JP Open Studios meeting attracts crowd

New coordinator starts with Small Works Show

Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) annual artist’s meeting attracted an initial crowd of 65 artists to the Footlight Club on May 4. Already a great deal of excitement is building about this year’s event, and artists started registering through the website on May 12.

Coordinator Jean Mineo announced she is stepping down this month and is being replaced by Betsy Grenier. Mineo received a resound-ing “thank you” from all of the artists at the meeting. JP Arts Council Co-Presidents Joy Cochran and Matt McKee praised Mineo and welcomed Grenier, who manages a consulting firm and brings a variety of experience on issues directly related to JP Open Studios, from managing large-scale events to volunteer recruitment and fundraising. “We are excited to welcome her aboard,” Cochran said.

One of Grenier’s first tasks is to organize the third annual Small Works Show and Sale, to be held June 23 at Doyle’s Café on Wash-ington Street from 6 to 9 p.m. “I’m excited to know the artists through their artwork and help raise some of the important funding for Open Studios. This is an exciting opportunity to purchase original art at a really reasonable price, and I understand it’s both fun and competitive,” Grenier said.

Artists are invited to donate small artworks (under 7 inches) to benefit JPOS by June 5. Full guidelines are available on the web at Artists do not need to participate in Open Studios to donate to Small Works.

JPOS is celebrating its 16th year as 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. The event is open to the public and will take place on Sept. 26 and 27 this year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and to preview artists’ work, visit or call 272-5354.

Submitted by the JP Arts Council.

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