The Beacon Hill Art Walk is held every year, rain or shine, the first Sunday in June. This year was the 22nd annual event, and I remember going to it once in the early '90s when the art was often displayed inside some of the local artist's homes, similar to open studio events nowadays. All art at the Art Walk is now outdoors in the private gardens, courtyards and alleys of the neighborhood as well as a couple of open spaces. About 100 artists from around New England participate, and no crafts such as jewelry or even artist's notecards are allowed. It's all about the art.
Well, it's mostly about the art. It's also about being able to venture into the normally hidden nooks and crannies of Beacon Hill's North Slope, or "back of the Hill," once a much seedier area, but now quite pricey. There's also chamber music in a few spaces large enough to accommodate it. A few years back we heard some wonderful klezmer music on the steps of the beautiful old Vilna Shul, with its stained glass windows and its century-old painted murals being excavated in the sanctuary.
I went to the Walk in 2008 with friends, in 2009 with D when we were first dating, and we attempted to go in 2010 with friends visiting from California but for a tree-uprooting storm that blew through. Last year we seemed to have just forgotten about it, and that even before all of our health issues that sidelined us throughout the summer. This year wasn't the greatest weatherwise, with intermittent drizzle, but it was as always an enjoyable few hours of browsing and photographing.
Here are a few more photos in my Flickr set for the day.