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October 3, 2019 Opening Reception of the MA Historical Society (MHS) and Fenway Studios Exhibition Collaborative, held at the MHS

Beginning in the Spring of 2019, Friends of Fenway Studios Founding President, Lynda McNally, initiated a conversation with the very amicable and professional MA Historical Society (MHS) associates proposing a collaborative event with the Fenway Studios artists. Working closely with MHS President Catherine Allgor, Peter Drummey, Stephen T. Riley Librarian, Brenda M. Lawson, VP for Collections, Gavin W. Kleespies, Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Community Partnerships, and Sarah Bertulli, Public Programs Coordinator, McNally expressed the many commonalities the two landmark institutions shared, and immediately, mutual interested blossomed resulting in a collaborative exhibition which featured the work of present day Fenway Studios artists alongside rarely seen work from a variety of Fenway Studios founding artists belonging to the MHS’s private archival collection. This inaugural exhibition titled, “Fenway Connections: An exhibition by MHS and Fenway Studios” held its opening reception on October 3rd, 2019 at the magnificent MHS locale. During the spirited evening Fenway Studios artists and the MHS associates enthusiastically welcomed guests to the impressive exhibition. The collaboration was more than a century in the making, and yet all the pieces aesthetically dovetailed in the most visually appealing way, proving the work was always meant to appear together.

In additional to the treasured friendship that formed between Fenway Studios and the MHS throughout the collaborative preparation, it was during an exhibition-planning luncheon McNally arranged hosted by Fenway Studios artist Constance Jacobson, and attended by her fellow artists Oana Lauric, Robert Baart, and Berio Gizzi, as well as MHS associates Lawson, and Kleespies when it was revealed by Lawson that MHS would extend an opportunity to house Fenway Studios’ archival materials. This tremendous gesture by the MHS will ensure the preservation of the documented history of Fenway Studios; and it is with endless appreciation to the MHS for their generosity that Fenway Studios will forever be grateful and welcomes the chance to collaborate with the MHS on another spectacular event.

Photographs by Dan Busler Photography

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Fall 2018 Newsletter

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Mary Brewster Hazelton Painting Returns Home

By Kathleen Fahey, Curator
July 12, 2018

A lovely c.1915 oil painting by Mary Brewster Hazelton returned “home” last month when it was delivered to the Fenway Studios in Boston for conservation. Hazelton (1868-1953) graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1892 and was one of many notable artists who occupied the Fenway Studios after they were opened in 1905 on Ipswich Street. Hazelton had a studio on the third floor and enjoyed the natural light provided by the twelve-foot-high, north-facing windows. The painting titled “Nina Rubinoff” was likely painted in this studio and was donated to the Wellesley Historical Society in 1986 by a local Wellesley family.

The painting was in need of cleaning, paint consolidation, and repair of a small tear it sustained before it was donated. I had the pleasure of dropping the painting off at the Fenway Studios office of painting conservator Peter Williams. Peter’s spacious, first floor studio was flooded with natural light as he gave me a tour of his workspace, which would have been similar in size and shape to Hazelton’s studio on the third floor. Peter will use museum-quality conservation techniques to bring this painting back to life and ensure that it can be enjoyed for another hundred years.

The Wellesley Historical Society has a collection of sixty paintings by Mary Brewster Hazelton as well as hundreds of sketches. The Society also houses the Hazelton family papers featuring Mary’s personal and business correspondence. Many of Hazelton’s paintings are in need of conservation and the Society is accepting donations for the care and restoration of this important collection. To donate, please send a check to “Wellesley Historical Society” to the attention of Kathleen Fahey, Curator at 229 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.

Peter Williams and Kathleen Fahey

Peter Williams and Kathleen Fahey with Hazelton's c.1915 painting entitled "Nina Rubinoff." Rubinoff worked as an artist's model and was a friend of Hazelton.

Nina Rubinoff Portrait

Peter Williams uses a conservation-grade solvent to reveal the original color of the painting hidden under 100 years of grime.

Click here to learn more about Mary Brewster Hazelton.

Click here to visit Peter William's website.

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Fenway Artists receive grant for “Open Studios”

Nan Hass Feldman, Chair of “Open Studios” and Fenway Studios artistm has just learned that “Fenway Open Studios” will receive a $1,000 grant from the city Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture "Opportunity Fund." The grant is the result of the efforts of Julia Ryan, who is the Artist Resource Manager in the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and will help defray costs of PR, Designer services, printing, entertainment and other expenses.
Good work, Nan.

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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
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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

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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.

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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!

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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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An Artistic Weekend

Fenway Studios opened its doors to visitors

View Artistic Weekend article (The Boston Guardian)

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Artist Spotlight: Anne McGhee

Finding Inspiration at the Ballpark

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

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Artist Spotlight: Samuel Gareginyan

Boston artist makes a living commissioning folkloric paintings

View Samuel Gareginyan article

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Art New England article Living (and Working) Aloft

A two-part look at New England's live/work communities, past and present.
Read Article

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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

Read full press release

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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.

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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 [email protected], 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Katherine French, Director, Danforth Museum

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

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'.

Past Exhibitions

Mary Hughes

Rhythm + Hues
Small Works Virtual Summer Exhibit
Copley Society of Art
June 4 - August 31, 2020

Mary Hughes

New Optics

Painting Center in NYC
547 West 27th St
Suite 500
New York, NY 10001

Through January 2 - 25, 2020
Opening Reception: January 9, 2020, 6-8pm

Nan Hass Feldman

Personae Gratae: Begin at Home

Highfield Hall & Gardens
56 Highfield Dr
Falmouth, MA 02541

January 28 - March 22, 2020

Mary Hughes

Co/So Artists: Small Works: embark

Copley Society of Art
158 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

Through December 5, 2019

Nan Hass Feldman

Travel in Time - Mexico 250Ad to 2019 AD

The Gallery at North Hill
865 Central Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

October - December, 2019
Opening Reception: Monday, Oct 21, 2019, 4-7pm
Artist talk at opening

Mary Hughes

Fenway Connections

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115

Through October 3 - 19, 2019

Ed Stitt

Walking Distance

Gallery Naga
67 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

Sep 3 - 28, 2019

Mary Hughes

Renewal

Copley Society of Art
158 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

Feb 28 - Mar 28, 2019

Gyorgy Kepes

The Discipline of Forming
Alpha Gallery
460C Harrison Ave
Suite 1
Boston, MA 02118
May 4 - 30, 2018
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT

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