In 1799, Salem’s weathered seafarers founded the East India Marine Society and began to assemble “natural and artificial curiosities” brought back from their journeys to Asia, Africa, and other distant lands. Over the following centuries, the collection grew, and while it did, the Society evolved through various shapes until it became the Peabody Essex Museum. Today, more than 1.8 million of these works invite visitors to explore the world in a facility that underwent a $200 million transformation in 2003.
The majority of works now rest in a Moshe Safdie–designed glass-and-brick building, focused around a sunny atrium whose various architectural silhouettes echo local forms. This new building joins the East India Marine Hall, built by the seafarers’ society in 1825 and dedicated in a ceremony attended by President John Adams. Today, that National Historic Landmark hosts society-member portraits and a number of the hall’s original objects; in other galleries, paintings and sculptures by Japanese, Indian, and Chinese artists hang on the walls or perch in glass cases like pies with personal-space issues. Guests can also tour Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside of China and a 200-year-old structure with intricate carvings.
In 2013, the Peabody Essex Museum will add exciting new displays to its rotating special exhibitions, from Faberge treasures to impressionistic masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Renoir, and Manet, as well as modern African-American art and contemporary art from India. After marveling at the skill and diversity of the artwork, visitors can drop by the Atrium Café or the Garden Restaurant for a bite to eat.
Fast Frame originated in Europe and now has more than 300 locations worldwide. With the understanding that people are prone to changing their minds, the teams at these 300 Fast Frame stores back up all their custom-framing projects with a 30-day design guarantee, giving patrons a month to decide if they want to swap their memorabilia for one of more than 2,000 other frame styles, paying the price difference if applicable. For each project, a team with more than 60 years of combined experience performs the work onsite, generally completing designs in less than a week and sometimes on the same day. In addition to photos and diplomas, customers can commission shadowboxes or framing of bulkier items, such as jerseys or baby’s first rap sheet. For all finished projects, Fast Frame secures its craftsmanship with a lifetime warranty.
From a single Newbury Street storefront that first opened its doors in 1939, the Johnson Paint Company equips artists and renovators with a full spectrum of painting products and supplies to complete creative and residential projects. Customers browse paints, exterior stains, and eco-friendly products as friendly staff advise them on the best tools for their projects so that first-time clowns will apply the appropriate paint to their faces instead of just primer. Brighten rooms with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Regal Select ($48.99/gallon) or Benjamin Moore Aura ($63.99/gallon) and disguise wallpaper with a colorful new identity behind Farrow & Ball ($85/gallon) and Donald Kaufman ($110/gallon) pigment. Johnson Paint Company specializes in hard-to-find items such as dutch kalsomine, powdered pigments, and aniline dyes, saving customers from hand-grinding ochres and iron oxides in private workshops.
The skilled framers at Around the Corner use high-quality materials such as hand-painted bevels and machine cut, acid-free matting to preserve works of art within an aesthetic framework. The store’s frame-fabricators specialize in conservation techniques, assuring that important pieces are equipped to endure the torments of time. Choose from a staggering selection of frame and mat-board samples to enshrine an old portrait of relatives or pay homage to a memorable BLT. Around the Corner crafts handsome displays for 8” x 10” pictures ($85), jerseys ($250+), and frames diplomas ($95–$125), which means newly graduated can proudly present their PhD without having to worry about their kids using it as paint-by-numbers adventure.
Caswell Galleries is a 32 year old family Art, Print,and Framing store. With over 350 mouldings in stock, it enables us to complete most framing projects rather quickly and at the lowest possible price. We also publish our own line of local prints including images of Fenway, Boston, the Cape and Islands
Brimming with more than 40 exhibitors hailing from neighboring states and European countries, The Ellis Boston Antiques Show rolls out rare and precious goods from the past to the delight of collectors and admirers alike. In addition to a sprawling array of delicate antique furniture pieces, rare maps, one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, and last week's hamburgers, the show touts a complimentary lecture series complete with the wizened wisdom of a PBS Antiques Roadshow appraiser and the editor of the New England Antiques Journal. The "Essentials for the New Collector" panel introduces newbie collectors to the fast-paced world of antique wheeling and dealing with insider tips such as what to ask a dealer before buying a piece or how to exorcize a possessed antique porcelain doll.