When artist Melanie Putz Brotz hatched the idea for the South End Art Hop back in 1991, Burlington had a dearth of venues in which to show experimental artwork. But she saw potential in the funky South End neighborhood. The first Art Hop, which Brotz organized with local artists Jon Roberts and Ellen Lake, featured about 40 artists showing their work at 30 venues.
Two decades later, the art festival has grown exponentially. This year, more than 600 artists are exhibiting, and the South End will come alive for the weekend with live music, artist demonstrations, food vendors and standup comedy. Art lovers can be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed.
So in honor of Art Hop’s 20th anniversary, we put together a handy game board catered to four different kinds of Art Hoppers: families, foodies, thrill seekers and forward thinkers. Pick your path and start planning your Hop.
And don’t forget, CCTA is offering free transportation on the Pine Street Route on Saturday from 6:15 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. Arts Riot and Spark Arts are sponsoring another free shuttle — this one with live comedy on board! — Friday and Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Happy hopping!
Click on the flow chart to see a larger version. Illustrations by Matt Mignanelli.
Spark Improv Troupe Pop-Up Comedy. 257 Pine Street, behind New England Floor Coverings, Friday, 7-8:30 p.m. (improv); Saturday, 8:30-10 p.m. (standup).
Hopapalooza Featuring Cameo Harlot, Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Suzanne Friedman, Trapper Keeper and Funkwagon. In the SEABA tent behind the Maltex Building, Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Artists Market Extravaganza. Parking lot at Kilburn and Pine streets, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.