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#Instagram Round-up: May 2015

While April was the month that kicked my $%&, May was a breath of fresh air. I caught up on so many things I had on the back burner for ages and had several great shoots as well. Boat time, road races, gardening, BEE KEEPING (more on this later...), and spending as much time outside as possible. So happy that summer is finally here!!!

Lucie Wicker Photography at Jamaica Plain Open Studios 2013

This weekend is the 20th annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios! One of my favorite weekends of the year with lots of artists and art-appreciators descending on JP for two hectic, fun-filled days. I will once again be out front at 19 Eliot St (aka my parents' house) selling my prints and cards and displaying some of my portfolios.
I usually show alone at this location but this year will be different! A few of my friends from Boston Handmade will be there as well-

 Bev Feldman of Linkouture

Karen Mahoney of City by the Sea Ceramics

Kerry Hawkins of Kerry Hawkins Photography

We will be around Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. For more information about JP Open Studios (including a map of all artist locations), check out their website. Hope to see you there!

Yoga Photography: Jacqui

I was so happy when Jacqui said she wanted to do our yoga shoot at the Arnold Arboretum, one of my favorite places since childhood AND just an overall fantastic place to for photos. Jacqui is a yoga and Pilates instructor and she was very interested in a shoot that had a nature element to it. The arbs was the perfect place and we agreed that shooting in the evening was the perfect time: 
Thanks again Jacqui!

Fall Recap

I have been having a pretty busy fall. It's been great but I realized recently it's caused me to neglect my poor blog! This post will summarize some of what I've been up to in the last two months-

(Photo credit Ricardo Villamil)

 I did a cool water-themed photo shoot at Jamaica Pond with Lauren Hefez.

 (Photo credit jppilates1 on Instagram)

I did a shoot for local activewear company, DA Active. I'll post more photos when their spring line is live!

I had participated in Jamaica Plain Open Studios on one of the most beautiful weekends in Boston's weather history where I got to hang out with these guys all weekend-

I escaped to Nantucket for a weekend with my mom.

 (Photo credit Dana J. Quigley)

I went to Photo Nights Boston's Industry Night event where I got to hang out with my CDIA buddies. 

...and spent some time enjoying the fall weather with Seth and Mr. Dog.

That's it for now! Enjoy the season and I'll post again soon.

JP Open Studios 2012

I'm so excited to be participating in the 19th annual JP Open Studios this weekend. I missed it last year because I was busy graduating from CDIA (a year ago already?? Really??) so I'm really happy to be able to participate this year. I will be at my usual spot, 19 Eliot Street, right across from the Eliot School group location. 

This year in addition to the nearly 200 artists, JPOS will feature a DIY pottery tour, the Bubble Man, and even a bike tour which highlights the artists who use recycled materials in their work. I will be selling my prints, coasters, and cards and I will also be debuting my brand new 2013 desk calendars-

So stop by and say hello, I'd love to see you!

Wake Up the Earth 2012

Last month I teamed up once again with Spontaneous Celebrations to shoot their annual Wake Up the Earth parade in Jamaica Plain. I am a big fan of WUTE because I used to participate in it as a child and every year it seems to get better and better. The festival was started in 1979 when a group of JP residents and activists successfully protested the expansion of I-95 into JP. It became "a celebration of what can be accomplished when people of all traditions, cultures, ages, and beliefs come together." 

This is probably the most "JP" photo I've ever taken. Love it!

At the end of the parade, there is a huge festival which includes food vendors, crafts, dancing, and live music throughout the afternoon.

Wake Up the Earth takes place once a year on the first Saturday in May. I'm already looking forward to next year! To see more images of the day, click here.

AIDS Action Committee 2011 Annual Report

My last project at school was working with AIDS Action Committee, which I mentioned here. I was assigned to document the donation process at the four locations of their Boomerangs stores. Last week, I did the event photography for a cocktail reception they had at Eastern Bank for World AIDS Day and I picked up a copy of their 2011 annual report. Right in the middle is a spread about Boomerangs which included my photos (and a credit!). You can check it out online here.
Seeing them in print was pretty thrilling, and I'm proud that my images could be used to support such a worthy cause!

Seussical at the Footlight Club

Last weekend I shot the production stills for the Footlight Club's current show, Seussical. With the colorful sets and costumes and the enthusiastic cast, it was a joy to photograph! I was impressed with the entire cast especially the kids, they were very professional but clearly having fun with it too.

Interested in catching the show? You should be! Here are the show times for Seussical:

November 12, 13 & 19

November 12, 18 & 19

The Footlight Club
7A Eliot Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Boomerangs and AIDS Action Committee

As I mentioned before in this post, for my final school project I was paired up with the AIDS Action Committee to complete a photo project for them. I was asked to document the process of donating to Boomerangs, their resale retail store where all the proceeds go to AAC (they get 20% of their funding from the sales!). The idea was to highlight the impact a donation has to their organization and why they are so important.

I visited each of their four locations and followed their truck that picks up furniture donations all over the city. Working with the Boomerangs and AAC employees was a fantastic experience, everyone was so friendly and helpful.

I took over a thousand but here is a slideshow of the 20 images I presented to the photo department:

You can also see some on the Boomerangs website!

Hooray It Is May

I know, I know, I've been a bad blogger lately. I've been really busy at school but I'll post some photos showing what we're up to tomorrow, I promise! Until then, here are some photos of Apollo frolicking in the arbs last Sunday. As you can see, the weather was pretty close to perfect. Happy Spring!

Yes, he takes the T home.

UForge Gallery, Jamaica Plain

Big news- there is a brand new art gallery in Jamaica Plain! It's called UForge Gallery and it was created by Rob Festa (who also created JP to Me, an annual group show I've participated in for the past two years), and painter Brian Crete. Here is their mission statement for the gallery:

UFORGE Gallery’s mission is to foster creativity by facilitating diverse and affordable project assignment based, non-juried (open door) art exhibitions; to provide a venue to exhibit these works; to cultivate both a collaborative and inclusive arts community at large through educational workshops and special events.

Sounds good, right? The grand opening is this Saturday, April 9th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm and the show theme will be Art Deco as well as JP to Me (which I will have a piece in again). I'll be there with bells on and I hope you will be too!

For more info on UForge, check out the links below:

Grand Opening Invitation on Facebook
Location: 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130

Couples Portrait Session: Jennie & Rachael

For her birthday, Rachael decided to buy Jennie a couples photo session and I am so happy she chose the one I offer. These ladies were not only totally cute models but also so excited and enthusiastic about the session (yay! minimal camera shyness!) which was awesome. Throw in beautiful weather and an adorable dog and the photos just started taking themselves. Here are a few shots we took in the Arnold Arboretum (Peter's Hill):

As a bonus (for me, really), we went back to their house to scoop up their awesome Shiba Inu puppy, Sydney, and then headed to Franklin Park to get some shots with her. As you can tell, Sydney was more than ready for her close-up:

Thanks again to Rachael and Jennie (and Sydney) for an amazing portrait session!

17th Annual JP Open Studios

It's that time of year again- Jamaica Plain Open Studios! 220 artists in over 50 locations all over the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston will be participating in the event, now in its seventeenth year. I have participating to JPOS since 2007 and it's definitely one of my favs. Art lovers come out in droves, rain or shine, and their enthusiasm for the event and the art itself is so touching and inspiring. I always wind up seeing lots of friends and meeting great new people too.

I will be showing my work in my parents' front yard (weather permitting, otherwise I will be inside!) at 19 Eliot Street during the event which is Sat & Sun, Sept 25 &26 from 11am to 6pm. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please visit the JPOS website. You can download a map of the artist locations by clicking here.

Boston Handmade at 1st Thursday

It's summer so that means JP/Centre South's First Thursday events have been in full swing and this Thursday Boston Handmade (and I) will be a part of it! Join us at the Artisan Fair on the lawn of the Loring-Greenough House (12 South Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130) from 6-8pm on Thurs, August 5.

Participating BHers include:

Oh yes and me too. See you there!

JP to Me at the Mall at Chestnut Hill

We're taking this show on the road! After the success of the JP to Me 2010 show back in February, we were offered space at the Mall at Chestnut Hill in Newton, MA. It is on the second level and coincides with the Step into Spring Flower Show. It will be up until May 16.

Photo collage borrowed from the JP Voice (that's my piece in the middle!)

For more info on the show, go to the mall's website. Also there is a cool video from the show reception on the JP Voice.