ARTmonday: Heather Robinson

San Francisco-based artist Heather Robinson wrote to me this fall after seeing my blog and Instagram posts about the Truro Art + Cocktails pop up event I held this summer. She was particularly drawn to Sarah Lutz’s abstract paintings, which has a similar feel to her own.

She says: [My] painting practice is fundamentally an exploration of surface through pattern, color, and texture. I have a magpie-like attraction to bright, colorful, decorated objects, but an orderly mind, a love for the grid and a strong schooling (from my architectural design studies) to mistrust the superficial. These contradictory urges come together in my paintings. I work in many layers of acrylic media, starting with a repeating fabric design at the base and adding elements both rigid and planned (geometric stencil repeats) and loose and unplanned (drips, washes, crackled layers).

Abstract Painting by Heather Robinson

Antique Sentiments, 24″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by Heather Robinson

Counting Myself Lucky, 24″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Cross Dot Chrysanthemum Dream, 30″ x 30″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Dot Underwater Wildflowers, 18″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Dots (Vibrant), 18″x 18″ acrylic, fabric, and metal leaf on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Violet-Eared Waxbill, 24″ x 48″ acrylic, fabric, and metal leaf on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Life Is Good, 12″ x 16″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Overload, 18″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

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Foodie Friday: Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery in Harvard Square

If you live in Boston you know Flour Bakery. Pastry chef proprietor Joanne Chang (half of the husband/wife duo Myers & Chang in SoWa and James Beard award winner), just opened her fifth and sixth locations, Harvard Square and Cambridgeport (soft opening was yesterday). The next outpost is coming soon to Dalton Street just behind the Pru.

Designer extraordinaire Alina Wolhardt of Wolf In Sheep Design has been collaborating closely with both Joanne Chang and her husband/business partner Christopher Myers on the trio of new cafés, which are being built by Cafco Construction Management (also responsible for Row 34 and other area hotspots).

Last week Alina sent along these photos of Flour Bakery Harvard Square shot by the ever lovely Joyelle West, along with some design notes. Alina says, “We took a slight departure in terms of design but still maintained the integrity of Flour’s handmade feel.” Let’s have a look. 

Joanne Chang's Flour Bakery In Harvard Square

The signature communal table—each Flour Bakery has one— is in the front of the space along the curved window.

Joanne Chang's Flour Bakery In Harvard Square

The communal table was custom fabricated by Boston-based studo FKIA. The walnut tabletop sits on a vintage Eames table base. Eames molded plastic dowel leg side chairs surround the table. The Tam Tam chandelier by Marset is from SoWa furniture showroom Casa Design.

Joanne Chang's Flour Bakery In Harvard Square

The playful hex floor tiles meet the concrete with a jagged edge. Alina says, “They act as sort of a guide for the flow of the queue.” The white small hex mosaic wall tiles are also done with a jagged edge. IC Lights S Pendants by Michael Anastassiades for Flos hang over the counter. Cafe tables (you can see one in the background) have Carrara-like Silestone tops and bistro chairs from Casa Design.

Joanne Chang's Flour Bakery In Harvard Square

The Flour logo cut into the stained, cerused quarter sewn oak millwork of the sandwich counter features an antiqued brass yolk  of Flour logo and have that spilling onto the floor using antiqued brass.

Joanne Chang's Flour Bakery In Harvard Square

The cement floor tiles are Popham by Ann Sacks. Alina loves their patina.

Joanne Chang's Flour Bakery In Harvard Square

Photos by Joyelle West

Flour Bakery, 18 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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ARTmonday: Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock

This is a special edition of ARTmonday to promote a free silent auction benefit in Boston this weekend.As winter descends upon Standing Rock, weather appropriate supplies are needed for continued resistance against the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock, this Saturday, December 3, 6-9 p.m. at The Distillery Gallery (516 E. 2nd St., South Boston)  will support the frontline, indigenous led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. DJ Emerson (White Animal Sound), Land of Enchantment, and Creaturos will perform. Then head to Firebrand Saints (1 Broadway, Cambridge) for an after party.

Boston-based curators Olivia Ives-Flores, Oliver Mak, and Silvi Naci have selected a wide array of artwork from local and national artists for a silent auction. Artists include Matt Zaremba, Raul Gonzalez, Heather McGrath, Alex Sewell, Ana Karina DaCosta, Sarah Cronin, Autumn Ahn, Ellen Murphy, Thomas Chung, Shane Butler, Elaine Bay, Nick Zaremba, Josh Falk, Maria Molteni, Greg Burdett, Kevin Redstar, Henry Kunkel, Erin Shaw, Damion Silver, Loretta Park, Zachary Naylor, Brian Hart, Pat Falco, Scott Chasse, Andrew Jacob, Farrell Mason, Cyrille Conan, Marka27, Jesse Hernandez, Marisa Malik, Jay Lacouture, Ryan Lombardi, Kristin Texeria, TJ Kelley III, Percy Fortini-Wright, Nabeela Vega, Dana Woulfe, and more.

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Heather McGrath

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Zachary Naylor

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Leika Akiyama

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Elaine Bay

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Kate Gilbert

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Rosie Ranauro

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Josh Falk

Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock

Kristen Texeira

Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock

Melanie Bernier

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Cyrille Conan

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

TJ Kelley III

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Dana Wolfe

Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock

Nick Zaremba

 

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Giving Tuesday: Send Money

Sending postcards to encourage women to vote.

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Most years my charitable contributions have been focused on arts organizations and the educational institutions that either I or my children attend(ed). This year I gave heavily to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and following her defeat I set up monthly donations to Planned Parenthood and have been sending bits of money here and there to other causes, including Emily’s List, and also to established print and online news sources.

We are embarking upon a new era; one that demands informed outspokenness, solid actions, and a plethora of funds. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, please consider contributing to a cause that is important to you and that can help solidify both our democracy and our planet . There are so many; here are nine. Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments section.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Nonpartisan, non-profit organization defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country .

Anti-Defamation League New England
Fights anti-Semitism and all bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all.

Emily’s List
Helps to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office.

Everytown for Gun Safety
Fighting for common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence.

Planned Parenthood
Provides reproductive health services including birth control and abortion.

Project Vote
A national, nonpartisan, nonprofit believing in an organized, diverse electorate, works toward Voter Participation, Election Administration, and Government Agency Voter Registration.

ProPublica
Independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Southern Poverty Law Center
Combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.

Sierra Club
Preserving clean air, safe drinking water, wildlife.

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Deal Alert: Every Cyber Monday Sale You Need

rainbow-shopping-bagsSo today is the day you must shop. Seriously, if you need anything at all it’s on sale. Fancy handbag splurges, winter boot necessities, tween fleece, toddler pajamas, cookware, rugs, sofas, light fixtures, jeans, workout wear, books. holiday cards, holiday gifts, makeup essentials, running shoes, sweaters, and even brownies. Here’s a list of my favorite brands & stores with special Cyber Monday sales.

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
for Women, Men, and Kids
Abercrombie & Fitch
50% off everything plus free shipping

Amazon Fashion
30% off select clothing & accessories

American Eagle Outfitters
50% off sweaters, shoes and more

Ann Taylor
50% everything off + free shipping

Anthropologie
20% off full-priced items

Athleta
20% off with code RECHARGE

Banana Republic 
50% off everything – NO exclusions!

Bare Necessities 
30% off almost everything with code MONDAY30

Barneys New York
40% off sitewide

Barneys New York
40% off designers sitewide

Bloomingdale’s 
25% extra off select items / 30% off select regular-price handbags
$25 off of every $200 you spend sitewide + up to 50% on select items

Boden 
30% off + free shipping & returns over $49 with code 3Y8N

Bonobos
30% off sitewide with code CYBER2016

Club Monaco
25%-35% off $150-$400 + extra 30% off sale with code THANKSAGAIN

Coach
30% off full-price items with code THANKS2016 / Up to 50% off select styles

GAP
50% off everything – NO exclusions! with code CYBMON

Gymboree
50% off entire purchase + $25 off $100 + Free Shipping

Hanna Andersson
20% off everything + free shipping

Hollister Co.
50% off  everything with code CYBER50 + free shipping

J.Crew
40% off and free shipping with code MONDAY

J.Crew Factory 
50% & 60% off everything + extra 40% off clearance with code HAPPYSTYLE

Jack Wills
30% off everything

Kate Spade
30% off everything with code WIRED

Land’s End
45% off with code CYBER + PIN: 1000

L.L.Bean 
20% off $50 purchase with code THANKS20

Loeffler Randall 
Up to 40% off fall boots, shoes, handbags

LOFT
50% off everything _ free shipping with code CYBERMONDAY

Lou & Grey 
20% off $100 + free shipping with code SHARESALE

Lord & Taylor
Up to 75% off with 25% off savings pass and code CYBER + free shipping

Macy’s
Extra 20% off with code CYBER + free shipping with $25 purchase

Madewell 
25% off entire purchase with code CYBERMONDAY

Marc Jacobs
20% off sales styles with code CYBER

Modells
20% off all regular priced items with code CYBER20

North Face
Up to 30% off + free 3-day shipping

Old Navy 
50% off everything – NO exclusions!

Overstock 
Up to 70% off Cyber Monday deals + free shipping

Neiman Marcus 
Save $50-$750 with $250-$3000 purchase with code GC4YOU
Up to 40% off designers + free shipping  /  Up to 70% off clearance items

Nordstrom
Extra 20% off select sale items

Rag & Bone 
25% off everything with code CYBER25

Rebecca Minkoff
25% off $100 purchase  /  Up to 75% off wear-now styles

Revolve 
Up to 75% off + 20% off final sales with code CYBER20

Saks
Earn up to $750 gift card with code CYBER16

Shopbop
15%-25% off with order of $200-$800 with code GOBIG16
(Same deal for men’s at East Dane) http://rstyle.me/n/b72cvmufr6

Ssense
Up to 50% designer men’s & women’s

Tory Burch 
30% off with code THANKS + free shipping

Zappos
Cyber Monday sale includes Uggs, Toms, Sorel, Hunter, Nike & more

BEAUTY
Bergdorf Goodman
$25-$200 off beauty when you spend $250-$1,000 with code BEAUTY

Blue Mercury
Spend $100 for free $20 gift card with code TWENTY / Spend $250 for free $50 bit card with code FIFTY / Free overnight shipping

Bobbi Brown
20% off everything + free samples + free shipping & returns

Glossier 
20% off everything + free shipping

MAC
Free overnight shipping or five additional samples

Saks
Sample-filled gold pouch with $225 beauty purchase with code CWBEAUTY

Sephora
Shop spring launches today only

ART, CARDS, BOOKS & FRAMING
Amazon Books + Amazon Movies
Cyber Monday deals on books and movies

Art.com
50% off sitewide

Framebridge 
20% off black frames with code BLACK20

Minted
20% off everything with code CM2016

Papersource
40% off custom cards; extra 15% off non-custom items with code EXTRACYBER

Saatchi Art
20% off framed prints with code CYBER / 15% off original artwork over $1,000 with code HOLIDAY / 10% off originals under $1,000 with code GIFT

Serena & Lily
25% off everything with code BESTEVER

Shutterfly
Up to 50% off + extra 25% off with code CYBER25

Society6
20% off + free shipping until midnight

HOME
Amazon Home
Various Cyber Monday deals across home categories

Amazon Electronics 
Various Cyber Monday deals in Electronics

Burke Decor
25% off orders under $500 with code THECYBER25 / 30% off orders up to $2500 with code THECYBER30 / 35% off orders over $2500 with code THECYBER35

CB2 
15% off full-price items with code SAVE15 + free shipping

Crate & Barrel 
15% off full-price items with code SAVE15 + free shipping

Cost Plus World Market
15% – 30% off purchases of $50+ + free shipping $50+ with code CYBERSAVE

Design Within Reach 
15% off Herman Miller + other deals + free shipping

Domino Magazine Gift Shop
30% off sitewide with d CYBER30

Furbish Studio
20% off + free shipping with code GIVECHEER

Furbish Studio
20% off everything with code HOLIDAY20

Horne 
15% off top brands with code HOLIDAY16

Jonathan Adler
20% off everything with code MANICMONDAY

Land of Nod
20% off furniture, holiday decor & more + free shipping

Lulu & Georgia
15% go 25% off purchases of $250+ with code BLACKFRIYAY15,20,25

Lumens
Save up to 70% on modern lighting, fans, furniture & more today only

Mitchell Gold + Bob Wiliams
20% off everything including custom upholstery

One Kings Lane
Extra 20% off furniture, rugs, mirrors, art, lighting & accents

Overstock 
Up to 70% off Cyber Monday deals + free shipping

Pier1 Imports
Save 30% on furnishings & holiday decor + free shipping with code FREESHIP

Pottery Barn
100s of deals sitewide, including PBKids, PBteen, PBBaby, PBDorm

Rejuvenation
Save 10%-25% with purchase of $250-$1500 + free shipping with code FREESHIP

Serena & Lily
25% off everything with code BESTEVER

Sur La Table
Extra 20% off clearance items with code SAVEBIG16 / Up to 75% off sitewide + free shipping over $59

The Shade Store
15% off all orders + free shipping

Wayfair
Up to 80% off

West Elm
Up to 50% off everything

Williams-Sonoma & Williams-Sonoma Home
10% to 25% off with purchase of $50 to $500 + free shipping with code SAVEMOORE

Wisteria 
25% off everything with code OURFAMILY

YLighting  
Up to 50% off Cyber Monday flash sale

FOOD
Dancing Deer
30% off sitewide with code 30CYBER

Dylan’s Candy Bar
25% off with code FANDF25 + free shipping over $75

Food52
20% off + free shipping with code GIVECHEER

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