Heading Home to Dinner Wrap-up

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a quick wrap-up of the Heading Home to Dinner dine by design event I participated in last month. The event was a celebration of tables and bar carts by the Boston design community to raise awareness and money for Heading Home, whose mission is to end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.

In total the event raised $100,000 for the charity - pretty incredible considering this was the first year holding the event!  I'm honored to have been a part of it and to have contributed to that total by auctioning off my own bar cart to one lucky winner. A HUGE thank you to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Boston for donating their beautiful Melrose bar cart to me to use for my cart.  Below are a few photos of my bar cart taken by the talented Sabrina Baloun of Sabrina Cole Quinn Photography.  Enjoy and we hope to see you next year!

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13 Forest Art Gallery

I drive up and down Mass Ave a lot, and have always eyed this little art gallery called 13 Forest in East Arlington.  Well I finally had some free time and I spotted a parking spot right out front so I pulled over and went insideThe owner, Mark Gurton, was so friendly and helpful as I strolled through the space, sharing the history of the gallery as well as how he finds and supports New England based artists.  13 Forest's mission is to make art buying fun, straightforward, and accessible to all, which I'm totally in sync with as part of my mission as a designer is making design accessible to more groups of people.  

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They have a rotating exhibition every 6-8 weeks. When I was there it was a collection by Mia Cross called Second Skin in which she focused on pulling pigment colors from people's skin. The current exhibit is called State of the Union which is a direct response from artists to the 2016 election and current state of affairs. Making lemons out of lemonade. I'm excited to check it out soon.

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The gallery has a mix of painting, prints, photography, sculpture, and even jewelry in the shop.  All at different price points and many priced very well.  They also offer payment plans.  I'd highly recommend stopping in if you are interested in starting a collection, adding to a collection, or buying a unique gift.

Here are a few pieces that I loved.

Downstream by Susan Richards (oil on panel) - very poppy abstract.

Downstream by Susan Richards (oil on panel) - very poppy abstract.

3 Lemons by Juliana Gamble - would be perfect in a kitchen

3 Lemons by Juliana Gamble - would be perfect in a kitchen

Commuter's Lament by Mark Luiggi - love this for someone's office or even a kids space.

Commuter's Lament by Mark Luiggi - love this for someone's office or even a kids space.

Color Study of Nine Facebook Friends' Eye Skins by Mia Cross - love these colors.

Color Study of Nine Facebook Friends' Eye Skins by Mia Cross - love these colors.