JP Open Studios kicks off registration

May 1, 2009
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The Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) annual artists’ meeting will be on Mon., May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Footlight Club at 7A Eliot St. At the meeting, several changes will be announced. JPOS is scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27 this year.
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Jean Mineo, who is resigning as coordinator after three years, will report on the leadership change. “I’ve loved working with the JP community of artists, business supporters and volunteers, and we’ve created a solid foundation and strong relationships for the next coordinator. I am committed to a smooth transition for every-one,” she said in a written statement.

The meeting will also expand on several new initiatives, Mineo said. The juried show that usually occurs just before JPOS will be scheduled for next winter or spring to help transition a new coordinator and to ad-just the budget in what is expected to be a very difficult fund raising year.

Next, JPOS is shifting focus to encourage “stronger participation” among artists at individual studios.

Also, Mineo said, the sponsoring Jamaica Plain Arts Council is “excited” to announce a new group site at the Cheverus Building in Hyde Square.

The May 4 meeting is open to all artists from JP and beyond to learn about new developments and exhibition opportunities, network and get questions answered. Registration for Open Studios begins May 12 through the web site www.JPOpenStudios.com.

Jamaica Plain Open Studios is celebrating its 16th year as the premiere annual arts event in one of Bos-ton’s most exciting neighborhoods. JPOS showcases the art work of over 220 artists at 75 sites. The event is open to the public and will take place the last weekend in September from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more informa-tion, and to preview artists’ work, visit www.jpopenstudios.com or call 272-5354.

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