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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.

Matt Brackett

I am at the cusp of a recent, abrupt change in my subject matter. I became most known for my figurative work, which depicted both people and animals in resonant landscapes. Well, recent events have urged me in a new direction, but landscape as an element has remained. I was very disappointed with the 2016 presidential election, and I remember despairing for the country and the future of my young daughters at the prospect. That winter’s late blizzards called me outside, and I took walks out into the storms as if I were searching for something. I think the turmoil I felt inside somehow mirrored the natural turmoil outside in those bleak spaces. Read More >>

Petar -Pera Krstajic

I started having interest in bass guitar. After my first amateur gig, when it was the time to carry the gear from a car to the studio, as soon as I opened the trunk a big bass amp fell on my foot and I had to stop my career in tennis. So basically because of that big bass amp I’m playing bass today. Read more>>

Kristalis Sotomayor

When I turned 6 I started taking music on a music school called “Escuela Libre de Musica Antonio Paoli” in Caguas, Puerto Rico. When I turned 9 I had the opportunity to play as a soloist with the Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra. Read more>>

Robert Siegelman

Now I work primarily in photography and drawing, the work is figurative but with a variety of investigations in each medium. I also work in installation, artist books, and am always exploring new themes and media. Read more>>

Ellie Nguyen

Through trial and error, a lot of traveling, opportunities to create regularly, and whole lot of brutal honesty with myself- my worldview expanded and I realized I could essentially do anything and everything I dreamed of doing. Read more>>

Jim Connely

While at art school I got a part time job at a local company in Boston. Before I started the job the art director for the company called me and asked to see my portfolio for a part time position designing brochure, posters and everything in between. Read more>>

Shanna Melton

Art has been woven into my life from being inspired and taught by family members through managing my career. It was never something that I considered to be a choice, it is a calling. Read more>>

Eddie Maisonet

I am a storyteller. I’m in this really electric place of my life where I’m meeting the adult version of myself that my younger self would not have been able to imagine with their sci-fi/fantasy loving imagination. I am a queer non-binary (a transgender identity) Afro Puerto Rican, chronically ill nerdy dog lover. Read more>>

JANE O’HARA

I loved drawing and painting as far back as I can remember, and so, encouraged by my high school art teacher I entered into the fine arts program at Boston University. BU has a very academic approach, and for me that meant I was still not challenged to develop a personal style or vision. Read more>>

ZEKE MARTIN

While living in NYC i kept getting calls to gig in Boston. Till one day I said this is crazy so I finally moved back to Boston for good. I now perform 200 shows a year, teach at Northeastern University for the past 10 years and teach at Berklee School of Music during the summers. Read more>>

Cara DeAngelis

I sometimes joke that I was raised in the undomesticated wilds of Connecticut. Sarcasm aside, I did take an early and rabid interest in environmentalism, animal rights, and wildlife preservation. Read more>>

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