Rosalie Ripaldi Shane

Rosalie Ripaldi Shane was born in Boston and has lived in the surrounding communities her whole life. She is an artist who works in oils and exhibits in the Boston area and on Martha’s Vineyard. Her work displays a clarity of vision and an interesting play of vitality and precision. Strong, rich color and sculpture-like realism pervade her canvases.

Ms. Shane owns and manages the Saxonville Studios in Framingham, which she helped found in 1989, where she and 13 other artists and photographers work and exhibit. She is a member of the Copley Society, the Cambridge Art Association and the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association where she is a member of the board.

Rosalie has been involved with Brandeis University since soon after graduating in 1966. She was asked to be a member of the Hillel Board at Brandeis where she and her husband Jim ultimately served as co-presidents for several years. She and Jim were elected Fellows of the University in 2013. Ms. Shane’s great interest in art drew her to become a member of the board of the WSRC, and her joy at being there has kept her involved since 2005. She has been co-chair of the board since 2007. Rosalie has served for five years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Preservation Trust of Martha’s Vineyard which owns and maintains 21 historic properties on the island, many of which are up to two hundred years old and represent the whaling history and culture of the Vineyard.

Ms. Shane has been involved with Brandeis University since graduating in 1966. She was a member of the Hillel Board for 15 years before becoming co-chair with her husband Jim for several year.

The Shanes have supported the university in many ways and were elected Fellows of the University in 2013. Rosalie became a member of the Board of the Women’s Studies Research Center in 2005 and co-chair of the Board in 2007. The WSRC’s scholars and its support of women’s art and issues have become a great passion of her life.