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Speaking the Universal Language of the Arts

Emily Boosahda in her studio

By Cristal Perriello

Emily Boosahda grew up in the South End of Boston. When her sisters were getting dolls and games under the Christmas tree, she was opening art supplies.

“I was asked to do a painting of a soldier, for which I was given a beautiful paint box with oil paints when I was just 12 years old,” says Emily. “I also did many portraits and landscapes for friends when I was young.”

The money she received help pay her tuition to art school.

When Emily was growing up it was unheard of for women to be artists. “They could be teachers, nurses or secretaries,” she lists.

Emily defied those odds. She has been a dedicated artist and teacher for over 30 years and she currently resides in West Boylston. She paints in oils, watercolors and acrylics.
A national award-winning artist, the Worcester Sister City Project chose Emily and displayed her work in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she represented Massachusetts.
“The whole experience had an incredible, almost inexplicable feel of something imagined, rather than truly experienced,” she remembers.

She had no idea what to expect at the opening in Russia, where 12 of her canvases were displayed. She was amazed by the crowds, the interviews, and the gifts.

“The mayor of St. Petersburg was truly enchanted by one of my paintings. I was so grateful to be able to give it to him as a small token of my appreciation for being in the heart of the alarmingly beautiful palace,” she says.

Over the years, Mrs. Boosahda has tried many methods to bring original art to people of all different walks of life. She has tried to display art wherever it would reach the public eye, including restaurants, banks, movie theatres, concert halls, colleges, and libraries.

”My favorite art show took place in West Boylston and was conceived by a fifth grade teacher and myself,” she explains.
They hung students’ work on fences in the common and had students demonstrate various disciplines of art including painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, and weaving. People could stop by and try any of these disciplines.

“It was a good educational experience and we continued with this concept every spring. The event kept getting larger. We were joined by music and drama departments,” she says. “The West Boylston Arts Council eventually joined us and the event became know as West Boylston Days. It has been a tradition for the past ten years.”

Emily tries to make her paintings affordable to everyone. “I believe everyone should own original art.”

Her art is owned by the likes of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Worcester City Manager Michael V. O’Brien. Diane Sawyer, an internationally known television news reporter, has even bought a piece from a gallery where her work was displayed.

One of Emily’s major inspirations for her paintings is her family. She and her husband raised six daughters and have 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
“Inspiration is everywhere, in my family, in the nature around me, and in the effort to try and improve the human condition,” she says.

Mrs. Boosahda’s work is currently on display through June 29 at an exhibit entitled “Colors of Celebrations” at Celebrations Gallery & Shoppes in Connecticut.

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