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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!

2015 SOS Event Coordinator

Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios)

2015 SOS Volunteer Staff

Coordinator's Assistant

Emily Marden (Intern)

Volunteer Coordinator

Nancy Anderson (Community Space)

Artists' Choice Show

Mara Brod (Vernon Street) — Exhibit and Reception Coordinator

Beyond the Pattern: Fashion Show

JoAnne Coppolo and Joolie Cahill (Community Space) — Fashion Show Coordinators

Family and Kids' Event

Elena Clamen (Home Studio) — Kids' Show coordinator
Kelly Richter (SOS supporter) — Kids' Show assistance


Ho Yin Au (Mad Oyster Studios) — Mapbook design, layout
Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios) — Additional materials
William Aarons (Taza Building) — Additional materials

Inside-Out Gallery Exhibit

Heather Balchunas (Vernon Street) — Exhibit Coordinator


Margaret DeMille (Artisan's Asylum) — Marketing Coordinator
Jesa Damora (Artisan's Asylum) — Marketing Advisor
Nancy Anderson (Community Space)
Cira Louise Brown (Artisan's Asylum) — Social Media assistance


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

Publication Distribution

Nancy Anderson (Community Space) — Mapbook Distribution
Matt Kaliner (SOS Supporter) — Poster Distribution

Special Projects

Suzanne Lubeck (Vernon Street) — Honk! Parade
Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios) — Honk! Parade
Hilary Scott (home studio) — Honk! Parade


Suzanne Lubeck (Vernon Street) — Sponsorship Coordinator
Antoinette Hocbo (SOS supporter) — Ad Graphics
Antonia Villa (home studio) — Sponsorship Assistance

Volunteer Show

Christina Tedesco (Mad Oyster Studios) — Exhibit Coordinator
Gretchen Ann Graham (Washington Street Art Center) — Exhibit Assistant
Sarah Carlson (home studio) — Exhibit Assistant

Website and Databases

Aram Comjean (SOS supporter) — Webmaster
Ron Newman (SOS supporter) — Site QA, Website and Database Assistance
K. Adam White (home studio) — Website (social media integration) and content
Rajiv Ramaiah (home studio) — Website Assistance

2014/2015 SOS Board of Directors

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

Peter Belford (Vernon Street)
Mara Brod (Vernon Street)
Aram Comjean (SOS Supporter)
Stan Eichner (Community Space)
Rachel Mello (Mad Oyster Studios)