MATTAPAN, Mass. – May 17, 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 the Mattapan Family Service Center. This non-profit promotes self-help for low-income people and neighborhoods by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty. Mattapan Family Service Center encourages its participants to live with dignity and achieve their full potential by emphasizing education, job training and asset development. 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.”