Art Gallery at Watertown Apartment Complex Seeks Work from Local Artists, Part of Sales Proceeds Go to Charity

Elan Union MarketThe Art Saint Hope Gallery in the Elan Union Market apartments will display work of local artists and part of the sales will go to help charity. Artists have a new place to display their work in Watertown, and the gallery also helps raise money for charity. Shamere Ross, the lead technician at Elan Union Market apartments, had a vision to beautify the large community space in the complex on the corner of Arsenal and Irving streets. The space has 20-foot high windows and Ross wanted to do something that both livened the space and gave artists a place to have their work seen. “Artists go through a lot trying to get art on display.

Get Ready for YardArt Watertown, See How to Participate

The following information was provided by the YardArt organizers:

Push back against this dreary winter by creating something in your yard, porch or doorway – a structure, an art project, a contraption, or anything that pops to mind. Delight, surprise, inspire, and amuse yourself and your neighbors! Anyone can participate–no fees and no age requirement. Your creationshould be family friendly and viewable from the street or sidewalk. Yourproject will be listed on the YardArt map and you’ll receive a yard signto mark your location.

Exhibit on Watertown Arsenal by Local Artist to Show in Boston

“Building (detail of one of the eight prints from the grid), 2020, by Chantal Zakari, is one of the works to be shown at Kingston Gallery from Nov. 4 to Dec. 6. The late fall season at Kingston Gallery features inventive and provocative new work by Chantal Zakari (a Watertown resident) and Margaret Hart. The exhibitions provide a visual metaphor, either of the overlap of the past history of a particular place or of an imagined merging of nature and technology in a posthuman future.

Senior Center Offering Exercise, Art and More Classes Online

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Senior Center remains closed as part of the COVID-19 shutdown, but classes are still available online, including exercise and art classes. The following information was provided by the Senior Center:

The Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center has been offering fitness, art and discussion programs via Zoom! Please call the Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 for program information and Zoom access. UPDATED Link to Watertown Senior News:

Week of June 29-July 3, 2020

Monday, June 29

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Chair Yoga with Diane

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Art Class with Dawn Scaltreto                                                            

Tuesday, June 30

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, PRIDE Month Discussion with Tracy McKay of PFLAG. All are invited to discuss PRIDE month, older adults and allies of the LGBTQ community.

ARTrelief Offering Free Virtual Classes During COVID-19 Outbreak

East Watertown-based ARTrelief is offering free groups through the month of May. The groups are meeting virtually during the COVID-19 shutdown, and there are courses for kids and adults, said Clinical Director Cecile Reve. ARTrelief is an innovative Expressive Arts Therapy center which has serviced individuals across the lifespan, according to its website. 

The group dedicates itself to the use and promotion of all forms of art to support health, joy, awareness, development, education, social-economic adjustment, cultural inclusion, equality, dignity and integrity in the community. ARTrelief provides free virtual art and play workshops and therapy, and wants to invite the community to benefit. See the list of classes available below:

The following groups are free through the month of May, after that virtual fee is a monthly unlimited pass ($50), or a drop-in rate of $10 per person.

Kids & Parents Can Join Science, Tech & Art Camp Over February Break

The following information came from the Watertown Public Schools:

Watertown Public Schools is collaborating with PTO’s and C-STEAM Futures to host a FREE, Innovative, 3 day, Parent-Child February vacation camp for students in grades 3-5. The WPS Family STEAM+CS (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math + Computer Science) program is designed to engage children in the interdisciplinary world of STEAM & Computer Science and aim at engaging them in hands-on creative problem solving and computational thinking. Activities include:

Introduction to Basics of 3D Modeling & Printing Designing interactive circuits with Makey MakeyIntroduction to important coding and STEM concepts with Osmo Awbie and Scratch Jr.Designing a Fitbit prototype using Micro Bit microcontroller

Seats are limited so we urge you to please register soon. Registration Link:

Registration link will be open until February 5th.