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!

2013 SOS Volunteer Staff

2013 Coordinator

Rachel Mello (Mad Oyster Studios)

Artists' Choice Show

Mara Brod (Vernon Street) — Exhibit Coordinator
Suzanne Lubeck (Vernon Street) — Reception Coordinator

Beyond the Pattern: Fashion Show

Joolie Cahil (Community Space) — Fashion Show Coordinator
JoAnne Coppolo (home studio) — Fashion Show Assistant Coordinator

Family and Kids' Event

Michel Fitos (SOS Supporter) — Kids' Exhibit Coordinator
Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios) — Kids' Exhibit Coordinator
Emily Lawrence (SOS Supporter) — Kids' Exhibit Assistant

Graphic Design

James Weinberg (Miller Street) — Lead Designer, Poster, Postcards, Bookcover
Resa Blatman (Vernon Street) — Map, and Mapbook Layout, Additional Materials
Janine Buonomo (home studio) — Additional Materials
Antoinette Hocbo (SOS Supporter) — Additional Materials

Inside-Out Gallery

Grace Durnford (Community Space) — Exhibit Coordinator
Heather Balchunas (Vernon Street) — Exhibit Coordinator


Jesa Damora (Artisan's Asylum) — Marketing Coordinator
Mike O'Hara (SOS supporter) — Social Media Coordinator
Paul Venturo (SOS supporter) — Video Media Coordinator
Nancy Anderson (Community Space) — Additional Marketing and Promotion
John Bunzick (home studio) — Additional Marketing and Promotion
Kamela Dolinova (SOS supporter) — Additional Marketing and Promotion
Matt Kaliner (SOS supporter) — Additional Marketing and Promotion
Ron Newman (SOS supporter) — Additional Marketing and Promotion
Aaron Waychoff (Artisan's Asylum) — Additional Marketing and Promotion


Rowan McVey (home studio) — Membership Coordinator
Ellen Ellerbee (Community Space) — Community Space Coordinator
Aaron Ellerbee (Community Space) — Community Space Assistance
Stan Eichner (Community Space) — Community Space Assistance
Jennifer Downes (home studio) — Home Studio Advisor
Jim Downes (home studio) — Home Studio Advisor
Jeff Fullerton (home studio) — Home Studio Advisor


Nancy Anderson (Community Space)
Anne Anninger (Mad Oyster Studios)
Aliza Arzt (home studio)
Terry Dividio (home studio)
Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer (Community Space)
Terry Holt (SOS supporter)
Flora Reyes-Jimenez (SOS supporter)
Ron Newman (SOS supporter)
Jen Palacio (Community Space)
Nicholas Shectman (SOS supporter)
Rebecca Scott (Joy Street Studios)
Zeph Stewart (SOS supporter)

Public Ambassadors

David Axel Kurtz (SOS supporter) — Trolley Coordinator
Lori Segall (SOS supporter) — Info Booth Coordinator
Rachel Silber (Vernon Street) — Info Booth Coordinator

Publication Distribution

Emily Garfield (Artisan's Asylum) — Poster Distribution Coordinator
Lucy Nadeau (Mad Oyster Studios) — Poster Distribution Coordinator
Sarah Carlson (home studio) — Mapbook Distribution Coordinator
Flora Reyes-Jimenez (SOS Supporter) — Banner Coordinator

Somerville Open Film Festival

Melitta King (SCATV) — Film Festival Coordinator

Special Projects

Terry Dovidio (home studio) — Honk! Parade
Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios) — Honk! Parade
Hilary Scott (home studio) — Honk! Parade
Erik Humiller (Artisan's Asylum) — T-shirt Printing
Molly Rubenstein (Artisan's Asylum) — T-shirt Printing
eHawk (home studio) — T-shirt Printing


Suzanne Lubeck (Vernon Street) — Sponsorship Coordinator
Martha Ingols (SOS supporter) — Sponsorship Assistant
Thea Paneth (Central Street Studios) — Sponsorship Assistant
Terry Dovidio (home studio) — Banner Coordinator

Street Signage

Hilary Scott (home studio) — Creating and Installing

Volunteer Show

Christina Tedesco (Mad Oyster Studios) — Volunteer Show Coordinator
Gretchen Graham (Washington Street Art Center) — Volunteer Show Assistant
Timothy Wilson (SOS Supporter) — Volunteer Show Assistant

Website and Databases

Aram Comjean (SOS supporter) — Webmaster
Rajiv Ramaiah (home studio) — Website Assistance
Ron Newman (SOS supporter) Site QA,

2012 SOS Board of Directors

Peter Belford (Vernon Street) — President
Suzanne Lubeck (Vernon Street) — Vice President
Nick Shectman (SOS Supporter) — Treasurer
Terry Dovidio (home studio) — Clerk

Mara Brod (Vernon Street)
Matt Carrano (Central Street)
Aram Comjean (SOS Supporter)
Thea Paneth (Central Street)
Hilary Scott (home studio)