WALTHAM, MA – May 3, 2010 – Boston-based artist Fay Chandler has had over 30 solo art exhibitions and her collections have appeared in the Danforth Museum, the DeCordova Museum, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Chrysler Museum of Art. Chandler’s extraordinarily creative and prolific output led to a studio full of completed works with no home, inspiring her to found The Art Connection, an organization that facilitates the donation of works between artists and non-profits.
Through The Art Connection, Chandler has donated a substantial number of her works to diverse community organizations throughout Massachusetts, including Advocates, Inc. in Waltham. This non-profit group helps people with disabilities, elders and those with other challenges to obtain and keep homes, engage in work and other activities and sustain satisfying relationships. Advocates encourages participants to overcome obstacles and societal barriers through a variety of services including The Autism Alliance of MetroWest program, drug court programs, deaf services, elder services and residential support services for those with mental health issues. Within this healing environment, Chandler’s original artwork, along with the work of several other artist donors, provide welcome opportunities for reflection, comfort and hope.
Chandler’s altruistic nature has encouraged her to celebrate her 88th birthday in September 2010 with a survey of her work titled “Just As I Am,” exhibiting pieces from her 50-year career. All proceeds from sales at the event will benefit The Art Connection, and Chandler will donate works not sold to The Art Connection’s non-profit community partners. The survey, running from September 16th to September 27th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, will be at the Cyclorama Building of the Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont Street.
Chandler’s paintings and three-dimensional objects made of “odds and ends” are whimsical, spiritual and feminist in their own way. Born in 1922 in Norfolk, Virginia, Chandler discovered art in her early forties following the birth of her fourth child. Her Southern heritage with its many constraints pushed her towards unconventionality. She has said of her works, “I rather liked the idea of shocking people, of doing something people wouldn’t expect.”