By Janice Williams/Special to the Gazette
Roslindale Open Studios, one of the neighborhood’s top art events, returns for its ninth year on Sat., Nov. 2 and Sun., Nov. 3.
Sponsored by the Roslindale Arts Alliance, the family friendly event invites the public to view and purchase fine art from local artists in their own studios, in local businesses, and in centrally located group sites.
More than 90 local artists will open up 25 home studios and display in four group sites and eight businesses throughout Roslindale Village. Art media that will be represented include: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, stained glass, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, textiles and more. Group sites include Roslindale House, the Boston School of Modern Languages, Roslindale Congregational Church and the Emerald Society.
Roslindale Open Studios will take place each day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The Roslindale Congregational Church site will open at noon on Sunday.) Admission is free.
A highly popular event each year is the Home Studio Bingo Game. Visit at least six home studios, collect stickers from each of these studios, and enter to win prizes. Visit more home studios and enter more filled out cards for an even better chance to win. Home Studio Bingo cards can be picked up at any of the group sites or at the information table located at Adams Park.
On Saturday only, the Roslindale Community Center at 6 Cummins Highway will be part of Open Studios by hosting the Roslindale Arts Initiative (RAI). It will present art from Roslindale K-8 students. The RAI is organized by the School Partnership Program of Jamaica Plain’s Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, in association with Boston Public Schools, BCYF Roslindale Community Center (RCC) and Boys & Girls Club of Boston.
Fun children’s art activities, sponsored by Balanced Rock Investment Advisors and coordinated by Sarah Engel from “Art Van Go,” will be held Saturday 11a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Emerald Society, 10 Birch St.
Live music will be performed both days at the Roslindale Congregational Church at 25 Cummins Highway: Musicians include the Tom Appleman Band on Saturday, 1-3 p.m., and Trio Ten Tumbao on Sunday, 1-3 p.m. The ever popular wine and cheese event returns on Saturday, 3-5 p.m., at the Boston School of Modern Languages and is sponsored by the Boston Cheese Cellar and Solera Wine.
On Sat. Nov. 2 visit the Roslindale Congregational Church’s Harvest Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also at the church on Sat. and Sun. from 4-5 p.m. stop by for an afternoon social and refreshments.
Getting around Roslindale Open Studios could not be easier. New this year compliments of the City of Boston’s Arts, Tourism and Special Events department, there will be a free shuttle van to take visitors to all sites. The shuttle will run approximately every 20 minutes. Or join the Rozzie Bikes group, which will be touring Open Studios by bicycle. Meet in Adams Park on Saturday at 11 a.m.
An artist gallery, event map and downloadable brochure are available at roslindaleopenstudios.org. Visitors can pick up a brochure at local businesses around Roslindale Village.