Art in Worcester, Massachusetts will be covered in full detail for you today and our opening section will discuss the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Worcester art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
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
- 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
- Gallery of Enamel Art at 340 Main St
- Arts Worcester at 44 Portland St
The Worcester Art Museum is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday and has been around since the late 1800’s collecting nearly 40,000 works since day one. Some of their more popular pieces were created by Claude Monet, Melvin Edwards, and Thomas Gainsborough.
There are over 1,000 objects currently at the Iris and B Gerald Cantor Art Gallery which is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday and starting at noon on weekends.
If you are interested in enamel working you can try the enamel classes at Gallery of Enamel Art and they are usually open from noon to 2pm Fridays and Saturdays.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few local stores to buy art supplies and materials like:
You can get custom framing done at C C Lowell Art Supply Co.
Dollar Tree is a quick and easy place to buy 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 in your area 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 Southeast corner of Worcester Common and 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:
- Worcester Center for Crafts at 25 Sagamore Rd
- Artreach at 322 W Boylston St
- New England School Of Fine Art at 51 Union St
We mentioned the Holiday Festival of Crafts before and it is held by the Worcester Center for Crafts who also has a scholarship program along with workshops and art classes for kids or adults.
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 in your area at:
Worcester Center for Crafts from our previous list also may have local 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 which has been crowned the best frame shop in your area by Worcester Magazine’s Reader’s Poll nine years running.
Remember that C C Lowell Art Supply Co can also handle your framing needs.
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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 your area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love the local 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, Massachusetts!