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!

SOS 2018 Event Coordinator

Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios)

SOS 2018 Assistant Coordinator

Alison Pruchansky (Vernon Street Studios)

SOS 2017 Event Coordinator

Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios)

SOS 2017 Assistant Coordinator

Gretchen Graham (Washington Street Studios & Gallery)

SOS 2017 Volunteer Staff

Volunteer Coordinators

Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios), Gretchen Graham (Washington Street Studios)

SOS First Look Exhibit Coordinator

Mara Brod (Vernon Street)

Kids' Show Coordinators

Elena Clamen (home studio), Kelly Richter (SOS supporter)

Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show Coordinators

Annie Blazejack (home studio), Joolie Cahill, JoAnne Coppolo

Mapbook Distribution

Christina Tedesco (Mad Oyster Studios)

Graphic Design

Ho Yin Au (SOS supporter), Adam Adkison (Community Space), Ellien Laramee-Byers (Mad Oyster Studios)

Poster Distribution

Matt Kaliner (SOS Supporter)

Inside-Out Gallery Show

Heather Balchunas (Vernon Street, Somerville Arts Council)


Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer (Vernon Street)


Ron Newman (SOS supporter)


Sarah Carlson (home studio)

Volunteer Show Coordinator

Gretchen Graham (Washington Street Studios)

Website and Databases

Aram Comjean (SOS supporter) — Webmaster
Ron Newman (SOS supporter) — Site QA, Website and Database Assistance


Hilary Scott (home studio)

Home Studio Liaison

Sarah Carlson

Community Space

Melissa London

Trolley Coordinator

Matt Kaliner (SOS supporter)

Special Projects

Last Wednesday Salon Series: Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer (Vernon Street), Nancy Anderson (Mad Oyster Studios)

2017/2018 SOS Board of Directors

Hilary Scott (home studio) - President
Stan Eichner (Community Space) - Vice President
Peter Belford (Vernon Street) - Treasurer
Terry Dovidio (home studio) - Clerk

Sarah Carlson (home studio)
Kolika Chatterjee (home studio)
Aram Comjean
Matt Kaliner
Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer (Vernon Street)
Christina Tedesco (Mad Oyster Studios)