From the moment of entry into
First Parish Church, the busy, colorful and artistically eclectic "arts
community on display" generated a welcoming environment - really welcoming! The "we"
were two members of the Uphams Corner Improvement Association who were most interested in the Open Studios located in Uphams
Corner. From the DAC OS map, First Parish appeared to be provide the best opportunity to meet the greatest number of
artists in one location.
Smiling faces, beautiful displays of unique and original arts and
crafts, friendly artists and family members and stories that you can't
imagine if you stare from afar or just look at the art.
The photos below provide a sense of excitement about the arts as well as a recognition
of how much art in Dorchester ordinarily lies hidden in family homes
and artists' studios. So as we race down Dot Ave to catch the bus or
down Dudley for the commuter rail, it will help brighten our day if we
remember that somewhere in this very moment, an artist lies hunched
over their work, pouring out their soul and applying soulful techniques
to express themselves.
Stories from Open Studios (First Parish and Humphreys Street Studios)
Please note: This reflection is meant to communicate the
experience of DAC Open Studios. It is not intended to promote
individual artists, for in doing so, we would surely leave someone
out. So we have purposely excluded individual names.
You can find a complete list of all artists who participated in the Open Studios on the DAC website: http://dac-online.org
|An artist who also
teaches art at the Mather School talked about her upcoming Japanese
exhibit. How she came to select Japan for her artwork is an
interesting story. She was selected as one of 25 teachers to
participate in a susainability exchange program. This included a
3-day workshop in San Francisco along with 25 teachers from Japan who
had just spent their 2 weeks in the United States focusing on the
development of sustainability programs for students. In reverse,
this artist spent two weeks in Japan including Tokyo and
Hiroshima. Her upcoming Japanese exhibit will include paintings
from her time spent in Japan.
|Disposable Camera Art
|An artist, who may
be naming her business Flying Squirrel Photography, specializes in
using disposable cameras exclusively. She happened upon this
rather unusual method quite by chance - needing a camera in a far away
location and having to buy a one-time use camera. What she
discovered is that the camera's somewhat limited optical system
generates a resulting photo that is "softer" and often more appealing
than photos from modern digital cameras.
|A blacksmith at
Humphreys Street Studios provided a tour of his shop where he had on
display tables he had made with black iron legs, sensually curved,
shaped using his forge. He also described a long-term project of
designing metal staircases and railings for various buildings under
construction. The actual curved staircases were commissed
offsight as his shop does not have the height to support the
construction. His specialties include welding and forging.
He provided insight into how he has learned to light a fire hot enough
for his work using bituminous coal, controlled with sprays of water.
|Posted: October 21, 2012
Nancy J Conrad