Scenes of Boston Inspire Holiday Small Works

Written by Caroline Browne

Located on the beloved Newbury Street in the historic Copley Square, The Copley Society of Art is proud of its Boston roots. Full of art, culture, and picturesque scenery, it is no wonder that many of our Boston-based artists tend to find artistic inspiration from the city itself. From architecture to landscapes, from photography to realism, the treasures in our Holiday Small Works show expertly capture Boston’s artistic lure.

Pictured: JoAnne Chittick, Rooftop Splendor, watercolor, 8 x 10”

Using the luminous quality of watercolors, JoAnne Chittick depicts the distinctive character and architectural features of a Back Bay façade. The artist is known for her popular commissioned house portraits created with the fluidity and vibrancy of watercolor.

Pictured: Jim Connelly, CA, BOSTON, oil on canvas mounted on board, 12 x 8”

Jim Connelly creates original scenes of iconic Boston landmarks with a unique perspective. Weaving the individual letters of his canvas together creates a contemporary and multi-dimensional quality to his painting. Can you identify the source of each of the letters in this piece?

Pictured: Eli Portman, Hidden Church Behind Hospital Towers, pen and ink, ink wash, 13 x 17”

Eli Portman’s finely calculated renderings reflect his own vision of modern Boston life that he wants to help others see. Using a detailed interplay of light and shadow, the artist portrays Boston’s architectural beauty and reveals a hidden structure amongst the tall buildings of the city’s bustling Chinatown neighborhood.

Pictured: Joe Reardon, CA, Comm Ave, photography, 12 x 16”

Joe Reardon's artistic goal is to present the viewer with a visual that evokes a sense of seeing and feeling the same things for the first time, again. With a unique angle and bright colors, the artist captures the warm essence of one of the most inviting places in the city to take a stroll!

Pictured: Kristin Stashenko, Back Bay Doorway, acrylic, 12.5 x 14.5”, SOLD

In her acrylic painting, Kristin Stashenko invites her viewer to marvel at the architectural details⁠ of a doorway in Back Bay. She skillfully uses color and graphic brushwork to transform exterior spaces in an artistic way.

Pictured: Christopher Zhang, CM, King’s Chapel, oil, 15 x 10”, SOLD

Copley Master, Christopher Zhang creates paintings with colors reminiscent of the Impressionists and large brushstrokes inspired by Russian realism. In this striking, vertical composition he paints the historic King’s Chapel found along the Freedom Trail.

Holiday Small Works continues through Friday, December 24th and is available to view online and in person during gallery hours at 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.