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First Thursday Art Walk, June 1st 6-8pm

Join us Thursday, June 1st, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artists, Wendy Gonick and Michael Shores, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artists!

When: June 1st 6-8pm
Where: 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
What: Art, Refreshments and Fun!

About Wendy Gonick

Wendy Gonick is a visual artist and graphic designer living and working in Arlington, MA. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a member of the Concord Art Association and has participated in group exhibitions
throughout the greater Boston area.

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“Each of my collages develops organically—from the hunt for the perfect images and scraps of paper, to the dance of moving the pieces around, to the moment when the collage begins to reveal itself, to the final decision to glue the pieces into a cohesive whole.”

My focus is creating works on paper, and I have spent the past few years concentrating on collage. Enticed by the possibilities hidden in found imagery, my goal is to distill each bit down to distinct portions in order to create unexpected juxtapositions that seem both natural, surprising and in some cases whimsical.

Themes include interstellar landscapes, surreal compositions, imaginary devotional figures, and a new direction utilizing vintage postcards. Named the Travelogue Series in reference to the inclusion of old postcards, I enjoy the challenge of integrating these time-worn artifacts into my work, giving them a new life and letting them communicate once again.

Contact:  wgonick.ebsqart.com | wendyg_tabularasa@comcast.net | 781.643.1056

About Michael Shores

Michael Shores has been an exhibiting artist since 1974. He ran two art galleries, created American Living Magazine and has performed music extensively. His artwork has been featured in numerous books and magazines and is in many museum collections. He lives and works in Boston, MA.

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What types of visions are conjured up while staring at a wall covered in bird droppings? Da Vinci pondered this as well as Salvador Dali and maybe every other artist with half a soul. With my paintings I attempt to give form to those entities that only can be viewed by a  certain kind of creative being.

My visions are not just a product of my imagination but a representation of a real place, an otherworld. When I am creating an automatic drawing, a painting or a piece of music I go into a trance-like condition. Only in this manner can I access those entities in the otherworld.

In the process of creating this type of art I am not even consciously aware of what I am doing, although the meaning of it becomes clear later. This is not “planned art” but one that evolves naturally.

The Otherworld is not a place to escape to but a place to learn from. Just because these beings are not human does not mean that they cannot teach us things. The creatures which inhabit my paintings are certainly otherworldly if nothing else.

Contact: sharkartstudios.com | sharkart@earthlink.net




Hidden Gem: The Church of the Covenant

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The Church of the Covenant located at 67 Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, is a historic church and a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1865-1867 by the Central Congregational Church its stunning interior is defined by the work of Tiffany & Co.

Constructed in the Gothic Revival style with puddingstone it was one of the first churches to relocate to the Back Bay and was funded with donations by Benjamin Bates, an industrialist who founded Bates College. It has a 240-foot high steeple that looms over the Bunker Hill Monument. In the 1890s the sanctuary was re-modelled by Tiffany & Co. with stained-glass windows, mosaics and an electric-light chandelier. The church has the largest intact Tiffany-designed ecclesiastical interior in its original location in America.

The Tiffany windows are important elements of the exquisite Tiffany church interior.  All totaled there are 42 Tiffany windows – 22 ornamental windows in the clerestory and 20 figure windows throughout the sanctuary.  They all include “opalescent” glass with subtle tones and variations that create painterly effects. The windows were created by Tiffany’s finest designers in a variety of styles – linear, Pre-Raphaelite, mosaic. classical and Art Nouveau.

The church was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012 (as “Central Congregational Church”) in recognition of its unique interior decorations.

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First Thursday Art Walk, May 4th 6-8pm


Join us Thursday, April 6th, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artist, Petr Metlicka, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artist!

When: May 4th, 6-8pm
Where: 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
What: Art, Refreshments and Fun!

Petr Metlicka was born in Prague, Czech Republic; now living and creating in Boston. Learn more about Petr at metlicka.zenfolio.com


First Thursday Art Walk, April 6th 6-8pm

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Join us Thursday, April 6th, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artist, Tammy Ricker, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artist!

When: April 6th, 6-8pm
Where: 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
What: Art, Refreshments and Fun!

About Tammy Ricker

gallery shot of me with paintingPainting for me is a way to explore my inner world of feelings,  consciousness and reason. Working intuitively with color and  line I work the surface, sometimes applying many layers, letting  each painting assert itself. Inspired by everything related to  nature, sometimes shapes appear that remind me of fragments of the world around us, leaves, flowers, water, sky, buildings, even people. For me this represents the quest for balance between the inner and outer worlds. The underlying focus that ties it all together is an interest in connections – connections to ourselves, to each other and to the world as a whole. My paintings are a deeply personal and intuitive expression of the times we live in and it is my hope that they will continue to evolve from a deeper place that will evoke a state of reflection through which the viewer is transported momentarily and returns enriched.

After studying painting and sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston I lived and worked for many years in Jamaica Plain. My studio is now located in a beautiful coastal town in southern Maine. Also, an avid Instagrammer, you can see more of my daily practice here: @tjr111

Featured Listing: A Charming 4 Bed in Moss Hill

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100 Westchester Road – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $799,000

Perched on a terraced lot in the Moss Hill neighborhood of JP, this classic American foursquare colonial offers all the comforts of home. A charming entryway opens into an expansive living room, sun-filled by day & fire-warmed by night. The eat-in country kitchen radiates w/ the warmth quintessential to the heart of the home. A formal dining room, off the kitchen, has a built-in china cabinet. French doors adjoin a window wrapped den w/ a skylit vaulted ceiling. Off the living room, a library opens into a tree covered private patio and into lovely, gardeners dream of a backyard. The 2nd floor has 4 bedrooms including a large master bedroom and a full tiled bath. In addition, there is an unfinished, walk-up attic, as well as a partially finished basement w/ a half bath that leaves plenty of room for expansion & for your finishing touches. The proximity to the Arboretum, the VFW Pkwy, and the Jamaicaway make both nature and urban convenience equally accessible.

Listing Agent: The BJ Ray Team, 857.288.8980, bryant.ray@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 100 Westchester here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Listing: Classic Colonial Condo in Jamaica Plain

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180 Arborway Street, Unit 2 – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $849,000

This Sunny Jamaica Plain Arboretum Classic Colonial Condo in 2 family across from the main entrance of the Arboretum has everything you want: 2220 square feet on 2 floors. Living level has formal living room with fireplace, sunroom and is open to the dining room with built-in hutch, modern updated Kitchen is partially open to dining room with a wonderful blend of original glass built-in with modern cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, 2 bedrooms, and full classic white tile bath. 3rd floor has open area used as master bedroom, 3/4 tile bath, extra sink and storage area (could convert to laundry room), 3rd bedroom with closet and built-ins. Ample storage throughout as well as storage and laundry in basement. Shared fenced in landscaped yard, 1 garage and 1 parking. All in easy reach of Centre Street shops, T, Arboretum & Pond.

Listing Agent: Mary Wallace, 617.293.8002, mary.wallace@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 180 Arborway here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

First Thursday Art Walk, March 2nd 6-8pm

IMG_1393Join us Thursday, March 2nd, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artist, Jenni Plym, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artist!

When: March 2nd 6-8pm
Where: 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
What: Art, Refreshments and Fun!

About Jenni Plym

jenniWhen I was 9, my cool older sister started doing pencil drawings of models from fashion magazines.  I was impressed, so I started copying her.  I found I had a talent for it.  In high school, aside from sports, my elective of choice was independent art.

Then college began, where I majored in psychology and set art aside for the better part of 13 years.

The summer of 2010 marked the resurgence of my life as an artist.

My favorite visual art forms are dance, painting, and drawing, and I know I’m seeing something I like when, at a glance, I’m flooded with an emotion.  Sometimes the emotion is generated by the mood of a piece; other times I’m inspired – brought to tears by the sheer skill and time it takes to execute what I’ve just seen.

That’s what I’m out to create with my art: emotion without desire… a daydream… images that arrest people’s attention, and generate an experience or a new thought.





Enjoy.  Contact me about any piece you would like to purchase or commission.  And thank you!

Jenni Plym

First Thursday Art Walk, February 2nd 6-8pm


Join us Thursday, February 2nd, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artist, Joann Boback, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artists!

When: February 2nd 6-8pm
Where: 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
What: Art, Refreshments and Fun!


About Joann Boback

Thru the inspiration of the postwar artists I face my own limitations and barriers; as well as my creative skills. The desire to overcome one’s limitations is only magnified by the time spent doing it. Style develops from your inner self as it relates to your life and I am constantly digging deeper.

Represented at:
Colo Colo Gallery, New Bedford
Galatea Fine Art, Boston
deCordova Corporate Loan Program

Learn more at joannbobackart.com or email her at joannboback@gmail.com


Featured Listing: 32 Lourdes Avenue, Jamaica Plain

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Featured Listing: 32 Lourdes Avenue – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $700,000

Single Family Alternative. Corner townhouse boasting three full floors of modern living space. Three private outdoor spaces, large bedrooms, bathroom on each level, a full basement for storage and off-street parking are a few of the amenities. Kick your shoes off in the foyer, enjoy the toasty gas fireplace while looking out your double glass doors for your private porch. Open kitchen/dining/living layout on the first floor. Second floor is a great space with two bedrooms and full bath. Third floor master suite with bonus office/sitting room. 3 zone heating. Dog Friendly Association. Colorful landscaping foliage: perennial plantings – peonies, hydrangea bushes in front, lilac, forsythias, blueberry bushes, and burning bushes in back. Live the good life at 32 Lourdes Ave.

Learn more at 32lourdes.com

Nextdoor Realty Team
Josh Brett | 617.543.4185
Susan Scheele | 857.472.4653

Featured Rental: Polished Penthouse in Jamaica Plain

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Exclusive Listing – O’Leary Way, Jamaica Plain

$2,100/month, Available March 1st

This top floor 3 bedroom condo is five minutes from T and bus lines that give you access to Downtown Boston, the Longwood Medical Area, and Harvard Square. Lots of windows, wood floors, eat-in-kitchen, and big closets. Laundry is in the basement. The rent includes heat, hot water, and one off-street parking spot.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the O’Leary Way rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.