In 2009, I attended my first Roslindale Open Studios with my mother. We had a fabulous day looking at art and ended the day with lunch on the outside patio at Sophia’s Grotto (it was a rare warm fall day). First, we went to the group sites to check out all the different artists and picked up a brochure while we were there in order to make a plan. Since we both are fascinated by how other people live and work, we were thrilled to be able to visit artists in their homes. We really enjoyed checking out the home studios. I definitely had “art studio envy” with a few of the live/work areas we saw! I was equally impressed with all the artists living right in my home town of Roslindale—who knew so many creatives lived in Rozzie? Having been inspired from all the creativity I saw that weekend, I decided that I would take a stab at exhibiting at open studios the following year.

Photo note cards
Photo notecards

 

Ever since I was young, I loved art. My creations were mostly given away to friends and family as gifts. It was not until participating in Roslindale Open Studios that I began to sell my artwork. I never considered it as a valuable avenue, as art is not something that was typically encouraged in school once I was past third grade. Think about it: what’s the first thing that goes with budget cuts? It’s a shame, really, since I think we should continuously nurture creativity. And that is what participating in Roslindale Open Studios (ROS) has done for me—encouraged me to try new mediums, experiment, and put my work out there for others to see. I work with photography, acrylic paint, and mixed media and hope to learn more about printmaking in the future.

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My first display at ROS, 2010

The town of Roslindale itself means a lot to me as well. My grandmother was born and raised in Roslindale, as was my father, and myself. Rozzie is in my blood. Although I currently live in West Roxbury, Roslindale will always be home. My grandmother, Mimi, liked to save things and I have kept much of what she collected in her lifetime. From old letters, postcards, and menus to buttons and fabric. I incorporate some of these mementos into my artwork, so there is a little bit of my ancestry within my creations. This past year, I have been on a decoupage binge and made countless decoupage ornaments with copies of postage stamps from her old letters. I’ve kept Modge Podge in business!

decoupage ornaments
Decoupaged postage stamps ornaments

With over 90 artists showing their work—with price-points for all—you can be sure you won’t walk away empty-handed. There is something for everyone at ROS. Aside from a wide variety of art, there is live music, kid’s art activities, art demonstrations, a photo booth, and more. You can check out the full listing of events here.

If you live in the Boston area, definitely make ROS part of your weekend plans on October 21 & 22, 2017. The event is from 11am-5pm and I will be showing at Roslindale House (the old Rozzie High School), 120 Poplar Street. See you there!

 

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