This weekend is the 29th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios, a free event for people to check out great artists from around the area. Organized by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council (JPAC), the event is from 11 am to 6 pm, on both Saturday on Sunday. Open Studios will showcase the work of more than 100 artists at 40-plus sites across the neighborhood -- some right from the artists’ creative spaces, to the outside of Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers in Bartlett Square, to the schoolyard at the historic Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. There will be art from ironworkers, jewelers, painters, potters, printmakers, quilt-makers, sculptors, woodcarvers and more. Former JPAC board member and current volunteer Lisa Goren, a Hyde Park-based watercolorist, has participated in JPOS for more than a decade, and will be sharing her paintings based on her travels to Alaska, Antarctica, Iceland and near the North Pole.
Artist registration for the 29th Jamaica Plain Open Studios is now open. Organized by nonprofit Jamaica Plain Arts Council, Open Studios provides the opportunity for artists to showcase their work at group sites, as well as personal studios and shared spaces. Artist registration is open through to June 30, 2022. A new system is being used this year, and artists are being strongly encouraged to review the step-by-step instructions by clicking here. And you can register by clicking here.
The Jamaica Plain Arts Council and Artists welcome you back to celebrate 28 years of art and community at Jamaica Plain Open Studios, 2021. This foremost annual arts event in one of Boston’s most eclectic neighborhoods, Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) is an opportunity for the public to meet some of Boston’s premier artists and experience their work first hand. We believe in the healing and transformative power of art and a supportive community. Therefore, as we connect to neighbors and friends again, our primary focus is on the safety of our artists, volunteers, and visitors. While JPOS has historically been an opportunity to enter artist’s studios and personal creative spaces, JPOS 2021 will be an outside only event.
The Jamaica Plain Arts Council sent out an email newsletter detailing their plans for 2021, a plea for new members, workshops, a call to artists for an upcoming show, and their thoughts on JP's Open Studios. "While we were all disappointed to cancel JPOS for 2020, the JP Arts Council Board continued planning. JPOS for 2021 is scheduled for September 25 & 26. This year, like last, the health and safety of our artists, sponsors, and community remains our paramount concern," said the newsletter. A call to artists will be put out soon for Projections, a juried show in the spring that they're planning on being a virtual show -- with a hope it could be in-person if safe.
The Jamaica Plain Art Council has extended its call for Black Lives Matter art. "As a visual arts organization, we want to help make your voices heard (seen) through art," said a JPAC newsletter. "We are offering artists a chance to submit pieces that represent, reflect upon and/or support the Black Live Matter cause and oppose racial injustice in all forms." Selected work with the artist's short statement will be highlighted on JPAC's social media platforms. Art can be submitted by sending your image along with a brief statement (3-5 sentences) and the heading "JPAC BLM Justice for All" to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are requested by August 1, but will be accepted after that date.