Thursday, September 29, 2011

JP Open Studios

Every year, from September to December, Boston neighborhoods celebrate their artist communities by hosting Open Studio weekends. My absolute favorite is the Jamaica Plain event. It is held amidst colorful Victorian homes, along funky Centre Street, at the Sam Adams Brewery complex, shops and churches and the many private studios around the neighborhood.  Since the event features over 200 artists, a handy dandy map is provided and they even have an iPhone app!

Eliot School
Jamaica Plain, or JP for short, is a vibrant, eclectic, and diverse neighborhood. Its tolerant atmosphere and bohemian feel has attracted hundreds of artists who have studios all over town. In addition, the Jamaica Plain Arts Council provides group space for artists who live outside the neighborhood. I usually set up on the lawn at the Eliot School, an arts and crafts school.
The Eliot lawn is a pleasant, tree lined space.  This year my neighbors included, among others, regular show pals Vicky and james of of Fine Art Color Photography, Amy of Bumble Belly Designs and Carolina of Recycled Glass Jewelry .  Kingsley Weihe of  KW Pottery did a fabulous job as site coordinator - and I added another fab KW piece to my growing collection!

My growing collection of Kingsley Weihe vases
First Snow by Bumble Belly Designs

Cobbled Bike by Fine Art Color Photography
A musical interlude ...
And a happy customer wearing her new Stonehouse earrings!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Variations on a theme

Variations on a theme are a time honored tradition in the Arts.  Variations also mean less waste, because all the material is used.  I even use the bits and pieces left over to make stud earrings that I sell for $5 at shows.  I want everyone who likes my work to leave with something, even if only a simple pair of studs!.