Summertime: A Youth Photo Exhibition at the JP Branch Library

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, and our first group show features photographs by students in the Big Picture Art House program.

Founded in 2011 by Boston-based photographer Jennifer Connelly, Big Picture Art House trains middle schoolers on DSLR cameras, traveling around Boston to places like Copley Square, the North End, Castle Island, and Chinatown to snap photos. Classes are structured around themes like Storytelling or Street Photography, and some focus on movie-making and documentary. The works on view in Summertime include a mixture of subjects and styles – from color to black and white, from still life to portrait, capturing locations like Old Orchard Beach, the Franklin Park Zoo, the Lynch Family Skate Park in Cambridge, and Narragansett, RI. Many reflect the vivacity of contemporary life in the city, while others focus on quiet, reflective moments. The young artists range in age from 11 to 15 years old, hailing from Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Newton, and other Boston-area towns.

Exhibiting artists: Emily Ball (15), Newton; Mini Burell (14), Dorchester; Kayleigh Clancy (14), Dorchester; Claudia Cortell (15), Boston; Jesse Eliot (14), Jamaica Plain; Mia Finnan (12), Brookline; Karianna Franklin (12), Chelsea; Vera Judkins (13), Matunuck, RI; Jamie Leslie (12), Brookline; Mary Matero (13), West Roxbury; Jaire May (12), Roslindale; Celia Meranus (14), Brookline; Gabriel Nigrovic (12), Brookline; Anna Parisi (14), Nahant; Argi Protopapadakis (11), Brookline; Isobel Salemo (13), Roslindale; Annabella Valle (15), Braintree; Tandin Ward (14), Jamaica Plain; and Sofie Wise (15), Braintree.

Summertime: A Youth Photo Exhibition is on view from July 5 through Aug. 31, 2019.The library is open Monday-Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 12-8, and Friday-Saturday 9-5 (closed Sundays). This exhibition is proudly sponsored by Optical Designs, Inc., a family-owned and operated business located in the heart of Jamaica Plain,

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