Open Studios makes ready for the visitors: Annual event set for weekend

Lunar Corona—An original 9” x 12” oil painting by Vincent Crotty, shown here working in his Lower Mills studio.

Dorchester’s annual Open Studios event, organized by the non-profit Dorchester Arts Collaborative, will take place next weekend from Fri., Oct. 20, through Sun., Oct. 22.

The showcase, in which artists invite residents into their home studios and galleries, is a community-based tradition that has taken place every October since 2003.

In Open Studios, guests are welcome to enter and observe where the creative process takes place and chat with artists from a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and photography.

This year’s event will feature more than 20 local artists displaying their work at nine locations throughout the community. One site will be the Erick Jean Center for the Arts in Four Corners, where opening and closing receptions will take place at 7 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Sunday evening, respectively.

Another center of activity will be the First Parish Dorchester on Meetinghouse Hill, which will house the main showcase featuring work from more than a dozen artists. Other locations include Homestead Bakery and Cafe, which will display photography by Janice Checchio, Humphreys Street Studios, which will display graphic art by Franklin Marval, African Winter Gallery, managed by artist Larry Pierce, and Laurence Pryor’s Pearl St. Studios.

Three other artists, Vincent Crotty, Iris Du Pont-Hurley, and Susie Smith will present their exhibitions in their homes.

The Irish-born Crotty is known for his landscape portrayals of Dorchester and Greater Boston, as well as his idyllic scenes of rural Irish life. Du Pont-Hurley is a photographer, painter, and fashion and graphic designer who enjoys integrating connections from her experiences as an art teacher and yoga instructor into her art. Smith crafts dolls and angel figurines out of resin and fabric to create spiritual, sentimental objects that, she says, “radiate love, virtue, and purpose.”

DAC treasurer Jen Johnson says this year’s showcase will be even more deeply entrenched in the community than usual.

“We have a lot of artists showing out of their own studios, which is the first time in a while we’ve had that happen,” Johnson says. “It’s at a number we haven’t seen in the past.”

More information about the event, including home studio addresses, can be found at