The Origin of the Endicott Studio Name
The Endicott Studio for Mythic Arts was named after the street on which it first came into being in 1987: Endicott Street in Boston's historic North End. (The name was a deliberate nod to Thomas Canty's Newbury Studio, over on Boston's Newbury Street.)
In those early days, the Endicott Studio was a physical place: a large work and exhibition space in an old warehouse close to Boston harbor. We held art shows there, discussion groups for women artists, and "salon" gatherings co-hosted with Ellen Kushner (who was then best known in Boston for her late night show on WGBH Radio).
Eventually the Endicott Studio left Boston, but carried on as a nonprofit arts organization supporting collaborative projects of a mythic nature in the U.S. and U.K. -- including anthologies and other publications, art exhibitions, and reading series. In 1997, the Endicott website was launched, evolving into our online Journal of Mythic Arts. The journal ran for eleven years, and was honored with a World Fantasy Award during its final year of publication, 2008. The Endicott West Arts Retreat was established in 2001 and ran for the next thirteen years, providing writers, artists, and others with work and retreat space on a magical desert ranch near Tucson, Arizona.
The next pair of photographs shows the Castignetti Building on Endicott Street, circa 1989 (left), and the view of the Boston skyline one of the studio's windows (right). The ground floor of the Castignetti Building housed a tuxedo shop, with five floors of studio space above rented by artists (including Candy Nartonis, Lois Fiore, Rick & Sheila Berry, Phil Hale), writers (including James Carroll, Delia Sherman), graphic designers, and filmmakers. The Endicott Studio was on the top floor.
Rick Berry's painting (above, right) was created during this time, depicting Terri Windling, Sheila Berry, and another artist on the building's roof. (It eventually appeared on the cover of Michael Bishop's story collection At the City Limits of Fate. )
The photographs below are of the Endicott West Arts Retreat, nestled into the desert foothills below the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, Arizona. This nonprofit Retreat space welcomed writers, artists, and others from 2001 to 2014.
We've come a long way from Endicott Street, but keeping the Endicott name is our way of honoring the studio's beginnings....
And in an odd bit of serendipity, it transpires that Endicott Street in Boston was named in honor of John Endicott (also spelled "Endecott"), the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony -- who came from the same small English village where Terri now lives. For many years her home there was Weaver's Cottage (pictured below), a 16th century thatch-roofed dwelling originally built for master weavers in the local woolens trade. The cottage had once belonged to members of the Endecott family, which is still a prominant family name in the area today.