Roslindale Neighbors: Roslindale Open Studios offers art and more

By Janice Williams, Special to the Gazette

Roslindale Open Studios, coming on Sat., Nov. 3 and Sun., Nov. 4, offers not only more than 100 artists at over 40 locations. It also features music, film, special events at local businesses and more.

This free, family-oriented event will have artists showing and selling paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, mixed media, glass, textiles, mosaics, pottery and more. The following are some suggestions for finding your favorite way to experience Open Studios.

  • Visit 32 home studios and meet the artists personally and see their art in their work environment. One example is the Ulman Family’s studio at 36 Pinedale Road, with two sculptors and two photographers. Then visit the group site around the corner at Sacred Heart School, 1035 Canterbury St.
  • Discover Roslindale, a beautiful and vibrant neighborhood inviting you to enjoy diverse culture, dining and unique boutique offerings. Eleven Roslindale businesses will be hosting artists, including Janice Williams’ birdhouses at Fornax Bread, 27 Corinth St. Pleasant Café at 4515 Washington St. will be showing a Roslindale Open Studios Committee exhibit.
  • Enjoy art created by  students from Roslindale schools at the Roslindale Community Center (RCC), 6 Cummins Highway, on Saturday, brought to you by the Roslindale Arts Initiative. The RAI is organized by the School Partnership Program of Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, in association with Boston Public Schools, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and Boys & Girls Club of Boston.
  • Hear live music on Saturday afternoon outside two group sites: JP Jazz Collective, 1-3 p.m. at Sacred Heart School, and the Tom Appleman Band, 1-3 p.m. at Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Highway. Then drop by across the street at Kasey Davis Appleman’s home studio on Lindall Street to see her assemblages.
  • Enter to win a $100 gift certificate for dinner at Roslindale’s Italian restaurant Delfino’s. Entry forms are available at all group sites: Roslindale House, 120 Poplar St.; Sacred Heart School; Boston School of Modern Languages, 814 South St.; the Congregational Church; and Longfellow House, 885 South St.
  • Play “Home Studios Bingo” by visiting six home studios to be entered to win gift certificates to Roslindale businesses. Visit Longfellow House to see samples of art from home studios.
  • Bring the kids on Saturday to hear storyteller Anna Adler, 1-1:30 p.m. at Roslindale Community Center, then visit the group site across the street at the Roslindale Congregational Church.
  • Enjoy a wine and cheese tasting sponsored by Roslindale’s own Boston Cheese Cellar and Solera Wine on Saturday, 3-5 p.m., at the group site at Boston School of Modern Languages.
  • Buy used art books being sold to raise money for the Friends of the Roslindale Library, on Saturday outside the library at 4238 Washington St. and Sunday at the Roslindale Congregational Church.
  • Start and finish your holiday shopping by purchasing unique, hand-crafted items. The Roslindale House group site is a good place to start your shopping.
  • On Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Library, come view local photographer and videographer Bob Ward’s work from his YouTube channel, featuring continuous looped videos shot in and around Roslindale.  Videos include Roslindale Village Main Street events and promotional videos for Roslindale Open Studios.
  • On Fri., Nov. 2, 6:30-8 p.m., the public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception at Longfellow House, sponsored by Roslindale Village Main Street.

For more information, maps and listing of artists, their mediums and locations, visit or download the Roslindale Open Studios free app for your iPhone. Roslindale Open Studios is sponsored by the Roslindale Arts Alliance.

The writer is a founding member of Roslindale Open Studios.

(Courtesy Photo) A sculpture by Roslindale resident Michael Ulman, one of many artists showing in Roslindale Open Studios.


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