Jamaica Plain Artists Association gears up for 2007

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JPAA board member Rebecca Fenton (second from right) chats with former JPAA president Larry Johnson and two other visitors during last summer’s JPAA Exhibit at Jamaica Pond.

The Jamaica Plain Artists Association (JPAA), in existence for more than eight years, offers members opportunities to exhibit, practical workshops, networking and field experiences.

On Jan. 4, the JPAA held its annual meeting at the Eliot School. Among attendees were members of the board Terry Boutelle, Gail Bos, and Rebecca Fenton; past President Carol Summers; and a dozen other active members whose artistic disciplines include fabric art, oil painting, political art, photography, collage, printmaking, watercolor, assemblage, sculpture and mixed media.

The JPAA was founded by former JP Arts News editor and artist Helen Hummel; the JPAA has gone through several phases of leadership since her departure, culminating in the current steering committee made up of four members who serve two-year terms. The association has an active membership of over 50, made up of serious artists at various stages of development—from those who have never exhibited to those who have gallery representation—as well as supporters of the arts.

An important benefit for member artists is the opportunity to post artwork in the gallery portion of the JPAA web site. On the web site (www.jpaa.org) appear images by member artists as well as news, the JPAA mission statement and links to other artist organizations. The site gives contact information and explains how to join.

In addition to member exhibits—traditionally four per year—other events and opportunities include painting days at Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond; workshops on materials, methods and marketing; critiquing by an established artist and/or instructor; digital photography of artists’ work for use in marketing and juried submittals; a Saturday morning painting group; and various painting/photo field trips or educational field trips. Regular member meetings are scheduled about four times a year, and provide a place for artists to network and exchange information about studio or exhibit opportunities. Dues are an affordable $20 per year.

On Mar. 22 (Thurs.), Member Meeting, Eliot School, 7pm – Presentation By Golden Paints Representative and Artist Declan Halpin ([email protected])

New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Terry Boutelle at 325-7110 or [email protected]

Submitted by Jamaica Plain Artists Association.

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