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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.

Gabrielle Hahn

I’d been tattooing seven years and was looking for other directions I could expand into. I decided to return to school, so I put tattooing on hold except for random guest spots and spent the next five years obtaining a BFA in printmaking. At this point, a few friends and I opened a multi-disciplinary, private studio where I continued to tattoo by appointment. Read more>>

Ethan Murrow

As a young whippersnapper, I bounced around a lot, working and studying all over the world but really found my creative legs when I lived in Seattle. In the Northwest, I started crafting stories about ideas of manifest destiny and absurd tales of misinformed and foolish explorers. Read more>>

Kei Sasaki

Now, I work at MassArt’s Technology Department, working on inventory and asset management, as well as helping to manage the front desk and macOS support. I like to think of my job as helping the faculty and staff to teach the students, as well as help maintain the environment in which our students are creating. Read more>>

Abby McAllister

With art, I could make an entire world exist, with characters that I could make do whatever I wanted. And for a long time, I pursued that dream of concept artist, and it was the driving force behind going to MassArt in 2012. It was there that I found oil portraiture my senior year and realized I had found genuine direction. Read more>>

Stefanie Mnayarji

I am a London School of Economics trained economist turned lingerie designer. I left a career in quantitative finance to fill a void in the market for an alternative to shapewear aka “sausage casing for women.” I wanted to help women focus on reshaping the world, not their bodies. My designs focus on function, comfort and luxury. Read more>>

Chad Chesko

Starting with poking in punk designs with a sewing needle, I later graduated to a jailhouse-style machine introduced to me by one of the older kids in my new neighborhood, where we moved when my father remarried. Then, on to work professionally in 1994. Read more>>

Ana Villa

I studied musical theater for seven years before getting accepted to Berklee College of Music in 2012. I graduated from performance in 2016 and had the opportunity to perform with some great artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Joyce Moreno, and Noel Schajris. I’m currently going to Japan to sing in a TV show and also trying to get money to finish a second degree at Berklee as a music therapist. Read more>>

Brandon Diaz

I had taught myself piano and then not long after, taught myself how to play guitar. This allowed me to perform at local wineries, festivals, restaurants; basically anywhere that wanted live music. I began to make a name for myself in my hometown. I was by no means doing this alone, my mother would spend countless hours calling venues all over for gigs and searching the internet for audition opportunities to help further my career.  Read more>>

Paulina MacNeil

I have always been shy and so I also spent a lot of time by myself growing up and still do to this day. My work cites this experience in the way that I have taken interest in online communities that are often maintained over the barriers of screens. I have also found it easier to engage with my surroundings and other people when I have a camera to do so. I am interested in the ways that people connect on the internet and the ways these connections can provide benefits for those involved. Read more>>

Marc Douglas Berardo

I came to performing and writing songs later than most. I was already a college freshman at Northeastern University, Boston in 1987 when I got a cheap acoustic guitar and started to play. Playing the guitar came easy to me and I immersed myself in it. It was comforting as well as challenging. Read more>>

Danielle Dean

I worked on the island as a fine artist and in arts administration. My time there helped to develop a unique visual language and connection to the land; however, I was feeling isolated and in need of a better understanding of the contemporary art world. This led me to Boston in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Read more>>

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