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  • December 01, 2023 6:07 PM | Anonymous

    As of today, December 1 2023, we are officially moving in to our new space at 285 Washington Street.  We'll have a month of intensive activity to build out and furnish a classroom, club space, and tenant spaces to rent out to artists. 

    Please come check it out when you can!  Official opening date is Jan.1.

  • September 28, 2023 7:43 AM | Anonymous

    Hi folks, I'm revising the schedule this morning, and just wanted to say hi.

    That's the news, hope to see you at the Center soon!

    Damon Lehrer

  • March 04, 2023 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Drawing as Meditation will continue in Somerville as a monthly workshop, beginning April 1, led by Adam LoRusso and Aleksey Mafusalov. Read the class description here.

  • March 04, 2023 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Damon Lehrer's Drawing as Meditation is moving to a new venue and a new night! The workshop will continue on Wednesday evenings from March 8 to March 29 at the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421. Read the class description here.

  • March 02, 2023 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One spot in our shared studio is coming open April 1, possibly earlier. It has a hardwood floor, an open plan of about 400 square feet divided into quadrants, with one quadrant (about 10' x 10') for each artist's equipment and materials, and two openable windows towards the south.

    It is adjacent to the BFAC main space, where drawing and painting sessions (with models) are held four times a week.

    Rent is $296 per month, all utilities included. There is 24-hour access to the building. Some parking is available on the street (no overnight parking without a permit), with daytime parking in a lot around the back.

    The space is best for a painter or similar practitioner who is community-minded and considerate. The four artists sharing the studio are typically not in the space at the same time, as they have different schedules. The larger BFAC studio is available for use when drawing and painting sessions are not being held.

    We look for artists who respect each other's need to work while also appreciating some connection to other creative people.

    If interested, email us at­

    The photos show views of part of the shared space (not necessarily the space now available), plus views of the main BFAC workspace.

  • November 17, 2022 5:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BFAC Open Studios After Party, Saturday, December 3, 2022, 5:00 PM until ?

    We’re having a party after the Open Studios to celebrate 13 years at Vernon Street.

    Snacks and drinks!

    Live (clothed) model for drawing!

    Raffle (prizes to be announced)!

  • October 30, 2022 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The BFAC Fall Figure Drawing Workshop, FIGURING IT OUT, has been postponed. We hope to present it again in January.

    The BFAC Fall Figure Drawing Workshop, FIGURING IT OUT, is for anyone who wants to learn about drawing from life and to develop skills using traditional techniques for realistic drawings. The course will explore graphite and charcoal and their rich possibilities for creating beautiful drawings. It will transform your way of seeing and working in order to create the drawings you want to make.

    This workshop will meet for 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, beginning on November 8, 2022.

    Each session will include short lectures, homework reviews, demonstrations, and drawing from a live model.

    See the event listing Figuring It Out to sign up.

  • September 27, 2022 8:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come draw with us at our new Saturday Evening Short-Pose Figure Drawing session! The model will take poses ranging from 1 minute up to 20 or 25 minutes (or longer if time permits).

    Our sessions are "open studio" format; there is no instructor. Artists are free to work however they like, in whatever media they prefer. (Painters, please use an odorless medium.)

    All levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced artists.

    Cost: $25 ($15 for monthly members and students)

  • September 27, 2022 8:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have resolved our lease situation and are staying at 6 Vernon Street!

    Come join us at one of our weekly sessions, or try our new Saturday evening short-pose session.

  • July 27, 2022 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Artists,

    Boston Figurative Art Center (BFAC) is an artist’s cooperative founded by artist and teacher Damon Lehrer in 2009 focusing on promoting figure drawing and painting.  BFAC offers a variety of sessions bringing artists of all levels together to enjoy creating artwork with live models. The center has been a part of the Vernon Street Studios community since its inception.  

    Unfortunately, due to the impending retirement of our founder, the center is at risk of losing its lease in October.  BFAC has every desire to keep serving our artist community, but its ability in continuing the figurative art sessions is dependent on having access to a studio space.  While we are pursuing a few leads, we would like to reach out to our community to see if there are other studio spaces we might consider.

    Our studio requirements:

    ·  Roughly 500 - 1000 square feet, with electricity and a floor that can get dirty

    ·  Storage space for a model stand, furniture, and in-progress artwork

    ·  Enough ventilation for oil painting

    ·  Would consider both lease and sublease

    Ideally, we'd find a permanent home, but temporary studio space to keep us going in the near term would be welcome too. Please reach out to us if you have any suggestions!

    Thank you,

    BFAC Management

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