Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The Okiest Dokiest pencil truck parked outside Adam Zapotok’s art studios in Somerville on Saturday. (Photo: Claire Ogden)

After almost six years running his Etsy art shop Okiest Dokiest, founder and creative mastermind Adam Zapotok is closing the quirky venture. At the 57 Central Street Studios on Saturday, Zapotok held a moving sale to clear out art supplies, tools and prints.

The Somerville studio space looked like the domain of an evil genius. Schematics for the famous yellow pencil truck were posted on the wall. Pleasantly chaotic, a set of curio cabinet-esque shelves held treasures: skulls, clay sculptures, delightful miscellanea. Zapotok’s dioramas – tiny worlds contained by glass domes and cork bottoms – were a highlight filled with pencils, brains, flowers and Zapotok’s ever-present macaroni motifs.

Plans for the truck on board at the Somerville studios. (Photo: Claire Ogden)

Tchotchkes on the shelves at Zapotok’s studios. (Photo: Claire Ogden)

Zapotok’s work is no longer for sale, but at least “the pencil truck isn’t going anywhere,” according to the Okiest Dokiest Instagram. Whatever is next for Zapotok, it’s sure to be interesting and wonderful.


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