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.

My Brimfield Finds

Hi everyone!  Last week was the first Brimfield flea market of the year out in central MA, and while the weather was iffy at the start with a cold, light drizzle, we ended up having a great day to search the market for unique finds.  I went with two mama friends who were looking for specific pieces (myself included) and we ended up filling our Zipcar minivan with a lot of things on our list (check!)

I scored two wire planters for my back deck, a Fathers Day gift for my husband (shhh), a vintage Maryland glass that I hope to add other states to in the future, and a colorful abstract painting for our bedroom. The frame is ugly, but I plan on removing it and spray painting it glossy black.

Here are some other things I found which I loved, but had (sadly) no reason to buy.

A mid-century roll desk. I've never seen one and I really, REALLY want to figure out a way to get one of these into my house.  But right now, there's just no room.

A mid-century roll desk. I've never seen one and I really, REALLY want to figure out a way to get one of these into my house.  But right now, there's just no room.

If I was decorating a little girls room right now, I would have snagged this white bed with caning.  It was in great shape!

If I was decorating a little girls room right now, I would have snagged this white bed with caning.  It was in great shape!

This metal seat and table was super cool - I could see using this on a three season porch or in a garden with a funky patterned cushion.

This metal seat and table was super cool - I could see using this on a three season porch or in a garden with a funky patterned cushion.

This old bus poster would be so fun in a little boys room.

This old bus poster would be so fun in a little boys room.

A stack of stools!

A stack of stools!

I was eyeing this old china cabinet for a client of mine, but the paint was really chipping and funky and I was worried about lead (she has two little kids)...so sadly this stayed behind.

I was eyeing this old china cabinet for a client of mine, but the paint was really chipping and funky and I was worried about lead (she has two little kids)...so sadly this stayed behind.

I loved these bamboo rocks glasses. Very Mad Men!

I loved these bamboo rocks glasses. Very Mad Men!

This pair of rustic carule inspired chairs were cute. Love the color.

This pair of rustic carule inspired chairs were cute. Love the color.

Take the frame away and this little painting would be fun in a girls room or bathroom.  But the frame has to go.

Take the frame away and this little painting would be fun in a girls room or bathroom.  But the frame has to go.

These vintage bird nest prints were adorable. I wish I had some place to use them but they were too pricey to buy on a whim for a future client.

These vintage bird nest prints were adorable. I wish I had some place to use them but they were too pricey to buy on a whim for a future client.

Mannequins galore!

Mannequins galore!

And finally, I came upon the same set of china that my mom has in storage for me in her basement.  My dad bought it for her when he was in Vietnam.  Classic and beautiful.

And finally, I came upon the same set of china that my mom has in storage for me in her basement.  My dad bought it for her when he was in Vietnam.  Classic and beautiful.

Can't wait to go back later in the year!