ARTmonday: MassArt Auction Preview

MassArt is the nation’s first public, independent college of art and design in the country. This year marks the MassArt Auction’s 28th anniversary, with proceeds going directly to scholarships and support for academic programs.

The MassArt Auction is this Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 6:30 at MassArt. All the artwork in the silent auction is online now at Paddle 8. Here are some of my favorites. Ready, set, bid.

Flowers By Donald Sultan at MassArt Auction

Donald Sultan, Mimosas, October 2, 2006, 2006
Etching, Aquatint, and Silkscreen
Starting bid, $4,500

Geometric Abstract Mixed Media By Nona Hershey at MassArt Auction

Nona Hershey, Interference I, 2016
Watercolor, Graphite Powder, Gouache, and Laser-Cut Fluorescent Plexiglass
Starting bid, $2,400

Abstracted Photo By Mclean Graham at MassArt Auction

Clark McLean Graham, Untitled Video Still with Pink Paint, 2015
Acrylic Archival Pigment Print Transfer onto Aluminum
Starting bid, $405

Abstract Collage With Marilyn Monroe at MassArt Auction

James Gibson, Marilyn 2 ways, 2014
Silkscreen Monoprint
Starting bid, $450

Landscape Photo With Pink Cups at MassArt Auction

Thomas Jackson, Cups no. 2, 2013
Archival Pigment Print
Starting bid, $2,820

Encaustic Artwork By Susan Hardy Brown at MassArt Auction

Susan Hardy Brown, Snow Queen, 2015
Encaustic with Queen Anne’s Lace on Panel
Starting bid, $240

Abstract Collage Assemblage at MassArt Auction

TJ Kelley III, The Choice is Yours but the Answer is Clear, 2016
Acrylic on Assembled Panels
Starting bid, $360

Girl In Bra With Camera At Mass Art Auction

Erin M. Riley, Nudes 17, 2014
Hand Woven Textile
Starting bid $2,520

Beach Photo With Figures At Mass Art Auction

Thomas Gearty, Jumping Bridge, Martha’s Vineyard, 2006
Archival Inkjet Print
Starting bid, $390

Abstract Wood Sculpture At Mass Art Auction

Damien Hoar De Galvan, V, 2015
Wood, Paint, and Glue
Starting bid, $460

Pathwork Abstract Adrienne Shishko At Mass Art Auction

Adrienne Shishko, Preservation Hall, 2016
Acrylic, Paper, Ink, Plastic, and Textiles
Starting bid, $1,140

Still LIfe Painting By Karen O'Neill

Karen O’Neil, August, 2015
Oil on Linen
Starting bid, $2,700

Still Life With Pear by Anne Harney At Mass Art Auction

Anne Harney, Pear and Bowl, 2016
Oil on Canvas
Starting bid, $390

Pool Art At Mass Art Auction

Alyssa Macaulay, The Deep End I, 2012
Archival Digital Prints, Scanned Documents, Wood, Glue and Custom-Made Boxes with Plexiglas
Starting bid, $480

Music Scene At Mass Art Auction

Arne Reimer, Record Store in Madison, WI, 2015
Chromogenic Print
Starting bid, $540

Abstracted Landscape At Mass Art Auction

Holly Harrison, True North, 2015
Mixed Media on Panel
Starting bid, $960

Sandpaper Tower By Brent Refsland At Mass Art Auction

Brent Refsland, Sandcastle #102, 2016
Cut Sandpaper on Paper
Starting bid, $900

Frame With Butterflies By Paul Villinski At Mass Art Auction

Paul Villinski, Legacy V, 2016
Antique Frame, Aluminum (Found Cans), Wire, and Gold Leaf
Starting bid, $10,800

Multicolor Cubes on Plywood At Mass Art Auction

George Creamer, Untitled, 2016
Mixed Media
Starting bid, $3,000

Highly Abstracted Landscape By Kristin Texeira At Mass Art Auction

Kristin Texeira, an evening stroll to the moon, 2016
Oil on Paper
Starting bid, $450


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ARTmonday: Montserrat School of Art Auction Preview

The Montserrat School of Art Artrageous!31 auction is this Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. I’m sad that I’ll miss it this year, but I’ve studied the catalog front to back and again. There are some great pieces, many at great prices, and the proceeds benefit kids who could really use the help.

The party is a lot of fun, with a silent and live auctions as well as student artists painting in the moment. You can purchase the $250 tickets to Artrageous! Montserrat School of Art Auction or one of the 200 $100 raffle tickets here.

Here’s a sampling of pieces that caught my eye from the silent auction offerings.

Black & White Photo By Portland Artist Darek Bittner

Darek Bittner / Seafood / Photograph / 12″ x 18″ / $200

Pop Tart Painting By Lauren Douglas

Lauren Douglas / Pop / Gouache, watercolor / 8″ x 10″ / $150

Geometric Abstract by Massachusetts Artist Suzanne Ulrich

Suzanne Ulrich / no. 1321 / cut, torn, painted and pasted papers / 10″ x 9.75″ / $500

Abstract Painting By Kale Baker

Kale Baker / Candy Animals No. 1 / Acrylic / 14″ x 14″ / $450

Cabot Cinema Cityscape By Ashlee Beadle

Ashlee Beadle / Cabot Cinema at Night / Acrylic / 30″ x 24″ / $650

Abstract Painting At Montserrat School of Art Auction

Haley Harris / You Are Joy / Acrylic / 20″ x 30″ / $600

Photo By Rick DeCosta At Montserrat Auction

Rick DeCosta / Stick Together / Digital print / 11″ x 14″ / $150
Abstract Landscape By Portland Artist Amanda Hawkins
Amanda Hawkins / Marsh in Bloom / Acrylic, pastel, charcoal / 16″ x 20″ / $470
Painting Of a Woman At A Table By Marica Hermann
She tossed her boy-crazy hair and listened for opportunity’s knock. 
Marcia Hermann / Oil on canvas / 26″ x 26″ / $1200
Roger Martin Woodcut Up For Auction
Roger Martin / Granite Pier / Multi-color wood cut / 15″ x 20″ / $1000
Fabric And Thread Abstract Collage By Katie Dougherty
Katie Dougherty / Land of Snakes / Collage on paper / 5.25″ x 5″ / $100
Abstract Landscape Painting By Barbara Moody
Barbara Moody / New Growth / Acrylic on panel / 24″ x 24″ / $950
Woman Stretching By Maria Patsopoulus
Maria Patsopoulos / Stretching Adolescent / Acrylic on canvas / 20″ x 34″ / $350


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Fine Print: New Book By Architects Polhemus Savery DaSilva

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Book 2017

East Harwich, Mass.-based Polhemus Savery DaSilva is one of the region’s best-known architecture and building firm, with its coastal homes dotting the shores of Cape Cod. The new book, Living  Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva, celebrates 20 years of the company’s creating luxury coastal homes, not just on the ocean and bays, but rivers, lakes, and kettle ponds.

I was pretty familiar with PSDAB, though learned a lot more about it last spring when I worked on copy for Boston Magazine‘s Design Home 2016, which is perched high up at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass. overlooking Cape Cod. Living  Where Land Meets Sea features many more classic casual coastal beauties, including floor plans and elevations.

Here is a sampling of Cape Cod summer house architecture by Polhemus Savery DaSilva from their gorgeous new book Living Where Land Meets Sea with images by local photographer Brian Vanden Brink.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Waterside patio.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Shingle Style home on a Cape Cod river.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Paradise Cove in Chatham boasts charming starfish cutouts on the shutters, a PSDAB signature touch. (Be on the lookout for a story in Boston Globe Magazine on April 2nd on fire pits, which features the patio around back.)

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Riptide, a Colonial Revival in Chatham, Mass.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Riverfront home with long dock.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

This shingle clad, 2,000-square foot cottage has sailboat cut-outs on the shutters.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Classic New England bungalows influences the screened porch of this lakeside house called Eagle’s Perch.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

An outdoor shower is a summer home must-have.

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ARTmonday: Justyna Przybylowska

Justyna Przybylowska is a Vancouver-based photographer with provocative, hard-edged work in both black and white and color, with many selections available on Society6.

Her art prints start at $64. Like most of the offerings at Society6, Przybylowska’s color and black & white photography prints are available in varying sizes, framed, printed on canvas or metal,  on iPhone cases, pillows, totes, greeting cards , hoodies, and other items.

You can see Justyna Przybylowska’s most recent work on her website PRZY, which she calls an online photographic exhibit of the world through her eyes. And then there’s her Instagram feed.

Here’s a sampling of her work from Society6, plus a selfie.


Justyna Przybylowska, Trump


Justyna Przybylowska, Untitled


Justyna Przybylowska, Designer Drugs


Justyna Przybylowska, Bull


Justyna Przybylowska, Cake


Justyna Przybylowska, Mangiare


Justyna Przybylowska, Leg Through Void


Justyna Przybylowska, Advice


Justyna Przybylowska, Slasher


Justyna Przybylowska, Legs

Justyna Przybylowska Self Portrait On Stairs

Justyna Przybylowska

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Get the Look: 21 Modern Brass Pendant Lights

Swapping out mundane hardware for more special styles is an easy upgrade that gives a big return. Opting for brass intensifies the results. Who would have thought that the design world’s sudden penchant for brass, especially brass pendant lights, on the heels of it being considered so utterly bourgeois would have such staying power? Brass accents instantly brighten and freshen a space. Doing brass in the kitchen is big.

Gone are the days of the builder’s brass chandelier over the dining table. There is so much good brass lighting on the market. My favorite lighting sites include StyleCarrot partners Lumens, Ylighting, and Destination Lighting, (all of which are having major sale events right now). Let’s look at the 21 modern brass pendant lights I picked out from there and elsewhere.

Modern Brass Pendant Lights For Kitchens & Baths

Modern Brass Pendant Lights For Kitchens & Baths

S H O P P I N G 

1 Tom Dixon Bronze Copper Shade Pendant 

2 Hudson Valley Lighting Colebrook Round Pendant Light

3 Tom Dixon Brass Beat Pendant

4 Krisztian Mecs for Intueri Light Solo Pendant

5 Lee Broom Brass Fulcrum Pendant

6 Corrigan Studio Ballywillin Brass Dome Pendant 

7 Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey Rio Pendant

8 Duotone Cylinder Pendant  

9 Hoyne Brass Pendant 

10 Hudson Valley Lighting Lyons Aged Brass Pendant Light 

11 Felipe Lisboa from Viso Bolio Pendant Light 

12 Michael Anastassiades for Flos IC S Pendant Light 

13 Arteriors Sabine Pendant

14 Dee Brass Pendant Light

15 Ragtime Pendant Light 

16 Goodman Pendant Ligh

17 Pharaoh Pendant Light  

18 Rico Espinet for Robert Abbey Nova Pendant 

19 Kichler City Loft Pendant Light

20 Hudson Valley Rousseau Aged Brass Pendant Globe Light

21 Louis Poulsen Doo-Wop Pendant Light 

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