Historical Society honors brick contest winners
October 30, 2008

The Dorchester Historical Society awarded two prizes to students who participated in painting classes at three neighborhood libraries at the opening reception of last weekend's Dorchester Open Studios. The presentations were made last Friday evening at First Parish Church. In a modern take on an old collection, the Society invited children up through the age of 14 to submit paintings of a favorite Dorchester scene on the face of a brick. Painting classes were held at three Dorchester library branches with instructor Larry Pryor. The two winners were Tajay Thomas of Ashmont Street and Jake Ryan of Oakton Avenue.

The contest is inspired by the Society's Edward A. Huebener Brick collection, made up of bricks from significant buildings collected by Huebener in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, often when the structure was being demolished. He then chose local artists to paint a picture of the house onto the face of the brick.

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