Unique Opportunity to View Works of Early Fenway Studios Artist, Polly Thayer
The works of Polly Thayer (Starr) are featured in the opening of "Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the Essence." Thayer worked at Fenway Studios from 1932 to 1936; 6 of her paintings are in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition features Starr’s paintings and drawings as well as rarely exhibited sketchbooks, correspondence, poems, personal objects, and materials on loan from her collection at the Archives of American Art in Washington, DC.
September 8, 2020 - March 8, 2021,
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA 01451
City Hall Grant to Install Decorative Panels
Design for artistic fence to replace existing deteriorated fence
As part of Neighborhood Improvements, FoFS received a grant from the City to install decorative panels along the fencing on Ipswich St. at the Mass Pike in front of Fenway Studios, thus hiding the blight caused by traffic.
Lower Level Studio Dedicated for Use by the Community
Artists conferring in studio
Based on a business plan funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Fenway Studios Read More has dedicated a 2000 sf lower level studio which will serve as exhibition, teaching, meeting, lecture and fundraising use by the community. Currently the raw space has been made code compliant for affordable rental studios, in short supply in Boston.
Masonry Repair of the North Facade Complete
Thanks to Grants from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Henderson Foundation, and together with a Prupac grant, we were able to complete restoration of the integrity of the building envelope.Fenway Studios Housing Cooperative and Friends of Fenway Studios are excited that at long last we have been able to complete restoration of the trademark north façade. The disintegrated water table, window jambs and sills have been rebuilt in this phased construction process.
Award winning preservation architects Spencer and Vogt Group of Charlestown solicited bids from several specialists and work is now complete.
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 - see item above - within the building for exhibitions, talks, lectures, meetings, workshops and fundraising, creating a “community benefit.”
|Mortor placed in new watertable||North Building corner, repointed|
|Completed water table repair North wall||Completed water table repair North wall|
South Window Repairs
Vulnerable windows on this facade have been repaired with only three remaining windows to be repaired.
|Original South wall window before repair||Repaired windows for South façade|
News & Events
Mary Hughes Fine Art Summer News
2020 has brought a lot of challenges to everyone and making art or thinking about making art has not been on the top of my priority list. In considering what could be useful and important in our current climate, I had a flash sale of older work this past spring. My goal was to donate 50% of all profits to COVID relief funds. Through Facebook and Instagram posts, I was able to reach many of you and I appreciate all the participation! My original goal was to donate $500 but due to the generosity and enthusiasm of my social media pals, the final amount was $1000! This was then split between the Boston Fund and the City of Boston COVID-19 Relief Fund. Many Thanks!!!!
My website has been recently updated to include my newest work. You can check it out here. Long range plans include an updated web site but in the meantime, I have been updating my Etsy site with new work- Mary Hughes Fine Arts. Over the coming weeks I will be adding small works to the site. Our fall open studios at Fenway Studios has been cancelled but we will be doing a virtual event. More details to follow!
My work will be featured several group exhibits this summer. Because of ongoing concerns related to the pandemic, two of the events are strictly virtual. The third will be a real live exhibit! See details below.
First Time Ever Online Sale of 60 Works on Paper by Nan Hass Feldman
July 8th -July 28th, 2020
During this unprecedented time, when it is almost impossible to see art in person, I have been going through and finishing multi-layered mixed-media works from my travels through teaching and elsewhere. I thought it would cheer everyone up to offer these works directly to you for a one-time 50% off discount.
These works are labeled by title, size, and price on my website page LINK
They will be wrapped, boxed and shipped by USPS. All are matted and protected in clear bags.
Wrapping, Handling, & Shipping is added at $25. to cover costs (USA)
Works range from 10"x10" to 30"x30"
Serious Play: Introduction to Color (Online Workshop Series)
Worcester Art Museum
Thursdays July 09 - July 30 , 2020
9:00am - 12:00 noon
Explore the major theories and properties of color and gain practical experience in mixing and using acrylic paints. Exercises have been designed to help you create an abstract painting with recognizable subjects in a colorful and strong composition.
Sketchbook & Travel Journal with Nan Hass Feldman
Danforth Art at Framingham State University
Mondays Aug 10 & Aug 17
9 am - 12 noon
Learn how to capture your memorable everyday and travel experiences quickly and creatively through drawing, collage, and writing. Collect photographs, business cards, brochure pictures, and 2D mementos to preserve your cherished memories and include them in a beautifully designed illustrated journal. Each student will create many pages filled with experiences to remember, plus learn how to make a journal from scratch.
I Like Your Work Summer Juried Show (Virtual)
Juried by gallerist Bridgette Mayer
Summer Members Exhibition
Copley Society of Art
July 30 - August 31, 2020