This weekend is the 29th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios, a free event for people to check out great artists from around the area. Organized by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council (JPAC), the event is from 11 am to 6 pm, on both Saturday on Sunday. Open Studios will showcase the work of more than 100 artists at 40-plus sites across the neighborhood -- some right from the artists’ creative spaces, to the outside of Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers in Bartlett Square, to the schoolyard at the historic Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. There will be art from ironworkers, jewelers, painters, potters, printmakers, quilt-makers, sculptors, woodcarvers and more. Former JPAC board member and current volunteer Lisa Goren, a Hyde Park-based watercolorist, has participated in JPOS for more than a decade, and will be sharing her paintings based on her travels to Alaska, Antarctica, Iceland and near the North Pole.
The Footlight Club kicked off its 146th season with Xanadu last weekend, and there are several performances this weekend to catch the show. "It's so nice to be singing and dancing (and roller skating!) on stage again, and Xanadu is the perfect post-pandemic show. Not only was it the show in rehearsal back in 2020 when everything shut down, but it's a joyous celebration of inspiration and magic. Something we could all use right now." Michael Colford, Director
Xanadu is a joyous story about inspiration, and was originally slated to close out the 2020 season, but then COVID hit.
"It's so nice to be singing and dancing (and roller skating!) on stage again, and Xanadu is the perfect post-pandemic show," said Michael Colford, director of the show.
Abilities Dance Boston will shine at the Arnold Arboretum landscape with a performance on Sept. 17. Abilities Dance Boston was commissioned to "create pieces inspired by the history and landscape of the Arboretum and celebrate equitable public land use for all through an intersectional disability lens." The company will bring original musical scores, choreography, audio descriptions, ASL, and CART to make its performance accessible in the spirit of universal design enjoyed by all, according to the Arboretum's website. Music will be composed by Erin Rogers and performed live by the New England Film Orchestra.
Boston artist Eli Portman's exhibit 'A City in 7 Years' is now on display at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. Portman describes his work as “the dissonance between perceived unique individual solitude in a crowded environment, and the commonness and sameness of such feelings,” according to a press release. He specializes in detailed, studied renderings of city- and landscapes in ink and watercolor. Portman's solo exhibit is the newest exhibit as part of the rotating art program supported by The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library in partnership with Uforge. Portman often draws based on his own photography including Boston landmarks like the Boston Public Library and the Gardner Museum, which allow him to tap into shared experiences of those who live in or visit the city.
Boston's Mayor’s Mural Crew and the National Park Service created a series of temporary chairs across the Emerald Necklace to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted. The park furnishings, named “never too much, always enough,” features 24 chairs in six sites across the Emerald Necklace, which was designed by Olmsted. The chairs were built by repurposing the distinctive white spruce-pole fence that was designed by Olmsted, to surround the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline (Fairsted). Jamaica Plain resident Heidi Schork, who founded The Mayor’s Mural Crew, designed the chair with an inspiration to use the same curves found in Fairsted’s beautiful fence, according to a press release. The chair are at the following locations:
Jamaica Pond, in the southwest corner overlooking the pond and in the northwest corner amongst the trees
Franklin Park, to the left of Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse and at the top of Scarborough Hill (by Hole 12 of the golf course)
Allerton Overlook, off of Pond Avenue by Olmsted Park’s Leverett Pond
Back Bay Fens, off of Park Drive behind the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden
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This project was conceptualized and brought to life by a group of youth artists employed through Boston’s Department of Youth Employment, together with adult artists employed for the Boston Parks Department, including: Aiyanna Canty, Aminah Yahya, Bobby Zabin, Camila Aguilera-Steinert, Eli Swanson, Emmett Hughes, Heidi Schork (Program Director, The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Inez Bendavid-Val, Jamar Joseph, Jerome Jones (Lead Artist, The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Kayla Depina, Laniya Harding, Liz O’Brien (Program Manager, The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Lucy Edelstein-Rosenberg, Maia Poremba, Madalen Bigsby-Licht, Nalani Reid, Niamh Mulligan, Tony Depina, Xavier James, Xzavier Santiago, and Zariyah Wilkerson.