Vignettes: Art show at JP Licks: Featuring Terry Boutelle and Nancy Marks


Artwork by Terry Boutelle and Nancy Marks

May – June 2019


Now showing at JP LICKS on Centre Street in JP

In literature, a vignette is a short scene that captures a single moment or a defining detail about a character, idea, or other element of the story.  Vignettes are little sections of a much bigger work.  Vignettes are important because they can illuminate significant information, create depth of character, or provide insight into the larger picture. In this show, established Boston artists Terry Boutelle  and Nancy Marks pair their individual works of art to tell a dynamic visual story.  Although the abstract works of each artist are different in their content, there is a resonance between the works involving color, form, line, and mood.  Rather than exhibiting each artist’s work separately, they exploited this resonance by intermixing their paintings in small configurations that they hope will inspire viewers to engage more fully in the artwork.  In considering what resonates within each “vignette,” perhaps the viewer will develop a deeper understanding of each artist’s interpretation of a singular moment or collective experience. See more of their work at:

Meet the artists on JP’s First Thursday Art Walk  June 6, 2019   6:00 – 8:00


First Thursday: Enjoy Art (Beer & Wine Tastings) at Local Bizs + Screen on the Green

Soooo we got a little excited about Jamaica Plain's First Thursday last week -- so much that we said it was last Thursday -- the last Thursday in May. But we promise First Thursday is happening this Thursday! June's First Thursday will include the ArtWalk among South and Centre streets businesses, beer and wine tastings, a movie screening on the Loring-Greenough House's lawn, food trucks and more. Screen on the Green is a super kid-friendly event that takes place on the lawn of the Loring-Greenough House with a large outdoor screen, and is hosted by JP Centre/South Main Streets. This month's movie is "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," which starts 6:30 pm.

Screen shot of map for October 2014 First Thursday Artwalk

Your Map of First Thursday Artwalk

The welcome rain should taper off before First Thursday Artwalk begins at 5 p.m. Thursday along Centre/South. More than 40 locations will be hosting art of some kind. This is the final Centre/South Main Streets Artwalk of the 2014 season. It runs through 9 p.m. Thursday. Here are a few highlights:

Cash Mob: Each Artwalk, one of JP's local businesses is selected to be the beneficiary of a "cash mob."

Burton, a 158-pound Leonberger, says hello to a smaller pooch at First Thursday on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Scenes From First Thursday — Including That Huge Dog

This month's First Thursday thronged Centre/South with residents and visitors enjoying the neighborhood. Here are a few photos of the evening. The next First Thursday — the last one this season, is Thursday, Oct. 2. If you own a business and would like to host an artist or otherwise be involved, the organizers ask that you email them at

Children dance on the lawn at the Loring-Greenough House to a performance by Gunpowder Gelatine, an all-woman Queen cover band, on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Toddlers Get a Taste of Queen on the Loring-Greenough Lawn

On the day before what would have been Freddie Mercury's 68th birthday, the all-female Queen tribute band Gunpowder Gelatine brought a bit of bombast to the normally quiet lawn of the Loring-Greenough House. The group performed arena-rock classics like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You" and "Fat Bottomed Girls" on a small stretch of grass hemmed in by trees. Children wandered in and out of the stage area and parents carrying kids or pushing strollers passed right in front of the performers. Singer Bethany Hanley probably won points with parents by dropping some of Queen's more violent lyrics in deference to the number of toddlers in the audience. The Boston-based group plays regular gigs at spots like the Midway and Johnny D's, said keyboardist Kate Dobroth.

Screen grab from map of locations for First Thursday Artwalk, Sept. 4, 2014.

Your Guide to First Thursday Artwalk

The next-to-last First Thursday Artwalk of the season is here. And it's massive. Here's a map and guide to the festivities, which will draw thousands of people to central JP from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. The basic concept is that businesses all up and down the Centre/South corridor host art exhibits, concerts, food tastings, etc. It's a JP tradition that is organized by Centre/South Main Streets.

Liz Vittori Koch pauses for a photo at the 3 Green St. location of her store, "Hatched," on Aug. 15, 2014.

Kids’ Clothing Store ‘Hatched’ Moves to New Nest

After nearly nine years on Green Street, a JP boutique specializing in eco-friendly, ethically-produced children's clothing will reopen in a bigger space around the corner on Thursday. Liz Vittori Koch, the entrepreneur behind "Hatched," said the new 668 Centre St. location, right beside City Feed, will raise visibility. And that's crucial in a marketplace where consumers have so many options. "People want it when they want it," Koch said.

Poster for "Canadian Bacon" sandwich to be offered Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 by Blue Frog Baker at First Thursday Artwalk

‘Canadian Bacon’ Pop-up Among First Thursday Art Walk Highlights

Good morning, JP and welcome to your first workday of September. Here's your Morning Memo for all things Jamaica Plain for Tuesday, Sept. 2. Centre/South Main Streets First Thursday Artwalk Preview: Looking forward to Thursday, it's another First Thursday Artwalk along the Centre/South corridor. Dozens of artists and musicians will be hosted at the neighborhood's businesses from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration map of possible storm track.

Stormy Forecast for First Thursday, Possibly Fourth of July

There's a weather system off Georgia with an 80 percent chance of turning into a named storm and then possibly into Hurricane Arthur. And that could make for a wet, stormy Fourth of July in Boston. And while we're still several days out, if you're planning on joining the hordes on the Esplanade, keep a close eye on the forecasts the rest of the week. If you use Twitter, consider following meteorologist David Epstein, who covers weather for On Tuesday morning, he said concerns over a stormy Fourth may be overblown.