“Sisters of the Brush and Palette: Women Artists of the Guild” displays the art by all the women members of the Guild of Boston Artists, founded in 1914. The 15 artists display art that is serene, beautiful and deliciously painted and sculpted. In our current Covid-induced state of anxiety, social distrust and racial turmoil, their art is a welcome respite. Hopefully, there will always be a place for serenity, beauty and peace in our lives.
Gertrude Fiske and Lilian Westcott Hale were founding members of the Guild, and current members follow in their tradition. Member Christina Mastrangelo’s paintings reflect on the world around her, with or without gender identity in mind. “I am interested in making paintings that speak to who we really are, not as seen by the male gaze, but from the gaze of a female artist,” Mastrangelo said. Five of the women direct their gaze to portraits of contemporary women and girls. Interestingly, none of them chose to exhibit portraits of men! The portraits are the highlight of the exhibit, displaying an honesty, directness and carefully observed likenesses of their subjects.
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