Every couple of months we highlight artists who donate work through our program. Learn about why these artists got involved with The Art Connection, what kind of art they create, and about their memorable placements in Boston-area agencies!
One of the benefits of partnering with artists to carry out our mission is getting to know more about their work and their art practice. We recently got a chance to catch up with mixed media artist Robert Rovenolt in his studio at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Since 2006, Jeannie Motherwell’s whimsical washes have graced the halls of agencies primarily serving students and elders like Massbay Community College, Cooperative Elder Services Inc, and North Suffolk Mental Health. We are excited to ask her the “Fast Four” questions for this Artist Feature.
Carlyn Marcus Ekstrom
“Through my Swedish husband, I was introduced to art in many places in Sweden. Even the police station in his small hometown had several original works. My father in law lived in a facility that featured many paintings and photographs. Seeing the artwork in these places made me feel uplifted and in touch with human creativity,” recalls donating artist Carlyn M. Ekstrom. “So hearing about The Art Connection from fellow printmaker, Sarah Shallbetter, felt like a way to participate in this wonderful experience in America.”
Jeannie Lindheim “My mother took me to art museums when I was younger, and I took a figure drawing class in college and LOVED it! Then, I discovered Jeanne Carbonetti in Chester, Vermont and studied with her and I was hooked,” says artist Jeannie Lindheim of her first flirtations with art.
Renu O’Connell “As an artist I have immersed myself in the philosophy that in artmaking, the meaning matters. This I learned from my wonderful art mentor, Kate Ransohoff. To this extent my paintings in tempera and acrylics depict stories and insights relevant to us and the natural world we live in.” Wise words from one of our beloved art donors, Renu O’Connell.
“Like many artists, I had a lot of artwork that I had made over many years, and I thought that it would be better to have some of it placed where many people could see it, rather than stored in my studio,” says Lillis on why he made the call to have his large scale works on paper donated to The Art Connection.
Debra Olin is an artist who is captivated by intersections and connections, a fitting characteristic for someone who has been so devoted to helping our organization fulfill its mission of connecting people with art.
For Tatiana Roulin, making art is much more than a process, it’s a 6th sense, intrinsic to her existence and as necessary as food, water and air. Tatiana sees the beauty of everyday living and finds her spark to create in many places—nature, everyday objects, people, books, and life stories.
“To dream and to fantasize define my universe,” says artist Stephanie Warburg, who has been donating her “fantastic realism” landscapes, seascapes, and still life paintings in oil through The Art Connection since 2003.
Timothy Wilson is a photographer who strives for a sense of poignancy and mystery. He began donating in fall 2014, and three works have already found homes in local service organizations. His photograph “Once Played” was selected to be part Art BINGO 2015. Play to win it!
Anne Silber first donated in April 1998. “I had a ‘why didn’t I think of that moment’; it was such a great concept.” Her serigraphs, or silkscreen prints, are hand-printed using hand-cut lacquer film stencils.
Diana Korzenik is a lauded writer, arts educator, and painter. She was the chair of the Department of Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art from 1972-1987, and in 2014, celebrated the acquisition of one of her paintings by the Brooklyn Museum.
Ellen Rich likes shapes which are exaggerated, over the top, and awkward and show how the piece evolves in its making. She loves working with materials, the infinite color choices, the cutting, the smoothing down, the additive action; adding but rarely subtracting until it feels right.
Jennifer Huges made her first donation in ’09 and has placed 19 works in a range of different media, styles, and sizes since then. “It just feels good to do it,” she says of making her work available to our recipients. “Yes, art is for everyone.”
“For me, the photograph is raw material: not an end but a beginning,” says JB. Images from his series of Venice Windows and Scense of Fogs and Mists are often described as calming, something many of our agencies look for in the art they select.
JoAnne Hungate is an established artists with Boston roots currently living and working in Arizona. She has been making art for more than 70 years and works in water media, collage, and assemblage.
Ann Sayre Wiseman – Ansayre
Ann Sayre Wiseman’s artwork has been a welcome addition to our portfolio since 2002. Ann passed away in April, 2013 and her artwork lives on at our partner agenices. Join us as we honor her life and work here.
Jessica Burko is an artist, independent curator, arts marketer, and graphic designer. Her photographic mixed-media work incorporates collage, encaustic, and found objects.
Suzanne Hodes has been donating work since The Art Connection was 10 months old! She has celebrated 102 placements in 88 Boston-area organizations since 1996. Read more aboutSuzanne and learn about placements old and new.
Clara is the Honorary Chair of Art BINGO. She has placed 16 fabric collages and quilts through The Art Connection. Her art serves to tell stories about people from all walks of life. Clara is most known for founding Boston’s New Years Eve festival, First Night.
Janet’s donations are of Rete-Chromes, her unique process of layering pigment on an open-weave backing, producing images that let some light through them. Janet’s work attracts recipient agencies with their vibrant use of color and the intrigue of an unfamiliar but welcoming medium.
Beverly is an artist and designer specializing in fiber, fabric collage, handmade paper, and installation art. She is now in her second year of donating art, and Beverly’s work in both watercolor and fabric collage have been placed through The Art Connection.
Now in her eighth year of donating art through The Art Connection, 93 of Susan’s works have been selected by agencies throughout Boston. Susan works in silverpoint and uses metal leaf and powders to create shimmering effect on the canvas, paper, and board.
Since 2006, Catherine has donated 19 of her “all about line” paintings, 13 of which have found permanant homes in places where people are drawn to their bright, playful charactaristics.Catherine is a painter, teacher, and arts writer.
Mark is a photographer whose “automatic montage” technique lends itself to creating images of Boston and beyond that are familiar, colorful, and highly popular with our recipient agencies.Mark began donating in 2011.
Adria is a painter, mixed media artist, teacher, and arts administrator. Adria‘s paintings focus on the contrast between the accidental flow of materials such as paint drips and sprays and the deliberate placement of lines and marks derived from found sources.
We featured Jessica’s work in our 2011 holiday card and the work, one from her “What’s Your Fortune?” series was later selected by Whidden Hospital for display in its Women’s Health Center. Jessica is an Ohio native who completed her MFA in painting at Boston University and is glad to have her work in agencies in an area she remembers fondly.
Fran Grossman began donating work through The Art Connection in 2008. Since then, 30 of her landscape and cityscape oil paintings and pastels have been brought to life in 20 Boston-area agencies, including four artworks finding homes this fall at Spectrum Adult Day Health Center and Whidden Hospital.
Jeannine Cook’s vibrant, luminous watercolor paintings are popular with a range of agencies. Jeannine is currently based in Townsend Georgia, was born in Tanzania, is European by heritage, and British-American by nationality. She is one of a growing number of active art donors who live outside of Boston. Jeannine Cook has been generously donating art since 2009.
Tova Speter was The Art Connection’s Program Manager for six years, and also a donating artist and facilitator of our “Engaging Communities” Mural Project. Since 2005 she has donated six works, facilitated seven community mural projects and helped place 2618 works of art in 169 organizations!
Artwork by Edie Bowers, “Falling into Place, 5″, was recently selected as the 5,000th work of art placed by The Art Connection! This work was selected in March by a committee of staff and residents at United Residents in Academy Homes II (URIAH) in Roxbury.
We are pleased to welcome Sarah Berry as our newest member of The Art Connection family. Not only a new staff member, Sarah is a wonderful photographer and participating art donor, who has already had four of her works selected within a month of making them available!
Prilla Smith Brackett
Over the last 13 years, Prilla Smith Bracket has donated over 114 pieces to The Art Connection. Her vibrant landscape paintings are displayed in 76 different Boston-area nonprofits organizations, offering each agency a welcome escape into the comforting beauty of nature.
Newton artist Maria Termini has currently donated more work than any other Art Connection artist. Her 255th piece was recently selected by The Asian American Civic Association, and her artwork hangs in over 100 nonprofits in the greater Boston area.
Featured artist Marcia Sewall shares her thoughts of the program: “The Art Connection makes a great contribution to the artist and the community. It allows the artist to, in a sense, volunteer in a meaningful way, sharing with organizations that might otherwise not be able to afford original art.”
Now in his third year as a participating artist, photographer Mike Ritter has donated 20 artworks to 10 local nonprofits. Recipient organizations that connect with his work range from groups working with the elderly to those in low-income housing, and from at-risk youth to newly arrived refugees – demonstrating his versatility and ability to use his camera to connect with the community.
Martha Jane Bradford
Since 2001, Brookline artist Martha Jane Bradford has been donating her art through our program. A surge of interest in her work at the end of 2009 brought her above 75, and Martha has now donated 84 acrylics, oils, etchings, silkscreens, and digital drawings to community nonprofits. Here we answer the question: What exactly is a digital drawing?
Newton artist Eleanor Rubin, an art donor with The Art Connection for 13 years, now has 37 of her works on display at 24 local nonprofits. “Magnified Wish,” a series of watercolors from 2004 are among her most recent donations – here she talks about the inspiration for these works and why donating her art is important…
Nan has been a donating artist for over five years. She likes working with The Art Connection because we “help her get outside herself and share some of her love of art with others.” That love is certainly shared at 20+ community agencies who have selected 40 of her works to grace their walls and also with visitors to her current retrospective show at the Danforth Museum.
When an artist donates work, it may take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of years for the work to be selected. Jason has only been an art donor with The Art Connection for six short months, and yet all eight of the works he has made available for donation have already placed! Wow…
An art donor since 2000, Cora Roth had donated 15 works that were placed in 13 agencies in the Boston area. She recently moved to LA, but first donated an additional 30 large works which now hang on display in The Art Connection office gallery…
David Kupferman recently moved from Waltham to Iowa but not before dropping off “a couple of works” for donation through our program. And by “a couple of works” we mean 200! We have placed over 75 works of his in the past five years and look forward to placing hundreds more (literally) in the years to come…
Jo Ann Rothschild
JoAnn has been donating art through The Art Connection for over 10 years and has donated the largest works we have been able to offer in our portfolio. Her colorful paintings on canvas are often 8′ x 10′ or bigger and are literally HUGE gifts to local nonprofits…
As of this year Faith Hyde has joined our 100 club! We have now placed 154 of her works in community agencies! Her lively caricatures of people she comes across while out and about inspire smiles in 48 Boston area organizations…
Fay Chandler has had more than 30 solo art exhibitions. Her work appears in collections in theDanforth Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Chrysler Museum of Art. Fay is the founder of The Art Connection.