Come learn more about the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and how we support the Branch. Maybe we can convince you to join as a member and take part in our efforts? We can always use more volunteers and supporters! Refreshments will be served.
In Kristen Gossler's art exhibition at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, "Confluence," the expressive abstract paintings pose a question, wanting to provide an interactive experience to the viewer. Gossler uses a variety of materials, including water-based pigment, screen painting ink, sumi ink and acrylic paint. The RISD graduate utilizes "a mental inventory of repeated forms found in both the natural and manmade worlds, provoking a familiarity and comfort in the viewer through subliminal means." “The unconscious use of these symbols is not art – it is the cognitive filter of the artist that gives these paintings relevance and meaning as a body of work,” said Gossler. Her new exhibit uses earthy browns, warm yellows, soft greens, burnt oranges, while centering bold shapes and natural textures.
Photographer Joni Lohr's exhibit, "Unfinished Stories -- A Social Documentary," is the newest art show at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. Lohr has been a professional photographer for 50 years and her exhibit captures her view of the world around her while utilizing black and white tones. For half a century Lohr has captured, "...the energy of live musical performances, the camaraderie between friends, the ghosts of abandoned buildings, and the spontaneity of urban life." Lohr's exhibit includes photos of some familiar Boston area locations, as well as ones you may not recognize. "The subjects in her photographs laugh, play, wait, walk, talk, teach, and observe, some engaging with one another and others seemingly isolated from the world around them.
Adding something new to something old to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library has been a wild success, aside from the Copley Square main branch, it is most used library in Boston. And recently the Boston Preservation Alliance honored the South Street branch for its renovations. "On this, the 40th Anniversary of the Alliance and the 30th year we've awarded projects, an emphasis on neighborhoods which percolated up from our nominees collectively exemplify what is central to Boston's success: historic places working in harmony with new construction throughout the city's neighborhoods," says Boston Preservation Alliance's website about the awards. Renovations of the library originally built in 1911 starting in 2015 and the library reopened May 2017. The Boston Preservation Alliance described how the renovations successfully mixed the new with the old:
The new addition reinstated a prominent entry sequence to the library, but the rest of the building needed a major update as well and this was completed with the utmost sympathy to its history.
See what qigong is all about in this one-hour "taster" workshop. Take an hour to take care of yourself. Qigong (“chee-gung”) is the practice of cultivating mental and physical balance by coordinating breath, movement and awareness. Medical qigong is said to help the body heal and stay strong through the use of exercises designed to gently stretch and strengthen. All ages and abilities are welcome.