Open Studios has events planned for Dot and Mattapan

The 18th annual Dorchester Open Studios event will take place this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The annual celebration, presented this year by Dorchester Artists and Friends (DAF) in partnership with Friends of the Uphams Corner Library, spotlights the diverse talent of artists in Dorchester by welcoming patrons into the spaces where the artists work.

This year’s Open Studios will feature locations at The First Parish Church at 10 Parish St., Dorchester Art Project at 1486 Dorchester Ave., artist Larry Pierce’s African Winter Gallery at 21 Oldfields Rd., and artist Susie Smith’s gallery at 29 Eldon St. 

An opening reception, which will feature food and music and showcase some of the artists’ work including paintings, jewelry, hand-crafted dolls, and other creative merchandise for sale, will take place at the Uphams Corner Library on Thurs,, Oct. 17 from noon to 7 p.m.

Mattapan Open Streets/Open Studios will take place the following weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27. Events will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday morning with a Neighborhood Cultural and Historical Walking Tour that will leave from Young Achievers School at 20 Outlook Rd. (Attendees must register beforehand at eventbrite.com). The tour will be followed by an Artist Showcase Reception from 3:30-5 p.m. at Brothers Restaurant at 1638 Blue Hill Ave. Festivities will resume at Brothers Sunday morning with a jazz brunch from 11:30-2 p.m. featuring the Fulani Haynes Jazz Collective. Brunch will be followed by a Harvest Art Party from 2-4:00 p.m. at the Woolson Street Community Garden. All events are free and inclusive.