ARLINGTON, Mass. – June 1, 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 Dearborn Academy in Arlington. This program is part of Schools for Children, inc., a non-profit organization that uses a variety of high quality learning environments and specialized services to encourage the development of children, adolescents and young adults. This psycho-educational school serves children with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties by giving them individualized and small-group academic instruction, clinical services and social enrichment. Within this healing environment, Chandler’s original works of art 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 16 to September 27 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.”
High resolution photos of the showcased pieces are available
ABOUT THE ART CONNECTION
The Art Connection is a nonprofit 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. This organization reaches out to a diverse audience and has become a model for other cities including New York City and Washington, D.C. For more information on The Art Connection please visit www.theartconnection.org.