About Somerville Open Studios

Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of producing an annual open studio and related events in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Through its programming, SOS gives access to the work of visual artists living and working in the city of Somerville. We provide opportunities to view art made within the community; to interact with local artists; and to have access to artists' working spaces. Our goal is to broaden the public's exposure to, and appreciation of, finished works of art as well as the art-making process. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the diverse artistic experience available in Somerville.

Somerville Open Studios is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of participating artists. An Open Studios executive committee is formed each year to organize the event. This committee is assisted by many dedicated volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. Please contact us if you would like to become involved!

SOS 2018 Event Coordinator

Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios)

SOS 2018 Assistant Coordinator

Alison Pruchansky-Drasner (Vernon Street Studios)

SOS 2018 Volunteer Staff

Volunteer Coordinators

Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios), Alison Pruchansky-Drasner (Vernon Street Studios)

SOS First Look Exhibit Coordinators

Mara Brod (Vernon Street), Nancy Anderson (Mad Oyster Studios)

Kids' Show Coordinators

Elena Clamen (home studio), Kelly Richter (SOS supporter)

Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show Coordinators

Consuelo Perez, JoAnne Coppolo

Mapbook Distribution

Christina Tedesco (Mad Oyster Studios)

Graphic Design

Ho Yin Au (Mad Oyster Studios), Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios), Alison Pruchansky-Drasner (Vernon Street Studios)

Poster Distribution

Matt Kaliner (SOS Supporter)

Inside-Out Gallery Retrospective

Terry Dovidio (SOS Board)


Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer (Vernon Street)


Ron Newman (SOS supporter)


Sarah Carlson (home studio)

Volunteer Show Coordinators

Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios), Alison Pruchansky-Drasner (Vernon Street Studios)

Website and Databases

Aram Comjean (SOS supporter) — Webmaster
Ron Newman (SOS supporter) — Site QA, Website and Database Assistance


Hilary Scott (home studio)

Home Studio Liaison

Sarah Carlson

Community Space

Melissa London, Seth Berkowitz

Trolley Coordinator

Matt Kaliner (SOS supporter)


Terry Dovidio (SOS Board)

Cracked: The Nut Show Coordinator

Nancy Anderson (Mad Oyster Studios)

Davis Square Information Booth

Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer (Vernon Street)

2017/2018 SOS Board of Directors

Hilary Scott (home studio) - President
Stan Eichner (home studio) - Vice President
Peter Belford (Vernon Street) - Treasurer
Terry Dovidio - Clerk

Sarah Carlson (home studio)
Kolika Chatterjee (home studio)
Aram Comjean
Matt Kaliner
Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer (Vernon Street)
Christina Tedesco (Mad Oyster Studios)