By Janice Williams, Special to the Gazette
Artists create work that reflects the human spirit. The mediums they use are many. Some create with paper, canvas, paint, pencils or clay. Others use objects or a photographic process. The end result, whether realistic or abstract, always tells a story that begins in the artist’s mind and reflects the human spirit. There are many stories that will be told by the 113 artists participating in the 7th Annual Roslindale Open Studios this weekend, Nov. 5-6.
Bob Linscott, a Jamaica Plain resident, will be sharing a poignant story through his photography that should not be missed. His exquisite photos take us to a faraway place and the story they tell truly reflects the human spirit that we all share and care about.
Linscott recently visited his brother in Nepal. This was no ordinary vacation, as Linscott went with a missionary purpose. Linscott’s brother started an orphanage in Nepal, now called Papa’s House, to provide a safe and loving refuge for children who might otherwise be sold to child traffickers.
His brother also runs an organization called Volunteer Nepal. Through that group, Linscott volunteered as an English teacher in a Tibetan monastery. His Open Studios exhibit, “Lost and Found: The Children of Nepal,” features his photography of his experiences.
“There were moments during my time in Nepal that I longed for the beauty of JP,” said Linscott. “This trip made me appreciate what we have here in a whole new light.”
“There was a part of me that didn’t want to leave the orphanage, yet I longed to return to the beauty of JP,” he said. “We are so fortunate to have spaces like the Arboretum, Jamaica Pond, Franklin Park and Olmsted Park. Kathmandu is very loud and very dirty. As I tried to fall asleep at night with a chorus of barking dogs and honking horns, I would visualize walking through the Arboretum on a warm summer evening.”
Visitors can see Linscott’s photographs at Bangkok Cafe, 25 Poplar St. The sale of each of the photos will help raise money for school supplies for the children. For more info about Papa’s House, visit nepalorphanshome.org.
Roslindale Open Studios takes place Sat.-Sun., Nov. 5-6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 113 artists are displaying and selling in 45 locations in Roslindale in the free event. For more information, see roslindaleopenstudios.org.