FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pamela S. Julian
League of Women Voters Boston
Discover SOWA Secret - Open Studios Night - Presented by League of Women Voters Boston
A Celebration of Fine Art, Culture, Civic Engagement, & Business
BOSTON, MA—June 12, 2014—The League of Women Voters-Boston, in partnership with photographer and fine artist Debby Krim, http://www.dkrim.com is hosting a special Open Studios night Thursday evening, June 26, 2014, between the hours of 5:30—7:30 PM, at SOWA Studios 450 Harrison Avenue (South End), Boston (http://www.sowaartistsguild.com/).
The “Celebration of Fine Art, Civic Engagement, & Business” will feature twenty-six open studios. At 7:00pm-7:30pm, presentations by Karin Goodfellow, Director, Boston Arts Commission (http://www.publicartboston.com) and Ernani DeAraujo, Vice Chair of the Boston Latin School organization, John William Ward Public Service Fellowship, questions from the invited media and invited guests will follow the presentation.
All invited attendees will meet in studio 222 at 5:30pm to get a list of artists studios open for this event. After viewing the artist’s studios, invited guests, and invited media representatives will return to studio 222 at 7:00pm for light refreshments and join in a short question-and-answer session regarding the significance of civic engagement to Boston’s Art districts. Guests are invited to visit Mohr McPherson Furniture, Gallery and Café, on the premises, before this event: (http://www.mohr-mcpherson.com/).
In the words of LWV-Boston President Pamela Julian, “The League of Women Voters has, historically, been a staunch advocate for the arts as a critical component in promoting the culture of democracy. Here in Boston, we are especially fortunate. Not only do we have thriving communities of artists flourishing in spaces such as SOWA, but our civic leaders, city commissions, and our business community have always been staunch supporters of the arts. They recognize the importance of a flourishing artistic culture when it comes to our local economy, and to attracting and retaining the people who make this a world-class city. We are pleased to offer this opportunity to recognize their integral contributions, along with showcasing the work of some of the artists and businesses who exemplify our city’s diverse artistic culture.”
Local artist and photographer Debby Krim, whose studio will serve as the meeting space for the event, echoed these sentiments. Krim said, “At the end of the day when all is said and done, art is the part of life that enriches and enhances ones emotional experiences.”
The event is free and open to the general public. SOWA Studios are handicap-accessible. A special event parking rate of $5.00 per car is available along with on-street parking subject to posted parking restrictions. For more information, please contact Pamela Julian at 617-694-3797 or email@example.com.
Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission for the City of Boston, oversees both temporary and permanent public art projects in addition to educational and informational programming. Ms. Goodfellow coordinates with the board of the Art Commission, City departments, project proponents, community groups and funders to further public art projects in the City of Boston (http://www.publicartboston.com/content/who).
Ernani DeAraujo, a graduate of Boston Latin, Harvard, and Washington & Lee University School of Law, formerly served as the Mayor’s East Boston City Liaison. Mr. DeAraujo, himself a former Ward Scholar, currently serves as the John William Ward Public Service Fellowship Vice Chair. The Ward Public Service Fellowship gives juniors and seniors at Boston Latin School the chance to work as summer interns in the offices of elected or appointed officials (http://wardfellowship.org/ward/chairman.asp).
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. LWV Boston is committed to opening the doors of government to all of Boston’s citizens. The League strives for a representative system of government that is accountable, responsive, and supportive of citizen participation, with membership open to both men and women. Throughout each year, the League provides objective information on critical public policy issues and candidates seeking office, promotes voter service programs, and works to keep the public well informed on government and social policy issues (www.lwvboston.org).