Loft Artists host final Open Studios at 845 Canal Street

Their days in the South End are numbered, but that isn’t stopping a nonprofit arts collective from throwing one last celebration.

The Loft Artists Association, which has called 845 Canal St. home for the last 35 years, is hosting its final Open Studios Event at the location on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, noon-6 p.m. The public will be welcomed into the work spaces of LAA artists, who will talk about their art and share wine and snacks.

The LAA is being asked to leave 845 Canal Street by developer Building & Land Technology, although a date for the eviction hasn’t been set.

“We’ve been opening our doors for over 35 years and are still thrilled and look forward to sharing our work and lives with the community.” Lisa Cuscuna, president of LAA, said in a statement. “This is the largest cooperative of working professional artists in the area, so if you’ve never attended Open Studios please stop by and meet us . . . we all love to talk about our work.”

Last month, the LAA announced that it would need to vacate its studio and gallery space because of a proposed rent hike. Though negotiations have been under way with BLT, some of the artists have already been asked to leave and consolidation has been sought by the developer. The LAA is currently searching for a new location.


Scott Gargan