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Creativity Abounds at Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios 2012


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.
Open Studios
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

Sustainability Gig
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. 

Blacksmithing
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.


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Posted: October 21, 2012     Nancy J Conrad




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