Hello and welcome to our post on all things art in Worcester. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered thoroughly right here.
Our goal is to make this a one stop shop that has all the information that you need. We will begin by diving into the best Worcester Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer.
Following that we will discuss where you can find all of the supplies you need at some of the best art stores near you. Shows and events will be the topic of our next section.
Art walking tours can be a great way to see a variety of styles in a short amount of time, plus we will mention where you can see some of the coolest sculptures and statues around town. Worcester art classes and lessons will need to get a shout out and fortunately there are plenty of classes for both kids and adults that are available.
Some of our more experienced readers may not need any lessons so we will tell you where you can find art studios for rent near you as well. And our final section will list the best shops for framing around town.
You can check out more of our posts about art around the Northeast at that link.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Worcester
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Worcester you can go to:
- Worcester Art Museum at 55 Salisbury St
- Davis Art Gallery at 44 Portland St
- The Sprinkler Factory at 38 Harlow St
- Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery at 486 Chandler St
- Iris & B Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at 1 College St
- Jean McDonough Arts Center at 20 Franklin St
- Nine Dot Gallery at 484 Main st
- Gallery of Enamel Art at 340 Main St
- Arts Worcester at 44 Portland St
The Worcester Art Museum has been around since the late 1800’s and they have collected nearly 40,000 works since day one. Some of their more popular pieces were created by Claude Monet, Melvin Edwards, and Thomas Gainsborough.
You can see some cool pieces, rent out studio space, or try your hand at an auction at The Sprinkler Factory. There are over 1,000 objects currently at the Iris and B Gerald Cantor Art Gallery.
If you are interested in enamel working you can try the enamel classes at Gallery of Enamel Art.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few stores in this city to buy art supplies and materials like:
- C C Lowell at 455 Pleasant St
- Dollar Tree at 1413 Grafton St
- AC Moore Arts & Crafts at 541 F Lincoln St
You can get custom framing done at C C Lowell Art Supply Co and AC Moore Arts and Crafts. Dollar Tree is a quick and easy place to find basic cheap art supplies near you.
Shows & Events
Some of the best art shows and events held throughout the year are:
Every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving you can check out the Holiday Festival of Crafts which usually features over 50 local and regional artists.
Start on the Street is held in mid September along Park Avenue and there will probably be hundreds of artists showing off their newest works.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or find out how much a piece is worth one of the best art dealers and appraisers near you is the Art & Antique Gallery at 4 Old English Rd.
Discover Central Massachusetts at 311 Main St has a nice art walking tour. Don’t forget about the Start on the Street Festival held each September either.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some really cool sculptures around town like:
- Burnside Fountain at 78 Franklin St
- General Charles Devens Statue at 22 Main St
- Central Massachusetts Korean War Memorial at 52 Foster St
- Major Taylor Statue at 3 Salem St
Most locals may refer to it as Turtle Boy but the Burnside Fountain can be found at the south east corner of Worcester Common. It was created by Charles Y Harvey and Sherry Fry.
The General Charles Devens Statue has been in front of the county courthouse since the early 1900’s. Antonio Tobias Mendez created the Major Taylor Statue that has been at the Public Library since 2008.
Worcester Art Classes
We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Worcester art schools and classes can be found at:
- Peace Art Paint & Sip at 70 James St
- Worcester Center for Crafts at 25 Sagamore Rd
- 3 Sisters Art Studio at 70 James St
- Artreach at 322 W Boylston St
- New England School Of Fine Art at 51 Union St
Acrylic painting is the specialty at Peace Art Paint and Sip. Their paint and sip parties are a lot of fun, plus they have private classes if you want to learn even more.
We mentioned the Holiday Festival of Crafts before, well that is held by the Worcester Center for Crafts. They also have a scholarship program and have workshops and art classes for kids or adults.
The supplies are provided if you take a class at 3 Sisters Art Studio. You can get day, night, or weekend classes for students of all ages at the New England School Of Fine Art.
Worcester Art Museum and the Gallery of Enamel Art from our initial list also do art classes.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can find art studios for rent near you at:
The Sprinkler Factory and the Worcester Center for Crafts from our previous lists also have art studios for rent.
A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Worcester are:
- Framed In Tatnuck at 1099 Pleasant St
- Atlantis Picture Framing at 198 Park Ave #2
- The Prints and the Potter Gallery at 142 Highland St
There are literally over three thousand styles of frames available at Framed In Tatnuck. It has been crowned the best frame shop near you by Worcester Magazine’s Reader’s Poll nine years running.
Remember that C C Lowell Art Supply Co and AC Moore Arts and Crafts can also handle your framing needs. Just so you know we have also written about:
Have Fun Enjoying The Worcester Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in the area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Worcester!