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.

Field House

I was on the North Shore today meeting with a new client and had a little extra time on my hands so I swung into Field House in Beverly.  I love the North Shore, but had actually never been to downtown Beverly (FYI - it's really cute!) and Field House is right in the thick of it all.  

The store was opened by husband and wife team Jamie Metsch and Kate Leavy, who also own Roost in Beverly and Salem.  Field House came about from their own passions for home and interior design as well as requests from their customer base at Roost to open a home focused store.  It's really a beautiful space - open, airy and light.  They have a lot of great items including dinnerware, candles, vases, chairs, pillows, rugs, and other knick knacks for the home.  I had a hard time only buying one tiny little bowl to keep my rings in!

I would highly recommend a trip to Field House if you are in the neighborhood - or make it a destination and have lunch across the street at the Atomic Cafe like I did.  Next time I plan on checking out Roost as well as another home store called Suburb Bohemia down the street.  Who knew Beverly would be so cool?!  Here are some photos I snapped during my visit today.

Field House is located at 265 Cabot Street in Beverly, MA