August 7 & 8, 2021

What began as one man's vision to bring attention to the local art scene, is now an annual venue for artists, collectors and art patrons. William E. Beyer, a renowned watercolor artist himself, saw the need to create an opportunity for artists to convene as an all-inclusive exhibit of the many art groups from the South Shore. It was also his plan to bring public awareness to the talented artists living and creating among us. That was 25 years ago when the event was held on the boardwalk, with paintings tied to the railings.

It remained an outdoor venue until severe and sudden downpours blew in off the ocean for the second year in a row. More than two hundred pieces of artwork had to be quickly taken down, and brought indoors in a chaotic effort to avoid damage to entries. At that point, Marina Bay Management offered indoor space in support of the Arts Affair. The Arts Affair committee voted in favor of an indoor location for all future events.

Our on-going appreciation goes to Hassan Haydar, and Marina Bay Management for their support. Although some are of the opinion that the Arts Affair should have remained out on the Boardwalk, others have applauded the indoor alternative as the better option for keeping the art safe, and beating the August heat. Most important, Bill Beyer's vision continues as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Arts Affair!

Participating Art Associations have included:


Braintree Art Association |

Canton Art Association |

Hull Artists Studio Connection |

Hyde Park Art Association |

Jamaica Plain Art Association |

Massasoit Community College |

Milton Art Museum |

Needham Art Association |

Newburyport Art Association |

Norwood Art Association |

Quincy Art Association |

Roslindale Arts Alliance |

South Boston Art Association |

South Shore Art Center |

West Roxbury Art Association |

Weymouth Art Association |