Adding Color to the Esplanade: Kaji Aso Studio Artists Partner with Cbi to Bring Painting to the Esplanade

Urban Greenways Painting participants.

On Saturday, July 21, Community Boating partnered with the Kaji Aso Studio (KAS) to bring water-color painting to the Charles River Esplanade.

As part of the KAS Landscaping and Urban Greenways classes, faculty member Gary Tucker brought his program to the docks of Community Boating. The watercolor artists captured the sights and activities of the Esplanade and sailing from the perspective of the new dock facility. Artists chose unique perspectives of the area from the various locations at Community Boating’s sailing facility, capturing the history, vibrancy and beauty of this unique part of Boston.

Kaji Aso Studio (KAS) is a small arts organization based in the Fenway. For nearly 40 years, the KAS has been offering classes in drawing, painting, poetry, ceramics and Japanese culture, such as Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremonies. The studio is supported by a volunteer staff and serves the Boston communities with classes on site and special events and demonstrations throughout Greater Boston and New England. Founded by Kaji Aso, a former School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) faculty member and distinguished Bostonian, the KAS and its members continue to build upon his philosophy that art is for everyone, and that the practice of art enriches all our lives.

The landscape class is led by Gary Tucker, faculty in watercolor at Kaji Aso Studio. Tucker has been leading this group through the parks and greenways of Boston and the surrounding communities for 10 years. His groups have painted the parks of the Emerald Necklace, as well as the more urban greenways that make Boston such a wonderful city and the Charles River from its source to the sea. The painting group not only enjoys painting in some of Boston’s most enjoyable public spaces, but also learns about their creation and history.

The group meets on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Visit, call 617-247-1719 or stop by the Kaji Aso Studio, 40 St. Stephen St., for more information.

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