Jamaica Plain Artists Open Studios bringing 200 ‘premier artists’ together Sept. 24-25

Artwork from up to 200 Boston area artists will be showcased this weekend at the 29th annual Jamaica Plain Artists Open Studios, according to a press release.

The Jamaica Plain Artists Open Studios is a free annual event for the public to meet some of Boston’s “premier artists” and experience their work. The event which is organized by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council will be held from 11 am to 6 pm from Sept. 24 to 25, the release stated.

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Open Studios will feature work from several types of artists, some being ironworkers, jewelers and painters. Some of the artists are students and newcomers to the practice, while others are more “established” veterans. Artwork will be showcased at 50 sites. Some of the artist sites are the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts and Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers in Bartlett Square.

“The goal of JPOS 2022 is to highlight the many wonderful artists in the community and put on full display the healing and transformative power of art,” the press release stated.

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Lisa Goren, a watercolorist from Hyde park has been going to the Jamaica Plain Artists Open Studios for over a decade. Goren, who has been painting for at least 20 years, focuses a lot of her work on frozen and polar landscapes. Many of her pieces are inspired by her trips to Alaska, Antarctica, Iceland and near the North Pole, the release stated.

“My first and only trip to Antarctica was in 1997. It was life-changing. The area was so beautiful and so vast—just stunning. I hope to bring a small part of that to my paintings,” Goren said in the release.

Lisa Goren’s watercolor painting, “Iceberg in Iceland.”

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Gorden volunteers for Open Studios and was a board member of the Jamaica Plain Arts Council. Since the pandemic, she has been organizing pop-up shows to display the work of local Boston artists.

“JP Open Studios was the second or third place I ever showed my art, and it was welcoming from the beginning. People come and they talk about your work. They’re interested, engaged, positive and encouraging,” Goren said. “Other artists I have presented with are now friends of mine for life. It’s more than just a local arts show.”

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