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Join us throughout the year for artisans’ talks, hands-on family workshops, faculty exhibitions and more.

Hands-on Workshops

New Urban Monuments: Community Lab 
@ JP Porchfest
Saturday, July 13, 12–6pm  RSVP
In the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain

Join Eliot School Artist in Residence L'Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge artists at their Tell Us the Truth booth: questions, thoughts, drawings and conversation envisioning monuments for our time. Watch this space for an additional Community Lab later this summer.

 

New Urban Monuments: Community Lab 
@ Egleston Farmers Market
Saturday, July 27 10am–2pm  RSVP
At 31 Germania St., Jamaica Plain

Join Eliot School Artist in Residence L'Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge artists at their Tell Us the Truth booth: questions, thoughts, drawings and conversation envisioning monuments for our time. Watch this space for an additional Community Lab later this summer.

 

Artist for a Nite! with ZNT Arts
Saturday, July 17, 8–10pm
In the Eliot School Art Room, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain

Join us on a Saturday evening and become an “Artist for a Nite!” 

Similar to Paint Night with a new feel, inspired by arts and culture, the hues and vibes of summer.

Boston artist Zahirah Nur Truth of ZNT Arts will guide you and provide instructions on painting to create your own vibrant, summer-inspired masterpiece.

This is what else you get at this amazing night of fun and inspiration:

  • Signature cocktail inspired by a famous artist: This month's artist we acknowledge is Frida Kahlo, with a cocktail made by mixologist Christel Hayes
  • Delightful savory and sweet bites
  • A room full of other creative people and a chance to be an Artist for a Nite!

Grab your friends, partner, significant other and colleagues, and live the artist life for a nite. $50/person or $90/two. RSVP.

 

Modern Monuments
Saturday, Sept 14, 2–3pm and 3–4pm
At the Eliot Schoolhouse, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain

What are public monuments for? Whose stories do they tell, and what stories might be missing? Join Wee The People and Eliot School Artist in Residence L'Merchie Frazier to explore the meaning of monuments and re-imagine how they can celebrate our community values. Hands-on making for all ages. Suggested donation: $5.

 

Lantern Making 
for Spontaneous Celebrations’ Lantern Parade
Monday, Oct 14, 2–4pm
At the Eliot Schoolhouse, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain

Create colorful lanterns from soda bottles and tissue paper, ready to light with candles for Spontaneous Celebrations’ annual Lantern Parade at the end of October. Open house format. All ages welcome. Suggested donation: $5 per lantern.

 

MICE: Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo
Saturday & Sunday, Oct 19 & 20
At University Hall, Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Includes comics workshops for kids, co-sponsored by the Eliot School.Holiday Ornaments for Children

 

Holiday Ornaments Family Event
Sunday, Dec 15, 10am–12:30pm
At the Eliot Schoolhouse, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain

Come with your children and make colorful ornaments together. Open house format. All ages welcome. Suggested donation: $5

 

Exhibitions & Talks

New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself!

Saturday & Sunday, Sept 28 & 29, 11am–5pm
At Eliot School Annex, 253 Amory St., Jamaica Plain
Celebrate with Eliot School Artist in Residence L'Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge as we present art created in collaboration with the community on the theme of "new monuments."

Faculty Showcase at JP Open Studios

Saturday & Sunday, Sept 28 & 29, 11am–6pm
At the Eliot Schoolhouse, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain
Eliot School faculty and Teen Bridge students exhibit and sell their work at our schoolhouse, indoors and out. Many additional artists will show work throughout Jamaica Plain.

L'Merchie Frazier: New Urban Monuments

Exhibition: Oct 2–27
Reception: Friday, Oct 4, 6–8pm
Artist's Talk: Sunday, Oct 20, 3pm
At Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave. #B-6, Boston
L'Merchie Frazier presents fiber arts and elements from her Eliot School artist's residency. Join her and Teen Bridge participants for a reception and artists' talk.

Oaxacan Woodcarving Sale

Sunday, Nov 3, 4–6pm
At the Eliot Schoolhouse, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain
Master craftsmen Ventura and Norberto Fabian, from the woodcarving village of San Martín Tilcajete, Mexico, display and sell their whimsical carved animals and ornaments, following their carving workshop in our wood shop.

Community Festivals

Jamaica Plain Porchfest

Circus Arts, Theater & Storytelling
Saturday, July 13, 12–6pm
At the Eliot Schoolhouse, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain
While musicians take the stage on porches throughout the neighborhood, we’ll host storytellers, Commonwealth Circus Center/Circus UP and the Open Theatre Project with some of Boston’s favorite theater companies. And participate in our Community Lab: Tell Us the Truth booth, reflecting on the meaning of public monuments and what monuments we want to celebrate our communities' values.

Faculty Showcase, Teen Bridge
+ Artist in Residence at
Jamaica Plain Open Studios

September 28 & 29, 11am–6pm
Artist in Residence + Teen Bridge at Eliot School Annex, 253 Amory St., Jamaica Plain
Faculty Showcase + Teen Bridge at the Eliot Schoolhouse, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain

Every fall, Jamaica Plain Open Studios showcases the work of some 200 artists throughout the neighborhood. We devote the inside of our schoolhouse, our schoolyard and our annex to Eliot School faculty and their fine work in woodworking, fibers, mixed media and fine arts,along with our Teen Bridge and Artist in Residence programs. Admission free.

Volunteer with us at JPOS

Help out this weekend! Volunteers staff our information table in three-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, and distribute Eliot School literature Saturday morning. We’ll give you a lovely piece of hand-made soap as your reward. Interested? Let us know.

Thank you so much for your help during this busy weekend!

 

2019 JPOS Artists at the Eliot School

Indoors & on Our Lawn: Eliot School Faculty Showcase

Maggie Carberry Pasquan (prints, mixed media)

Sarah Coyne (printmaking, painting)

Jerel Dye (comics and Illustration) Erik Gehring Photography (photography)

Lynda Goldberg (prints)

Jeanne Gugino (painting)

Cristina Hajosy (photography, book & paper arts, jams)

Amy Hitchcock (assemblage, collage)

Lisa Houck (prints, cards, mixed media)

Brenda Jones (quilts)

Elena Kaufman (jewelry)Katherine Miller (painting, mixed media)

Kymberlee Keckler, Soaporama (ceramics, soap)

Paula Lazar (painting)

Ken Lindgren (woodworking)

Katherine Miller (painting)

John Murray (painting)

Abby Neale

Non Issue Studio (wood, fibers, mixed media, design)

Andrew Riiska (woodworking, metal)

Jesse Shaw (woodworking) 

Ginny Zanger (painting)

School & Community Partnership teachers: Melissa Clouser-Missett/ Taylor Dean/ Jennifer Turpin

Our Faculty Elsewhere in Jamaica Plain

Terry Boutelle (painting) at the Footlight Club, 6 Eliot Street

Robin Radin (photography) at 15 Eliot Street

Robin Radin’s students (photography) at The Real Deal, 736 Centre Street