The premiere annual arts event in one of Boston’s most eclectic neighborhoods, Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), is returning in 2017 for its 24th year. Open Studios is an opportunity to take a rare public peek at some private spaces. The free event showcases the artwork of up to 200 artists at 40 sites including artists’ studios, the historic Eliot School, the Haffenreffer brewery complex and more. It runs from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. over the weekend of September 23 - 24, 2017. During JPOS, visitors can experience locally created art, clothing, jewelry, and home accessories, and can buy directly from the artists.
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.
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:
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.
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.