BROOKLINE, MA — The Brookline Arts Center will hold its annual Jazz Brunch on Sunday, December 14, 2008, from 10 a.m. to noon. The featured musician will be jazz guitarist Tom Pendergast of Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the Jazz Brunch, the arts center will honor seven women who have dedicated many hours of work and leadership to the expansion of the visual arts in Brookline.
According to Crafts Showcase Director Isabella Frost, “In recent years, Brookline has been experiencing a “renaissance” of contemporary local art, due in great extent to hardworking women like these. They translate their passion for the visual arts into exciting projects that encourage the public to make art a vital part of their lives. We are honored to bring them all together in a fun, festive celebration of our Brookline community.”
Among the women will be honored at the Jazz Brunch are artists Jean Stringham, who curates monthly exhibitions of art at the Brookline Senior Center, and Gwen Ossenfort, who directed and expanded Brookline Artists’ Open Studios from 2002 to 2008. Jeweler Melissa Finelli has been mentoring her students and fellow faculty at the Brookline Arts Center, while also expanding her Melle Finelli line of jewelry to nationwide prominence.
Designer Gail Rice has been creating the varied designs of the annual Crafts Showcase fundraisers at the Brookline Arts Center for over twenty years, and volunteer Ruth Ann Feinberg has supervised the sales and customer service for the nationally-known exhibition, which presents work by over 100 artists.
Betsy DeWitt was formerly the Executive Director of the Brookline Community Foundation, where she spearheaded projects to strengthen local nonprofits and encourage local artists; now, as a Selectman for the Town of Brookline, DeWitt is organizing a town-wide celebration of art and working to develop public art. Business leader Mary Lynn Pergantis, owner of Party Favors in Brookline, is both a dedicated amateur artist and a supporter of local artists, as when she provided work space to the young Brookline artist Christina Powell.
The Jazz Brunch takes place as part of the 34th annual Crafts Showcase fundraising sale of fine arts and crafts, on view at the Brookline Arts Center from December 3 - 21, 2008. Tickets for the Jazz Brunch and Art Treasures awards are $35. To purchase tickets, please call 617-566-5715. Money raised at the Jazz Brunch and the Crafts Showcase will support art classes and cultural programs at the Brookline Arts Center.
The Fireplace Restaurant of Brookline has generously donated food and beverages for the Jazz Brunch. The programs of the Brookline Arts Center are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, visit www.brooklineartscenter.com .
About the Brookline Arts Center: A neighborhood arts center located in a historic former fire station, the Brookline Arts Center has provided quality art education and programming for adults and children since its founding by Brookline residents in 1964. The Brookline Arts Center is located at 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, at St. Mary’s Street. This property, which is listed in the State Register of Historic Places, has received a matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, Chairman. It is one block from the MBTA green line and close to bus lines CT#2 and #47 from Cambridge and Roxbury.
Susan Navarre, Executive Director
Brookline Arts Center 617-566-5715