First Night Boston is pleased to announce that the work of artist Fay Chandler, who turned 89 in September, will be used in the design of this year’s First Night button, which will be unveiled in mid-November. She lives in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Chandler has had more than 30 solo art exhibitions. Her work appears in collections in the Danforth Museum, DeCordova Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Chrysler Museum of Art. When she was 72, she founded The Art Connection, a Boston-based organization that facilitates the donation of works between artists and nonprofits such as schools and homeless shelters. The Art Connection has placed 300 artists’ 5000 original pieces in over 300 nonprofit organizations around Boston. Now in its second decade, the organization has become a model in other cities including New York and Washington, DC. In celebration of Fay’s 50-year career as an artist, a survey exhibition was presented at the Boston Center for The Arts Cyclorama in Fall 2010. Over 400 paintings and objects created by the artist over the past five decades were on view. 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 mid-thirties, 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 challenging people, of doing something people wouldn’t expect.”
To learn more about Fay Chandler and her work, please visit http://www.faychandler.com/.