What We Do
Melrose Open Studio Tour (MOST) offers a self-guided tour of artist studios and exhibition spaces throughout Melrose, Massachusetts, connecting nearly 50 artists to the community through a much-anticipated annual event. This is an opportunity to talk with artists, hear their stories, see their work, and purchase art directly from the source for your home or business.
What We Believe
The arts have the potential to transform society. Art allows people free expression. Artistic enjoyment gives us shared experiences that connect us all to our community. The arts help people of all ages develop communication skills and engage in critical thinking. MOST aims to improve the quality of life in Melrose by supporting and celebrating its art scene and the artists who live here.
Collaborations and Initiatives
Since 2017, our outreach in Melrose has expanded to other arts initiatives, most notably with Melrose Arts, the Beebe Estate Gallery, and Follow Your Art Community Studios. We are always learning from artists and arts organizations both within and outside of Melrose, especially at a time when virtual engagement with the arts has grown dramatically.
“We attend art fairs and studio tours regularly, and found the quality and talent of work presented to be unique, interesting and really very good. The varied venues we visited were full even at the end of the day, and yet every artists was happy to tell us their story and explain their method. I made many great and lucky purchases. Thank you for this really great opportunity! We are looking forward to next year already.”
From the Community
“It’s a tour of discovery, of hidden, secret studios.”
“Viewing art where it was created rather than in a formal exhibition space…”
“Artists aren’t’ the loudest people in the community often, and you realize you have a lot of people really around who do have a voice, in a different way.”
Nancy Kukura (Melrose Messina Fund)
“It’s such a great example of what’s happening in Melrose behind closed doors. The curtain hadn’t opened and now it’s open, and we can see the incredible amount of talent behind the scenes.”
“There are a lot of artists working in Melrose, more than I realized. I thought I was working in isolation.”
Jeana MacNeil (visitor from Melrose)
“I’m so impressed with all the artistic talent in Melrose, hidden away in the nooks and crannies.”
“I see us all as ambassadors of art , of getting ourselves out there to the people, so people realize there’s this wonderful resource of creative talent in the community.”
“It’s like there are all these treasures sprinkled around the community. How wonderful is that, to make those discoveries, and then have them have this wonderful exposure and this opportunity to share what they do with the public.”
“The Melrose Open Studio Tour allows the public to meet, engage, and see working artists in their creative environments.”
Eric Moss (visitor from Melrose)
“So much talent put forth by our community, and feeling honored for being invited into homes and the artistic talent we were able to experience.”
Studios & Shops
During the Melrose Open Studio Tour (MOST), nearly 50 Melrose artists will open their studio doors to share their work and inspirations with the public. MOST is a wonderful time to meet artists, view new pieces and works in process, watch live demonstrations, learn about an artist’s process from conception to completion, and even buy original art in a wide range of media. Beyond an art sale, the Melrose Open Studio Tour is a chance to experience firsthand how, where, and why art is created.
Artists & Art Supporters
Melrose is a place where creative expression thrives. The curious to the creative and all the colors in between – enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, aspiring artists, and established professionals
Sponsors and Volunteers
Building community through art.
View past Open Studio Tours.
Get involved with MOST.
Buildings and Galleries
Melrose local art venues and resources.
With thanks to our generous sponsors:
Melrose, MA 02176, USA
Coming Up Soon
Summer Arts Market (August 2nd)
November Virtual Event (TBA)