https://brookline.wickedlocal.com/news/20190402/art-with-amy-unique-place-in-brookline-for-making-art

By Iris Alpert / brookline@wickedlocal.comPosted Apr 2, 2019 at 1:11 PMUpdated Apr 2, 2019 at 6:38 PM

On any given day after school, peek between the curtains at 45 Harvard St. in Brookline Village, and if you’re lucky you’ll see a group of children sitting at tables, making art in Art with Amy’s studio.

At AWA, children get to do something that really is extraordinary: explore their own unique ways, ideas and processes in making art. While owner Amy Solomon does structure the classes with projects — and supports the projects with examples made by ‘real’ contemporary artists — this is not a place where children go home with the same ‘perfect’ prefab piece.

Here the possibilities are endless, and with it the emergence of each child’s unique artistic voice. Unique creations are the order of the day, and explorations encouraged.

“One of the key things I like to emphasize,” said Solomon, “is to ‘keep going’ with your work, to keep pushing yourself and not quit after five or 10 minutes.”

The reward is Solomon’s mastery at seeing the value in what each child made — and her vocal support — provided there was an honest attempt at making it.

The walls are often fully or partially covered with art pieces made by working artists near and far.

Solomon recently began to host an open studio each first Friday of the month. All people are invited to drop in to nibble on snacks, see the art and each other, purchase an original creation or consider showing some of their own.

“I really want this to become a community staple, where people know First Fridays are happening every month — and that way they can participate in their communities art life,” Solomon said.

Events are often dedicated to Solomon’s current favorite cause. The next First Friday is April 5 from 6-8 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds will go to the victims of the New Zealand massacre.

Visit artwithamy.com for more information on First Friday and other programs.