Where the Arts Unite: JPAA Spring Show Kicks Off June 1

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The gallery and the stage will burst with energy at the Jamaica Plain Artists Association (JPAA) Spring Members Show, featuring visual art by more than 25 Boston artists in Eliot Hall at the Footlight Club, America’s oldest community theater, located at 7 Eliot St. in Jamaica Plain.

Opening on JP First Thursdays June 1 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and running through June 23, the exhibition showcases local art in a wide range of media with painting, photography, encaustic, mixed media and sculpture. In addition to viewing the exhibition, visitors can join six of the exhibiting artists as they speak about their work and inspirations Saturday, June 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Making connections between the performing and visual arts exemplifies the mission of the Jamaica Plain Artists Association, which states, “JPAA's mission is to foster a supportive community of artists, promote members' art to a broad audience, and work with organizations, businesses and individuals to benefit our members and the community. By using our vision and power as artists, we hope to create a more beautiful, diverse and inclusive environment.” The gallery is open to the public June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. during all performances of the June Footlight Club show "Pride and Prejudice."

The artists presenting work in this annual exhibition hail from Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and Hyde Park, including Jane Akiba, Phyllis Bluhm, Connie Bigony, Gail Bos, Terry Boutelle, Jessica Burko, Anne Emerson, Erik Gehring, Lisa Goren, Amy Hitchcock, Suzanne Hoffman, Yangsoon Ji, Carol Johnson, Cynthia Kollios, Nancy Marks, Stacey Messier, Erica Nazzaro, Mardi Reed, Charlie Rosenberg, Tamara Safford, Allen M. Spivack, Al Wallstrom, Nancy Young, Richard Youngstrom and Ginny Zanger.