Art at the Envoy
As a centerpiece of Boston’s ever-evolving Innovation District, The Envoy is something of an artwork in and of itself. We also act as something of a gateway to the larger Fort Point Arts Community. So in order to complement our love of all things art, we’ve dedicated a portion of our space to the housing of our very own curated gallery of selections from this famous collective.
Guests are welcome to enjoy these exhibits in and around the property, all inspired by Boston’s rich history as one of America’s oldest and most storied cities. Then, if you’d still like to put some more art in your heart, head out and explore the Seaport’s museums and galleries. We’ll even supply you with a map of the best spots.
“HORIZON REFLECTION” by Maryanna McDonald,
Mixed media on repurposed VHS tapes on panel
This custom commission was inspired by the horizon line on the Boston Harbor. Created specifically for The Envoy Hotel, the work was designed to simulate the view from the property. Repurposing VHS tapes puts a funky, urban spin on classic portraiture and conveys the hotel’s emphasis on “being a visionary.”
“CONCENTRIC PLATES” by F+L Studio,
Mixed media on porcelain china
Commissioned for The Envoy Hotel, this piece was designed to juxtapose the historic with the modern and sleek. By making use of traditional blue-and-white Blue Willow porcelain and contemporary gold leaf, the artists created concentric circles that toy with the concept of horizon lines, the sea, and a journey.
“TIDE” by Janke Glass Studios,
Matt Janke received his Master’s in glassblowing from Kent State University in 1990 and returned to Atlanta shortly after with his family. Upon arriving he discovered there were no glassblowing studios in the city, so he and his wife, Kim, set out to create Atlanta’s first glassblowing studio — Janke Glass Studios. Their mission is to expose and promote the art of glassmaking and provide other artists the opportunity to practice their craft. The ombre coloration of the glass in this piece reflects movement, emphasized by undulating glass panels that create a wave effect.
“READING” by Kelly Stapleton,
Mixed media on vintage books mounted to panel
Commissioned specifically for The Envoy Hotel, “Reading” is intended to breathe new life into both the classic and the antique. The Boston skyline, which is rendered in a lightbulb, highlights the relative themes of place, history, and innovation.
“MORNING LIGHT” by Nancy Koenigsberg,
Copper wire, metal, and glass beads
For the past 20 years, Nancy Koenigsberg’s work has been concerned with interlocking lines and the space they form. Her interest is in creating a sense of weightlessness and luminescence via the manipulation of narrow-gauge industrial wire. She explores the contradiction between metal elements known for their strength and durability and the delicacy of the textiles. These lace-like layers of nets allow for transparency and the passage of light and shadow.
“POPULUS: LIFE” by Martin Dawe,
Resin and enamel
Martin Dawe is a sculptor who works primarily as a commissioned artist in a variety of media. Martin is well-known for his figurative and representational works, which range from loose, impressionist work to traditional sculptures that showcase a late-19th-century style. An expert in sculpting, mold making, casting, and implementation, Martin started his own custom sculpture studio in 1987.
“MOSWETUSET” by Donald Martiny,
Polymer and pigment on aluminum
The custom piece “Moswetuset” was commissioned by Donald Martiny and named for the local Native American tribe’s term for the Boston Harbor area before the first settlers came over. Martiny currently lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and has studied at the School of the Visual Arts, The Art Students League in New York, New York University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The artist’s work is displayed in private collections in Amsterdam, London, Paris, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles.