The Wellesley Society of Artists (WSA) became an official organization in 1933 as a small group of accomplished artists. The goals of the Society, then as now, were to promote exhibitions of consistent high quality and to encourage the appreciation of art in every way possible to the townspeople and beyond. As outlined by the Wellesley Townsman in 1934, its founding members also appreciated the opportunity for friendly cooperation and competition.

The desire for such an organization began almost a decade earlier. In 1924, the Wellesley Hills Women’s Club established a committee to form an art department. Its first meeting featured a lecture and sketch class delivered by the nationally prominent Wellesley artist Mary Brewster Hazleton. These beginnings stimulated much enthusiasm for greater things in the future.

Learn more in the Digital Edition of the Fall 2023 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.