate.

  • FEE:  $75 for all participating artists (there is limited financial assistance available for artists who may be unable to pay the registration fee. Please email AOS Director Pam Shanley at for more info)

  • TO REGISTER:  The deadline for registration has passed. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Shanley at

AOS 2020 Live Info Sessions

ACA staff members Pam Shanley (AOS Director and Operations Manager) and Aneleise Ruggles (Communications Director) conducted live info sessions to review the new format of this year's event and answered questions artists had. These sessions were recorded and can be viewed here:

AOS Info Session 1 | August 19, 2020

AOS Info Session 2 | August 23, 2020

What's Included in Your AOS 2020 Registration:


  • Pre-Deadline Q&A Sessions:

    • August 19 @ 7pm

    • August 23 @ 4pm

  • After Deadline General Event Info Session:

    • September 16 @ 7pm

  • FREE Workshops: ACA will be offering free workshops taught by artist and arts consultant Anna Koon to learn more about how to sell your work online. Pre-registration is required but there is no cost to AOS 202 participants to attend.

    • Selling your Artwork Online - September 24 @ 7pm

    • Maintaining Your Online Brand - October 1 @ 7pm

    • Creating Successful In-Studio Events - October 15 @7pm

    • This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.








  • AOS Online Artist Directory

    • This Online Directory will be presented on the ACA website and will start November 14 and run through December 31, 2020

    • It will feature up to 15 images and link to individual artist page

  • Selling Art

    • Option #1 - Sell your art online, if you have your own e-commerce pages (Esty, Shopify, , Big Cartel, website, etc). No fee for sold artwork is charged.

    • Option #2 - ACA AOS Artist Online Market: Artists have the option to have ACA list their artwork for sale through ACA’s Online Market. There is a 70/30 spilt on all sales

  • LIVE Arts

    • Pre-recorded/Live Artist Demos  (great way to promote your work during AOS)

    • Pre-recorded/Live Virtual Studio Tours (great way to promote your work during AOS)

    • Poetry Readings

    • Dance Performances

    • Music Performances



Our Communications Team will be assembling a tool kit for artists to use in promoting AOS. It will be shared as a Google Drive folder and will include several formats of promotional images for print and digital use. This folder will be sent out to artists by Thursday, October 1.

Many thanks to artist Patricia Crotty for use of her images for these examples!

Many thanks to artist Patricia Crotty for use of her images for these examples!

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