2016 Press Release


DECEMBER 2-4, 2016

Hear it comes again….this year we are celebrating the 30th year of the Button Factory Open Studios, one of the oldest and most eagerly anticipated holiday arts events on the Seacoast. Some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the Seacoast have studios at the Button Factory, Portsmouth’s original center for fine arts and crafts. 

This once- a-year opportunity to visit the artists, explore their private studios, and purchase their work will occur on December 2, 3, and 4.  These artists have earned prominence in their fields and represent a range of disciplines, including painting, photography, jewelry, art furniture, custom picture framing, and bookbinding.  Joining them on Saturday and Sunday are artists and craftsmen selected from all over New England. New resident artists at the Button Factory this year are working in fashion design, stained glass, sculpture, printmaking, abstract painting, jewelry, and works on paper.

The weekend kicks off Friday evening with a festive preview of the Open Studios and music by the PMAC Student Jazz Combo. Friday evening gives the public the occasion for a more personal and relaxed visit with resident artists.  Explore the various studios and you will find that each one reflects the artist’s creative personality.

On Saturday and Sunday juried artists join the excitement with booths set up throughout the sprawling, three-level former factory building.  In the labyrinth of hallways you will discover an eclectic group of over 70 artists and craftspeople.  As the most popular Seacoast holiday art event, the Button Factory Open Studios offers unique paintings, pottery, jewelry, handmade furniture, fine art photography, scarves and wearables, fiber arts, and much more.

Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4, Hours 11:00 AM to 5:00PM
Friday Preview (Tenant Artists Only),
December 2, Hours 5:00 to 8:00PM

The Button Factory
855 Islington Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

The Button Factory is located across from Plaza 800, the Hannaford Supermarket, Bank of America, and the COAST bus stop. Directions are located on the Button Factory website.

Photographs for publication:

Photographs of selected works of Button Factory artists are available for download below.
Click on each image to enlarge it. Once you have enlarged the image, right-click to download and save to desktop.

CONTACTS Jim Buttrick, Building Owner
YankeeReal@aol.com, (617) 756-9164

Doug Ostrander, Building Artist
dougo362@gmail.com, (207) 752-7350


For additional information, contact:
Jim Buttrick, Building Owner, YankeeReal@aol.com (617) 756-9164


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