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Friends of Fenway Studios E-Newsletter
July 2012

The Friends of Fenway Studios was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark building, and to raising awareness of this cultural treasure, as well as promoting the work of the artists who work in the Fenway Studios.


Friends of Fenway Studios is a 501(c)(3) organization wholly supported by contributions from individuals, private foundations, and government grants. Contributions are fully tax-deductible.


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A Brief History
Recent News
Upcoming Events
Featured Studio: 102
Exhibitions for Fenway Studios Artists
Help Restore and Preserve Fenway Studios
A Brief History

 Fenway Studios buildingThe Fenway Studios, a national landmark building located in the Fenway Cultural District, contains Boston's most beautiful studios. Constructed in 1905, Fenway Studios was designed so that every one of the 46 studios would have north-facing windows, 12 feet high, that provide the north light cherished by painters. It is the oldest continuously functioning building in the country constructed for and dedicated solely to artists' space.  


Click here to read more about Fenway Studios.


Recent News
PruPac/BRA Award

Friends of Fenway Studios has been awarded $10,000 by the BRA, Prudential Neighborhood Benefits Fund. The funding will go toward repair of the water table that runs under the 1st floor windows on the Fenway Studios facade.

Welcome a new board member
As we sail into summer, the Friends of Fenway Studios welcomes Libby Millar to our Board. With a blend of corporate and small business experience, Libby brings over 20 years of marketing, project management and business development skills to the Friends of Fenway Studios. Most recently she has been co-proprietor of a small company that restores and repairs period homes to ensure the integrity of their character and historical significance. With her art history background she was able to obtain an internship at The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, as well as become a freelance reporter for arts and events at The Daily Hampshire Gazette. Additional pursuits led her to involvement with a company that developed fundraising and registrar software packages for museums. Upon hearing that she had been unanimously voted onto the Board, Libby said "I'm thrilled that Friends of Fenway Studios has brought me back to my roots!"


 Welcome the newest artist at Fenway StudiosSamuel G in studio

Samuel Gareginyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia and has exhibited his works in Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Spain, England, Turkey, Argentina and the United States. Today his paintings can be found in permanent collections and archives at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Arts of Armenia and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Click here to read more about the artist.


Upcoming Events

Tours of Fenway Studios

What does Fenway Studios have in common with the Federal Reserve Bank? The answer is that most people who recognize the building have not been inside. While the Board of Friends of Fenway Studios can't get you inside the Federal Reserve, we can offer you a tour of Fenway Studios.


Since March, the Board has been offering guided tours of the studios to art and architecture lovers. The tours are designed to introduce visitors to the wonderful Arts & Crafts building, some of today's artists and, as one visitor called them, the "ghosts of artists past."   Through the generosity of the artists, visitors get to see the works of four artists on each tour. The selection of artists is made with a view toward showing the variety of art that is being done in the Studios today. Ample time is provided for talking with each artist in his or her studio so that visitors can gain an understanding of the artist's creative spirit.


If your group is interested in taking a tour of the Studios, please contact MaryLee Halpin at [email protected].


Opening Our Doors

Fenway Studios will participate in the area-wide cultural event sponsored by the Fenway Alliance on Monday, October 8, 2012. 


Lecture and Book Signing with Author Judith Curtis
Hibbard painting
Rockport Art Association
October 28, 5:30 - 8:00pm

Please join us for an exhibition, lecture, and book signing featuring an important past Fenway Studios artist, Aldro T. Hibbard. On October 28th at 5:30pm, Judith Curtis, author of the upcoming book, 'A.T. Hibbard, N.A. (1886-1972): American Master,' will tell a bit about the life and career of this celebrated North Shore artist, with a book signing and reception to follow. Attendees will also be able to view the retrospective exhibition featuring Aldro Hibbard, with over 110 works, on view from October 5th through November 11th, 2012 at the Rockport Art Association. Tickets are $25 per person. For additional information and to reserve your seat, please email Carey Vose at [email protected].

Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries: Aldro Hibbard, West River Valley at West Townshend, Vermont
Featured Studio: 102
Each issue we will focus on one of the 46 studios in the building, featuring an artist from the past and present

 Past Artist:  Frederick A. Bosley

Bosley photoFrederick A. Bosley worked in the Fenway Studios from 1909-1918, where he painted primarily figures in interiors and still-lifes. After graduating one year early from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1906, Bosley left for two years of study in Europe under the prestigious Paige Traveling Scholarship before beginning his time as an established artist at the Fenway Studios. Influenced by his former instructor and mentor, Edmund C. Tarbell, Bosley combined solid drawing skills with impressionist brushwork and color to depict his graceful female subjects in domestic settings.

Bosley served as an art instructor at the Abbott Academy and the Groton School, before being personally recommended to the Museum School by Tarbell for the new Director of the Department of Painting and Drawing, and Advanced Painting instructor in 1913. He held this position for eighteen years, when he resigned in protest over the introduction of modern art into the highly respected traditional curriculum of the school in 1931.Bosley painting

In addition to his academic positions, Frederick Bosley made significant contributions to the Boston art world as a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the Copley Society, and the St. Botolph Club. In the 1920s, he exhibited and won a number of awards for his paintings at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Carnegie Institute, and at the National Academy of Design. Bosley's technical precision and use of natural light with traditional subjects earned him the title of Associate National Academician in 1931, eleven years before his death in 1942.

Top: Frederick A. Bosley and His Students C-1927
Bottom: Frederick A. Bosley, Miss Peggy Bush in the Blue Mandarin Coat

Present Artist: Nan Hass Feldman

Nan's studio Nan's upbeat and energetic personality is translated into her paintings of interiors and landscapes using bold design and vibrant colors. Having grown up in Brooklyn, New York, she took art classes at the Brooklyn Museum for ten years, and later received her B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.A. degree from Goddard College, and an M.F.A. degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Regardless of the medium she is using, her subjects are used as an armature on which she can apply her subjective responses to place and time. 'I love to capture my real environments or those of friends, and places I've been to, through my screen of selective seeing, playful detail, heightened color, and bits of fantasy.' Nan has been an art instructor for years at the Danforth Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, and the DeCordova Museum, as well as in the Framingham Public Schools, and Framingham State University. She has also taught painting workshops all over the world, most recently in Greece this year. In her 38 year career, she has had over 40 one-woman shows, and has been included in 28 museum exhibitionsNan - painting. Her work hangs in over thirty public collections nationally, as well as in a number of private collections all over the world.


In 2004 Nan moved into the Fenway Studios building, excited to be a part of a community of professional artists and into a building with such a wonderful artistic history. The studio allows her uninterrupted time to work on her paintings, and the large amount of space lends itself to being able to work on large canvases. Having been the co-chair of Open Studios for the past 5 years, Nan feels strongly that allowing the public to see the work being made at Fenway Studios is important. 


Top: Nan Hass Feldman, Studio 102
Bottom: Nan Hass Feldman,
Return to the Imaginary Porch


Exhibitions for Fenway Studio Artists

Current Exhibitions

Nan's Painting for current show
Nan Hass Feldman, Two Couples at the Camino Real 
Nan Hass Feldman

The Gallery at Boston Art & Framing

100 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

 Now - August, 2012

For complete information and hours go to: www.bostonframing.com or call 617.223.7263


Teri Malo Painting 

Teri Malo, From the End of the Island

Teri Malo
Rocks and Raku: Teri Malo & Jill Fishon-Kovachick

Laffer Gallery

96 Broad Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871

August 10 - September 16, 2012

Opening Reception Friday August 10th from 6-9pm

For complete information and hours go to: www.thelaffergallery.com or call 518.695.3181






Help Restore and Preserve Fenway Studios
Fenway Studios
Your help is needed to restore the famous Fenway Studios windows and to preserve this National Historical Landmark building. The contributions of art lovers and others who appreciate the important role the Fenway Studios has played, and continues to play, in the cultural life of Boston, are vital to the continued support of this landmark. Friends of Fenway Studios ask for your financial support for this significant preservation work. To learn more about the work that needs to be done on the building and how to donate, click here.