ARTmonday: Yoga Paintings & More by Laura Berger

Tomorrow is International Yoga Day. I love these quirky yoga paintings by Chicago-based artist Laura Berger, who works in acrylic and gouache but also makes things out of clay. I also included some of her pool paintings since I can’t resist fun and refreshing pool art. And a cat too. You can find many of Berger’s work as prints (including prints of some yoga paintings), plus cute cards on Etsy. Be strong.

Yoga Illustration Laura Berger

Clearing

Plant Illustration Laura Berger

Signs of Growth

Ocean Wave Illustration Laura Berger

Flow

Island Illustration Laura Berger

Island Growth

Yoga Illustration Laura Berger

More Breaks

Black Poo Illustration Laura Berger

Pool

Yoga Sunrise Illustration Laura Berger

Sunrise

Rainbow Illustration Laura Berger

Sliding Forward

Raft Pool Illustration Laura Berger

Summer Reading

Cat Illustration Laura Berger

Take Me Somewhere

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Sunday Bouquet: Tiny White Flowers In Green Glass Bud Vase

White Flowers In Green Grass Vase Under Lulu DK Painting

I “borrowed” this stem of white flowers from a bush outside our house. I love the sweet teeny tiny blooms. It’s in a green glass bud vase from Ikea that has a great silhouette, with a slightly slanted top. The cork coaster is from there too. Painting above by Lulu DK.

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Foodie Friday: Saltie Girl

Tinned fish is about to become a thing in Boston. Brand new Back Bay restaurant Saltie Girl, brought to you by the local MET Restaurant Group, opened June 1 complete with raw bar and a tinned fish menu. MET Restaurant Group president Kathy Sidell (who by the way is Stephanie of Stephanie’s sister, who knew?) was inspired by tapas bars in Barcelona.

The skinny sliver of a space (just 30 seats, galley style, with four banquettes down one side and the bar down the other) is located adjacent to MET Back Bay (it used to be its private dining room). It’s a much needed addition to the neighborhood, which mostly lacks cooler restaurant concepts.

The Saltie Girl interior is design perfection. And I mean perfection. Even more impressive, Kathy Sidell decorated it herself. She is responsible for all of it: the Moroccan patterned cement tiles for the bar backsplash, the turquoise fish scale tiles that clad the bar itself, the perfect aqua paint color, the rope wrapped columns, the glossy wood banquettes, the copper light pendants, and the travel photos

As for the food, it is also exquisite. Gorgeous and insanely delicious.  Chef Kyle McClelland (a culinary artist) works behind the bar to make the cold offerings, while hot dishes, overseen by MET chef David Daniels, come from the kitchen downstairs. Oysters are shucked barside, obv.

New Back Bay Restaurant Bar Saltie Girl Moroccan Tile

The bar is the restaurant’s focal point, and an on trend thing of beauty. Its back wall is lined with Moroccan patterned cement tiles(#trendalert); glass shelves hold the liquor. See those copper pineapples? (#trendalert)  Exotic drinks for two are served in them. The second time I was there a young couple was sharing one, but it seemed rude to intrude upon their moment for a photo.

New Back Bay Restaurant Saltie Girl Raw Bar

The bar is lined with aqua fish scale tile (#trendalert) . The first portion of the bar is dominated by a raw bar. Glass canisters hold garnishes and sauces are served in apothecary-like bottles with medicine droppers(#trendalert) .

Boston Bar Saltie Girl Serves Bloody Marys With An Oyster

Bloody Marys are topped with a raw oyster (#trendalert) . The straw is stainless steel (#trendalert) , which I quite appreciated. (I have an unreasonable aversion to black plastic straws.) The clipboard (#trendalert)  lists the raw bar offerings: various oysters, clams, shrimp, king crab, and sea urchin.

Oyster Platter At Boston Raw Bar Saltie Girl

Two young women sitting next to my husband and I at the bar ordered this spread of oysters. I did ask them if I could take a photo. Note the medicine dropper condiment potions.

New Back Bay Restaurant Saltie Girl Banquettes Rope Wrapped Column

Four banquettes line the deep turquoise (I’ll ask Kathy for the exact paint color) wall parallel to the bar. Columns are wrapped in thick rope. Worn copper pendants illuminate marble tabletops.

Travel Photography Boston Restaurant Design Saltie Girl

Kathy told me the name of the photographer who took all these travel shots (his day job is a globe-trotting position for Ralph Lauren), but I cannot recall. I will find out and update.

New Back Bay Restaurant Saltie Girl Raw Bar

The floor is a simple white hex tile with black grout. A dozen industrial style metal stools(#trendalert) are used for bar seating. A handy black pipe means your legs don’t dangle.

Tinned Fish Display At New Boston Restaurant Saltie Girl

Back to the tinned fish(#trendalert). They’re imported from Europe and the packaging is pretty. Options include tuna (for the unadventurous like me), sardines, anchovies, trout, and mackerel.

Tinned Fish Clipboard Menu New Boston Dining Experience Saltie Girl

Time to order. Raw bar and tinned fish on a clipboard. Salads, sandwiches, and hot dishes on a paper placemat, diner style (but definitely not diner prices).

Tinned Fish Served On Slate Slab At Saltie Girl

Obviously we had no choice but to order a tinned fish platter. Lamely, we got tuna, though I understand the mackerel is easy to eat too. Cockles are not for me. The tinned fish is served on a slate slab (#trendalert) with crusty bread, pickled peppers, some sort of delicious jelly, and OH. MY. GOD. The BEST homemade butter I have ever tasted. There went my diet.

Black Salt Grey Salt White Salt Boston Restaurants

And to make everything even better, Chef Kyle (complete with requisite tats (#trendalert))  treated us to a trio of exotic sea salts (#trendalert). A black lava salt (from Hawaii maybe) with a smoky flavor, a grey sea salt, and a white. I’ve probably not mentioned this on the blog before, but butter and salt are basically my two favorite foods.

Tinned Fish Served On Slate Slab At Saltie Girl

As you can see we ate every bit of that tinned tuna fish, jam (#trendalert), and butter. Okay, I got seconds on the butter.

Chef Kyle Serves A Salad At Saltie Girl In Boston

Next,Chef Kyle McClellan serves my husband a salad.

Green Salad At Saltie Girl

Have you ever seen such a pretty green salad?

Stone Crab Toast At Saltie Girl In Boston

Both times I ate at Salti Girl I ordered Stone Crab Toast with burrata and avocado. There is a whole section of toasts (#trendalert) on the menu. At $10 it’s a good deal; very filling. It melts in your mouth and tastes heavenly.

Best Tuna Tartare In Boston

My husband, who is much more disciplined when it comes to sticking to his diet, ordered the tuna tartare. Scrumptious. Those purple flowers are chive blossoms.

Moroccan Tile Backsplash At Saltie Girl Restaurant In Boston

Another shot of the Saltie Girl bar (aka, my husband’s new neighborhood haunt).

Travel Photography Adorns The Wall At This New Boston Restaurant

Some more travel photos above the banquettes. Looks like Capri.

Tinned Fish Packaging At Saltie Girl In Boston

Tinned fish packaging is cute and pretty. That squid looks like a Disney character.

New Back Bay Restaurant Saltie Girl Pop Up Towel With Check

At the end of the meal, there is this Japanesque presentation — a wood block with water and a compressed cloth.

New Back Bay Restaurant Saltie Girl Pop Up Towel With Check

Voila. It rises. Pull it apart and wipe your hands.

New Back Bay Restaurant Saltie Girl Canned Fish Tin

The bill and an empty tin. A mermaid is the Saltie Girl mascot. There’s a carved one mounted at the bar too.

Saltie Girl Restaurant In Boston's Back Bay Has Raw Bar Tinned Fish & Great Design

Saltie Girl, 279 Dartmouth Street at Newbury Street, Boston

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ARTmonday: Two South Shore Art Events This Weekend

South Shore art lovers, this is your weekend. There are two local arts events happening in your hood, both featuring local artists: South Shore Arts Festival in Cohasset and Art on the Green at The Pinehills in Plymouth.

Local Arts Events South Shore Arts Festival

South Shore Arts Festival at the South Shore Arts Center, Cohasset, Mass.

The South Shore Arts Festival (June 17, 18 & 19 at the South Shore Arts Center) showcases craft and fine artists from New England and beyond. In addition to over 85 juried exhibitor booths, the Arts Festival features a juried art exhibition and members’ show, live music performances, artist demonstrations, children’s art activities, and a young artist exhibition

Art on the Green at The Pinehills (Sat., June 18, 10-4) features more than 80 local craftspeople and artists, including painters, sculptors, jewelry designers,weavers, photographers, gourmet food makers, beauty product makers, and more. In addition, some of the community’s model homes host special arts exhibitions and events. There will also be a kids tent, radio station appearances, food trucks, and a steel drum band.

Here’s a preview of the artwork you’ll find at each of these local arts events.

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Local Arts Festival Photographer Ron Pownall

The South Shore Art Center will kick off its 61st Annual Arts Festival with a preview event on Thursday, June 16 in the big art tent on Cohasset Common. Celebrity photographer Ron Pownall will exhibit over 40 one-of-a-kind photographs of the ‘70s and ‘80s rock ‘n roll music scene.

Local Arts Festival South Shore Artist Stephen Sheffield

Black & white photograph by South Shore-based photographer Stephen Sheffield will be on exhibit.

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A R T  ON  THE  G R E E N  AT  THE  P I N E H I L L S

B&W Fine Art Photography By Max Mattei

Truro, Max Mattei

Hand Crafted Wood Furniture By Pioneer Chairs

Ash Combo Chair by Pioneer Chairs

On The Cusp Pottery Bowls

Bowls by On The Cusp Pottery

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Sunday Bouquet: Early(ish) Blooms on the Cape

White Flowers On The Table

When we visit the Cape in May we get to see completely different trees in bloom. I don’t know what the name of these flowers are. They’re from bushes. Anyone?

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