Portman’s ‘A City in 7 Years’ Exhibit at Jamaica Plain Branch Library

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.

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Local Photographer’s Jamaica Plain Library Exhibit is ‘Preserving Nature in the City’

Local photographer Dawn Colsia's new exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Library captures the diversity of Jamaica Pond. “Every morning I walk around Jamaica Pond with my camera in one hand and my dog in the other. What started as a daily walk has become my morning meditation and reflection on the role nature has played in my life," said Colsia. The show, Preserving Nature in the City: A Daily Walk Around Jamaica Pond, runs through August 31, with a public reception on July 28 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Colsia practiced law, was a mediator, and worked to improve policy for people with disabilities, according to a press release.

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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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Jamaica Plain Branch Library Book Sale is May 5-7

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library Spring Book Sale is May 5 through May 7. Hardcovers are $2 and paperbacks are $1. You may not use scanners or save books. The book sale is occurring at the following times:

May 5: 5-8 pm
May 6: 9:30 am - 5 pm
May 7: 9:30 am - noon

The library is located at 30 South St.

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‘Imagination: The Beauty of Light’ New Art Exhibit at JP Library; Artist Virtual Meet-and-Greet Jan. 20

The rotating art program at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library is back with Garrow Throop's Imagination: The Beauty of Light, which is now on display. Throop's exhibit will be on display through March 2, 2022 on the lower level of the library during regular hours. There will be a virtual artist meet-and-greet on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 using this link. The rotating art program is supported by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library in partnership with Uforge.

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