Local art blogger will curate boutique's fist anniversary
Two years ago while running a high-end art gallery in Boston, Norah Guignon started an art blog called curate 1k
. Her mission was simple: every week, find a collection of artwork being sold online for $1,000 or less.
“I think the idea of an affordable piece of art really appeals to people,” Guignon says. “I’m showing an affordable range of artwork online and helping new collectors to get started.”
Later this month, the blog will jump off the net and into the space at The Shop in East Liberty
, located at 214 North Highland, to help celebrate the boutique’s first anniversary.
Guignon has selected a series of paintings by Athens, Ga.-based artist Britt Bass
, which will be available at the shop beginning September 28th, and running through the winter holidays.
“She does abstract paintings with really bold, beautiful colors,” Guignon says of Bass.
The collection will also feature limited-edition prints exclusive to the event
“I really like things that are well-designed, but I’m not at a point in my life where dropping several thousand dollars on a chair is really an option,” says Michael McAllister.
He’s not alone. That’s why McAllister’s Epic Development
partnered with The Shop in East Liberty, Weisshouse and The Beauty Shoppe to create Townhouse
—a pop-up furniture and housewares store which offers locals access to stylish items at an affordable price point.
“It’s a mix of these larger production brands and things which are locally made,” McAllister says.
It has both regular hours and a calendar of special events, the next of which starts tomorrow when it hosts local t-shirt brand deadburydead
for a custom trunk sale
which will run through September 21st.
Located at 6016 Penn Avenue, Townhouse will be open through the end of the year.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Sources: Norah Guignon, Michael McAllister