Current Art Exhibits


James E. Mahoney Foyer

“Horizons” — Encaustic Paintings by Hilary Hanson Bruel
Hilary Hanson Bruel is a Needham-based artist who works with encaustic paint — a mixture of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment that is applied in layers and fused with heat. Her multi-layer paintings are studies in color, composition, and texture that highlight the unique properties of the medium, and are informed by her background in both fine arts and graphic design. 
This exhibition features works from Hilary’s “Horizons” series of abstract landscapes. Using only bands of varying widths and textures — including strands of thread strung across the surface of the painting — she challenges herself to create a real sense of space and distance, while also pushing the colors beyond the palette of the natural world.
Hilary resumed painting following a career in graphic design, and began exhibiting her art in 2019. She serves on the boards of Needham Open Studios and the Needham and Newton Art Associations, and is a member of New England Wax. You can learn more about Hilary and her work at

Jackie’s Room & Commons Display Cases

Tenacre Country Day School – Student Art Work