Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dedham Open Studios Report

by Kerry of Kerry Hawkins Photography

I am the co-chair of Dedham Open Studios, along with Jen Barsamian. It started as just an idea, "maybe we could have open studios in Dedham." Dedham has never done this before. Dedham doesn't have much in the way of artist studio lofts or warehouses but we were determined to have some kind of art event. The decision was made to have large group spaces, have businesses host artists, and include home studios. The thought was since it was our first year that we may just have about 40 artists but, it the number climbed to over 90 artists. You never know how much talent you have in your area until you try to put something like this together.

I was lucky to be able to participate in the Open studios, as well. Boston Handmade members, Nancy of nancyrosetta and Karen of City by the Sea Ceramics joined me. It was nice to have a Boston Handmade presence at the open studios. We had a large crowd stop by to see us and the other artists in the Community House. There were painters, photographers, doll makers, print makers, jewelers and more...

The open studios was a huge success and we are already planning for next year's event. We have learned so much putting together this kind of event. It was tons of hard work but, well worth it. I look forward to next year.

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