Saturday, September 28, 2013

Art Day on Newbury Street

 One of my most favorite day trips is to the Newbury Street Art Galleries in Boston.  The people watching is wonderful (especially when the weather is nice and walkers have shrugged off their uniform black coats!), the art is high quality and varied, the architecture is intriguing and there is always at least one big surprise.
 Joanne Mattera is an encaustic artist.  She teaches, leads conferences and has written at least one book.  Her most recent geometric series is all about color and triangles.  The pieces below are about 12 inches square, and the one above is closer to 30 x 20.
 Maggie Taylor is a digital artist. She makes collages via collected images and her computer.  Her imagination is phenomenal!  The images are impossible AND seamless.
 The one below is entitled "Small Storm."  I was attracted to the sheep, of course.  (Sorry for the reflections... her husband is the photographer Jerry Uelsmann.)
 By chance we saw work by Eric Roux-Fontaine.  He had a series of works set in lunar landscapes.

I would never have thought of a carnival on the moon.
 Ruth Carter is a sculptor living in England.  This piece is called Reading Minotaur.  Who knew that a minotaur might read?!!

 Mary Kocol had giant photographs of (mostly) flowers either immersed in or behind bubbles. Wonderful colors and textures.
 I also spied the home of my daughter's favorite chocolates:  L.A. Burdick.  If you go to their website you can see how CUTE their products are (they are famous for their chocolate mice).

 This building seemed amazing.  I don't know what its original purpose was, but now it is home to a Cole Haan store.
 This spire is part of the Church of the Covenant.  Sometimes I wish new buildings would include more art!
 This was my big surprise:  Dayglo coyotes!at Alexis Bittar  (or possibly wolves or foxes).  Whatever, they are not their original colors! I had to look up the company.  They make/distribute new and antique jewelry, usually through high-end department stores like Nordstrom's or Neiman Marcus.
 And then there are the buildings.  Old buildings have whimsical and/or mystifying details.  Don't you love the scallops on the curve under this gable?
 And then there were the anti-pigeon protectors on the top of this building.
 Last, but not least, we went to the Marimekko store.  The aesthetic was so sleek, calm and beautiful.  I wish Americans paid more attention to design and mood.

 If I wanted to, I could have plates, shower curtains and lots of stuff with the same pattern as my new duvet!

 At the store they have yardage and will actually custom sew it for you. 

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