WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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now famous Boston Museum School finishing in 1892. While the majority of the women in the school were amateurs, Mary was a pro. Most women artists of that age, as outlined in the now classic book A Studio of her Own (MFA Publications, 2001) by Erica Hirshler, strug- gled with the decision to continue with their passion for their art or opted out for the more socially acceptable career choice of marriage and motherhood. At the Museum School, Mary's skills were clearly recognized. She became one of a handful of women asked to remain there in its early years where she taught drawing and painting. This was no small accom- plishment for a female artist of the day. She served first as a class assis- tant to Phillip Hale and later in Benson's antique and drawing classes. She obtained the position of assistant instructor of drawing and contin- ued in her teaching position at the school at various times from 1893 though 1906. Mary Brewster Hazelton rapidly rose in the art world with two major early distinctions. In 1896, she won the prestigious Hallgarten prize for her work In the Studio. This award was granted from the left: Two Sisters at a Piano (1894) • right: Isaac Brewster Hazelton 100 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 Mary Brewster Hazelton

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