News & Events

Restoration of the North Facade to Begin

Fenway Studios Housing Cooperative and Friends of Fenway Studios are excited that at long last we are able to begin restoration of the trademark north façade. Grants have been received from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Henderson Foundation, and together with a Prupac grant, we will be able to begin restoration of the integrity of the building envelope by repairing brickwork and flashing and replacing decayed and inappropriate aluminum sash with high quality, historically accurate windows. The disintegrated water table, window jambs and sills will be rebuilt in this phased construction process that will begin with a prototype bay at the west end and continue over the entire north façade as funds become available.

Award winning preservation architects Spencer and Vogt Group of Charlestown are soliciting bids from several specialists and expect the construction contract to be awarded in March, with work completed by the end of June.

Key to the approval of our grant applications has been the commitment by Fenway Studios Housing Cooperative to create a permanent accessible public gallery/flex space within the building for exhibitions, talks, lectures, meetings, workshops and fundraising, creating a “community benefit.”

Masonry testing Inspecting masonry
Masonry testing Ross Dekel of MHC and architect Art Vogt inspect masonry
Teri and Ellen Front of Fenway Studios
Teri Malo & Ellen Haiken Fenway Studios front

Open Studios Nov 11–12, 2017

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Fenway Studios artists raise their voices in thanks to,
‘Friends of Fenway Studios,’
for underwriting the raising of the OPEN STUDIOS banners.

To herald the arrival of the annual, Fenway Studios ‘OPEN STUDIOS’ Weekend Celebration, this year taking place November 11th and 12th, 11am – 5pm, the non-profit organization, Friends of Fenway Studios (FOFS) has generously funded five sets of custom, ‘Open Studios,’ banners.

Founding FOFS president, Lynda McNally, shared the exciting news of the board’s approval of her proposal for the banner project, “They immediately understood the promotional impact the banners would create; and they agreed the banners provided a great opportunity to visually welcome the public to Fenway Studios.” The impressive banners stand tall at the corner of Mass Ave and Boylston Street, as well as at the corner of Boylston and Hemenway, and directly in front of Fenway Studios, 30 Ipswich Street.

Professional photographer and graphic designer, Anastasia Bogushevsky-Gareginyan, www.dekko2.com created the striking banner images. “Anastasia really captured the imposing architectural construction of Fenway Studios,” remarked FOFS president Vcevy Strekalovsky, “and the production and installation of the banners was effortless working with local manufacturer, Accent Banner.”

In addition to featuring over twenty gifted and diverse artists during Open Studios, Fenway Studios also annually hosts a food drive to benefit the tremendous work by the, ‘Greater Boston Food Bank.’ If possible, we would be grateful if you could bring a non-perishable food item(s) when you visit, thank you so very much and we look forward to seeing you in November.

Banners on boylston Street

Two Fenway Studios artists will ART-ticulate their answers on WGBH’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan’s
NEWS QUIZ

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 10th, 2017, 1:25pm………..when Fenway Studios artists Nan Hass Feldman and Peter Scott will be participating in Jim and Margery’s NEWS QUIZ, as well as discussing the history of the National Landmark, while appearing on the WGBH Boston Public Radio show, broadcast live from the Newsfeed Café, at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street.

Please join us for what will surely be a spirited segment……bring your friends and family, but, arrive on time, for it’s certain to be SRO! However, if your schedule will not allow you to attend, please treat yourself and listen to the broadcast live streamed on 89.7 FM.

“It is very exciting to have the Fenway Studios artists partake in the NEWS QUIZ; everyone is such a fan of Margery and Jim’s show,” stated Lynda McNally, founding president of Friends of Fenway Studios who coordinated the WGBH opportunity, “their shows are always topical, thought-provoking, and informative, it will definitely be a wonderfully engaging afternoon.”

We hope to see you on November 10th at the Newsfeed Café…….but if you cannot attend……please be sure to TUNE IT!

Jim Braude

Jim Braude

Margery Eagan

Margery Eagan

The Fenway Community Development Corporation,
Once Again, Tempts the Community’s Taste Buds!

On September 21st, 2017, the Fenway neighborhood experienced another delectable and incredibly deeeeelicious fun and festive evening during the annual, ‘Taste of the Fenway,’ (TOTF) hosted by the non-profit organization, Fenway Community Development Corporation (FCDC).

Friends of Fenway Studios founding president, Lynda McNally, coordinated with the TOTF’s dynamic event organizer, Iris Tan, and this year she shared the TOTF both with Fenway Studios artist, Nan Hass Feldman, and her husband, poet Alan Feldman, resulting in a very lively and creatively interactive evening for everyone.

We sincerely thank all our friends at the FCDC for this spectacular opportunity, and for their unwavering commitment to the Fenway neighborhood. We are already counting down the days (but never counting the calories) until next year’s fantastic food festival in the Fenway!!

View photosfrom Taste of the Fenway 2017

Nan Hass Feldman with Aspiring Artists

Nan Hass Feldman with Aspiring Artists

TOTF 2017

TOTF 2017 Alan Feldman, Nan Hass Feldman, Lynda McNally

Check this site on a regular basis for news about the upcoming schedule. If you would like advance notice of upcoming events, please see the Contact page.

Fenway Studios Welcomes Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

March 30th 2016 will be recognized as a prominent day in the 111 year history of the National Historic Landmark Fenway Studios. Working with Chief of Staff Daniel Arrigg Koh, Deputy Chief of Staff Meghan Aldridge, and Scheduler Nora Doherty, Friends of Fenway Studios (FOFS) Founding President, Lynda McNally coordinated Mayor Walsh's inaugural visit.

During a brief welcoming presentation, Fenway Studios President, Laura Richardson, on behalf of all the Fenway Studios artists, gifted the Mayor with a stunning print of the building by fellow artist, Peter Scott, as well as a portfolio folder containing postcard examples of each Fenway Studios artist's work; additionally Richardson gave the Mayor a bound copy of the building's 1998 National Historic Landmark application.

FOFS Vice President, Libby Millar, on behalf of her fellow board members and the Fenway Studios artists, presented to the Mayor, because of his dedication to cultivate and elevate the arts, with a commemorative certificate recognizing him as the, 'Honorary Chairman' of Fenway Studios.

Mayor Walsh expressed his admiration for Fenway Studios and its artists, and praised it among Boston's impressive art communities. The Mayor engaged in a lively 'Q&A' and voiced reassurance for collaborative projects with Fenway Studios, and the Fenway Cultural District.

Photographs by Bo Yang and Lining Feng

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Videos

From Ancient Greece to the Oval Office: Restoring New England's Historic Patrimony

If you missed the lecture by conservator and Fenway Studios artist Peter Williams From Ancient Greece to the Oval Office: Restoring New England's Historic Patrimony, you can view a video of the lecture here.

Fenway Studios Featured on WGBH

On November 7, 2014, Jared Bowen of WGBH's Open Studios program spent a large portion of his show interviewing FSI artists and touring the building. Click here to view the video.

New WCVB TV Video

On July 2, 2014, the WCVB TV 'Chronicle' series aired a short video featuring the Fenway Cultural District in which Fenway Studios had extensive coverage, including interviews with artists Mary Hughes, David Lowrey and Peter Williams in their studios.

In Spring, 2013, the Fenway Alliance put together a short video of interviews with two resident artists who discussed Fenway Studios and their relationship with Friends of Fenway Studios. This is also a way to look at a couple of studios. Click here to see the video or visit our Facebook page.

Fenway Studios Artists Talk about their Landmark Building and the Work of Friends of Fenway Studios to Restore It.

Fenway Studios, Past and Present, 2005
"Chronicle with Mary Richardson"
WCVB-TV Boston, Channel 5

In this 2004 video, Chronicle's Mary Richardson interviews artists and the then President of Friends of Fenway Studios to explore the range and character of their work and the building. Included are many works by influential artists and member of 'The Boston School'.

Exhibitions

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Oil & Sand on Canvas

Gyorgy Kepes

Gyorgy Kepes

The Discipline of Forming

Alpha Gallery
460C Harrison Ave
Suite 1
Boston, MA 02118

May 4 - 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Honoring the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT

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2017 Provence for Painters Workshops

June 27 - July 7, 2017 and July 11 - July 21, 2017

The beautiful and romantic landscape of Provence will be the inspiration for these two 10 day painting workshops with artist/teacher, Judy Ryan.

Register now, space is limited. Go to: www.provenceforpainters.com

Ribbon Cutting at the YMCA

Friday, January 27, 2017
Noon to 1 pm
YMCA
316 Huntington Avenue, Boston

You are sure to be floored when you gaze upon the wall mural created by gifted artist, Luis "Luti" Castro. The enchanting mural is located in the children’s daycare room of the magnificently renovated, YMCA, 316 Huntington Avenue, Boston, a proud member of the Fenway Cultural District.

YMCA Executive Director Aaron Donohue and Director of Operations Lance Kennedy invite you to celebrate in a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the stunning mural. You will delight in seeing Luti finalize the mural as he deftly demonstrates his craft while he paints in the remaining animals—truly a must see!

Artist representative Lynda McNally, owner, ‘No Naked Walls,’ coordinated the curation of the mural for the YMCA and was thrilled when Aaron and Lance immediately saw the merit and voiced interest in supporting artists and featuring their work for the public to enjoy.

Light treats will be shared. All are welcome, and we are looking forward to celebrating with you!

An Artistic Weekend

Fenway Studios opened its doors to visitors

View Artistic Weekend article (The Boston Guardian)

Artist Spotlight: Anne McGhee

Finding Inspiration at the Ballpark

View Anne McGhee article (The Boston Guardian by Tanner Stening)

Artist Spotlight: Samuel Gareginyan

Boston artist makes a living commissioning folkloric paintings

View Samuel Gareginyan article

Fenway Open Studios

When: November 12 & 13, 2016, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Fenway Studios
30 Ipswich St
Boston, MA 02215

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Map & directions

SAVE THE DATE ......Thursday, October 27th, 2016.....6pm – 9pm

Shop high-end fashion for you... ...and original fine art for your walls!
Click here for more information.

2016 Painting Workshops in Provence with Judy Ryan

Workshop Dates:

  • June 7th – June 17th, 2016
  • June 21st – July 1st, 2016

The extraordinary and legendary landscape of Provence will serve as the inspiration for these two ten-day painting workshops.

The workshops offer a creative experience which will inspire the beginner and challenge the most advanced painter.

Each workshop day provides six hours of intensive painting time, daily critiques, demonstrations. and exciting excursions.

Accommodations are at a beautifully restored french farmhouse nestled in the mountains.

Each 10-day Workshop Price includes accommodations, meals and the use of painting equipment. Space is limited to six participants, so early registration is advised. Non-painting partners are welcome.

Four Fenway Studios artists featured at "The Lansdowne Pub"

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 5pm - 9pm

Recent Grant for Fenway Studios

The Mission Hill / Fenway Neighborhood Trust (MHFNT) recently approved a grant application for much needed lighting improvements in the entrance and lobby of Fenway Studios. The application was prepared by Founding President Lynda McNally who accepted the check on behalf of Friends of Fenway Studios on June 13, 2014 at MASSART in the Fenway Cultural District.

The Podcast Project Boston

Enjoy podcasts by Fenway Studios artists, Berio Gizzi, David Lowrey, and Peter Williams at the Culture Now website. On the Culture Now website, simply scroll down to the appropriate artist to enjoy these podcasts. Please check the Culture Now website from time to time to hear new podcasts of other Fenway Studios artists.

Facelifts for Gloucester City Hall Murals

See following link for information about a major restoration project by Museum Services' Peter Williams in Gloucester, MA
Gloucester Times

Seminars on Artist Psychology

These seminars are for the amateur as 'one who loves' art. The emphasis is not on mastery of techniques, but upon the personality of imagination, striving for self discoveries:

the Halo: You will restore your motivation to make personal art.
the Head: You will involve with others in discerning principles....
the Heart: You will acquires skills and insight from psychology.
the Hand: You will engage in art experiences with four medias.

CREATIVITY. “come to your senses!” Nature &Mass-Clay: JAN. 3, 2014
PSYCHE. 'how do you feel?' Beauty & Color-Pastels: FEB. 7, 2014
SYMBOL. 'what do you think? Truth &Value-Charcoal: MAR. 7, 2014
SPIRIT. 'why do you imagine?' Wonder & Idea-Paint: APR 4, 2014

A PRE and a POST sessions will be held with All Four Media DEC 6th and MAY 2nd as Before and After comparisons of growth.

Directed by Henry Gates psychologist & artist: D'min-ATR teacher of Creativity nine years/Clinician 32 years/in his fourth Boston studio; has Jungian and pastoral education and returns his “Access Aesthetics” here.

The cost is $25 per, or $100 for all six seminars. held 10-12:30 (Tea at 10)

Our time is an hour for talk, a break, then an hour for play (a early word for art).

Up to four: Each person has a folder, work station; and all art media is provided.

hjgates@comcast.net 617-460-2711. @ 30 Ipswich st. #210. Boston MA
seminars on artist psychology
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ACCESS AESTHETICS: 2015

Open Studios

Saturday, November 14th & Sunday, November 15th, 2015 from 11am–5pm

Nan Hass Feldman

Celebrate With Nan and Alan: Artist Talk and Poetry Reading

Saturday, May 3, 5–7pm
Fountain Street Fine Art

We'd like to invite you to a special event to celebrate Nan's show, The Garden and Beyond: New Paintings which will be closing on May 4th, and the publication of a new book by Alan, Flowers in Wartime, with seven images by Nan.

A lecture by Conservator and Fenway Studios Artist Peter Williams

From Ancient Greece to the Oval Office: Restoring New England's Historic Patrimony

Peter Williams will discuss the highlights of his 40-year career as an art conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and in his private practice at Fenway Studios.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 6:00 pm

St. Botolph Club
199 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Special Thanks to our event hosts: Ernie & Barbie Greppin and David & Lucinda Lee

If you missed the lecture by conservator and Fenway Studios artist Peter Williams From Ancient Greece to the Oval Office: Restoring New England's Historic Patrimony, you can view a video of the lecture here.

Fenway Studios Annual Open Studios

November 16 and 17, 2013

Visit to the home and studio of Elizabeth and Robert Douglas Hunter

Sunday, October 6, 4pm – 6pm

A benefit for the Friends of Fenway Studios, Boston

Please join us in this unique opportunity to view the studio of Robert Douglas Hunter, a noted Fenway Studios artist whose work hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Hunters have also amassed a beautiful art collection, including important works by William McGregor Paxton, Ives Gammell, and William Morris Hunt. Carey Vose, of Vose Galleries, will provide introductory remarks about the artists and the collection.

Tickets are $60 per person, $100 per couple.

A Benefit for Friends of Fenway Studios

Please join the Friends of Fenway Studios and Vose Galleries for a lecture by Carey L. Vose, "The Innocent Eye: Charles Hopkinson and the 1913 New York Armory Show"

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
6:00 pm: Lecture at the St. Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
7:00 pm: Reception and private viewing of over thirty paintings by Charles Hopkinson at Vose Galleries, 238 Newbury Street, Boston

Tickets are $25 per person, $45 per couple. You can purchase tickets online by clicking the link below or you can send a check payable to Friends of Fenway Studios to:
Vose Galleries
238 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116.

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Fenway Studios, a non-profit organization committed to supporting Fenway Studios in The Fenway Cultural District of Boston's Back Bay. The Friends help to ensure its historic preservation as a Boston and National Historic Landmark, promote the Fenway artists' unique contributions to art, and safeguard affordable studio space for working artists today and for future generations.

Art New England article Living (and Working) Aloft

A two-part look at New England's live/work communities, past and present.
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MCC Designates State's First Cultural Districts

Arts Centers in Boston, Gloucester, Lynn, Pittsfield & Rockport Launch New State Initiative

(Boston, MA) - The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) today named five vibrant, diverse centers for arts and cultural activity across Massachusetts as the first state-designated Cultural Districts. They are:

  • The Fenway Cultural District in Boston
  • Gloucester's Rocky Neck Cultural District
  • The Central Exchange Cultural District in Lynn
  • The Upstreet Cultural District in Pittsfield
  • The Rockport Cultural District

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Fenway Alliance

Friends of Fenway Studios are now joint members of The Fenway Alliance which represents the cultural institutions in the Fenway Cultural District. Click here for more information on the Fenway Cultural District.

Docent Tours of Fenway Studios, May 1 & 15

To honor Preservation Month, Friends of Fenway Studios will host docent tours of Fenway Studios led by Rick Heym, AIA, President of Friends of Fenway Studios aided by a long-time resident artist. Tour will include visits to at least 3 studios with the opportunity to meet with and discuss the artist's work.

Each attendee will receive a Welcome packet that will include short histories of Friends of Fenway Studios and Fenway Studios, drawings of the original building as well as a list of artists working in the building listed by studio from its construction to the present. Note also that Fenway Studios is not wheelchair accessible and access requires climbing stairs.

Tours will be held Wednesdays, May 1 and May 15 at 5:30 PM and registration is required. To register, email contact@friendsoffenwaystudios.org, and give date and number of attendees. Cost is $25 which may be paid by clicking on the Donate button above or by check or cash at the door.

2011-2012 Studio Series Talks

These presentations were on a variety of subjects and periods of interest to lovers of art and featured connections to Fenway Studios artists. Our 2011-2012 Series focused principally on artists of 'The Boston School', many of whom had a close connection to Fenway Studios.

Open Studios 2012

Nov 3 & 4, 2012, 1am–5pm

This year was again a great success, with over 23 studios open for view, increased number of visitors and generous food donations raised for the Boston Food Bank. Exposure of Fenway Studios continues to rise as does its appeal.

Opening Our Doors

Fenway Studios participated again for the 2nd year in the area-wide cultural event sponsored by The Fenway Alliance on Monday, October 8, 2012.

Elizabeth Ives Hunter, Executive Director, Cape Cod Museum
of Art

“The Provincetown-Boston School of Painting Connection”
June 5, 2012, 6 pm

Read about Elizabeth Ives Hunter talk on boston.com website.

Lindsay Leard-Coolidge, Author and Lecturer, Northeastern University

“Philip Leslie Hale and the Matunuck Summer School of Painting”
May 1, 2012, 6 pm

Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, MFA

“Studios of their Own: Boston Women Artists and Fenway Studios”
April 3, 2012, 6 pm

Read about Erica Hirshler talk on "Visit Boston" website.

Theodore Stebbins, Consultative Curator of American Art, Fogg Museum, Harvard University

“The MFA, the Boston School, and Me”
November 1, 2011, 6 pm

Katherine French, Director, Danforth Museum

“Jack Kramer, Fenway Studio Artist and Boston Expressionist”
December 6, 2011, 6 pm

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Mary Hughes

In Line

Gallery 360
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

March 13 - April 23, 2018

Nan Hass Feldman

ARTEXPO, NYC

World Wide Art-Artavita, Booth #351
Pier 94, 711 12th Ave, NYC (55th Street & West Side Highway)

April 19 - 22, 2018

Robert Baart

Woods & Water — New England Landscapes

M Fine Arts Galerie
61 Thayer Street
Boston, MA 02118

May 4 - 29, 2018

Nan Hass Feldman

Views From the East Art Exhibit
Featuring the works of eight artists, each using a different medium to express the traditions of Eastern cultures.
Three Stones Gallery
115 Commonwealth Ave
Concord, MA
January 17 - March 17, 2018

Teri Malo

New Solo Show
Artana Gallery
462 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34102
February 2 - February 28, 2018

Kayla Mohammadi

Weather Pending
A Group Show of work by thirteen gallery artists
Caldbeck Gallery
12 Elm Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
January – February, 2018

Teri Malo

Shorelines
Arden Gallery
129 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
June 2 – 28, 2016

Ed Stitt

40 Year Restrospective
Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon Gallery
255 Grapevine Rd
Wenham, MA 01984
Feb 27 – Apr 27, 2016
Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 7 pm