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10th Boston “Ahts” Festival 2012 Brings Out the Creative Spirit [Photos]

It’s hard to believe its been 10 years that the city has been hosting its big Boston “Ahts” Festival at the North End / Waterfront’s Christopher Columbus Park. For 2012, there were over 60 juried artist exhibitions and continuous music, theater and poetry performances using both the waterfront stage and the west garden area. The mural kids painting board is always popular and the Diablo glass blowing demonstration drew its typically large crowd. This year, the Arts Festival also launches Boston Open Studios where artists will be opening their neighborhood doors. View the full 2012 Festival Brochure (pdf).

This weekend also marks the debut of “Ripples,” a temporary public art exhibition on the lawn of Christopher Columbus Park by Carolina Aragon.

Artist Display at the 10th Annual Ahts Festival.


BSO Plays on the Waterfront Stage at the 10th Annual Boston Ahts Festival


Dozens of artists set up in tents along the trellis at Christopher Columbus Park.


A tunnel of shimmering. “Ripples” by Carolina Aragon


Making the glass, Diablo.


Budding artists at the mural … for kids of all ages!


Temporary Public Art Installation at Christopher Columbus Park, “Ripples” by Carolina Aragon.


Under the trees listening to “Love Experiment” at Christopher Columbus Park


“Love Experiment” on the Garden Stage


Entertaining the crowd while blowing glass, Diablo.


Follow the Rules!


The crowd gathers as BSO takes the stage at the 2012 Boston Ahts Festival.


Can I stay here? “Ripples” by Carolina Aragon.

Photos by Matt Conti.