New Library Exhibit, Summertime, Features 19 Youth Photographers

Summertime, the next art exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, not only has a timely name, but it also features the work of 19 youth photographers. Ranging in age from 11 to 15 years old, the students are training at the Big Picture Art House, which trains middle schoolers while traveling around Boston. Classes are structured around themes like Storytelling or Street Photography, while others focus on making movies or documentaries. The works on view in Summertime include a mix of subjects and styles -- color, black and white, still life, portrait -- while capturing locations like Old Orchard Beach, the Franklin Park Zoo, the Lynch Family Skate Park in Cambridge, and Narragansett, RI. The students in the show are from Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Newton, and other Boston-area towns.


Free Screening of ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Doc on Climate Change, Citizen Activism on June 6

Join Mothers Out Front at a free screening of "Paris to Pittsburgh" on June 6 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  

“From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act,” describes the documentary's website. The documentary is presented by National Geography, produced by Radical Media, and was created in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. The documentary is being screened at 6 pm at the JP Library (30 South St.).


Ruth LaGue Exhibit ‘Landscapes’ Now at Jamaica Plain Library

Having lived her childhood in Alaska, as well as travels through India, Ruth LaGue credits both locations as great influences to her painting landscapes. And you can check out her landscape paintings in her new art exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Library. Both Alaska and India led LaGue to see, "...the limitless interior universe that lives within us and the outer vastness of our physical environment." Utilizing palette knives on canvas, the artists tries to employ economy in her work while combining textures, colors and patterns, according to a press release about the new exhibit. The RISD alum's large-scale paintings show various seasons and environments that invite viewers to perhaps recall a memory or provide a simple moment of introspection.


BLO Brings ‘Barber of Seville’ for Kids to JP Libraries

Artists from Boston Lyric Opera recently visited an ennead of public libraries, including Jamaica Plain's two branches, to perform kid-themed excerpts from "The Barber of Seville." Boston Lyric Opera artists performed one-hour participatory programs that were free and open to kids and families, ideally for ages 6 to 12. The program featured two professional singers, and a pianist. Held during February school vacation week, the pianist also acted as a teaching artist who introduced opera to the young audiences through a melodic, engaging and theatrical presentation. This is the third year that the BLO has part This is the third year the BPL has partnered with the BLO to present how opera tells a story.


‘Local Scenes’ is JP Library’s First Art Exhibition for ’19

Maybe you'll recognize some of the watercolors in the Jamaica Plain Branch Library's first art exhibition for the year because it's "Local Scenes" by Kevin Gillespie. The Jamaica Plain resident's work is often done en plein air, as he illustrates his neighborhood's natural scenes like the shadows of tree branches, water ripples, the four seasons of New England and more. This is the first of six art exhibitions at the library branch due to a partnership between the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the Uforge Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 4 through Feb.