The Jamaica Plain Open Studios 14th annual Juried Exhibition finalists have been selected and will be on view at the Maliotis Cultural Center at Hellenic College from Sept. 10 to 18. Pamela Clark Cochrane of the Clark Gallery in Lincoln reviewed over 180 images before settling on the 30 that comprise this year’s show.
“It’s quite competitive, and the result is a great representation of our Open Studios artists,” said Jean Mineo, coordinator of Open Studios.
The free opening reception is Fri., Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will once again feature jazz favorites Tom Duprey and David Hawthorne as well as food from local caterers and restaurants including the Alchemist, Centre Street Café, Canto 6, Papa Razzi, Sweet Finnish and Fiore’s Italian Bakery.
Mineo said there will be a new silent auction this year to help raise some much needed funds for Open Studios. “There are lots of auctions out there, but ours will include some one-of-a-kind things like a stay at a private guest house in Martha’s Vineyard, dinner prepared in your home by a chef, and one of my favorites—a Halloween costume session with a professional makeup artist,” she said.
Open Studios is run mainly by volunteers and is funded primarily through artists’ fees and business sponsors. “The economy has hit our corporate sponsors pretty hard,” Mineo said, “and we’re committed to keeping the rates affordable for artists and keeping the event free for the public. As a result, we need to expand our fund-raising efforts and provide opportunities for others to make a contribution. People can have fun with the auction or make a donation on our website.”
This year’s exhibition features the works of Terry Boutelle, Tsun Ming Chmielinkski, Sandra Clyne, Robert Festa, Erik Gehring, Ruth Ginsberg-Place, Jenny Goeden, Ellen Gower, Barbara Hadden, Jennifer Hill, Amy Hitchcock, Angela Hyatt Hockman, Jeff Kelly, Tom Menihan, Jane Moore, Kate Moss, Nancy Nichols, Ginny O’Neil, Robin Radin, Sharon Sabin, Nancy Sableski, Jennifer Seal, Ellen Shattuck, Kate True, and Dorothea Van Camp.
The Maliotis Cultural Center is located at 50 Goddard Ave., near Jamaica Pond. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12-5 p.m. The Maliotis Center is wheelchair accessible with plenty of free parking in non-reserved spaces in front of the Center, around campus and on nearby Prince Street. For more information, and to preview artists’ work, visit www.jpopenstudios.com or call 943-7819.
Jamaica Plain Open Studios is the premiere annual arts event in one of Boston’s most exciting neighborhoods. Open Studios showcases the art work of over 220 artists at 75 sites including the artists’ studios, the Loring-Greenough historic mansion, the Brewery Complex, the Arnold Arboretum, and more. The free event is open to the public and takes place Sept. 29 – 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jamaica Plain Open Studios is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.
Submitted by Jamaica Plain Open Studios organizers.