BOSTON – July 22, 2010 – In 1995, Boston-based artist Fay Chandler realized that a multitude of her paintings and sculptures were merely sitting in storage, and she began to wonder what would happen to these works after she died. Fay decided that the best way for her art to benefit society was to donate it to nonprofits, inspiring her to found The Art Connection, an organization that facilitates the donation of works between artists and nonprofit community organizations. Fifteen years later, Fay is planning to celebrate her 88th birthday with yet another selfless act; in September, she will have a survey of her work titled “Just As I Am,” where all proceeds from sales will benefit The Art Connection. The show, running from September 16 to September 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, will be in the Cyclorama Building of the Boston Center for the Arts.
Fay believes that art is meant to be viewed, and not just by the elite few. Fay and The Art Connection have worked hard over the years to ensure that art is accessible to everyone, especially those in need of some inspiration. Fay hopes that the pieces she has donated will bring comfort and hope to everyone at the over 80 nonprofits her works have gone to.
Fay possesses a vitality that most people can only hope to have at her age. She didn’t begin her artistic career until she was 38-years-old and she did not even found The Art Connection until she was 72-years old, but she has made the most of her time with more
than 30 solo art exhibitions and countless contributions of her art and time to the community. Many situations in Fay’s life have influenced her style throughout the last five decades, including her Southern heritage with its many constraints that pushed her towards unconventionality, as seen by her three-dimensional objects made of odds and ends that are whimsical, spiritual and feminist. Fay will exhibit work from this 50-year career at her “Just As I Am” art show.
ABOUT THE ART CONNECTION
The Art Connection is a non-profit organization that expands public access to visual art by placing the work of donor artists and collectors on the walls of community service organizations. Founded by Fay Chandler in 1995, this unique program has supported 279 agencies in their personal selection of more than 4,300 works of art by 278 artists and collectors. Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort and hope. More information on The Art Connection can be found at www.theartconnection.org.