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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Mary was so well respected that she became one of the few female charter members of the Boston Guild of Artists, which became one of the most prestigious art organizations of its kind in the United States. Other prominent female members of the Guild included Gertrude Horsford Fiske, Laura Coombs Hills, Lilla Cabot Perry, and Gretchen Woodman Rogers. Mary also was an early member of the Copley Society and a founder and treasurer of the Wellesley Society of Artists. She also belonged to the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the American Federation of Artists, and the Concord Art Association. Her works today hang at Harvard University, the Peabody-Essex Museum, the Massachusetts State House, the Wellesley Historical Society, the Wellesley Free Library, the Harvard Club, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, to mention a few. Sadly, in 1952 Mary suffered a stroke. She heroically continued to paint with her non-dominant left hand after the event and eventually died the following year after her long career of "firsts." The Wellesley Historical Society serves as the steward of the Mary Brewster Hazelton collection of approximately 60 paintings and of her family archives. A majority of the collection was gifted to the Society in the 1960s by the Hazelton family. The Society continues to actively col- lect her paintings and recently accepted a still-life from a donor in Iowa. The Society is also home to the artist's and her family's archives, which include incomparable photographs, charming sketch books, corre- spondence with other prominent Boston artists, and fascinating ephem- era, such as her brushes, paints, palette, and traveling easel. The author would like to thank Wellesley Historical Society Curator KATHLEEN FAHEY for her considerable assistance with the research for this article. left: Helen (1919) • right: Margaret by the Sea The Wellesley Historical Society Needs Your Support Unfortunately, like many older works of art, the Mary Brewster Hazelton collection is in need of help. A number of these irreplaceable paintings require proper cleaning, repairs, and frame restoration. The Wellesley Historical Society hopes to generate support from members of the community to bring Mary's work back to its original brilliance so that it may be shared with art lovers of all ages for generations to come. If you would like to view Mary's paintings, please visit the Wellesley Historical Society, the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, or her magnificent portrait of Horatio Hunnewell in the main branch of the Wellesley Free Library. Donations to help restore the Mary Brewster Hazelton collection may be sent to the Wellesley Historical Society at 229 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. 104 Mary Brewster Hazelton 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

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