New Mural ‘A Message to the Future’ Now Displayed on McBride Street

A new three-paneled mural entitled A Message to the Future, is now on display on a McBride Street building. This is the second new mural on the Extra Space Store Facility at 141 McBride St., thanks to a mural competition was planned by the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) and SSG Development and Construction. The new mural, a collaboration between Julia Csekö and Eddie Maisonet, is on the east side of the building. Sharif Muhammad's Rainbow Swag mural is on the northwest side of the building. For the new mural, Csekö painted the texts sourced by or written by Maisonet.

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Donley’s ‘Reading and Riding’ Art Exhibit at Jamaica Plain Library

The latest art exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library is Jan Donley's Reading and Riding, which opened May 6.  

"Though she studied traditional techniques, Donley has unexpectedly found the iPad to be her main canvas, believing that digital art is an important disruption to the art world. Her works on view display a distinctive collage style, combining digitally painted figures with text from various literary sources, including Lorraine Hansberry, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, and James Baldwin," said a press release from UForge, which is presenting the show in partnership with the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. Donley is also a teacher. “My students come from all over the world, and they remind me that home is fragile and varied and elusive.

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ICYMI: Moss Installation Made By Mayor’s Mural Crew Celebrated Olmsted’s 200th Birthday

Frederick Law Olmsted's 200th birthday was April 26 and the Mayor's Mural Crew celebrated it in a very unique way -- with a moss graffiti installation on the Jamaica Pond Boathouse. The installation was part of the celebration of his birthday on April 26. The moss graffiti installation is an Olmsted quote: "Gradually and silently the charm comes over us; we know not exactly where or how." https://twitter.com/mayorsmuralcrew/status/1519329220392071170

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J.P. Licks Announces New Artists-in-Residence; Local Artists Encouraged to Apply

Are you an artist and looking for a place to showcase your work locally? How about J.P. Licks? The beloved ice cream business has had a visiting artists program in its locations for nearly 20 years. Artists display their work at J.P. Licks for a minimum of four months and their artwork is often available for purchase. Also, J.P. Licks does not take any commissions on any artwork sales.

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A scene from the South Street Parade at Wake Up The Earth 2015

Wake Up The Earth Festival & Parades on May 7

The beloved Wake Up The Earth Festival & Parade will be on May 7, and you'll have three places to join a parade, as they come together at Stony Brook. Parades will gather at 10:30 am. If you're interested in joining the parade, and everyone is welcome, please email Zafiro at wute22parade@gmail.com.  The trio of parades will start at Curtis Hall, the Curley K-8 School, and the Egleston Square YMCA. Parades will meet at Jackson Square and then continue together down Lamartine Street to begin the festival at Stony Brook, which starts officially at noon, and goes to 6 pm. The festival includes musical performances, food vendors, a local farm selling seedlings, lots of local organizations with information tables, a kids musical play area, and more.

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