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Thought-Provokers: Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End

Boston has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Back Bay, Beacon Hill & South End that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kayla Rose

Music appeals to emotion and is a powerful medium for change. I fell in love with music at a very early age. I was born and raised in DC, a city where music is palpable. It is deeply embedded in our culture. Many people know of DC as just the nation’s capital but they are unaware of the great musical significance this place holds. Read more>>

Sandy O’Connor

When I was 7 years old, I won first prize for a tempura painting of a happy sun smiling down over a rainbow. I believe it was the first time I felt validation and attention for something I created. It felt special! Throughout my years in middle and high school, I was the kid frequently called upon to design a poster or a program cover for a school production. Read more>>


I gained classical figurative drawing and painting skills and set out my career as a Figurative Artist. Since graduating in 2000, I’ve had numerous solo exhibitions across the country and my work included in museum exhibitions and collections. Very excitingly, in 2015 my painting Paper Wishes was acquired by the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern. Read more>>

Noah Harrington

Since 2015, I have won The Charles Mingus Composition Award from the Jazz Composition department at Berklee, and have returned to The Acoustic Music Seminar in 2018, where I was able to perform my music onstage with Famed Mandolinist Mike Marshall and the band of my dreams. My goal for the future is to continue my work and put the music I care the most about out into the world. Read more>>

Eirini Tornesaki

I studied classical piano, cello, sang in choirs and played in orchestras. I soon decided that I wanted to become a professional singer. So, when I turned 18, I moved to England to study music. After I graduated, I auditioned for Cirque Du Soleil, and suddenly, there I was, touring North America and singing with them. I performed in their show “Kurios” for 3 years and completed 1,074 shows! Read more>>

Jay Petrow

Today, painting abstract works and designing meadow gardens inform each other through a similar creative process. I use color and texture and composition in my garden designs to bring the visitor into a space and lead them around that space. In my abstract work I use my intuitive processes to create canvases layered with color and texture to create depth and movement on a two dimensional plane that leads the viewer through that space. Read more>>


I realized that one of the things I value most in life is authentic connection. Listening to my favorite songs, I would hear my heroes singing about their lives and their experiences, and although I had not shared many of their experiences, I could feel their emotions. When it came time to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I knew that I wanted to write and perform music. Read more>>

Yuchen Horng

Fabricating worlds, characters, and stories, and so forth was what I loved to do, and having the freedom to express that with drawing was an incredibly formative and integral part of my earlier life. As a child who had a lot of difficulty with verbal communication and opening up to others, drawing was an outlet, an act of expression that I was able to do the most comfortably and freely. Read more>>

Matt Scabia

Making the music is therapy to me, and to feel stagnant with my musical progression hurts my soul. That’s more of a personal item that motivates me than a story, but anyways. After graduating Stoughton High, I went to Bay State College for audio production. I just graduated and now I work at a Studio in Avon, MA as a mixing engineer. Read more>>

Nicole Romano

Nicole maintains a design studio in New York City’s historical East Harlem and has opened a Nicole Romano Shop in the iconic Plaza Hotel which offered limited edition designs. Romano has exclusively partnered with Anthropologie, Charm & Chain, Moda Operadi, Nicole Miller and Luca Luca. Nicole Romano was selected as a finalist for Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award 2011 in Accessory Design. Read more>>

Amy Neill

It is where I became inspired to visualize concepts with a creative eye and when I began to see art as a business. That led me to take a darkroom photography course where I built a portfolio and applied to art school. I enrolled at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and I began to spread my wings as an artist. SMFA encourages you to break out of your medium and explore as much as you can. This began my journey into drawing, painting, stained glass, and film, amongst others, and is something that is still with me today. Read more>>

Tamara Jokic

I started doing music at the age of six when I performed as a singer for the first time. From then on, my passion for music, sung and spoken word developed, and I started learning a lot about my culture and the Southern cultures of Europe: mainly the Mediterranean. I went to college in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, where I lived for seven years while studying Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature. Read more>>

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