Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Concert
Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Concert

  • Jamaica Plain Branch Library

The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society's annual benefit concert for the Friends of the JP Branch Library will feature a range of music to welcome the new chapter of the JP Branch Library, including rousing Irish songs and tunes, boisterous maritime music, revivals from their long tradition of performances, original tunes, and some delightful surprises.   A $10 donation is requested.  Snacks will be on sale. The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society are a recipient of the City-Wide Friends of the BPL Inaugural BPL Benefactor Award and have been holding this annual fundraiser for more than 30 years - help them support the JP Plain Branch and treat yourself to a wonderful evening. Tickets are available beforehand using the link to the right.

Cannot attend but still want to contribute? Please use the Donate button on our website to send in a contribution. Thank you!

Opening Reception for Ikonoplastic
Jul
13
5:30 pm17:30

Opening Reception for Ikonoplastic

  • Jamaica Plain Branch Library

The second show in the new art gallery is by mixed media artist Cristina Rosa Nelson. Based in Jamaica Plain, Nelson combines her academic expertise in history and gender theory with her multicultural background through whimsical, multivalent collages and assemblages. She collects objects and paper ephemera incessantly, accumulating medical textbook pages, vintage illustrations, animal figurines, environmental detritus, and various thrifted bric-a-brac. These components are then brought together in two- and three-dimensional mixed media creations, each layered with characters and symbols at once familiar and strange. As the title suggests, Nelson considers her work iconoclastic, smashing together recognizable historical figures, fashion models, fantastical creatures, and traditional monuments with irreverence, critique, and at times a cheeky sense of humor. However, it is also plastic, open to many interpretations as each viewer brings their own experience, knowledge, and perspective to the work.

IKONOPLASTIC is on view from July 7 through August 31, 2017. This exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. 


Public Reception
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

Public Reception

  • Jamaica Plain Branch Library

Steven Edson |  Road Paint

Public reception to celebrate the premier exhibition in the new art gallery space.  The show will be up from May 5th to June 30th.

Steven Edson is a photographer based in Belmont with a keen eye for detail and fondness for pattern and texture. Edson captures abstract selections of paint found on city streets, boiling them down to an essence of line, shape, and color. His works make the familiar suddenly unfamiliar, reframing pavement traversed unnoticed by so many pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers every day.  Each photograph carries multiple levels of interpretation, whether viewed literally, figuratively, or abstractly.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. 

Official Public Reopening of the JP Branch
May
20
11:00 am11:00

Official Public Reopening of the JP Branch

  • Jamaica Plain Branch Library

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Walsh will happen at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend.

The JP Branch staff are planning kids' crafts, face painting, performances by The Jamaica Plain Honk Band, JP Jubilee, and Grooversity!  The Friends will be providing cake!

The renovation features a 700-square foot addition facing South Street that will serve as a community reading lounge; a terrace along Sedgwick Street where residents can read and mingle; multiple meeting spaces; improved and more flexible space for children, teens and adults; and a refreshed collection of 30,000 items. Technology improvements include 15 new desktop and 20 laptop computers, free WiFi, additional self-checkout stations, and creativity software in the new digital maker-space. Other features include an elevator for full ADA accessibility to all levels, new and more efficient mechanical systems, parking for over 20 bikes, and new exterior landscaping. The 21 month renovation cost $10 million.

Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Percent for Art Community Meeting

  • Curtis Hall Community Center

The Mayor has established a new Percent for Art program for the City of Boston, and the first proposed project is associated with the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch! This new program will bring public art to Boston's neighborhoods via capital improvement projects. This meeting is the first in a series and will be used to gather input from community stakeholders. That way, the City can use that information when they draft the Request for Proposals (RFP) that will go out to artists.

Please attend this meeting and let your voice be heard about what art will decorate the exterior spaces of our renovated JP Branch Library!