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ARTmonday: Installation Photos of Webster & Company Artwork

Thanks to my friend interior designer Dee Elms of Terrat Elms, who suggested me for the project, Mr. Webster and I have been collaborating on bringing new artwork to his Boston Design Center showroom, Webster & Company.

I pick the artists (most have ties to New England) and present available pieces to Mr. Webster. He and Visual Design Director Jonathan Giacoletto choose which ones to feature and where to hang them.  We began in fall 2015 and it’s an ongoing success.

For a full listing of available works (as well as those that have sold), see the Webster Art Project tab here on my blog.  If you are interested in pricing, please email me at stylecarrot [at] gmail [dot] com.

For more art follow @StyleCarrot and @WebsterCompany on Instagram and the hashtags #WebsterArtProject and #StyleCarrotCurates.

Here is a sampling of pieces in situ in the Webster & Company showroom.

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Alicia Savage

Portland Maine Abstract Artist Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins

Cambridge Based Artist Amanda Agrawal and New Haven Based Artist Emilia Dubuicki

Left: Aparna Agrawal  |  Right: Emilia Dubicki

Betty Carroll Fuller Black & White Abstract Drawings At Webster & Co.

Betty Carroll Fuller

Betty Carroll Fuller Black & White Abstract Drawing in Graphite At Webster & Co.

Betty Carroll Fuller

Budd Hopkins Abstract Expressionist Painting At Webster & Co. BDC

Budd Hopkins

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Ellen Levine Dodd

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Grace Hopkins

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Hilary Tait Norod

Abstract Painting By Emerging Boston Artist Hilary Tait Norod and Porcelain By Anna Kasabian

Hilary Tait Norod (painting)  + Anna Kasabian (porcelain)

Abstract Artist Hilary Tait Norod Painting At Boston Design Center

Hilary Tait Norod

Abstract Painting By New England Artist Jen Bradley

Jen Bradley

Jennifer Amadeo-Holl Abstract Painting At Webster & Co. BDC

Jennifer Amadeo-Holl / Schoolhouse Gallery

Large Scale Abstract Painting At Webster & Company BDC

Jennifer Amadeo-Holl / Schoolhouse Gallery

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Jenny Brillhart (painting) + Anna Kasabian (porcelain)

Jenny Brillhart Installation Sculptures At Webster & Company

Jenny Brillhart

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Jenny Prinn

Maine Artist Jenny Prinn Abstract Painting At Webster & Co. BDC

Jenny Prinn

Cape Cod Artist Joe Diggs Abstract Painting At Webster & Co. BDC

Joe Diggs

Orange Abstract Painting By Joe Diggs At Webster & Co

Joe Diggs

Vertical Purple Abstract Painting By Cape Cod Artist Joe Diggs

Joe Diggs

Patch NYC John Ross Still Life Flower Photography

John Ross

Judyth Katz Abstract Landscape At Webster & Company

Judyth Katz

Cape Cod Artist Julia Salinger Abstract Painting At Webster & Co. BDC

Julia Salinger

Pen & Ink Botanicals By Indian Artist Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar

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Linda Pagani

Encaustic Abstracts By Boston Artist Linda Cordner

Linda Cordner

Encaustics By Linda Cordner At Webster & Company

Linda Cordner

Meg Brown Payson Yellow Abstract Painting

Meg Brown Payson / Walker Contemporary

MP Landis Blue Abstract Painting At Webster & Co BDC

MP Landis

Sarah Lutz's Marine Inspired Abstract Painting at Webster & Company

Sarah Lutz / Schoolhouse Gallery

Sarah Lutz Ocean-Inspired Abstract Painting At Webster & Co. BDC

Sarah Lutz / Schoolhouse Gallery

Somerville Artist Sarah Myers Brent

Sarah Meyers Brent

Stephen Sheffield B&W Self Portraits At Webster & Co

Stephen Sheffield / Panopticon Gallery

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Stephen Sheffield / Panopticon Gallery

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Tess Atkinson

Boston Photographer Tess Atkinson's Paris Bridge Photos

Tess Atkinson

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ARTmonday: New England Artists at Webster & Company

This fall I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wonderful new project: curating artwork for the Webster & Company showroom at the Boston Design Center.

I love art. I buy art like other women buy shoes. I have master’s in art history that I did for fun and I started collecting art around the same time.  Friends have asked me for help choosing artwork, and over the years I’ve often thought of art consulting for interior designers.

This summer I was at the bar at Blackfish in  Truro with my friend Dee Elms,who encouraged me. (If  you don’t know her, she  is a very talented, supremely generous Boston-based interior designer). A week later I got an email from Mr. Webster at Webster & Company, asking me if I’d be interested in helping find local Boston artists whose work he could hang in his showroom. (A little birdie suggested me.) He was looking to do a complete swap of everything he had hanging. Within a month.

In a frenzy, I scoured my files and sources for Boston artists (and some further afield in Maine and on the Cape) whose work I loved that aligned with Mr. Webster’s tastes. We met in early September, narrowed down my finds, and over the last few weeks the very gracious Mr. Webster and his meticulous visual design director Jonathan Giacoletto have hung the work. There are about 75 pieces from almost 20 artists, all either local or with ties to the area.

It’s been a thrilling experience, both working with Mr. Webster and his team and all the artists. I haven’t seen everything hung yet, but I plan to go this week. If you happen to be over there, stop by. (Obviously they’re all for sale. If you you’re interested, you can  let me know.) Here is one piece from each artist represented. If you read ARTmonday regularly you will recognize some names. More photos to come of the installations in the coming weeks.

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John Ross

John Ross, who has a degree from UCLA and is co-founder of design label PATCH NYC, composes photos inspired by Dutch still life paintings in his South End studio using only natural light.

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Tess Atkinson

Tess Atkinson, who graduated from Skidmore College and studied photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, likens her images to being lost in a trance.

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Linda Pagani

Linda Pagani, who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, photographs vast spaces to compose abstract new environments.

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Anna Kasabian

In her studio in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Anna Kasabian crafts wafer thin porcelain pieces that recall the forms and motions of flowers, sea plants, and ocean waves.

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Jenny Brillhart

Abstracting beauty from the ordinary, Jenny Brillhart, who holds an M.F.A. from New York Academy of Art and a B.A. from Smith College, lives and works in Miami and Stonington, Maine.

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Judyth Katz

Having begun her career as a fiber artist, today Judyth Katz works in paints and pastels to create abstracted landscapes en plain air and from her studio on the Outer Cape.

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MP Landis

MP Landis, who traveled the world with his Mennonite missionary parents, opened a bookstore, and painted in Provincetown, recently relocated from Brooklyn to Portland, Maine.

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Jenny Prinn

Rain, laughter, footsteps, and foghorns are examples of the fleeting inspirational moments that inform Maine-based artist Jenny Prinn’s colorful abstract paintings.

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Grace Hopkins

Grace Hopkins, who holds a B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, creates photographs with he look and feel of abstract paintings.

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Hilary Tait Norod

Neuroscience and psychology are strong influences on Boston-based painter Hilary Tait Norod, who holds a B.A. in studio art from Skidmore College.

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Steve Barylick

Former creative director and muralist Steve Barylick, who holds a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art, paints abstracts at Joy Street Artist Studios in Somerville.

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Linda Cordner

Linda Cordner layers pigmented translucent wax to depict subtle, atmospheric landscapes, all created in her SoWa studio.

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Alicia Savage

Boston-based photographer Alicia Savage, who holds a B.A. from Northeastern University, documents her life and mind in self-portraits that hide her face but uncover her journey.

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Budd Hopkins

Abstract Expressionist Budd Hopkins (1931—2011), who worked in New York and Wellfleet, combined geometrics with a gestural style. The Whitney Museum and The Guggenheim, among others, own his work.

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Sarah Lutz

Sarah Lutz, whose abstract work refers to the natural world, holds a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.F.A. from The American University, and lives and works in New York City and Truro, Mass.

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Stephen Sheffield

Using film and nontraditional techniques, South Shore-based photographer Stephen Sheffield, an alumnus of Cornell University and California College of the Arts, creates narrative images with a cinematic feel.

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Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, who grew up and studied art in New England, creates expressive compositions with colorful gestural brushwork in her Northern California studio.

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Joe Diggs

Working from his home studio overlooking a pond on Cape Cod, Joe Diggs sometimes strategically plans his compositions while other times is guided by pure emotion.

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ARTmonday: 14 Apple Artworks

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year. One of the traditions Jews observe is to dip apples into honey to signify the sweetness of a new year. In celebration of the new year, here are 14 apple artworks.

Included are self portraits by two of my favorite Boston photographers (I don’t think either is Jewish), Japanese sculpture, a young Mick Jagger (not Jewish), and more traditional apple still lifes. Shana Tovah!

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Apples    Ella Moss    Society6

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All of Eden’s Apples    Elle Hanley    Saatchi Art

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A red apple and so on     Kaoru Ishikawa    Rise Art

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Stephen Sheffield

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Apple    Yulia Luchkina    Saatchi Art

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Apple    Mateo Lopez    Casey Kaplan    Artsy

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Apples    Abigail Moffat    Saatchi  Art

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Apples    Paula Bieninicka    Society6

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Mick Jagger, Paris, 1966    Jean-Marie Périer  •  Taschen    Artsy

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Juicy Apple  •  Lindsay Megahed  •  Minted

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Little Red Riding Sonny    Todd Squires  •  Bang And Burne    Artsy

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The Apple    Gintaras Zubrys    Saatchi Art

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An Apple House    Ceslovas Cesnakevicius    Saatchi Art

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Destinations series  •  Alicia Savage 

And some bonus pieces.
One can’t consider of apple artwork without Rene Magritte.
I saw the Magritte retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in 1992; a total treat.

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The Son of Man, 1964

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The Listening Room, 1952

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ARTmonday: Mail Order Picture Frames by Framebridge

When someone from Framebridge reached out to me I was intrigued. If you read my blog regularly or follow my Instagram, you know we have a lot of artwork. And a lot of it is unframed. I immediately accepted the offer to try it out its service for mail order picture frames.

Susan Tynan (who hails from local brain bank Harvard Business School) founded Framebridge last year. She was spot on in the thinking behind the company, saying “What makes visiting a traditional custom frame shop uncomfortable? Let’s remove it. The up-selling, the unclear pricing, the overwhelming, outdated selection–gone.”  Because seriously, nobody has used those glossy purple frames with the rounded edges since the 1970s.

Framebridge offers 21 styles of mail order picture frames, which are hand-cut and assembled at its production studio in Maryland using top-of-the-line materials including acid-free matting and foam boards and UV protective acrylic.

Here’s how it works: Choose a frame from the 21 options (you can try them virtually by uploading a photo of your piece), provide approximate measurements, choose from a white matte, off white matte, or no matte. If you can’t decide on a frame style, the Framebridge design team will make three suggestions for you.  

Once you know what you want, indicate whether you have your own mailer or want them to send you a flat mailer or tube mailer. That’s it. Soon the mailer will arrive at your doorstep; pop in your art, stick on the pre-paid shipping label, and send it off. You’ll receive an email when they get your piece and another in about two weeks once they’ve shipped it back to you. If the team has questions (maybe they’re not sure about orientation or somesuch issue),  you’ll get a friendly personal email.

If you have a digital file, you can upload it and Framebridge will print and frame it for you using heavyweight, luster photo paper with archival inks. You can even have them frame mini Instagram photos through the iPhone app . Pricing is based on size, not frame style, and ranges from $39 for Instagram minis to $149 for a piece up to 32″ x 40″. Shipping is free both ways.

A few weeks ago I got back my first two mail order picture frames from Framebridge. I love them and I just put through orders for two more. Have a look.

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Stephen Sheffield

Fort Point, Boston-based photographer Stephen Sheffield, who is a friend of ours, posted this photo of his son swimming last summer on Facebook. I had to have it to add to my growing collection of artwork of pools and swimmers. I love the way the moody blue water looks against the pale wood Marin frame from Framebridge. It’s on my bookshelf right over the sofa where I work.

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Stephen Sheffield  •  Cubeot by David Weeks  • child’s watercolor

My husband spotted this Stephen Sheffield photograph (on the left) on Facebook a couple of years ago. I think Steve shot it with one hand while driving the trailer that he and his wife Alison decided to rent for a road trip to Disney World with their kids during winter break. I used Framebridge’s modern white frame called Irvine. (The piece on the right is a watercolor by my son done in the woods during an art in nature class at Castle Hill in Truro years ago. It’s in an ill-fitting off the shelf frame.)

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Stephen Sheffield

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Modern Classic And Eclectic Framing Mail Order Service

Modern Classic And Eclectic Framing Mail Order Service

There are plenty of options at Framebridge. Let me know how yours turns out.

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ARTmonday: Fort Point Open Studios

Fort Point Open Studios in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood is this coming weekend, Saturday & Sunday October 18th & 19th. It is the 35th anniversary of Fort Point Open Studios and more than 150 artists open their studio doors to visitors, thanks to the hard work of artist and organizer Gabrielle Schaffner.

You can spend the day exploring the historic waterfront warehouses (there are artists’ studios in 14 buildings, all within walking distance, though there will be a free shuttle too) that are home to painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, performance artists, printmakers, book artists, photographers, and others for a behind the scenes look at where Boston artists create their work. There are both established artists and emerging talents.

My friend and longtime Fort Point artist, photographer Stephen Sheffield whose studio I blogged about this spring, will be there, as well as graphic designer Jennifer Hill who I know from Design Salon (and Facebook), and furniture maker Quentin Kelly, whose color-edged stool I included in the Boston Globe recently. Also, textile artist Amy Nguyen who creates Japanese designs; I met her last year at the Apple Store Genius Bar. I was also very psyched to discover, just today, photographer Alicia Savage whose “Morning Light” series I plan to do a follow up post on, and the chunky scarves and mittens by A Third Piece.

Fort Point Open Studios is free, and there is free parking too in the lot at A Street and Binford Streets. (Turn onto Binford Street from A Street towards the Channel, then turn left into the parking.) Head down there next weekend, and look for me.


Boston Fine Arts Photographer Stephen Sheffield Ladder In Water

Stephen Sheffield

Boston Artist Trigger Photographer Bunny Ears Portrait

Trigger Photography

Boston Photographer Dirk Ahlgrim City Streets

Dirk Ahlgrim

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Lea St. Germain |  Blinky Dolls Boutique

Boston Photographer Alicia Savage Morning Light Series

Alicia Savage

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Jessica Burko

Boston Artist Wendy Shapiro Textured Panels

Wendy Shapiro

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Jason Fiering

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Infusion Furniture

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JHill Studio

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Hilary Law Design

Boston Textile Designer Amy Nguyen Japanese Shibori

Amy Nguyen

Boston Fashion Designer Philip Sawyer Navy Dress

Philip Sawyer

Boston Accessories Designer The Third Piece Chunky Scarf

The Third Piece

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Julia Groos

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