Experience Jamaica Plain Open Studios This Weekend

For 24 years, artists of Jamaica Plain have opened their studios to the community and displayed their art for one weekend in September. This year's annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios will be this weekend on Sept. 23rd and 24th and offers a range of places to go and types of art to see with a multitude of styles including collaborative work, student work and even the opportunity to create art first hand. What happens when artists join forces? A collaborative installation entitled “The Time Project, Passing It On, Nine Artists Inspire Each Other,” will be displayed in the First Baptist Church on Centre Street.

Woodworker Heather Dawnson lets the chips fly at JP Open Studios 2016

Watch JP Open Studios in Action

This year's JP Open Studios had perfect weather for strolling and taking in all the art. Here's a quick video of woodworker Heather Dawson turning a block of wood into art. Dawson, who is on the faculty at The Eliot School, had her booth just outside the entrance of the historic school. For more on her work, check out her web site. Other Jamaica Plain News coverage of Open Studios:

Photos: Jamaica Plain Open Studios 2016

Scenes from JP Open Studios 2015

Sylvia Lopez Chavez and Elisa Hamilton will have an interactive public art exhibition at The Eliot School for the 2016 JP Open Studios

Your Guide to Jamaica Plain Open Studios 2016

Want to get the most out of your time at this year's Jamaica Plain Open Studios? We've put together this guide to help. During Open Studios, which run Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 200 artists will showcase their work at 40 sites around the neighborhood. The massive event is free. Open Studios is a fixture on the JP calendar alongside other can't miss events like Wake Up the Earth, the JP Music Festival, the Lantern Parade and JP Porchfest.

Please Touch the Art!

Jay Roberts and Richard Youngstrom are two Jamaica Plain Open Studios artists who work with glass, but in very different ways. Roberts creates slumped glass, which, although it may sound funny, is a serious process. He has been slumping glass for fifteen years. Glass is melted in a kiln over a mold to create the shape. The slumping process itself involves the kiln at 1400-1700 degrees, in which Roberts places molds he creates himself.

Latin Quarter Arts Festival

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Hyde Square Task Force during Jamaica Plain Open Studios. Saturday, September 19, 2015, 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Blessed Sacrament Church plaza, 361 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. PRESENTING ARTISTS
Genesis Báez ■ Hyde Square Task Force Youth Leaders ■ Latin Quarter Portraits ■ Photographic narratives of the Latin Quarter community & its inhabitants. Curriculum & studio facilitated by Zo.E.Ling & Genesis Báez

Raul Gonzalez III ■ Pat Falco ■ Hyde Square & Area Map & Sign Installation ■ Map and signage created with community input

Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez & TBD ■ Grassy Green Square ■ Videos & mixed media installation with public domino tables and sound

Boston Makers ■ Latin Quarter Labyrinth ■ Interactive Labyrinth Game
Hyde Square Task Force ■ Zo.E.Ling ■ Homecoming Tapestry ■ Interactive community quilt

7:30-9pm: Pico Picante Guest ■ Sol Nova ■ Reception & Dance Floor

*Community members are invited to bring a piece of fabric to contribute, domino sets, and domino tables.