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.