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ARTmonday: Center for Maine Contemporary Art Online Auction

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine is currently hosting an online auction on Paddle8 through February 28, 2018 at 5pm. All proceeds from the auction support CMCA.

Initially founded as an artists’ cooperative called Maine Coast Artists in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art functioned as a series of pop-ups for the first 15 years, having no permanent site. Early shows included works by Alex Katz and Louise Nevelson.

In 2016, the center moved to a new glass and corrugated metal space in downtown Rockland, designed by architect Toshiko Mori. CMCA remains a non-collecting institution, which means it does not maintain a permanent collection Instead, it shows work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine.

The auction offers up 50 works by 50 artists. Here are a few of my favorites. As they say, bid now, bid often here.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Abstract Still LIfe Maine Artists

Emilie Stark-Menneg, Love Potion, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Abstract Landscape Maine Artists

Ingrid Ellison, Open the Floodgates, 2016 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Butterfly Maine Artists

K. Min, Summer #45, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Abstract Map Maine Artists

John Bisbee, Midsize American Grid, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Abstract Painting Maine Artists

Brooke Nixon, Snowy Day, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Nude Portrait Maine Artists

Elizabeth Fox, Changing Room, 2009 • Courtesy of CMCA

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ARTmonday: Fraction Holiday Print Sale

I first learned about the photography magazine Fraction last year, when a local photographer alerted me she was participating in the Fraction Holiday Print Sale. I purchased two prints that I just recently had framed at StyleCarrot partner Framebridge (I love this framing service for simple black, white, and pale wood frames; it’s so quick and simple).

This year’s Fraction Holiday Print Sale features over 125 affordable photographs ranging in price from $30 to $600. I would say most cost $100. Each print ships directly from the artist, within five days of purchase, and he or she gets paid within 48 hours.  It’s a great way to support the arts, give a gift, or add another visual layer to your own home.

The sale ends at 8pm MST on December 31, 2017.

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Kelli Pennington

Kelli Pennington

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Aaron Blum

Aaron Blum

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Audra Osborne

Audra Osborne

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Charley Star

Charley Star

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Michael Barolet

Michael Barolet

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Briana Cerezo

Briana CerezoFracture Holiday Sale Photographer Rebecca Sittler

Rebecca Sittler

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Gloria Baker Feinstein

Gloria Baker Feinstein

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ARTmonday: Montserrat College of Art Small Works Sale

The Montserrat College of Art Small Works Sale  was this weekend. A friend and I drove up to Beverly to check it out yesterday, and I loved what I saw. I went home with a few pieces, which is no surprise given my inability to resist small artworks.

The money helps fund this small local college, where many of the students receive financial assistance. I was also happy to support Paul Kotakis, who used to run the SMFA Art Sale, and is now Director of Development at Montserrat College of Art. The works were really appealing, and given everything was under $500, it was fun to shop too.

Here’s a sampling of small works from the Montserrat Art Sale 2017. The sale is over, but if you see something you’re interested in, I’m happy to inquire about availability for you.

Boston Artist Sarah Pollman Abstract Landscape

Sarah Pollman

Boston Artist Karen Hosking B&W Photography

Karen Hosking

Boston Artist Stacey Durand Landscape

Stacey Durand

Boston Artist Laura Fischman Abstract Landscape Painting

Laura Fischman

Boston Artist Fran Forman Encaustic

Fran Forman

Boston Artist Lisa Houck Woodcut

Lisa Houck

Boston Artist Deb Schmill Landscape Photo

Deb Schmill

Boston Artist Greg Lookerse Abstract Collage

Greg Lookerse

Boston Artist Leslie Graff Book Painting

Leslie Graff

Boston Artist Brenda Roswess Abstract Drawing

Brenda Roswess

Boston Artist Jennifer Dunning Encaustic

Jennifer Dunning

Boston Artist Dean Nimmer Abstract Painting

Dean Nimmer

Boston Artist Dorothea Van Camp Abstract Painting

Dorothea Van Camp

Boston Artist Maria Malatesta Abstract Landscape Painting

Maria Malatesta

Boston Artist David Tang Olsen Marine Inspired Abstract Painting

David Tang Olsen

Boston Artist Marsha Goldberg Abstract On Wood

Marsha Goldberg

Boston Artist Loren Doucette Abstract Painting

Loren Doucette

Boston Artist Judith Brassard Brown

Judith Brassard Brown

Boston Artist Casswang Fraley Flower Drawing

Casswang Fraley

Boston Artist Antoinette Winters Abstract Artwork

Antoinette Winters

Boston Artist Pamela Rajpal Abstract Art

Pamela Rajpal

Boston Artist Alexa Fleisher B&W Abstract Painting

Alexa Fleisher

Boston Artist Jemeel Radcliffe Abstract Artwork

Jemeel Radcliffe

Montserrat College of Art Small Works Sale Beverly Massachusetts

Montserrat Art Sale 2017, Beverly, Mass.

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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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ARTmonday: Miniatures at the Cambridge Art Association (A Juried Show by StyleCarrot)

I really hope you can make it to see the “Miniatures” show at the Cambridge Art Association before it closes on Saturday. Not just because there are many wonderful (and very affordable) little works, but because I juried it!

I was thrilled when artist Cory Shea, who is Cambridge Art Association‘s associate director, asked me to be a jury of one for the small works show this spring. I first met Cory over coffee to a ask her about showing her photos at the Art + Cocktails pop-up gallery I put together in Truro last summer. (I had seen Cory’s work at the MassArt auction earlier that year and fell in love.)

I had such a good time choosing the pieces. When I came in, Erin Becker, CAA’s esteemed director and Cory had the 150 pieces laid out and waiting. The process was blind, so I didn’t know the artists’ names, though I admittedly recognized a few. I chose about 60 or so, and later that week Cory hung them. Beautifully. It was a really fun process, and I hope I’ll have the opportunity to do something like this again.

Many of the pieces I’d love to bring home. (As Cory knew when she asked me to jury the show, I have a weakness for small works.) I purchased Hilary Tait Norod’s triptych that morning, and yesterday when my husband went to see the show he bought Giacometti’s Giraffe.

Please stop in if you have a few minutes and let me know what you think. You can follow CAA on Instagram @cambridgeart and my art feed @stylecarrotcurates.

“Miniatures” through Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Cambridge Art Association (25R Lowell Street just off Mount Auburn Street across from the hospital, Cambridge, Mass.)

Day of the Dead Sculpture By Cowboy Keith

Keith MacLelland, Angel Cowboy, Recycled Mixed Media, $450

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Far left: Bonnie Lerner, Deep in the Forest, Monoprint on Board, $150
Left top: Susan Siefer, Coming and Going, Acrylic, Resin, Wax, Thread, $350
Left bottom: Margaret Sheldon, Landgrove Field, Oil, $225
Right top: Diane Nelson, By the Sea, Acrylic on Paper, $100
Right bottom: Phil Young, Winter Series, Acrylic, $125
Far Right: Roz Sommer, Other Side, Oil on Board, $350

Stephanie Todhunter's Creepy Kid Portraits

Top: Lorraine Agri, Fantasy, Mixed Media Ink and Wax, $75
Bottom: Stephanie Todhunter, Best Friends, Mixed Media, $120 each

Trio of Black & White Artwork at Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association

Top: Susan Wood, The Rhinoceros and the Bird
Indirect Drawing on Mulberry Paper, $500
Bottom left: Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio, Chameleon
Ink Markers on Paper, $175
Bottom right: Bob Hesse, Sunflower
iPhone photo on Dyseub on Aluminum, $80

Wood & Metal Sculpture At Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Peter Cohen, Shrine No. 2, Welded Steel and Wood, $2,800

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz WIth Giacometti's Giraffe

Left: Mirela Kulovic, ObjectCandlewax, Ink and Pencil on Paper, $900
Right: David Covert, Giacometti’s Giraffe, monoprint (sold)

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Far left: Kathe Gregory, Twist of Fate, Relief, Found Object, $750
Middle top: Janet Smith, Plum Island, Photography, $75
Middle bottom: Deborah Peeples, Psychedelic Crop Circles, Encaustic, $400
Far right: Steve, LeBlanc, Red Door: North Cambridge
Toy Camera Photography, $95, Juror’s Choice

Hilary Tait Norod Triptych At Cambridge Art Associatino

Hilary Tait Norod, My Beautiful Mess
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, $300 each (sold), Juror’s Choice

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Denis Wogan, Blue and Ambition
Oil on Birch Squares Mounted on Panel, $125 each

Dr Suess Sculpture At Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Rachel Hammerman, The Very Thirsty Caterpillar and After Hour Tales
Polymer Clay, $250

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Left: Conny Goelz Schmitt, Am Zebrastreifen, 2013 and Overview/Weist (diptych)
Vintage Book Pages, $450 and $900
Right: Andrea Oseas, Mono No Aware, Glass, $800

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Top: Anne Beinecke, Pink Boat, Mixed Media, $360
Bottom: Amantha Tsaros, Tropical Sunrise, Acrylic on Panel, $119

Still Life Paintings at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Upper left: Lorraine Agri, Fantasy, Mixed Media Ink and Wax, $75
Bottom left: Ant Oraloglu, Levitate, Photograph, $300
Right: Fay Lamson Hannon, Garlic, Oil on Canvas, $325

Sculpture At Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Gregory Barry, Billowed Isle with Tendrils
Mixed Media, $90, Juror’s Choice Prize

Sculpture At Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

David Hochbaum, Sleepwalker Tower, Mixed Media, $1,200

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Top left: Lorraine Sullivan, Three Breasted Woman, Mixed Media, $250
Bottom left: Jeanine Sobell Pastore, Leaning, Oil on Panel, $500
Top right: Paul Weiner, Good Angel, Digital Photo Print, $600
Bottom Right: Ronni Komarowj, Desires, Mixed Media, $200

Black & White Photo at Cambridge Art Association

Rebecca Skinner, Stair Detail, Photography, $185

Susan Emersonn's Medical Inspired Mixed Media Artworks

Susan Emmerson
Top: Beneath #2, Ink and Gouache on Paper Canvas and Melded Tyvek, $300
Bottom: Tear off the Skin, Ink and Acrylic on Cut and Melded Tyvek, $250

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Left: Brenda Steinberg, He Dropped the Ball, Mixed Media, $450
Right: Sirapi Heghinian Walzer, Mood Indigo
Mixed Media Encaustic and Collage, $450

 

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