13FOREST Gallery searches New England for outstanding artists - established and emerging - to offer the very best in original art and contemporary craft. We are a dynamic gallery space that features rotating exhibitions every 6 to 8 weeks, as well as a number of public programs designed to inform and inspire creative minds.
We believe that buying art should be fun, straightforward and accessible to all. Whether you are making a first art purchase, adding to an established collection or seeking unique gifts, 13FOREST Gallery will help you locate the ideal work - either from our current inventory or with a custom piece made possible through the close relationships we hold with our artists.
WHO WE ARE
Marc Gurton, Owner
After a fruitful career in accounting, Marc set out to satisfy his longtime passion for visual art. In 2006, he opened 13FOREST Gallery with husband Jim Kiely in the hopes of creating a space that would demystify the art-buying process. Marc has spent the past decade tracking new talent and fostering an appreciation of local arts among his clients.
Jim Kiely, Owner
In college, Jim studied philosophy and art history, and he continues to philosophize about art to this day - on the 13FOREST Gallery blog and as a guest contributor to various publications, including Big Red & Shiny. In addition to his advocacy for local artists, Jim is an avid swimmer, botanist and jazz enthusiast.
Jillian Wertheim, Gallery Director
A recent transplant to Massachusetts, Jillian delights in the wealth of artistic talent that New England offers. She comes to 13FOREST Gallery with a background in museum work and public art programming, and holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oxford.
13FOREST Gallery was born in a small space across from the post office on Forest Street in Medford Square in 2006. After two years, with insufficient storage and an odd assortment of neighbors, it became clear that the gallery needed new digs. With the help of family and friends, Marc and Jim came across a larger location on Massachusetts Avenue with pressed tin ceilings and wood wainscoting right in the middle of East Arlington's growing shopping district now known as Capitol Square.
Once the decision was made to move across the Mystic, the question of the name for the new space arose. Out for a drink with a pal, Marc pondered his options. An eavesdropping publicist turned to him and asked, "How long have you had your gallery? Do you have a website?" After a brief exchange, the stranger declared, "Keep your name; they'll find you..."
We are committed to making art accessible to all, and are happy to work with our clients to help them find art that works for them aesthetically, functionally and financially. Our payment program allows clients to make their purchases over a course of monthly installments, interest-free. Payment schedules are determined on a case-by-case basis, so contact us directly to discuss a plan that works for you.
THANK YOU PROGRAM
We appreciate our loyal customers. Learn more about our Thank You Program.