Design New England

Find, buy, admire at MassArt’s Spring Sale

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Ceramic planters by Lucy White.

We always look forward to the annual MassArt Spring Sale, which features original artwork from the college’s students and alumni. This year’s event, in the lobby of the Tower building at 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, through Saturday May 11, didn’t disappoint. There’s lots to see — and buy at very reasonable prices. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the show.

Spotting the sweet little planters shaped like baby heads by Lucy White, a senior in the ceramics program, I immediately began to imagine all the things I could grow in them. I chose a pair of glazed white pots with green interiors to add to my kitchen windowsill collection of white objects.


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I’m always on the lookout for black and white etchings. Charlestown, Massachusetts, artist Bud Turner‘s collection of “Frat Boys” caught my eye, but I eventually selected a tiny doodle of a whimsical flower in a pot.

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Ally Stack‘s monoprint etchings also drew me in. Working in Boston, she has a series of houses that are moody and richly textured. They are large, roughly 16 by 20 inches, but I would go even bigger and frame them at 20 by 30 inches and hang them above a low bookshelf or table. Definitely at eye level so I could study all the tiny details.

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Pressbound by Melissa Gruntkosky of Beverly, Massachusetts, has super sweet folk art inspired card sets with coordinating envelopes, but I also love the nesting dolls magnet set to dress up my fridge.

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This debut issue of take care, a catalogue and forum for MassArt’s Godine Family gallery, a student-run space for the school’s Studio for Interrelated Media program, came packaged with a “take care” tote.

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A little steampunk, a lotta cute, these earrings are made from teeny tiny watch parts crafted by Jennifer “Jeff” Bowie in Salem, Massachusetts. Alas, these are sweet and delicate pieces that I can no longer wear now that my four-month-old daughter, Eleanor, has discovered the use of her hands.

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The work of collage artist Erica von Schilgen also appears on the Spring Sale promotional postcard. When I received mine in the mail, I set it aside to save because I loved it so. I couldn’t leave without selecting a print of hers for myself.

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Thread & Paper from Brooklyn, New York, put out wooden earrings and canvas color block tote bags = casual chic.

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Faye Guanipa of Boston is a MassArt fashion design graduate. She creates chunky jewelry pieces that fit right in with the current bauble trend.

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