Volunteer Planning Committee
We are a small committee of volunteers, who work much of the year planning Roslindale Open Studios.
Kasey Davis Appleman is a collector, assembler, painter, photographer, and arts educator. She finds inspiration through her love of nature and her obsession with collecting antiques, miniatures, and the irresistible “found object.” Her art captures the beauty of texture, the mystery of assembling, and the quirky happenstance of objects with nature. Driftwood, metal, glass, paper remnants, broken scraps, and other precious “finds” bring her mixed media to life. Visit Kasey's HOME STUDIO at 9 Lindall Street to see her mixed media assemblage and photography.
Web Site: www.kaseyappleman.com
Jessica Burko has exhibited her artwork since 1985 in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and currently works with encaustic medium, collage, and photography. Burko holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Imaging Arts and Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition to her art career, Burko has worked as an independent curator and arts marketer since 1997 producing more than thirty exhibitions since 2001 and regularly connecting with artists and craftspeople to offer Arts Marketing guidance. She assists artists in achieving their creative and professional goals through lectures, workshops, and partnerships with organizations such as The Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program and the Danforth Museum’s Professional Artists Workshops. Originally from Philadelphia, Burko works in her studio in Boston’s South End and lives in Roslindale with her family. Website: jessicaburko.com
Mark Eclipse is an architect and a photographer. He is inspired by connections between place and culture, a building and its user, and among friends and family. He designs public places and concentrates on photography of places, portraits, and special occasions.
Web Site: www.markeclipse.com
Risa Edelstein is Director of Marketing for an industrial tape company but her true passion is the arts. Her work is all hand built and is inspired by her love of gardening, patterns from nature, her passion for cooking and her dog Daisy, who every now and then needs some new bowls. Visit her at 289 Poplar Street to see her ceramic work.
Amy Joyce is a Roslindale native, currently residing in West Roxbury and working as a print Graphic Designer. She studied at The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University and holds a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Advertising. Joyce finds inspiration from nature, music, poetry, and her own vivid dreams. Her art is colorful, abstract, and sometimes child-like. She often experiments with decoupage, discovering different ways to add dimension to her work. As a photography addict, she enjoys merging painting and photography into one piece of art. Visit the group site ROSLINDALE HOUSE to see Amy's work.
Web Site: www.facebook.com/BranchDesign
Gary Koeppel received the 2005 Viewers Choice Award for the First Annual Roslindale Open Studios. In 2006, Koeppel was again awarded Viewers Choice, as well as Third Prize in the juried selection. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has appeared in galleries, museums, and art shows in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut, as well as the publication "Best of American Oil Paintings," published by Kennedy Publishing. His locations and inspiration range from "around the neighborhood" to Cape Cod and points north. Visit Gary's HOME STUDIO at 2 Vista Street to see his paintings.
Web Site: www.garykoeppelart.com
Chris Lang is a photographer and attorney living in Roslindale. His photography uses interesting compositions, camera angles, and lighting to capture the beauty found in everyday moments, moments that we often miss hurrying through our days. His goal is to make you slow down, look, and really see the world around you.
Jodi Schmidt is a teacher at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts’ School Partnership Program. She considers her highest artistic achievement being a really good elementary art teacher and in 2005 she was named elementary art educator of the year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association. When she is not thinking about lessons and and how to help children create, she has been embroidering skulls inspired by sugar skull imagery. A public album of finished skulls can be found on Facebook, and during Open Studios the pieces will be on display and for sale at the Boston Cheese Cellar in Roslindale Square.
Carolyn Thall helped start our Open Studios back in 2004, and still loves working on the event each year. She creates a welcoming and supportive environment for our artists, and enjoys organizing the group shows. Carolyn is a self-employed interior designer, and encourages her clients to fill their homes with all manner of art — especially if it comes from a local Open Studios event!
Amy West first got her hands on a camera at the age of five. With her father's guidance, she gradually developed an eye for composition, color, and shadow. Today, West focuses her efforts on architecture, landscapes, and moments of whimsy. Visit Amy's home studio at 56 Kittredge Street to see how she repurposes antique and vintage items (window, boxes, old frames, etc.) to display her photographs in new and interesting ways, and to check out her original photo belt buckles.
Web Site: www.amyjwest.com