Friday, September 3, 2010

JP First Thursday

Jamaica Plain's last First Thursday of the season took place yesterday evening. There were gallery openings, sales, music, free samples, activities and demonstrations.

The First Baptist Church on Centre Street had music and a craft sale that we unfortunately missed (as we were working our way from the opposite end of the street) but we got to see a few selections from a lovely and haunting photography series by Ashlee Wiest-Laird. On January 18, 2005 the First Baptist burnt down and they are now rebuilding but before they started, Ashlee photographed the church. I found the photos taken in the winter are really breathtaking but sad; Curtis called them surreal.

After reading a lot about it online, I finally got a chance to visit The Hallway Gallery.
The space is tiny (literally a long, narrow hallway) and the size forces/allows you to be very close to the artwork on display (as well as your fellow gallery-goers).

Monotypes and artist's book by Maria Molteni.

Mixed media pieces by Brian Patrick Adams.

Photography (the backs of peoples' heads - wonderful!) by Hallway's owner/curator, Brent Refsland.

I don't have a dog but Polka Dog Bakery is AMAZING. They have a few cat things but the majority of the space is filled with beautiful toys and collars, and rows and rows of glass jars filled with every shape of dog cookie and treat imaginable.

And lastly, check out this fake Hanni we spotted at an insurance agency on Centre Street!

Next First Thursday in JP will be December 2nd, 2010

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