Art in storefront project Wellesley
  • By: Julia Brutto

Empty Storefronts Turned Art Galleries in Wellesley, MA

Linear Retail and ArtWellesley work together to turn dark spaces into vibrant art showcases

By, The Swellesley Report:

Wellesley is brushing off the Winter and looking forward to Spring in numerous ways:

Empty storefronts turned art galleries
If the new ArtWellesley group is successful, the art it has worked with local property owners and the town to place in empty storefronts won’t be there too long.

The hope is that the former Talbots and Dunkin’ Donuts spaces, and others in Wellesley Square and across town, will soon be filled with new businesses.

But until then, you can get outside and enjoy the town’s temporary outdoor art gallery, and visit the businesses that are open.

ArtWellesley is the brainchild of residents and artists Annie Newman, Laura Robert, and Julie Vari, and the first phase of its storefront effort features works from members of Wellesley Women Artisans as well as from students and other local artists.

The storefront art project is supported in part through a Wellesley COVID-19 Relief Fund grant to the Wellesley Celebrations Committee.

We took a peek at the art just after dusk one night this week. Let’s just say these artists are better at art than I am at taking photos, so we recommend checking out the works in person to fully appreciate them.