Join the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library in shaking off the end-of-winter blues at our annual Tropical Fiesta! We will cast off Winter and welcome the coming of Spring with delicious food (Coco Verde Vegan) combined with some delicious live music (Jefferey Clayton from the Pan Neubean Steel Band).
Jamaica Plain artist Marnie Jain's In Close Proximity art exhibit is opening at the JP Library on March 6. Jain is known for her delightful collage compositions featuring rabbits, frogs, birds, and snakes hidden among flowers and forest greenery, according to a press release. She uses bright colors to create playful, textured, and often enlightening works of art. In Close Proximity highlights insects, reptiles, and animals that live in Jamaica Plain, and she includes some imaginary creatures, too. “This show is a recognition that there is more to our environment and neighborhood than we visibly see, that the natural world is abundant with co-existing species, and that all of it holds beauty,” said Jain.
Photos in the most recent art exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library may look familiar, as Robin Radin's "The Nearness of Us" features JP neighborhoods. JP resident Radin presents our neighborhood's parks, streets, train stations, and other public spaces while using stark black and white images. “My work examines the intricacies of human relations: a visual acknowledgement that we are both together as community and family, and alone, as individuals,” said Radin. In her exhibit, Radin observes the relationships of relatives, friends, partners, and their surrounding environment. She utilized quiet moments occurring within the more frenetic experience of city life.
The latest art exhibit at the JP Branch Library is based on a resident's 500-mile pilgrimage leading to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in Spain. Andrew Stearns' Always on the Camino is the last exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for 2019. This is the newest exhibit as part of a rotating art program by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, in partnership with Uforge. Stearns is a Jamaica Plain-based printmaker with a BFA in Printmaking and History of Art from MassArt.