New Exhibit ‘Mars on Earth’ Opens at Jamaica Plain Branch Library on March 2nd

The latest art exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library presents photos that show a real-life experience on earth that simulates Mars' environment. The exhibit's photos by conceptual artist Cassandra Klos are from her time as an artist-in-residence in 2017 at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. The station is a facility that provides Earth-based research to learn more about what's needed to further human space exploration. At the facility people from around the world dedicate weeks and months while donning space suits, eating diets consisting of only freeze-dried food with a purpose to simulate Mars' environment. Klos' photographs of the project "blur the lines between reality and science-fiction, depicting red desert landscapes, lonely astronauts, space station gadgets and starry skies."

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.

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.

‘Juan Murray: Interplay’ Newest Art Exhibition at JP Branch Library Opens Nov. 3rd

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library in partnership with Uforge are pleased to announce a new exhibition, "Juan Murray: Interplay," to be held in their recently renovated library space. After soliciting proposals from over 50 local artists and groups, a selection committee comprised of community members and BPL staff chose four exceptional artists to fill its gallery for the rest of 2017, with photography by Juan Murray winning the final slot. Murray has been working in local real estate since 1994. As with many working artists, his day job shines through in his artistic practice, which takes the form of black and white urban photography. His architectural images are bold and poetic, steeped in chiaroscuro in his effort to “chase the light” as it interacts with different forms. The extreme contrast of light and dark at times abstracts his subjects, allowing the viewer to take in new details and formal elements of everyday buildings and streets.

Mayor Marty Walsh and neighborhood kids get ready to cut the ribbon at the reopening of the JP Branch Library on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Video: Kids, Mayor Cut Ribbon on Revamped JP Branch Library

Mayor Marty Walsh, whose administration finally fulfilled a decade-plus of city promises to renovate the JP Branch Library, cut the ribbon on the $10 million makeover of the popular facility on Saturday. He enlisted a scrum of neighborhood kids to make the ceremonial snip as hundreds of residents looked on and media cameras clicked and whirred. More Jamaica Plain News coverage of the renovations:

Photos: JP Branch Library Reopens
Call to Artists for Public Art Project at Renovated JP Branch Library
Photo: Books on Shelves at Renovated JP Branch Library! Shovels Up! JP Branch Library Breaks Ground