JPAA artists on display at JP Licks

The Jamaica Plain Art Association (JPAA) is exhibiting their member’s artwork at JP Licks until Sept. 11, striving to create a supportive community for local artists.

The Jamaica Plain Art Association was established in the late 1980s and is a membership-based group open to visual artists in and around the Boston area who create and promote art in their community. JPAA includes over 50 actively participating members including painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, ceramists, printmakers, mosaic and book artists and digital and mixed-media artists at all stages of development.

“We strive to create a supportive community for local artists and come together regularly through potlucks and artists talks to share our work and our individual processes and vision,” said Cynthia Kollios, representing the JPAA Steering Committee.

JPAA exhibits a number of times throughout the year as a group at the Footlight Club, JP Licks and other venues and individually, as well as through Boston Main Streets in local businesses.

“JPAA also has an ongoing relationship with the Hyde Square Task Force, a youth and community development organization in Boston’s Latin Quarter and we have provided volunteer artist workshops in different mediums and collaborated in a very successful year-long Mosaic art project for the plaza of the former Blessed Sacrament Church,” Kollios said.

There is no prescribed theme for the summer members exhibit at JP Licks.

“We always have a very diverse show in terms of style, medium, and subject matter that represents the diversity of our community and our membership,” Kollios said. “Some of our artist members grew up locally in the Boston area and others have migrated to JP from far flung states and countries. Of course, we feel that all the work displayed is stand-out and must-see and we would hesitate to focus on just one individual.”

More details about some of the individual artists displaying work in this year’s show, as well as membership information can be found by visiting

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