Eastworks Open Studios: Where The Creative Spirit of The Pioneer Valley Comes Out From Behind Closed Doors

Easthampton, Massachusetts, November 5 and 6, 2016

It’s not every day the talented artists, musicians and
entrepreneurs who occupy the Eastworks
building open their doors to the public. Eastworks' third annual Open Studios will span two days this year: Saturday, November 5th, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, November 6th, 12pm to 5pm.

Working artists account for most of the residents at this 100-year old mill building, which has four floors of commercial, office, artist and warehouse space, and nearly fifty live/work lofts.  With over fifty participating artists and performers, it will be a weekend of soul-satisfying sounds, exclusive events, workshops, and demos.

"It's like being downtown, but in just one space,” says Trevor Healy, owner of Healy Guitars. The luthier will be opening his basement workshop for both days of the event, giving the community a rare opportunity to see the craftsmanship that goes into shaping a guitar’s sound.

Trevor and Eastworks’ resident and Grammy nominee Seth Glier, have put together an exclusive list of musicians including John Sheldon, Sophia Chambers, Josh Baum, Joe Nerney and Ryan Hommel.

“I have put together nine performers ranging from bluegrass to jazz to pop and everything in between,” says Seth about the Sunday program, which will be arranged as a kind of homage to the early 1900s, when blues musicians travelled by train from town to town, playing like buskers in stations and sawmill camps along the Mississippi. “We are trying to envision that model, but in Eastworks.”

The infamous Holiday Pop-Up Shop will be open again on the main floor this year, honoring its fifth birthday with 5% off over the weekend. Twenty artists will be selling a range of work across multiple price points, giving attendees an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts and get a head start on their holiday shopping.

Says Beth McElhiney, vintage home decor designer and the shop’s creator, “It’s a unique opportunity for access. We have a few extraordinarily talented national artists in the shop who normally don’t even show around here at all.” 

Come see the yo-yo masters throw down, stop in at the community acupuncture clinic, and explore jiu-jitsu with one of the area’s top martial artists. There will be films, food, discussions, and a diverse range of family-friendly events.

This event is free and open to all ages! Open Studios is the only two days of the year Eastworks’ creatives and entrepreneurs welcome friends, neighbors and strangers with open doors!

For more information, including a list of participants, go here.