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ARTmonday: Fraction Holiday Print Sale

If photography is your thing, add Fraction Magazine to your online reading list. Fraction Magazine features contemporary fine art photography by established and emerging artists worldwide.

Last year I bought two really fun prints for about $100 from the Fraction Holiday Print Sale. This year’s sale runs through December 31, 2018. Here are a few highlights:

Blue Whiteout By Deborah Hamon Fraction Holiday Print Sale

Blue Whiteout, Deborah Hamon

Untitled (Lemon) By Jaime Lowe Fraction Holiday Print Sale

Untitled (Lemon), Jaime Lowe

Door Handles By Suzanne Revy Fraction Holiday Print Sale

Door Handles, Suzanne Revy

“Algunos clásicos" By Eleonara Ronconi Fraction Holiday Print Sale

“Algunos clásicos”, Eleonara Ronconi

Controlled burn outside of Bend, Oregon, 2018 By Kate Truisi Fraction Holiday Print Sale

Controlled burn outside of Bend, Oregon, 2018, Kate Truisi

New Phone Who Dis? By Nicholas Mehedin Fraction Holiday Print Sale

New Phone Who Dis?, Nicholas Mehedin

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ARTmonday: Flowers Are Manly

Maapilim, a Tel Aviv-based grooming and beauty brand, was in touch earlier this year, about its male-focused, Israeli-made products, along with its art exhibit/campaign, Flowers Are Manly.

Maapilim Male Grooming Products From Tel Aviv Israel

They sent a couple of samples for me to try. Maapilim Pacific Soap is delicious in the shower. It contains argan oil, rosemary oil, and sage oil, and smells like grapefruits. Maapilim Wedgewood All Purpose Oil contains jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and scotch pine oil, which helps reduce redness. Guys can use it on their beard, though it’s also meant for skin.

As for Flowers Are Manly, you can imagine my interest/ I fell head over heels for these flower-infused portraits of vulnerable manly figures. Although they are not hiding, per se, they remind me of the obscured portraits of women I love so much.

Maapilim Male With Flowers 1

Maapilim Male With Flowers 2

Maapilim Male With Flowers 3

Concept & Production by Maapilim • Photos by Liron Erel • Flowers by Fiori • Grooming by Barberia • Space by Kuli Gallery • Clothes by Story

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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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