New Art Exhibit ‘RePOPART’ at Jamaica Plain Branch Library; Opening Reception Jan. 11th

A new art exhibit by JP-based mixed media artist and designer Liliana Marquez debuted at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library this week. The new exhibit, RePOPART, epitomizes Marquez's artistic practice of reclamation by relying on found and recycled materials, often taken from construction sites, to create sculptural wall-hanging abstractions. "RePOPART is about attitude. RePOPART is an idea that forces us to RE-think ART,” said Marquez of her three-dimensional works exhibit. Marquez's work is flexible, able to be hung at different angles and orientations, while using bright colors and bold shapes to reflect her background in graphic design.

You Tweet and Interactive Lights Change Color at the JP Branch Library

A set of interactive lights were recently installed in the front windows of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on South Street that change colors when someone tweets the hashtag #jplibrarylights! and a color or colors. There is a caveat, the lights will not receive the message if you have your Twitter account set to "Protect your tweets." The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library helped get the lights installed, said Gretchen Grozier, board co-chair of the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. "We enlisted the help of the Mayor's Office New Urban Mechanics (who did a similar project in City Hall last year) for the technical work and also the Office of Arts & Culture helped to do the actual installation," said Grozier, in an email to Jamaica Plain News.

Two Events: Friends of JP Branch Library Hosting Holiday Party and Book Sale

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are hosting two events this week that include a musical performance and a great way to get your holiday shopping started. On Dec. 7th, the Friends of the JP Branch Library are inviting everyone in the community to kick off the holiday season with food and a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. There will also be a potluck, so please bring an item to share. The event is from 6 to 8 pm.

JP Resident Selected as Artist for Public Art Project at Jamaica Plain Library

You may not know sculptor Matthew Hinçman by name, but you probably know his thought-provoking work from around the neighborhood. Come next year there will be another significant Hinçman art piece in JP, as he was recently selected to create a public art project at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. Hinçman, a JP resident, is a sculptor and educator, best known for the Jamaica Pond Bench (2006) and STILL (2014), both located in Jamaica Plain, and his pieces are generally found in public places. The Jamaica Pond Bench is a bench with two backs, thus forming a U-shape. STILL references the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, and is affixed to an abandoned lamp-post base in the shadow of the Civil War Soldier’s Monument at South and Centre streets.

Footlight Club’s ‘Music Man’ Opens Nov. 4th

The Footlight Club's newest production, "The Music Man," features a fast-talking salesman who gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. The Tony-award winning musical comedy is fun for the whole family and opens Nov. 4th. The musical is about con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys band leader and organizer, selling instruments and uniforms to Iowa townsfolk. Hill promises to train all the musicians, but he really plans on skipping town without giving any lessons.