Last weekend I held a pop-up art gallery event on the Cape. My husband hung 96 works of art on our very bare white walls. It was so much work, but it looked fantastic, and ultimately everyone had fun. We even sold some pieces.
We hung oil paintings, acrylic on board, ink and pastels on rice paper, collage, acrylic on canvas, encaustic, and others. Styles included graphic abstracts, abstracted landscapes, portraits, marine-inspired abstracts, and more. We also had a lot of photography, which I will post next Monday.
Here is a sampling of work we displayed from 18 different artists. You can check out some installation photos on my StyleCarrot and StyleCarrotCurates Instagram accounts, as well as some artist’s feeds; we used #artandcocktailstruro. If you’re interested in learning more about or purchasing any of these pieces, email me at email@example.com
Kristi Kohut, Chromatic Harmony #12 Acrylic, ink and pastels on Mulberry rice paper, 11.5×16.5 inches, $840
Jenny Prinn, Sun on the Shore Acrylic on canvas, 24×24 inches, $1,100
Carolyn T. Burns, Can We Get a Puppy? Acrylic on canvas on panel, 10×8 inches, $400
Kishore Kumar, Exuberance 1
Acrylic on canvas, 12×12 inches, $250
Lee Essex Doyle, Prada I Palazzo Papadopoli Turquoise, Venice
Mixed media, 12×12 inches, $2,000
Amanda Hawkins, Untitled 2015
Acrylic on canvas, 14×14 inches, $375
Maureen Holub, Taffy Acrylic and mixed media, 24×18 inches, $850
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rain, laughter, footsteps, and foghorns are examples of the fleeting inspirational moments that inform Maine-based artist Jenny Prinn’s colorful abstract paintings.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Cordner layers pigmented translucent wax to depict subtle, atmospheric landscapes, all created in her SoWa studio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today is part 2 of my stint as guest blogger at New England Home, and the subject is Farm Project Space + Gallery, in Wellfleet, MA. Owner/gallery director Susie Nielsen has flawless taste and intuition about what will work in a town that is better known for pretty landscapes that appeal to tourists than crisp abstracts that speak to the more permanent community, which is actually known for its artists. While Nielsen agrees the work she shows are more about ideas than creating a representation of the physical world, her choices are accessible. I love what I see. I hope you’ll click over to my blog post on NEH, and scroll down for lots more images.
Brooklyn-based artist M.P. Landis puts postage stamps directly on the back of each piece (mixed media on wood), and sticks them in the mail addressed to Farm.
Jill Vasileff “Pink Hum,” acrylic on tree branches from “Around the Day in Eighty Worlds” at Farm this past June. It’s actually a bunch of individual pieces (Nielsen is selling them for $100 each or $3500 for all). It’s on the cover of this month’s Artscope Magazine.
Detail, Tony Orrico, Penwald: 3: circle on knees (studio impression 1), 2010, graphite on paper. Tony Orrico uses the geometry of his own body to create intricate forms through repeated actions. The marks left behind reveal minute shifts in his position. This detail was the centerpiece of last week’s exhibit “In Our Wake,” which featured concrete representations of dance performances. Nielsen mounted the show in conjunction with The Movement Party.
Katie Schetlich, co-director of The Movement Party and Emma Hoette, dancer.
The exhibit was part of the larger “Fleet Moves” dance festival that took place in Wellfleet July 5th to 8th.
Jill Vasileff, No 05, from the series “A Mies is a Mies is a Mies”
This is my favorite piece. The series was inspired by Vasileff’s the play of sunlight in a Mies van der Rohe house—she grew up in one. It’s acrylic on board, but looks like encaustic. I love the fluorescent pink drips of paint on all the edges.
M.P. Landis, WD Series, mixed media on folded paper
M.P. Landis, WD Series, mixed media on folded paper
Betty Carroll Fuller, Unraveling, prisma color pencil on paper
Left:Judith Trepp, untitled, ink on Indian paper Right:Julia Salinger, untitled, mixed media on paper
Julia Salinger wearing a starfish fascinator of her own creation. Fresh off a fellowship in Italy, she opened her new studio space, Mermaid’s Garage in Wellfleet this week.
Nielsen was working on a postcard for the upcomingPablo Manga show (7/7 – 8/8) when I stopped by early last week.
Tim Donovan at the opening of SundayMondayTuesdayWednesday on Saturday evening. I blogged about one of his photos I bought a few summers ago. He’s now represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston, where he had a show last fall. The piece in the background is by Sam Trioli.
Tim Donovan, Untitled: Archive UE562. Notice the bubbled plexiglass.
Marie Lorenz, Mill Basin (purse), 2010, collograph on Rives deLin Edition Varie 1 of 5.
These prints illuminate objects Lorenz encountered while navigating waterways in New York Harbor. These items serve both as landmarks in her own journey as well as a trace of movements by unknown visitors who leave these items behind. These were part of the “In Our Wake” show.
Local artist (and Dorchester, MA native) Peter Scarbo Frawley. Earlier this summer, someone from MoMA came in and purchased 15 of his pieces. These types of works are called “concrete poetry.”