Dorchester Open Studios Invite

In Art We Like, Artist Sales, Open Studios on October 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Dorchester Arts Collaborative presents expanded 9th Annual Open Studios


Dorchester, MAThe Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC)-sponsored Ninth Annual Open Studios Week features a series of events from Sunday, October 17th, through the Open Studio weekend on   Oct. 23 and 24, 2010.

Open Studios will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at various locations throughout Dorchester.


Exhibition locations include First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street (Meetinghouse Hill); Pearl Street Studios at 11 Pearl Street; Humphreys Street Studios, 11 Humphreys Street;  The Boston Home at 2049 Dorchester Avenue; and Walter baker Lofts at  1231 Adams Street. Illustrated maps depicting  the group sites, eight combined home and business studios and the participating artists will be available beginning October 17th at each group site and at local venues including restaurants, libraries, banks, and real estate offices. For a complete list of locations where you can pick up a map, please check our web site at


This year’s annual celebration of the arts will feature visual artists, as well as performance art. The kick-off performance, “The Art Show,” conceived, written and presented  by ARTiculation, a group of young poets, musicians and spoken word artists will take place at Humphreys Street studios October 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited. The cover charge is $5. All proceeds will go to the performers.

Also appearing during Open Studios weekend will be living statue performer and painter, Cady Vishniac, as her character “The Witch,” at First Parish Church and Walter Baker Lofts on Saturday.

122 artists participating in Open Studios this year will showcase a wide range of artwork and handmade crafts for sale—from paintings and photographs to jewelry and wearable art.

 “We are delighted to welcome 16 artists new to Open Studios,” says Andrea Kunst, co-chair of DAC. Several artists, including John Lowe, The Chicken Painter, DonnaMarie Pare (who creates Marilyn Monroe multi-media work), Robin Chandler, and Iris DuPont will be opening their home studios, giving visitors an opportunity for an up close and personal look at both their work and their work environment.”

Florence Rawls, DAC co-chair  adds, “Dorchester has a wealth of artists spread across a very large area. We are thrilled to give them the recognition and spotlight they deserve. We look forward to a fun weekend that will pull together a wide community.”

The opening reception for Open Studios weekend will be on Friday, October 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The reception will be hosted this year by Hancock 309 Gallery, at 309 Hancock Street.

For those who enjoy recreation and art, DotBike has organized an art tour ride on Saturday morning on Oct. 23, starting a 11 a.m. in Codman Square in front of the Great Hall (corner of Washington and Talbot). Helmets are required. For tour route consult the event calendar on

 Visit the Dorchester Arts Collaborative’s web site to get more information about artists’ sites and updates on events, and read our new blog to see profiles of our Open Studios artists.

Dorchester Arts Collaborative is a membership organization facilitating the arts in Dorchester since 2002 for the social, cultural, and economic enrichment of our diverse neighborhood.

Cady Vishniac is a street-performing human statue, costume maker, painter, and historian of living statuary and busking.

Company One’s ARTiculation is a combination of interactive theater and urban poetics; a poetry-slam turned performance piece; a mosaic of life, love, youth, religion and art. The young performers use spoken-word poetry, improvisation and a hard hitting hip-hop beat to explore the relationship between classical theater and underground performance poetry. Since its premiere at the Boston Center for the Arts in August of 2005, ARTiculation tours colleges and high schools across the east coast.


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