The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library in partnership with Uforge are pleased to announce a new exhibition as part of their rotating art program. After soliciting proposals from a range of local artists, a selection committee comprised of community members and BPL staff has chosen six exceptional artists to fill its gallery space over the course of 2019. The next exhibition features the work of Needham-based painter Ruth LaGue.
A graduate of RISD, LaGue credits her childhood in Alaska as well as her later travels through India for her interest in landscape, where she sees both the limitless interior universe that lives within us and the outer vastness of our physical environment. Working with palette knives on canvas, she strives for economy in her work, combining textures, colors, and patterns. Her large-scale paintings capture various seasons and environments with energetic marks and an abstract ambiguity, seeking to welcome her viewers into her landscapes, perhaps jogging a memory or a simple moment of introspection. They are visual reminders of the concept that everyone is a small part of something larger, more expansive than our individual selves.
Ruth LaGue: Landscapes is on view from May 3 through June 30, 2019, with a public reception to be held on Thursday, May 9, 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The library will host LaGue for a free artist talk as part of ARTWEEK Boston on Saturday, May 4, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. The library is open Monday-Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 12-8, and Friday-Saturday 9-5 (closed Sundays). The exhibition space is located on the lower level.