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 South Boston that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I paint large-scale paintings of the female figure. I consider myself a classical realist with perhaps a touch of romanticism. I’ve always had a keen or perhaps morbid awareness of the brevity of life. This awareness has heightened my experience of beauty and when I paint I think I do so from a place of loss or wistfulness. Read more>>
Charity Hope Williams
I found some amazing education online that was slowly giving me more and more confidence. For my first “big gig,” I guess you could say they weren’t that bad, but as I look back on them, it reminds me of how far I have come! It is humbling, but also is a great reminder of my growth. Read more>>
In the field of bookbinding, there is a category of bindings referred to as design bindings. The aesthetic of these bindings can vary greatly depending on the materials used, but they are crafted with a level of precision and skill that sit above most style of bindings. It was with this style of binding where I was able to come full circle and reintroduce my love for fiber and embroidery. Read more>>
I want people to take from my clothing line and artwork, it’s exactly what my brand stands for. I want them to just always remain true, it can be scary putting yourself out there but you’ll never know how many people you touch or just how much you even learn about yourself. Read more>>
If you want to paint, go on a Facebook yard sale, eBay, or any other online shopping app and see if you can buy materials cheaper. Make use of Michaels deals and become a member. If you want to take classes; check out your town’s recreational department for classes and local vocational high schools for adult night classes. Whatever you want to do is possible… only if you allow yourself to make it possible. Read more>>
I went to Boston University for my undergraduate degree in History; and after graduation, I had successful careers as a music writer/producer for film and TV; an audiobook director for NY Times bestsellers; a primetime independent TV producer for Boston’s ABC affiliate, Channel 5, and an educator. Read more>>
Coming back to the states, feeling like an outsider, music naturally became a way to connect with people. Over time, the interest I had in music became my primary ambition, and here we are today! I am most proud of my most recent release, Forgive the Birds. We released that in April, and will continue taking it on the road this fall. Read more>>
I completely fell in love with not only posing for artists, but drawing the nude human body. I only used pencils and markers for a long time, then pencils and inks. Painting made me uncomfortable. I loved looking at it, watching artist push paint around. It made me want to paint. But once I did, I hated it! Read more>>
I have been working in the arts for as long as I can remember. I always loved smushing paint around and welding things together. I had a small acetylene torch at home when I was a kid, possibly an odd toy, but it got a lot of use without burning down the house. I was never particularly encouraged but not discouraged either. Read more>>
Music wasn’t something I took too seriously until college. Going off to school gave me a kind of independence I never had. I was far enough away from home to have the freedom to embarrass myself in front of strangers. You have to at first. It’s definitely worse to perform in front of people you know, or who know you, when you’re starting out. Read more>>
Hollis Brown Thornton
Half way through my junior year I decided to change to art. In the spring of 1999, I received my BFA and for the next year I occupied a studio space in Columbia, SC. I then spent a year at our family lake house. In the summer of 2001 I moved to Chicago, where I lived for four years. I was gallery director at Mongerson Gallery and Installation Assistant at Russell Bowman Art Advisory. Read more>>