Celebration of Black Artists at Watertown Fitness Studio

The following announcement was provided by Fly Together Fitness:

Fly Together Fitness is thrilled to partner with Watertown resident Phil Gordon and Joey’s Home Entertainment to bring you Art In Motion at Fly Together Fitness’ Watertown Studio (100 Parker St., Watertown)

At Fly Together Fitness we believe in supporting community initiatives and doing our part in building platforms to empower creative individuals. Whether your self expression is visual, physical, or aural you are welcome to show up as your authentic self and know that there is space for you. Because TOGETHER anything is possible. 

The goal of Art In Motion is to provide a platform to highlight Boston-metro Black creatives in music, visual art, artisan production, apparel and hospitality through curated event experiences at inclusive community spaces. Art in Motion aims to address the lack of historic and regional opportunities for local Black creatives to grow their careers while capturing opportunities to bridge diverse networks and create new relationships between artists and community members around the Greater Boston area. * Tickets sales go towards compensating the artists for their time, (which is not a traditional model but one that we believe is fair and should be standard) we encourage you to select the ticket tier you are most comfortable with.

Watertown Arts Market Seeks Committee Members for 2024 Event

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Arts Market:

Would you like to get involved with the Watertown Arts Market? If so … we have several key volunteer positions available:

Artist Manager or Co-Manager

Food and Vendor Manager or Co-Manager

Volunteering Manager or Co-Manager

Day of Event Manager or Co-Manager

General Volunteers and Helping Hands

The Arts Market is a one-day celebratory event bringing together an abundance of artists, arts and cultural organizations, and cultural-related businesses based in and/or serving the Watertown area. The 4th Annual Watertown Arts Market is planned for Saturday, Aug. 17th (location TBD).  Find out more at watertownartsmarket.com

To inquire about volunteering or getting involved, email with interest to watertownartsmarket@gmail.com.

Dozens of Cultural Programs Get Grants from Watertown Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council and Lois Pond, chair of the Watertown Cultural Council, have announced the award of 35 grants totaling $16,430, for cultural programs in Watertown. Grant recipients include Edible Watertown, Watertown Arts Market, Watertown Indigenous History Tour, and Live Music at the Watertown Farmers Market. A complete list of recipients can be seen below. The Watertown Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year.

Road Tripping With Small Saves in This Week’s Cartoon

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal – then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

Closing Reception for Watertown’s Edible Plants Project, Opening Soon at New Location

Edible Plants, Watertown’ a long-term interdisciplinary project that promotes awareness of our local environment through visual art and writing, will have a closing reception on Jan. 13, and will open at a new location on Jan. 26. The Watertown Public Arts & Culture Committee provided the following information:

Edible Plants Closing Reception at TILL Wave Gallery

Saturday, January 13, 2-4 PM

TILL Wave Gallery264 Arlington Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Join us for the closing reception of Edible Plants at the TILL Wave Gallery before the show moves to the Mosesian Center for the Arts. Enjoy readings by Jordan Escobar, Patrick Fairbairn, and Ruth Henry with music by Justin Ouellette.

2 Watertown Children’s Theater Plays Coming to Newly Renamed Theater at Mosesian Center

The black box theater at Mosesian Center for the Arts was recently renamed in honor of Watertown Children’s Theater Founding Artistic Director Dinah Lane. (Photo from MCA)

Mosesian Arts’ Watertown Children’s Theater will produce two plays this winter in the newly named Dinah Lane Theater. New classes in performing and visual arts for all ages also begin this month at the arts center. A program of the Mosesian Center for the Arts since the two organizations merged in 2013, Watertown Children’s Theatre engages young individuals and groups in the process of making theater. Initiated in 1983 by Founding Artistic Director Dinah Lane, the program celebrated forty years in November with a benefit reception and performance titled 40 Season of Love.

Watertown Artist Shares Artwork & Artist Books at Library Exhibit

The T. Ross Kelly Gallery at the Watertown Free Public Library is hosting “Constructed” – an exhibit featuring artwork and artist books by Watertown resident, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, January 3, 2024, through February 28, 2024. All of the artworks in this exhibit were constructed – from the literal forming of flat paper into three-dimensional books, to the careful placement of shape, line, and color in the abstract work on display. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Balzer shares her perspective on the creative process, stating, “For me, the process of making art is the process of bringing together various elements and discovering how they change each other once in combination. These visual constructions are similar to the experience of forming a lively dinner party, where you must consider how to seat guests.” Art enthusiasts, patrons, and the community are all invited to visit “Constructed,” now through February 28, 2024

A bathroom cabinet with stone basin byJulie Fei-Fan Balzer.