ARTmonday: SMFA at Tufts Art Sale 2017 Is This Week

The SMFA at Tufts Art Sale is this Thu., Nov. 16 to Sun., Nov. 19;  to School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 Fenway in Boston, on the side street right next to the MFA and its parking lot.

The SMFA Art Sale is  my favorite art event of the year. There are nearly 4,000 works from established, emerging, and student artists, from top names including Jim Dine and James Turrell to student and faculty pieces. Prices vary too, with much of it reasonably affordable. There are the occasional pieces for tens of thousands of dollars, many in the thousand or several thousand range, and tons under $1,000 and some even under $100. (Once I found a piece for $8!)

Much of the artwork in our home is from the SMFA Art Sale. (I currently spot seven in my living room.) We have photographs, paintings, and mixed media works we have purchased at the Sale throughout the years, and I still think about a couple of video art pieces I wish we had snapped up.

I hope you check it out, it is well worth it. New artworks are constantly displayed as pieces are sold, and there are tons of shrinkwrapped pieces in bins that are fun to browse. I stopped by the SFMA yesterday morning to get a jump start, and I’ll head back there tomorrow for Medici Night. (To become a Medici supporter click here.)

If you’d like help choosing art for your home or office, let me know. I’ll be scouting the sale for clients and interior designers as well as myself. Here are 20 works that caught my eye so far.

You can see more from the sale on my IG feed @StyleCarrotCurates.

SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Photography

Alicia Rodriguez Alvisa, $800
Archival inkjet print
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Teddy Benfield, $2,000
Mixed media on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Artwork

Orna Feldman,$285
Monotype
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Artwork

Susan Swinand, $500
Watercolor
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Mike and Doug Starn
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Kiki Smith, $10,000
Digital acid-based inkjet dyes on silk charmeuse
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Carlos J. Santiago, $500
Lithography 9 layers of color
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Photography

Cassandra Kos, $950
Archival inkjet print
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Mike and Doug Starn, $60,000
Inkjet prints on Zerkal paper glued to LP album covers, vinyl lettering, & magnets
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

Chuck Holtzman, $17,000
Conte on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

Coco Berkman, $1400
10 color, 12 plate reductive linoleum print
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

unidentified
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

John Guthrie, $6,000
Acrylic on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Joel Shapiro, $4,000
10 color screenprint/lithograph
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Jo Ann Rothschild, $2,350
Mixed media on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Helen Ingrid Scheibler, $3,800
Acrylic/mixed media
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Abstract Art at SMFA Sale

 Judy Riola
cut paper, gouache, pencil on panel
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Teruko Kushi
Oil on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Photgraphy

SMFA staff shows work by Soojin J. Kim
Conte crayon on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary B&W Photography

Right: Judith Larsen

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Saturday Say It: Ugly Underwear Means A Lot

I Like You, I Love You By Carissa Potter

 I Like You, I Love You by Carissa Potter 

$12.95 at ICA Store

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Sunday Bouquet: Lavender All Lined Up

Sprigs of Lavender From StyleCarrot's Cape Cod Garden

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Looking back at these little sprigs of lavender from the early spring, snipped from our Cape Cod garden.

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Design Diary: Waban Victorian by Robin M. Anderson

I profiled this Victorian home in the Waban village of Newton decorated by designer/blogger Robin M. Anderson in the September issue of Boston Common magazine. The article was one page, but I have plenty of room here to take you on a wider tour, with additional photos and links to some of the pieces Robin used (some of which are StyleCarrot partners). Photography by Sabrina Cole Quinn.

Robin M. Anderson Project In Boston Common Magazine

The 4,500-plus square-foot house belongs to Robin’s friends, who enlisted her help with furnishings in the foyer, formal dining room, and great room once  Nancie Chamberlain and Laurel Laliberte of Chamberlain & Laliberte Design Associates had wrapped up renovations.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Victorian Foyer

The family mainly uses the mud room, but visitors enter through this foyer. Robin chose a hand-turned wood pedestal table from Restoration Hardware to anchor the center of the space.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Victorian foyer

A Ben and Aja Blanc Half Moon Mirror with handspun silk, mohair, and wool fringe hangs over the refurbished fireplace. Candlesticks are from The Line.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Victorian Entry Console

Opposite, black and white photograph, “Mist Mounain 2” by Kate Schermerhorn hangs over West Elm burl console on a metal base with polished nickel finish. The atmospheric photo pictures a Costa Rican mountain top, which Robin jokes she chose in order to leave her mark, since she and her husband own a home in Costa Rica.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Dining Room

The formal dining room opens on the left of the entry. Robin designed around the Phillip Jeffries Rivets wallpaper which has actual silver rivets on the elephant manila hemp, and Heracleum II chandelier by Bertjan Pot for Moooi, both of which the homeowner had already chosen with Chamberlain & Laliberte. Robin aimed to keep the room light since it is a small space, infuse some glamour, and make sure it felt young and comfortable enough for kids could be included in meals there. “I wanted a throwback feel of old school dinner parties,” she says.

The antique mirror is a nod to original elements of a historic home. Robin used personal tidbits on the mantle including a family crest, a drawing of Canada that show where the homeowners are from, and an illustration of the original house that Robin commissioned from an Etsy artist based on an 1800s drawing from the town records department.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Dining Room Sideboard

An Aero marble dining table from Restoration Hardware is surrounded by blue velvet upholstered Gage dining chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. A Biddew Norie textile from Senegal framed in Lucite hangs above a Maxim Panel sideboard from RH Modern. Jonathan Adler pottery and sculptural brass Globo table lamp are fun accents.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Dining Room Bar Cart

The hand-knotted Serena & Lily Niles rug has a pattern that hides fallen food, which is useful with little kids. The custom roman shades are made from Eskayel fabric and the 1930s French Trolley bar cart is from RH Modern. Hanging on the back wall is “Namibian Landscape Dusk” limited edition photo by Australian artist Kara Rosenlund.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Great Room

The family spends most of the time in the great room. The house originally ended at the header, but they added an addition onto the back, making it a much more family-friendly space. The RH Cloud sofa is upholstered in an indoor/outdoor Perennials textured linen weave. The “Mediterranean”seascape is by , LA based photographer Max Wanger and the cloud-like limited edition print “Dreams” by Miami-based Jonathan Brooks from Minted hangs above it. They painted the window trim black in this room to match the kitchen cabinetry.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Kitchen

Chamberlain & Laliberte designed the kitchen, but Robin found the leather and walnut Bacco by Omar De Biaggio counter stools from DWR, which is what prompted the homeowner, whose original inclination was to go more contemporary, to ask for help with the rest of the house.  Robin knew that organic materials would warm up the room. The homeowner chose the Modern Agnes pendants with gold interiors by AERIN for Visual Comfort.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Breakfast Table

When the table that the homeowner originally ordered didn’t quite work, Robin found this one, the Crate & Barrel Monarch walnut dining table. “It’s very durable which is important since they eat all their meals here,” she says. The black Tucker chairs from Serena & Lily, an iteration of a classic Windsor, play off the black cabinetry and window frames. Robin framed Eskayel wallpaper to add playful pattern on either side of the window above the sideboard.

Robin M. Anderson Waban Great Room

The addition has a cathedral ceiling with a skylight, complete the Beaux Arts style 72-inch Cannele chandelier in burnished brass from Restoration Hardware, which echoes the high round window. The Seville chair in camel leather from Room & Board is inspired by the iconic Barcelona chair designed by Mies van der Rohe. Although the homeowner isn’t a fan of color, Robin loves it, especially navy, so she snuck in some moody navy Eskayel pillows.

The homeowner loves everything Robin did. She says, “I wanted everything underdone, which I think is tough to do and still feel pulled together. Robin does it very well.”

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Foodie Friday: Heirloom Tomato Tart

Fall Harvest Banner By Wayfair

Every year we plant tomatoes in our little raised garden behind our house in Cape Cod. We’re not exactly dedicated green thumbs, so results are mixed. We did well with grape tomatoes, as we often do, but the slightly larger tomatoes we planted were ravaged by some sort of animal. Chipmunks perhaps. Most of the herbs grew gorgeously, except the dill which was completely chewed up by an unsavory little creature.

Heirloom Tomatoes At The Truro Ag Fair

In cooperation with Wayfair, I decided to bake a tomato tart to show off my harvest. The local farmers’ market provided supplemental ingredients. Namely, heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomatoes At The Truro Ag Fair

A tomato tart looks best with an assortment of colors. I used red and yellow.

 

Cat Looking Over Cherry Tomatoes & Herbs

These are the tomatoes from my own garden, along with my basil and parsley. And that’s the kitty, wondering if those leaves are good enough to eat.

Sauteed Carmelized Onions With Wellfleet Sea Salt

Step one, brown the onions. A good use for local sea salt, another farmers’ market purchase. My husband let me use his prize possession—his cast iron skillet. It worked really well.

 

Grape Tomatoes Parley Herbed Goat Cheese

I used herbed goat cheese knowing it would provide maximum flavor with minimal effort. The home gown basil and parsley were mainly for show, and a bit of texture.

Whisking An Egg Wash For An Heirloom Tomato Tart

I whisked one egg (laid by one of my brother-in-law’s chickens) with two percent milk to make an egg wash for the crust.

Adding Cheese To Puff Pastry For Tomato Tart

After unrolling the ($15!) puff pastry and pressing it into a buttered, nonstick shallow baking pan, I crumbled in the herbed goat cheese and added thin slices of cheddar. Any kind of cheese will work; we just happened to have cheddar. But no cheese grater, hence the slices.

Sauteed Onions Goat Cheese & Cheddar For Tomato Tart

Next I layered the delicious caramelized onions and sprinkled on more salt and pepper.

Yellow Tomato Slices For Tomato Tart

Then I sliced the gorgeous tomatoes and spread them across the top. First the yellows, then the reds. Then I threw on the cherry tomatoes, uncut, though next time I’d halve them, and sprinkled on the chopped fresh basil and parsley, and drizzled on some olive oil. Finally, into the oven for 15 minutes.

Baked Tomato Tart Fresh Out Of The Oven

Here it is. Beautiful and delicious. Like, really, really delicious. It tasted as good the next day reheated too.

 

Tomato Tart-Making Tools

 

Tomato Tart Making Tools

 

Clockwise: Tart dish; tomato knife; measuring cup; whisk; silicone brush; herb chopper; marble board.

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