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
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. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Advertising from The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. Joyce's style is colorful, layered, textured, and bright, often times abstract. She works in photography, crayon, paper, acrylic, Photoshop, and decoupage. Past group exhibits include Roslindale Artists Exhibit, Scollay Square Gallery in Boston, MA, OnGreen, Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline, MA, and Visions of Spring, Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA. 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.
Web Site: clangphotography.com
Judith Robichaud is a Roslindale artist who paints in a "alla prima" style where she attempts to start and finish a painting in one session. Her subjects are birds that range from the common, unappreciated ones that we encounter everyday like sparrows and pigeons to more exotic fare. She also does pet portraits and still life paintings.
Web Site: www.judithrobichaud.com
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.
Lisa Sankowski is an artist, educator, and non-profit professional, and passionate about the intersection of the arts and civic life. After many years painting and assembling painted and found papers into small, representational works, Lisa increasingly sculpts with pulp paper, papier-mâché, found objects (and sometimes gingerbread and candy) to create objects celebrating the fanciful. Born in Vermont and a denizen of Boston all her adult life, Lisa and her wife are proud Rozzie-ites since 1999.
Web Site: www.lisasankowski.com
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!