Mason’s Anna Faiello to be remembered through art exhibition

  • A sample from Anna Faiello's Earthscape Series. Photo by Liz Fletcher—

  • A sample from Anna Faiello's Windows of the Mind Series. Photo by Liz Fletcher

  • Anna Faiello of Mason was killed when she was struck by a vehicle while walking on Jackson Road in Mason on Sunday morning. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/24/2021 4:41:59 PM

Anna Faiello was beloved in the town of Mason for her work on the conservation commission, passion for the town she lived in for more than four decades, and her artistic creativity.

While Faiello wasn’t someone who often looked to showcase her work, giving her colored pencil drawings and pastel creations a space to be seen and appreciated seemed like the perfect way to remember her. Faiello died in November after being struck by a car while walking along her road in Mason, and her family decided to honor her memory by creating an exhibition of her work in a place that had special meaning.

On Saturday, for one day only, a collection of Faiello’s work will be on display in the Mason Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for anyone who wants to see Faiello’s art, many pieces that had only been seen by close friends and family. In the event of inclement weather, the exhibition will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The pieces on display will be available for purchase by donation, with proceeds going to a granite bench in memory of Faiello and her work with the Mason Conservation Commission.

“They wanted to give something back,” said Liz Fletcher, a fellow Mason artist and friend of Faiello’s who has worked with the family to help set up the exhibition. Fletcher said they have not decided yet where the bench will be placed.

“But one of Anna’s favorite places in Mason was the overlook on Greenville Road,” Fletcher said, on land donated to the town by Bronson Potter. “That would be a great place and Anna really loved that spot.”

Fletcher said Faiello was known quite widely in town and the two first met on the conservation commission. But it was after the 2008 ice storm where their friendship really started to blossom. Faiello was losing her eyesight and Fletcher helped find the right placement for Faiello’s signature on a number of her works. The two went grocery shopping together and to art museums.

“Even when she couldn’t see fully she could see angles and really still take in the art,” Fletcher said, adding that Faiello really had a deep understanding of art. “It was always educational to go to the museum with her.”

Fletcher said many of Faiello’s pieces were figurative and mystical, and included tree people and visionary landscapes from her travels and spiritual beliefs.

“She really internalized the beauty of these scenes,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said Faiello wasn’t really a collaborative artist, instead choosing to create on her own in her home studio barely big enough for two people. “She had her own vision,” Fletcher said.

Born in East Boston, Faiello knew she was an artist from early childhood. As a teenager she studied at Boston Museum School, graduating from Massachusetts College of Art. Afterward she traveled widely, living in a creative community in San Miguel, Mexico. In the ’60s and early ’70s Faiello lived in New York City, teaching, creating art, and working as a studio assistant for nationally known sculptor Lily Saarinen.

In 1975, she came to Mason with the idea of starting an arts community and print-making studio. While the other artists who joined her move to the north returned to the city, Faiello found a home in Mason, loving the rural life that fit both her passion for the natural world and provided a tranquil space for her creative endeavors.

The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mason Town Hall.

“There are lots of people in town that knew Anna and were fond of her,” Fletcher said. “This is the way her family will be celebrating her.”

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