NESBA artist Maria Bablyak's Harpsicord Paintings on a Tour

Painting musical instruments is probably one of the oldest and most traditional applications of botanical art, however, it became rather rare in contemporary times. Beautifully decorated musical instruments, particularly harpsichords and pianos were a pride of a house. Every important family would make an effort to acquire one, since musical entertainment and dancing were the heart of social life. Such intricately decorated musical instruments were showing the status of a family. In our accelerating world, how many musicians have time and means to commission custom made instrument with a unique decoration? Yet, in small numbers, they are still being made.

The tradition of depicting flowers and plants on a soundboard of a harpsichord originated centuries ago and continues till now. Each flower has a meaning and painting is full of symbolism. This a chance to view a soundboard painted by Maria Bablyak, one of our members, and visit a workshop of a magnificent harpsichord maker, who follows traditions meticulously. Did you know that feathers are used in building the instrument to give it a particular sound? Each of those harpsichords is a work of art and it takes about a year to build one. You'll tour a beautiful workshop, learn some secrets of special painting techniques and symbolic meaning of images.

The tour will take place on Sunday, January 24, from 3pm to 4 pm, at 538 High Street, Medford, MA. Please RSVP to Maria Bablyak or phone (617) 851-8329


NESBA Program on Creative Process features Nancy Schon

In conjuction with the NESBA program emphasis this year on 'creative process' members met with sculptor Nancy Schon in her Newton home which also serves as her art gallery.

Mary Coughlan, Emmi Kurosawa, Suellen Perold, Nancy Schon, Kaoru Takaishi, Joan Pierce and Deborah Locke holding a miniature version of Nancy Schon’s Make Way for Ducklings statues which are installed at the Boston Public Garden.
Nancy Schon held an informal round table discussion of her creative process, marketing one’s art, the importance of doing one’s art every day, and also the importance of working on many projects at a time to ease 'frustration pressure'. If we're serious about being artists, the two hours or so that we need to do our art, needs to be done first each day. Working on many projects insures that we are always creating. Nancy is a very disciplined woman of 87 who clearly has thought out her own relationship to her art and very generously shared it with us. We were all inspired and tickled to have this brief encounter with one of Boston's great living artists. The creator of the "Ducklings" sculpture in the Boston Garden, Nancy told the story of how her Ducklings statues became part of the Boston Public Garden’s most beloved attractions.

NESBA artist Kay Kopper to show at the South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory
Hingham, MA

 Palmer Gallery 


Art by Kay Kopper

January 11—April 27, 2016


Gallery Hours

Monday through Friday 
9 am – 7 pm, 
Saturdays 9 am – 3 pm 
and during scheduled concerts 


for exhibit information 

Call: (781) 749-7565 
South Shore Art Center