SOS Last Wednesdays

SOS Last Wednesdays is a series of informal get-togethers by and for local artists. We meet on the last Wednesday evening of each month.

March 29, 2017, 6:30 pm: Dealing With the Public During SOS

Join artist and SOS Board Member Sarah Carlson as she gives us advice on handling the public during Open Studios. Sarah will give us tips on how to welcome visitors into your studio or common space area, how to engage them with your art, and how to either close a sale or offer them an exit. These are helpful skills for all of us! Location TBA. Please show your interest by a quick RSVP (info@jfinnegantopitzer.com) We look forward to preparing everyone for Open Studios!

April 26, 2017, 6:30 pm: Pre-SOS Coffee

Join your fellow artists for a cuppacoffee at Diesel Cafe to discuss the upcoming Open Studios. Share your excitement and concerns. Ask questions of veteran artists and give advice to new participants in the event. No need to RSVP, just show up! 6:30, Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm Street.


Past events

February 22, 2017, 6:30 pm: Flower Painting

Tired of the winter grays? Come out and paint a colorful flower! Painter Adam Adkison will be leading us through instruction on painting a small flower to brighten your days. Bring your own materials and tools for this skills-share workshop. We will be meeting at the common space at Mad Oyster Studios, 2 Bradley Street, at 6:30. Flowers will be provided. For a list of what to bring and to let us know you're coming, please RSVP to info@jfinnegantopitzer.com

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November 30, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm: Seasonal Potluck

Seasonal artist potluck! Come snug into our apartment in a quintessential Somerville triple-decker (small but cozy!) and celebrate the season of feasting with us. Photographer Jeremy Heflin and Mixed Media Artist Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer will host a potluck for Somerville SOS Last Wednesday participants. Bring your favorite artist's favorite dish or make a dish in the art style of your favorite artist -- GET CREATIVE!!

Please RSVP to Johanna at jft@selkiebindery.com so we can save you a seat at the table!

94 Conwell Ave. #2, Somerville

October 26, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm: Big Prints with Gary Duehr

Meet Vernon Street Photographer Gary Duehr and learn how to make BIG PRINTS of your own. Gary's work has been featured in museums and galleries in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and internationally. You can see some of his public art pieces right here in Somerville. Gary will show us the mysteries of prepping electronic files for printing, enlarging an image, and using photoshop to make corrections. Then, at no charge, he will print a few of your images, up to 24"x36", on his large format Epson 9890 printer in studio. Just bring a jpeg on a thumbdrive.

The first three people to confirm they are attending at jft@selkiebindery.com will get one free print of their work!

#6 Vernon Street Studios, 6 Vernon Street, Somerville
GaryDuehr.com

September 28, 2016, 7-8:30 pm: Behind the Mask with Eric Bornstein

Come meet local mask maker Eric Bornstein and his company, Behind the Mask Studio. These Somerville artists specialize in mask theater, arts education, custom made masks and costumes. They have worked with a wide variety of artists, performance groups, and institutions, including the Boston Ballet, Windsor School, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Eric will give us a tour of his space and talk with us about his creative work and business. This is a rare chance to see inside this mask-making studio (and perhaps get inspired for Halloween!)

Contact Johanna early if you'd like to join: jft@selkiebindery.com

Behind the Mask Studio, 6 Campbell Park Place, Somerville
BehindTheMask.org

August 31, 2016: Encaustic Demonstration

Suzanne Lubeck invites us to meet in her studio to watch a demonstration of encaustic techniques. Using wax, paint, and collage elements, Suzanne creates fascinating art pieces using this method. This demonstration will take place at Vernon Street Studios, 6 Vernon Street, Studio #25 (second floor), at 6:30.

July 27, 2016: Sumi Ink Group Art Project

This idea is borrowed from a couple groups in other communities that have a club which meets regularly. The idea is to use a brush and ink and everyone works on a single strip of paper to create a cohesive piece. See a video on this at sumiinkclub.com. This meeting, led by Jason Jong, will be at Mad Oyster Studios, 2 Bradley Street, beginning at 6:30.

June 29, 2016: Make Your Own Sketchbook (or album)

Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer will bring the materials and will guide you through the steps of making a hand sewn book that you can use for sketching, writing, or photographs (see photo above for example). Please RSVP to jft@selkiebindery.com so we can prepare enough material. You will also find out what simple tools you need to bring. (We're asking $5/person for materials.) This 2 hour workshop will take place in the common space of Mad Oyster Studios, 2 Bradley Street, beginning at 6:30.