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Thought-Provokers: Fenway, Symphony & Jamaica Plain

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 Fenway, Symphony & Jamaica Plain that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Alissa Lise Wyle

On January 18th, 2017, I walked to the student advocates office at Indiana University, the school I had been attending in my hometown for 2 and a half years as a contemporary dance major, and withdrew from all of my classes, effectively dropping out. Read more>>

Allison Maria Rodriguez

I am a first generation Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist that works predominantly in video installation. Personally, I have always felt a deep kinship with the natural world, which has lead me to focus extensively on climate change, species extinction and political agency. Read more>>

Leigh Ryan

I’m an artist and designer from the Boston area. I started really young by taking every possible art class I could (thanks Mom!) and sticking with it, but just within the last few years, I’ve fallen in love with graphic design as well. Read more>>

Erika Hess

I went to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio to study art as an undergrad and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. It really felt like a bohemian experience of living for your art. I was surrounded by a great group of artists who pushed each other to excel and I lived in the studios. Read more>>

Mei Lin Barral

I began my journey with photography alongside the animals I grew up with. Once I knew I wanted to learn how to properly use my camera, I would spend hours photographing the dogs, cats, and horses around me. Read more>>

Kelly Davidson

I have always had a camera. Since I was a little kid, I documented everything around me. My photos of school trips were sometimes published in the class paper. I took photos of all of my dolls/stuffed animals to document what was mine in a house shared with 2 step-sisters. Eventually, I studied photojournalism at Boston University and was hired as a designer at the Boston Phoenix right out of college. Read more>>

Tony Mynd

Being a writer helped shape my understanding of the role that space and place play in art, how art has to interact with its environment in ways that communicate something to a viewer. This drive to relate to an audience led me to explore illustration and digital illustration, different ways to communicate what I’m feeling or thinking to a different group of people. Read more>>

Gary Parzych

Previously, I was making work about the human body. Recently I have been trying to connect my two interests in Art History and Pop Culture. I am experimenting with different ways of using traditional materials like metal and stone to incorporate popular figures and themes. Read more>>

Erica Baptiste

I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t making art. Even as a child I would copy the cartoon characters in my favorite books and make dolls out of recycled toilet paper rolls. I continued drawing and painting as a teenager and took private lessons with artist Barbara Leger, an accomplished marine oil painter. At this time I began to take art more seriously. Read more>>

Bruce Gray

I moved to Boston in 1983, after finishing college at U Mass, Dartmouth, with a degree in Design. I worked in photography for about a year, then got a job as an art director at Allied Advertising Agency. I really enjoyed working there, but I had ideas of somehow making my own works. Read more>>

Rebecca M. Fullerton

Growing up I said I wanted to be an artist, without really knowing what that meant or if it was a viable career. I drew and painted throughout my childhood in Vermont and southern New Hampshire, but decided on an art history and studio art double major when I attended Hartwick College. That helped steer me into the museum field where I worked for my first few years out of school. Read more>>

Nick Zaremba

Nick Zaremba (B.1979) is a multimedia visual artist, currently working in Boston, MA. Zaremba’s practices are ranging from handmade illustrations, artist books, prints, paintings, and digital graphics to site-specific 3D installations and large-scale mural work. His influences come from his background in drawing, graffiti art, his love of all types of cartoons and animations, art history, Pop culture, and symbolism. Read more>>

Lauren G. Levine

I’ve always been a painter. I’ve been drawing and making things since I was very young, drawing dinosaurs in the margins of coloring books, copying the illustrations from my wildlife encyclopedias, drawing every feather and scale, even making my first journal. Read more>>

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