GO OUT DOORS – ARLINGTON  2021 continues to grow last year’s “Go Out Doors-Neighbors” collaborative public art campaign featuring upcycled, artist-decorated doors installed on bike and nature trails. The goal of the project was to “celebrate reconnection with nature, our senses, and healthful outdoor activity” to the succor of our neighboring communities emerging from COVID-19 isolation.
Inspired by the En Plein Air exhibition on NYC’s High Line, The Umbrella Arts Center’s  original “Go Out Doors” installation was displayed on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord in summer of 2020. By fall, additional commissions cropped up as surprising waypoints of delight on paths across neighboring Concord Center, Arlington and Lexington — symbolically connecting three towns, three bikeways, three cultural districts, and three visitor centers.
In 2021, Go Out Doors – Neighbors projects have continued to spread, with new art doors installed or planned in Carlisle, Westford, Concord, Arlington, Lexington, Medford, Groton, Minute Man National Historical Park, and eight villages in Newton including Auburndale; Newton Centre; Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Waban and West Newton.
Go Out Doors asks: “How can we, as artists, draw more people outside to explore nature? What might we discover if, on foot or wheel, we find ourselves on a path through the woods – hidden from the roads we travel daily? What happens if we leave our electronics behind and find that steps from the front door a sensory world awaits?  What happens if we walk and bike daily to and from school and work? Or just for fun? What might we feel? What might change?”
Designs have  emphasized local wildlife and environmental stewardship themes, or forms of healthful outdoor activity and companionship. Doors evoke inspiration, whimsy, irony, reflection, connection, curiosity, spirituality, local culture and history, and/or joy.
We’re delighted to share this year’s new Arlington artdoors and artist information below, along with the interactive map to help you find the  doors around town!

“Into the Mystic” by Janice Hayes-Cha

Janice Hayes-Cha creates vibrant mixed media art from recycled greeting cards and other colorful materials, a method she devised while in cancer treatment. Her work is imbued with the wishes, prayers and love from the cards’ writers and recipients. She lives and works in Arlington and her art brightens many local healthcare and corporate settings. Into the Mystic celebrates the ecological diversity of our treasured river. www.janicehayescha.com

“The Octopus Garden” by Jacky Pullman

Jacky Pullman,  an Arlington resident for over 30 years, has retired from teaching in Boston and is now painting full time.  She has sold and exhibited her work at Arlington Open Studios, Brickbottom Open Studios and Gallery, ARTSI on Shelter Island New York, and C’Mere Gallery in New Orleans.  You can find her work on Instagram @jpullman_art and on her website jpullman.work

“Outdoor Music” by Jill Strait

Jill Strait is an artist and longtime children’s art educator in the Metro West and Boston area. Her love of musical instruments, vintage patterns and nature inspires her current work. When she isn’t painting, she is most likely playing banjo. Her work can be found at jillstrait.com

“Flower Power” by Laurie Bogdan

Laurie Bogdan is a collage artist from Arlington MA. She is involved in the growth of ArtLinks, a local arts networking group and has contributed to a variety of public art and environmental projects. In a world where many ordinary objects and books are tossed away or not appreciated, she tries to find a way to imagine and bring new life to them. http://yourturnart.blogspot.com

“Silver Linings” by Jason Rudokas and Laurie Bogdan, representing ArtLinks Arlington.

“We Are Stardust” by 2020 McClennen Award winner Adria Arch is installed at by the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington Heights.