Jon Langford December 8 - January 4

Posted: Dec 08, 2012
Artist, activist and a pioneer of the original punk revolution, Jon Langford's solo exhibition of his artwork at The J.P. Art Market is his first solo exhibition in the Boston area in several years. From December 8 - January 4th, the gallery will be home to Langfords portraits of country music icons (including Johnny Cash, Porter Wagonner, Charley Pride and Patsy Cline), original instigators of rock n roll (Jerry Lee Lewis), pop legends (Marc Bolan and Tom Jones) and first wave punk pioneers (The Clash), hanging alongside his images of a whale, a bird, beer, a skull-headed cowboy on horseback and other eclectic subject matter. Langford first found fame as a member of the Mekons, the punk band he formed while still an art student at the University of Leeds in 1977 that is still on the road today. Despite touring and recording with the Mekons, his other bands, and as a solo artist, he remains incredibly prolific as a visual artist and much of the work hell be exhibiting at The J.P. Art Market has been created in the past year. This untitled exhibit is not only a welcome return of his visual art to New England but also a relatively short-lived and intimate one. The less than 20 pieces on display and up for sale, with some of the prints being from small limited editions, will be up for just over 3 weeks.

Patti Smith's "Banga"

Posted: Jun 15, 2012
Patti Smith's new CD "Banga" was released last week, and has debuted on the charts already. We've been playing it in the gallery /cupcake cafe all week as we work. We think you'll like it. Visit Billboard link here, scroll down to #57 and hit LIKE for Patti's Banga! thank you!

Billboard 200

Catherine Please Opening Reception March 1st

Posted: Mar 01, 2012
Catherine Please

reception to celebrate The FIRST THURSDAY Program receiving the 2011 Walkers Choice Award

Posted: Nov 28, 2011
Please join JP Center/ South Main Streets
for a special reception to celebrate
The FIRST THURSDAY Program receiving the
2011 Walkers Choice Award from WALK BOSTON

December 1st
6:30 -9pm

Uforge Gallery
767 Center Street

Cup Cakes from Monumental Cup Cakes
Wine donated by Street Car Wine & Beer
Beer donated by Stoney Brook Liquors
Food donated by Crandon Catering, Canary Square & Eat Cake

rsvp to

Next show...

Posted: Nov 26, 2011
Debbie Nadolney: portrait paintings
Patti Hudson: sculpture
Reception Friday, Dec 2nd 6:00-8:00

John Nikolai's Opening Reception

Posted: May 05, 2011
Please join us Thursday, May 5th from 6-8pm for John Nikolai's Opening Reception.

Please vote for your favorite cupcake place in Boston town!

Posted: Feb 23, 2011


Posted: Jan 18, 2011
Monday: Wholesale and pick up only
Tuesday: Wholesale and pick up only
Wednesday: 11:30-7:30
Thursday: 11:30-7:3
Friday: 11:30-7:30
Saturday: 11:30-7:30
Sunday: 11:30-5:30

We will be closed all day on Easter Sunday, April 24.
Also, we will be closed for summer vacation Sunday July 3 - Tuesday July 19.


Posted: Sep 04, 2010
Closed for Labor Day Weekend Vacation
and while we wait for new Equipment to arrive.

We will be open again starting
Wednesday Sept. 22 at 1:30

FROM 11AM until 6PM

DJ Music! Cupcake Girls! Snacks!

Folk - Environmental Designs by Johanna Sprague

Posted: Aug 18, 2010
Current show features the environmental designs of Johanna Sprague who finds creative inspiration in the byproducts of our daily lives. Her hope is to provoke people to think differently about art, consumption, and the balance we need to find amongst it all. 5% of sales will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

For more information:
Folk - environmental designs

First Thursday, August 5 - GUUMON Customs Show w/ Music by Exin

Posted: Aug 05, 2010
Featuring the work of Brian Mahony, a 15 year resident of Jamaica Plain, who is an artist and art teacher at Concord Carlisle High School in Concord , MA . Brian sculpts designs to be made into collectible monster toys. He is inspired by old-school monsters from Japanese movies and anime. Most of the figures in this show go by the name of "Krunk.”

This is Brian's fourth show about GUUMON in approximately two years. Other shows in NYC, Japan and Boston were very successful, and now he is showing at the JP Art Market in his first "home town" show.

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Our bake shop and coffee/tea bar is now officially open, come on in!

Posted: Jul 12, 2010
Teas from around the world.
Coffee from Massachusetts' own Biscuit Brand and San Francisco's Coffee Magic.
Cupcakes, cookies, brownies, smoothies and lots of vegetarian/vegan snacks.

Reception tonight: 6-9pm

Posted: Oct 01, 2009
3 Artists
Lauren Cawse
Ángel Alberto Amy Moreno
Tara Morris

JP Open Studios Sept 26 and 27

Posted: Aug 28, 2009
Steve Alexander-paintings
Patti Hudson- multi media
Jon Strymish photographs

Posted: Aug 12, 2009
the current show extended, by popular demand!

please come see it during these hours:

extended schedule:

thurs 8/13 - 4-7pm lucy.
friday 8/14 - 4-7pm ashley.
sat 8/15 - 1-5pm nathan.
sun 8/16 - 1-5pm lucy
mon 8/17 - 4-7pm nathan.
tues 8/18 - 4-7pm lucy.
wed 8/19 - 4-7pm jimmy.

analog representations of youth culture in a digital age

Posted: Jul 31, 2009
aug 6th - aug 14th.

first thursdays
opening reception:
aug 6th 2009.

Four young artists working in traditional media (printmaking, sculpture, painting, photography) depict the youth culture of their generation. Skateboards, vinyls, Polaroid instant film, VHS tapes, discarded old toys, and cassette tapes are among the subjects of their work. ashley capachione uses printmaking as a means to explore obsolete technology. lucy watson builds sculptures from found toys to re-examine the ideas instilled in us at an early age. jimmy treverton redesigns skateboards as nonfunctional objects. and nathan mondragon documents his friends using Polaroid instant film. each artist uses symbols and icons to explore themes and ideas concerning their generation and lifetime. Despite working in a time when everything around them has been "going digital," their work remains handmade and simple, with little reliance on technology.

4 artists:
ashley capachione, prints.
lucy watson, sculptures.
jimmy treverton, sculptures.
nathan mondragon, polaroid & painting installation.


dj nicky romance.

thursday night 8/6 - opening.

friday 8/7 - 4-7pm ashley.
sat 8/8 - 1-5pm nathan.
sun 8/9 - 1-5pm jimmy.
mon 8/10 - 4-7pm nathan.
tues 8/11 - 4-7pm jimmy.

For more information:
Weekly Dig: Icon O Graphic


Posted: Oct 21, 2008

1. Poor Superman, a play at the Provincetown Arthouse, starring Anne Stott, Scott Douglas Cunningham, Spencer Keasey, Darlene Van Alstyne, Lacey Waite. written by Brad Fraiser

2. If you live in JP you can have a free tree for your front yard

3. New England Mobile Book Fair now has on line customer service.

4. Silent auction of dog houses at Mike Carroll's Schoolhouse Gallery to benefit Provincetowns 1st dog park.

Details for item #1.)
Poor Superman
A play by Brad Frasier
Directed by David Drake
Scott Douglas Cunningham
Spencer Keasey
Anne Stott
Darlene Van Alstyne
Lacey A Waite
October 23rd through November 9th
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 2pm
All tickets $22
Order tickets online
Or call 866.811.4111
Provincetown Arthouse
214 Commercial Street
Not for the kids: this play includes adult language, alcohol and drug use, hetero and homo sex, and full nudity.

Details for item #2.)
JP Trees is an all volunteer organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the tree canopy in Jamaica Plain. We've already planted 100  Trees. Each tree we plant will absorb a ton or more greenhouse gases each year, save energy for buildings it shades, provide needed shelter and food for songbirds.
Gretchen 617 442 1059

Details for item #3.)
Boston's Best Bookstore, New England Mobile Book Fair:
Remember, should you want to inquire about a book, place a special order, or have a question or comment of any kind, please email us.  A Book Fair staff member will promptly respond to your email.  Our customer service email address is .

Details for item #4.)

Dog-Racing Ban Gets Local Support

Posted: Jul 23, 2008
contact Kara Holmquist at the JP based MSPCA to find out how you can help get the dog racing question on this year's November election ballots:

Tree Appreciation Show

Posted: Jun 10, 2008

people get ready

Posted: Jan 16, 2008

stay on top of your right to an honest elections system.

For more information:

Penguin Perfection-Raising $ For Penguin Protection

Posted: Nov 03, 2007
Julia, a 12 year old junior penguin expert currently living in Germany but with ties to Jamaica Plain, has created a web site which both teaches about penguins and provides a way for people to contribute towards penguin care via the Adopt A Penguin program at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Nebraska (which, by the way, got its start in 1898 with the loan of 2 bison by Buffalo Bill Cody).
Julia's parents met while on the swim team at U Mass Boston. Her mother Nancy is a former JP resident. Here are excerpts from an email interview with Julia:

Q: How much does it cost to adopt a penguin?
A: I am adopting a Rockhopper Penguin, which is my favorite and the least expensive to adopt, $100.00.

Q: You live in Germany, with extended family in NY & MA, how did you know about an Adopt A Penguin program from a zoo in Nebraska?
A: I was looking for a site to raise money for penguins, and my Mom suggested the Omaha Zoo because we went there in April '06. I googled the zoo and Voila!  I found the site I needed.

Q: When did you think of this idea?
A: I did an endangered species project on these penguins last year in my science class. Around September this year I had to do a project for school that's supposed to help me with one of my life goals. Well, one of my life's goals is to become a Penguin Expert, so I did this project. I was originally going to try to raise the money needed to adopt a penguin by selling penguin T-Shirts at school, but, changed my mind and built a web site instead. This way I could teach more people about penguins, and offer more variety of things to sell on line, it's a way for more people to be affected by it.

Q: What is the mark up on the things you are selling to raise money for your penguin adoption?
A: There is a $1.04 mark up on all the things.  

Q: How much have you raised so far?
A: $25.

Q: Whats been your favorite part about this project?
A: I look forward to reading people's comments on the "What Do You Think" section of my Penguin Perfection web site. I like answering their penguin questions and teaching people about penguins.

For more information:
Penguin Perfection
Be Cool Save the Penguins

500 Trout Arrive in JP Pond

Posted: Oct 02, 2007

This morning at 11AM a tank truck from the Massachusetts Wildlife & Fisheries arrived at the pond in Jamaica Plain with about 500 trout. The trout came from a hatchery in Belchertown MA. They are healthy, swimming in the water and are hoping you all make an expedition to the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton to buy "Trout Fishing in America" written by Richard Brautigan instead of catching them and eating them. But if you do catch them and eat them, please dont forget to give thanks. Thanks!

For more information:
jp pond photos
New England Mobile Book Fair

Theatrical Clown Creation & Performance Workshop in Guanajuato Mexico October 2007

Posted: Sep 23, 2007

Theatrical Clown Creation & Performance International Workshop in Guanajuato Mexico for semiporfessionals & professionals. Taught in English and in Spanish, with hosting by Janet Izzo. This course takes place during Guanajuato's Festival Internacional Cervantina. Students are invited to perform their recently created pieces at our Teatro Tanque as an independent extension of the programmed festivities.

Based on his unprecedented collective creative process of "Comic Movement Theatre", Sigfrido guides the workshop participants in the creation of a collaborative performance. Theatrical Clown Creation and Performance developes selected aspects of the disciplines involved in Pantomime-Theatre, depending on the specific group of theater artists involved.

For more information:
Theatrical Clown Creation International Workshop

picture of the day

Posted: Sep 11, 2007

air show over Germany, late 1940's or early 1950's

Hilly Kristal

Posted: Aug 28, 2007
see our "View" section for photos of CBGB these past two years

JP Open Studios on Sept. 29 & September 30

Posted: Aug 21, 2007
Chris Gorton, Laura Major, Patti Hudson and Raymond Borsman will have work on display at the JP Art Market Saturday & Sunday Sept. 29 & 30 from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Drop on by and see whats new. Pictures of some of the artists' works can be found under the "view" section of this web site.

John Nikolai

Posted: Aug 16, 2007

 Edgy art given the axe in Cambridge finds a home in JP.

link to above article to read more.

new art show opens today

Posted: Aug 04, 2007

John Steck Jr. color photography

Steven Bacon, B&W photography

Renee Rives, Paintings and Color Photography

Kristen Pulcifer, photography

Tyshawn Taylor's film on Mr. Butch's Memorial

Sat Aug 4, 2007 from 4 until 7

show runs until Aug 28

Thur & Fri 4-7

Sat & Sun 12-6

help save the right to photograph freely in new york

Posted: Jul 30, 2007

New Show

Posted: Jul 27, 2007

summer travels.

New Show

Posted: Jul 27, 2007

Sorry for not being able to update the site, have been traveling a lot this summer. Dave Dolan hung a great new show up on July 5th. It will run until sunday July 29th.

 the artists are:

Oscar Anderson, black & white photography

Stuart Sherman, color photography

Matthew Gordon, illustration/collage

Tyshawn Taylor, digital photography

Matthew Harrison, digital photography

Dave Dolan, black & white photography

JP OPEN STUDIOS September 29 & 30

Chris Gordon and Raymond Borsman and Patti Hudson

Jenny Rebecca Trueblood showing new work October 3-13 2007

For more information:
matthew harrison

GOOD NEWS!! Plastic Bags May Be Banned in Boston.

Posted: May 03, 2007

"....a measure whose time has come." MA State Senator Brian Joyce.

100 billion pastic shopping bags end up in American Landfills each year. They take centuries to decompose.  please send a message of support to Boston City Councilor Robert Consalvo and Mass Sate Senator Brian Joyce who are working on proposals of laws that would help consumers question their use of plastic bags.

from Boston Globe, April 26, 2007 Councilors cite ecological harm By Matt Viser, Globe Staff  |  April 26, 2007 for full story see:

For more information:
Brian Joyce
Robert Consalvo

SONY releases new Patti Smith CD Today

Posted: Apr 24, 2007
"Twelve" 12 cover songs. Changing of the Guard, Helpless, Gimmie Shelter, Midnight Rider, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Soul Kitchen, White Rabbit, .....etc...CD's sold at Target include a song not on other distributer's stock- R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts, which makes it 13.  

For more information:
newbury comics

Nikki Giovanni speaks at Blacksburg VA

Posted: Apr 17, 2007

by steve silberman on the anniversary of allen ginsberg's death:

Posted: Apr 05, 2007
When I was 19, I took a course in the history of the Beat Generation from Allen Ginsberg at Naropa, a school in Colorado founded by the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. One day Allen asked the class, "How many people have taken meditation instruction?" Only a few students raised their hands. "Aww," he groaned to those who hadn't, "you're all amateurs in a professional universe!"

Allen's notion of being a professional in a professional universe had nothing to do with accomplishments, fame, or credentials. By the time I met him, he had already written most of his major poems ("Howl" and "Kaddish" were two decades behind him, the magnificent sad poems of White Shroud were still ahead), and he was weary of his own public schtick, though still appreciative of how being famous could inspire sweet, bright young men to share his bed with him. What I think Allen meant was more like learning what's really at stake in being alive, and then taking responsibility for your own role in creating—or helping to relieve—the suffering of your fellow sentient beings. No flake-outs, no neurotic freakouts, no excuses. Own your own shit, your own fraud—and then work hard. "And what's the Work?" he once asked in a poem. "To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow."

Professionals know the rules, and in this universe, the first rule (the "first noble truth" of Buddhism) is that life hurts. Your herculean labors come to nada, your former friend tells you to fuck off, you get cancer—at the least, you catch yourself in the mirror and realize that you look like every other old person you've ever seen. So what do you do? You realize that everyone is in the same boat, and then start rowing. But what if it's hopeless? No "what if"—it's hopeless. Gradually or suddenly, you will lose the things, people, and places you love most. And then you row anyway, because in some profound way, all these "others" are you.

Allen got sweeter in his last decade in part because he grew to accept the inevitability of death, both through his Buddhist practice and through close observation of particulars, as the world he grew up in disappeared. The way that famous Allen Ginsberg matured to become more kind (even behind the scenes) was another huge lesson for me. Death is very good at what it does, so we have to be equally good at what we do. I'd say that I miss Allen, and I do, but the gift he gave us is everywhere, right now. Are you breathing? There's still time.

Steve Silberman


Posted: Mar 20, 2007

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Situation for animals in Beirut ....

Posted: Aug 02, 2006
From Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA): We urgently need funding to get the animals through this period, most of our normal fundraising options have been forced to stop, and we are now calling on you to help support these animals. While cash donations will be the most effective to get us through these days, we are also in need of cat and dog food as well as cat litter. Our vet is still donating his services for free but donations of medications are extremely helpful. DONATE ONLINE: While we realize this is a trying time for all people in Lebanon, we do ask that you assist with this urgent appeal and recognize the importance of the lives of these animals. Joelle Kanaan (BETA) writes, 7/14: Our shelters, cats and dogs, are both situated in Beirut and the dog shelter in particular is very close to where they've been bombing lately. A rocket fell only about 1km away from the shelter at 4 am this morning and the dogs are ALL so very scared. They all have diarrhea now from fear and they're not stopping barking. The sad thing is that we don't have any other place to move them to and boarding them in foster homes is also kind of impossible as we currently have 130 dogs at the dog shelter and 95 cats at our 2 cat shelters.

For more information:
Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Diane Bonder

Posted: Jul 27, 2006
writings, like prayers, from Felice: Powerful, lyrical, witty filmmaker, designer, curmudgeon, benefactor, brilliant thinker, tireless creator, artist, workaholic, daughter, lover, confidante, Days of Our Lives devotee, extraordinary ally and friend... Mona said that it is our joy and responsibility to live Diane's values and esthetic in our lives - that is how we will keep her with us. So although, unbearable and unbelievable that Diane Bonder is not woven into my daily life, I assume this charge with squared shoulders, an open face, and a slow-growing knowing. Two weeks ago, as I was lying with Diane on her bed, stroking her arm, she said, "You know, I'm gonna see your Dad first". "What, in heaven? You see everybody in reverse chronological order of when they died or something?" "Yup" "Who's theory is that?" "Mine." She laughed, kind of. So we did the time-line math of all the people and pets who had died that we knew; who she would encounter first, second, third... ~~ I see heaven for Diane. Well, one of my versions of heaven for her. She is hanging out with her Dad in their old living room in Florence, MA, he in his big, worn, brown chair and she's stretched out on the yellow a bit comfy a bit stiff sofa. They watch t.v. and snack on the cookies he baked, a sleeping Spatz and Deming snuggled deep in the warmth of their room, of their love. And maybe my Dad is there too, watching John Wayne movies. The world is a changed place. I miss her. Already and so fiercely. Big love Felice

Former Boston artist Diane Bonder is having a retrospective of her films at NYC's MoMA

May 06, 2006

Former Boston artist (and restaurant worker!) (Back Bay Bistro! ) Diane Bonder left Boston in the early 1990's to persue further art studies at Rutgers University. Eventually settling in Brooklyn, Diane (who's been dueling with pancreatic cancer since Sept '05) is having a retrospective of her films at NYC's MoMA May 13th & May 17th: Diane Bonder: You Are Not from Here May 13 & 17, 2006 Diane Bonder's poetic semi-narrative and documentary film and media works explore themes of identity. This exhibition spans ten years of the Brooklyn-based artist's Super-8, 16mm, and video work. Bonder's shooting and editing style intimately marks the passage of time and poetically engages the viewer. Each theme is presented within a social and philosophical framework, coupled with compassion, subtle humor, and intelligence. Organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film and Media. Special thanks to Kathy High. Dear Mom. 1996. USA. A girl's identity is examined in relation to her powerful mother, a matriarchal family, and domestic fantasies. 13 min. If. 2000. USA. The confines of a room and the objects in it represent a missing lover. 12 min. If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home by Now. 2001. USA. Rural American landscapes and newspaper stories reflect the struggle over privacy, public space, and property. 15 min. Closer to Heaven. 2003. USA. "Urban ghosts collide; abandoned umbrellas tumble down the streets, my father calls again and again to say good-bye" ( Bonder). 15 min. You Are Not from Here. 2005. USA. The meaning we project on the environment is explored through the disappearing vernacular landscape. 10 min. I Remember Now, We Never Danced, I Miss You, Good-bye. 2006. USA. Everyday movement, woven into a dance of memory and loss. 8 min. Program 73 min. Saturday, May 13, 6:30 (introduced by Bonder); Wednesday, May 17, 6:00. T2

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New window display

Posted: Jul 27, 2006
The new window display at the JP Art Market is a site specific installation "Studio Dig #2" by Paul Theriault and Nadya Volicer, with assistance from Patti Hudson. It will be up until Saturday Aug. 12, 24/7 A million little pieces of chopped up wood and material from Paul, Patti and Nadya's studios, organized into a cohesive randomness. Compelling head turner, like nothing seen before. Nadya also has a site specifica installatioin up in Forrest Hills Cemetary Outdoor Sculpture show, Dwellings. That show will run until the end October.

For more information:
Nadya Volicer
Paul Theriault

April 29th, GLOBAL NIGHT COMMUTE at Jamaica Pond.

Posted: Apr 28, 2006
Every night, while we remain comfortably in our homes, thousands of children in Northern Uganda walk miles to a larger town, seeking a safe resting spot away from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Raise global awareness for the children in Uganda by signing up for the Night Commute in the city nearest you!

For more information:
Invisible Children
Invisible Children: Uganda's Child Soldiers
Invisible Children Run

Lisa King

Posted: Mar 09, 2006
 The King passed away in her apartment in Somerville on February 11, right before that massive snow storm. After a 5 year struggle to over come debilitating pain from a failed back operation her heart just gave out. Lisa showed and sold some visual work in our very first show Love Needs Propaganda, visual drawings and collages with some of her poems printed on them, small pieces, all sold out, rare gems. A memorial event is planned to celebrate Lisa on Sunday Memorial Day at Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, see some of the links below for more details, especially the Truth Serum Link.

For more information:
Got Poetry
Truth Serum
Slam Nation