For three days this weekend, artists in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood opened the doors to their live-in galleries-slash-studios-slash-homes.
In this tumultuous time for the neighborhood, once an artists’ refuge and now one of the hottest slices of real estate in the country, a small but passionate Fort Point artistic community persists. The Fort Point Open Studios, which happens twice a year, is their showcase.
Inside The Artist Building at 300 Summer Street — one of several locations highlighted over the weekend — most of the artists in the building’s 48 units have been living and working there since affordable units first opened at the location in 1995.
One is Christina Lanzl, who works both as an artist and an art consultant and lives on the building’s second floor. On display in her home on Sunday were a few hand-made metal end tables, an assortment of paintings and a wall of embossed aluminum wall hangings.
It’s a rare privilege to have reasonably priced space in Boston like the home she’s had for 21 years, she said, with its open floor plan and tall windows, and with lots of square footage to stretch out and work on her many projects.
“There’s no way I could ever afford another place in Boston, ever,” she said. “I would never find another space like this.”
She credits the Fort Point Arts Community with having the foresight to help artists buy the old industrial building and preserve the units for local creators. FPAC also helped organize and advocate for the 249 A Street Artists Cooperative, which has 44 units of live-work space.