Somerville’s First Ever Yart Sale Planned for August 14

Residents are invited to display their own works of art and travel around the city to see the creativity of others

SOMERVILLE, MA – Did your children make tons of macaroni artwork during quarantine? Did you find the postcard collections from your great-, great-, great-grandparents in your basement? Or are you an artist making lots of artwork and need to sell or exhibit? Yart Sale is an opportunity for you to showcase or sell artwork from the comfort of your yards, driveways, and porches and for art lovers to browse new work and maybe pick up a new piece or two. Think of it as a yard sale for art.

Yart Sale will take place on Saturday, August 14 (rain date August 15), from noon to 6 p.m. Depending on their location in the city, artists will be displaying work or merchandise at the following times:
Noon to 2 p.m. – West Zone (west of Willow Ave.)
2 to 4 p.m. – Central Zone (between Willow Ave. and Central St.)
4 to 6 p.m. – East Zone (east of Central St.)

How does Yart Sale work? To participate as an exhibitor, sign up using the Somerville Arts Council’s (SAC) online form. SAC will then create a Google map that art lovers will be able to access at http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/yartsale starting Friday, August 13. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, August 8.

Exhibitors are encouraged to be creative with their displays, but remain respectful of their neighbors by not blocking any streets or sidewalks.

Examples of things that can be part of the Yart Sale:

Any art medium (paintings, photography, collage, projections, ceramics, etc.)
Handmade objects (jewelry, pottery, quilts, knitted items, etc.)
Family artwork
Collectible items (coins, postcards, baseball cards, instruments, magnets, etc.)
Plants
Musician/band merchandise
Art tools, supplies, and books

For questions, please contact Iaritza Menjivar at imenjivar@somervillema.gov.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings should contact Nancy Bacci in advance at 617-625-6600 x2250 or NBacci@somervillema.gov.

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